Despite offensive outburst, Flyers fall 6-5 in shootout
The last time the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Boston Bruins, they allowed six unanswered goals and saw the reigning Stanley Cup champions end their seven-game winning streak.
On Saturday afternoon, it was a different story.
Although the Flyers lost 6-5 in a shootout, they displayed that they could go toe-to-toe with the league’s best offensive team.
The Bruins opened the scoring immediately.
Brad Marchand barreled up the left side of the offensive zone with Marc-Andre Bourdon on his tail. Bourdon lost a step on Marchand, which enabled him to send a pass into the slot that found the stick of Patrice Bergeron.
The goal came only 50 seconds into the game.
The Flyers, however, would not go down without a fight.
On the team’s first offensive zone faceoff, rookie call-up Tom Sestito challenged Milan Lucic to a fight.
41 seconds later, Max Talbot tied the game.
Talbot led an attack into the offensive zone off an outlet pass from Kimmo Timonen.
After controlling the puck in the corner, Talbot sidestepped Nathan Horton and attempted a centering pass to Jakub Voracek. Instead, the puck bounced off Boston defender Dennis Seidenberg and went into the net.
Two minutes after the Talbot goal, the Flyers were called for four penalties all within four minutes of each other.
The team managed to kill off the first three penalties but was not as lucky on the fourth, when Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Three minutes later, Lucic tacked on another goal when he entered the Flyers zone untouched, cut across the top of the faceoff circle and ripped a shot past Bryzgalov.
In total, the Bruins scored three goals in the first and seemingly appeared to be in control of the game.
However, it was the Flyers who took over control in the second.
On the back of a natural hat trick by Scott Hartnell, the team went into the third period with a 4-3 lead.
All three goals were scored around the top of the left faceoff circle with two coming on the power play. Claude Giroux recorded the primary assist on all three.
The back-and-forth affair continued into the third.
David Krecji tied the game less than a minute into the period when he tipped a no-look shot by Richard Peverly.
Four minutes later, Gregory Campbell regained the Bruins lead when he tapped in a David Paille pass from behind the Flyers goal.
Following a penalty to Shawn Thornton, the Flyers scored the game’s final goal when Talbot tallied his second goal of the game when he tipped a point shot from Matt Carle.
After a scoreless overtime, the Bruins took the game in a shootout.
Despite being unable to come away with the win, the Flyers managed to battle against one of the best teams in the league.
The Bruins are a great defensive team; they average only two goals against per game, which is the third-best average of any team in the league. The Flyers managed five goals against their number one goaltender, Tim Thomas.
On top of that, they were missing Daniel Briere and Jaromir Jagr, two of their top scorers.
"A lot of the guys stepped up today,” Giroux said. “There was a lot of character in the game. It was also a pretty entertaining game, but at the end of the day we don't get the two points. I think our guys did a good job of sticking with it and playing pretty well."
While their was a bit of sting in the fact that they couldn’t complete the comeback, the team took pride in the fact that they battled back from two separate deficits.
"After a poor start, I think we played our game kind of perfectly,” Hartnell said. “Unfortunately, like I said, we weren't able to hold on to it."
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