October 2, 2023

Flyers blow 2 leads in 1 game in shootout loss to Bruins 5-4


This team makes me frustrated, and this is one of those nights again as the Philadelphia Flyers gave up four goals in the third period as the lose in a shootout 5-4.


Period 1

The Flyers started off the penalties with Claude Giroux being called for tripping in the offensive zone to hand Boston the first power play of the night. On this penalty, Carter Hart had six saves in two minutes. The power play was killed by the Flyers.

Now it’s time for Flyers to go on the power play, as Sean Kuraly holds Friedman in the defensive zone. Bruins killed the power play.

Nic Aube-Kubel got called for tripping at the end of the period. Bruins will head to the power play.

Carter Hart was silent in the first period, but he was silently good. He wasn’t giving anything to the Bruins. He saved 14 shots, which is a lot for the period.

The Flyers didn’t have a shot on goal since eight minutes into the first. Not good.

Period stats:

Flyers: 3 shots on goal, 8 hits, 4 faceoffs won, 4 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 14 shots on goal, 8 hits, 13 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.

After one period, the game is locked at zero.

Period 2

The Bruins were still on the power play after Aube-Kubel got called for tripping at the end of the first period. The PP oly lasted for a few seconds and was killed.

Nolan Patrick got caught up high in the mouth by David Krejčí. It appeared Patrick was bleeding, but the referees still called it a two-minute minor.

But it didn’t matter in the end.

Claude Giroux has scored his first goal of the season, and it was a power play goal! The first time the Bruins have allowed a power play goal this season. Giroux got a pass from Ivan Provorov, Giroux moved up, and sniped into the top of the net.

Right after the goal, the Flyers went right back on the power play. Nic Aube-Kubel got taken down by Kevan Miller, who gets the called for holding. Power play gets killed by Boston.

So far, it’s been a much better period for Philadelphia. Do you think head coach Alain Vigneault said something and/or flipped a table over or something?

Mark Friedman down and started bleeding everywhere. It looked like he was knocked right down to the ice and his mouth hit first. It’s Friedman’s first game in the NHL and this happens. There was no penalty on the play. Once again, the Flyers are back to five defenseman. Friedman, as expected, went down the tunnel.

A nice block came from Aube-Kubel, right after, Krejčí put a good shot at the glove of Carter Hart, who thankfully knocked it down and covered up the puck. A huge save and break for the Flyers.

Anders Bjork got caught for tripping Jakub Voracek, Flyers power play. Power play killed off by Boston.

Right after the power play expired, Voracek gave James van Riemsdyk a beautiful pass on the tic-tac-toe goal by JVR to put the Flyers up 2-0!

Period stats:

Flyers: 8 shots on goal, 7 hits, 9 faceoff wins, 0 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 4 shots on goal, 9 hits, 8 faceoff wins, 6 penalty minutes.

After two, Flyers lead by two.

Period 3

After a fantastic second period, the third didn’t start how Flyers fan wanted it to.

Jack Studnicka got a nice pass from the faceoff circle, and Studnicka tipped it in to make it 2-1.

Just a little bit after Studnicka’s goal, Chris Coyote shot it past Hart to tie the game.

The Flyers came right back down the ice. A pass went up to the net and it hit off Travis Sanheim’s skate and into the net. This would give the Flyers the lead, again.

Cross-checking penalty called on Scott Laughton. Bruins went to the power play. And with the power play, Brett Ritchie scores to tie it up. Three third period goals have been allowed by the Flyers, they haven’t hald a lead either.

Can this anymore ridiculous? Yes, yes it can. Flyers give up their fourth goal, this one by Carlo.

But thankfully hockey is a crazy sport and Voracek gives van Riemsdyk another beautiful pass and JVR ties it up.

A couple shots on goal by the Bruins that could’ve changed everything. A nice save by Hart goes behind him. the puck is now on the blue pant. A shot by the Bruins while the puck is on the blue pant comes and it’s blocked. Game saving sequence.

Regulation ends in a tie, so we head to overtime!


Overtime was INTENSE!

Lots of huge shots and save!

Including some awful piped in crowd noise.

But, overtime ended with no scoring.

We go to a shootout!


Round 1: Smith and Voracek both get stopped.

Round 2: Coyle and TK both miss.

Round 3: DeBrusk scores and Giroux get stopped.

Bruins win 5-4.

Game stats:

Flyers: 26 shots on goal, 21 hits, 23 faceoffs won, 6 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 40 shots on goal, 24 hits, 39 faceoffs won, 10 penalty minutes.

The 3-1-1 Flyers will play the 2-1-1 Bruins again on Sat., Jan. 23 at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.

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