Game. Set. Match.
With the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon, the Boston Bruins have officially been eliminated from 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff contention. Despite Boston being tied with the Detroit Red Wings with 93 Points, the Bruins lose the tiebreaker in ROW (39-to-38), and will miss out on playoff hockey for the 2nd straight season.
This comes as no surprise to many, who saw this as inevitable after the 6-1 drubbing the Bruins received at the hands of the Ottawa Senators earlier this afternoon. But despite the loss, the Black & Gold still found themselves officially in the postseason prior to the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh rival bout.
Against all hope, the Flyers went ahead with two goals from Wayne Simmonds--putting him at a career-high 32 on the year. And Pierre Edouard-Bellemare sealed the deal with an empty-netter with just over a minute to go, giving the Flyers a 3-1 win and postseason birth.
Stay tuned for more postseason coverage to come--including player report cards, season recaps, and any & all front office reports to come out over the next few days.
Thank you all for another fantastic Bruins hockey season.