Flyers' Luck Runs Out In Shootout Loss
The Flyers went into Boston needing to get two points. They left with one, and they should be lucky to have gotten that much.
The Bruins managed to hold off a Flyers comeback for a 3-2 win in the shootout, and more importantly, a much needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings.
Outplayed for much of the game, Philadelphia did manage to get a couple goals past Boston goalie Tim Thomas in the second and third periods but other than that, they were out-muscled by Boston's pressure for much of the game's 60 minutes.
For starters, luck wasn't on the Flyers side early, especially for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
The first goal he allowed was a bad break off a rebound. Bryzgalov stopped the initial shot by Benoit Poulliot but had the rebound stuffed Chris Kelly to give Boston an early 1-0 lead.
The Bruins then took a 2-0 lead late in the first period when Brad Marchand threw a beautiful pass in front of the net that Tyler Seguin buried for his 25th on the season.
The luck finally began to bless the Flyers in the second half of the game.
Philadelphia evened up the momentum in the second period while finding the scoreboard for the first time. Calder Trophy candidate Matt Read scored his 20th goal of the season, tying him with Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog for the rookie lead.
Finally in the third period, the Flyers were able to pull themselves even with the Bruins. Jakub Voracek deflected a Braydon Coburn shot from the left circle to tie the game up, 2-2, with under five minutes to play, forcing overtime and earning the Flyers a much needed point.
After each team managed just one shot apiece in the five-minute overtime period, they went to the dreaded shootout.
Bryzgalov was perfect the rest of the way, stopping 33 shots on the day in his 15th start in the last 16 games. But when it came time for the shootout, Bryzgalov looked bad in giving up two goals.
David Krejci scored first for Boston and Philadelphia's Read hit the post on his shot. Seguin took the second shot and he found pipe while Claude Giroux beat Thomas to even the shootout.
Patrice Bergeron was able to rip one past Bryz in the third round of the shootout. It all came down to Daniel Briere but he couldn't beat Thomas with his elaborate deke and the Bruins held on to win.
The Flyers dropped to 3-6 in shootouts this season. But fortunately for them, that all disappears in the playoffs.