Bruins beatdown Flyers in 6-0 Rout
All good things must come to an end.
This was painfully obvious Saturday afternoon when the Philadelphia Flyers suffered their first loss in nearly three weeks at the hands of the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins.
Prior to meeting Boston, the Flyers had been on a dream-like run, winning seven consecutive games and going 9-1-0 in their last ten.
Saturday proved to be a rude awakening.
The Flyers outscored their opponents 37-23 over that span and had scored four goals or more in seven of the ten games.
Against the Bruins, the team couldn’t buy a goal.
Lacking the cohesiveness that they had displayed in their previous two most recent games against the Canadiens and Capitals, the Flyers failed to take advantage of several opportunities.
Boston on the other hand had no trouble finding the back of the net.
Scoring early and often, the Bruins tallied six unanswered goals on the way to coasting to a 6-0 win.
Utilizing skill, luck and turnovers, the team embarrassed the Flyers on home-ice and forced them to pull Ilya Bryzgalov prior to the midway-point of the game.
Although Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 20 shots, he still managed to make some amazing saves that kept the game from getting any worse then it already was.
Boston opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game.
Following an early offensive attack by the Flyers, the Bruins turned the puck up ice and managed to beat Bryzgalov on a lucky bounce when a lob by Rich Peverly hit the boot of Benoit Pouliot and went into the net.
A little over two minutes later, Boston struck again when the team managed to force two rebounds off two separate shots from the point before Daniel Paille finally put the puck in the back of the net.
As if the Bruins weren’t hot enough on their own, the team also had eight power plays to work with throughout the game. They added their next three goals during those advantages prior to Tyler Seguin adding the game’s final tally with a little over eight minutes left in the game.
Following the game, the team was none too pleased with their performance.
“Well, everything since the puck drop, it didn't go our way today. But I have to be honest, I don't think we played a really good game today,” Kimmo Timonen said. “I think we were real slow, we didn't have energy today and they got every bounce on the right end. They were obviously a better team today.”
Head coach Peter Laviolette echoed Timonen’s sentiments.
“It’s tough to come up here and make excuses, and I don’t want to do that,” he said. “It was a tough day for us, and it was not typical of the way we have been playing or executing.”
It’s important to remember that prior to Saturday’s loss, the Flyers had won seven consecutive games. While losing 6-0 is obviously disappointing, it doesn’t mean the team should gut itself because of one bad game.
The team will have plenty of opportunities to rebound as they begin a five-game road trip on Monday night.
“I think guys have taken a lot of pride in the way we have played the game,” Laviolette said. “They’re probably not happy about the way today went. So we leave here and go back on the road and try to fix some of the things we’ve been doing and make them better.”