Bruins Blow Two Goal Lead, Fall to Flyer in O.T.

The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate their overtime win against the Boston Bruins during Wednesday night’s game at the Garden. (Photo by Mike Borden/Along the Boards)

By: Mike Grinnell

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Coming off a win against Arizona, in which they blew a 2 goal lead, the Bruins welcomed the Philadelphia Flyers to the TD Garden last night, where once again, they blew a two goal lead.

Mid way through the 3rd period, the Flyers trailed the Bruins 4-2, and by the looks of things, the Bruins were not the suckish team fans have made them out to be. The Bruins had goals from Patrice Bergeron, Brett Connolly, Chris Kelly and Jimmy Hayes and were on their way to their third straight victory.

An astonishing save by Flyers goalie Steve Mason on a David Pastrnak shot, along with goals from Wayne Simmonds with 9:36 to play and less then two minutes later from Claude Giroux, who scored with 7:48 remaining tied the game up. And just like that, it was 4-4 and the Bruins were headed to overtime.

A Ryan Spooner hooking penalty put the Flyers on the Power Play, and just 2 minutes and 9 seconds into overtime, Claude Giroux ends the game with a howitzer one-timer, past Tuukka Rask.

Positives:

The Bruins started slow and finished slow, but the time in between, they played some really good hockey. Brett Connolly found his way from press box duty to playing along side Patrice Bergeron in Wednesday night’s tilt. Connolly took full advantage playing along side Bergeron, as he batted home a Bergeron shot, for his first goal of the season and his first as a Bruin.

David Krejci added 2 assists to bring his total to 11 on the season. Krejci sits atop the NHL, with 4 goals and 7 assists. In a rough start for the Bruins this season, Krejci seems to be one of the few bright spots.

Negatives:

David Pastrnak has gotten off to a slow start this season, Wednesday may have been the worst yet. Pastrnak turned the puck over late last night in the first period on a clearing attempt that was picked off by the Flyers, as the play went up ice, Pastrnak got off the ice for a line change, leading to Sam Ganger beating Rask to add the Flyers second goal. From bad changes, to bad turnover, to not finishing on scoring oppriunites, Pastrnak had a rough game on Wednesday night.

“You’ve got to understand that there’s more to the game than just trying to be flashy. He had a tough night.” Julien told reporters after the game. “You’re going to see him get some better nights down the road, but he’s certainly not a single guy to point out. We were bad as a team, and a lot of guys would just go into battle and take a swing at the puck and curl the other way, and again, that’s not the way we play and it’s not the way we’re going to accept players to play on our team.”

Tuukka Rask allowed 5 goals on Wednesday night, bringing his total to 19 goals allowed at home this season. Rask showed signs of his old self in the second period last night, helping the Bruins kill off a 5 minute major, in which Zac Rinaldo was tossed from the game, but Rask began to struggle again in the third allowing 2 more goals.

By no means are the Bruins struggles this season due to Tuukka Rask’s unsuccessful start, but they definitely contribute. Rask clearly looks uncomfortable and unconfident in the defense that is playing infront of him.

“I just think Tuukka has to stop the puck. There’s nothing that’s different, and there may be mistakes, but that’s why you have a goaltender, to stop those.” Julien told reporters after the game.

The Bruins head to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders on Friday, if the poor play continues from the goaltending position on out, expect the Bruins to have another tough game and a long season.

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