Things started so well, too...
The Bruins locked down the Flyers for the first ten minutes, and were rewarded as Craig Smith and Brad Marchand got Patrice Bergeron out in front of Elliott, and he snapped it home. 1-0 Bruins!
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Craig Smith (13), Brad Marchand (29)
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...And then everything went to hell.
Travis Konecny was able to sneak behind the Bruins defense and pot home a rebound by Swayman to tie the game. 1-1 Everybody.
Then the B’s took a bad penalty, and...well...
Shouldn’t have taken that penalty, Lauzon. 2-1 Flyers. The period ended, and the B’s would find that going back up would be quite impossible this game.
This is where we learned that Matt Grzelcyk would not be returning to the game, and that seemed to just describe the rest of the game. Boston had a lot of issues getting out of their own end for long stretches, but were able to mostly give as well as they got, including this nifty little play by Craig Smith who got the puck to Jake DeBrusk in tight to tie the game up! 2-2!
Not much else happened as they struggled to put pucks on net, and the period came to a conclusion.
Much of the same like the second period, the B’s had a hell of a time trying to get out of their own end, and it cost them dearly as the winning goal came on the stick of Sean Couturier, who took advantage of Swayman getting extremely aggressive on a zone entry, and put the Flyers up 3-2.
Try as they might, Bruins couldn’t come back even with a potentially backbreaking goal called back, and they fell 3-2.
- After two games of impressive play, Swayman finally showed some mortality in tonight’s game, where his aggressiveness sorta came back to bite him on more than one occasion, and ultimately finished his night with a less than impressive final SV%. Perhaps letting him get rid of those rookie issues would definitely be in his best interest before we give him a 40-50 game schedule to work through without help.
- Your TOI leader at evens was Kevan Miller, who put up 18:55 minutes.
- David Pastrnak seems to be fighting through something, because the once goals leader has been struggling a bit, fighting his own shot for accuracy. That said, he’s far from the only one, as it was another quiet night for Charlie Coyle, who’s year from hell only continues. Here’s hoping they can pull it together, because they REALLY need at least Pastrnak to get his act together.
- Thank goodness whatever horse growth hormone they stick in players who get momentarily injured for the B’s took for Anton Blidh, I don’t know what I was going to say or do if they were down to 5D and 11 forwards.
- Thanks to Kevan Miller’s load management, the Bruins are going to be facing the Caps without him, McAvoy, and Grzelcyk tomorrow evening. Dios mio. Tinordi and Vaak will likely slot in, but whoo man...we thought it was rough before.
- Whatever you feel like you need to do, Don. You better do it fast. Deadline’s on Monday.
No time to get morose about it, because the Bruins are right back at it tomorrow against the Capitals at 7pm EST. We’ll see you then.