December 10, 2023

Flyers blow another lead late as they get swept by Bruins in 2-1 loss


Photo by Heather Barry

*In best DJ Kalid voice* Anotha one!

It’s another blown game by the Flyers as they give up two goals late to loose the game. Flyers get swept by Bruins in their mini series in a loss on Friday night.

Right before the game, the Flyers gave an injury update for Carter Hart and Phillipe Myers. Carter Hart (back spasms) is day-to-day. He wouldn’t start for this game anyways as Brian Elliot had the scheduled start. And Philippe Myers (upper body injury) was unavailable for Friday night’s game.


Period 1

The Flyers won the opening faceoff, and we were underway.

Flyers would have the first power play of the night as Carlo was caught holding. Bruins killed the power play.

Sanhiem had a huge block that stopped a hard slapshot, and the fake crowd loved it!

Laughton would get called for slashing halfway through the period. Flyers killed.

The Flyers would then get into their first fight of the season. It was Aube-Kubel and Clifton. Clifton got a lot of punches in early, then there was no chance for NAK. NAK hit about two punches as there wasn’t much action in the Flyers’ first fight.

Both players would head to the penalty box.

With the teams at 4-on-4, Farabee cought a stick up high from McAvoy for a Flyers’ four-on-three power play for 1:54.

There were then so many penalties on the Bruins. It would become penalty after penalty. The Bruins would have four players in the box. There was definitely a COVID protocol being broken in that box.

The Bruins killed every penalty.

The Flyers would finish the first with seven giveaways.

Period stats:

Flyers: 7 shots on goal, 7 hits, 7 faceoffs won, 9 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 8 shots on goal, 8 hits, 12 faceoffs won, 13 penalty minutes.

After one, the game was scoreless.

Period 2

With 5:44 left in the period, something worth of note finally happened in this sleeper of a period. Farabee got called for tripping, he would go to the sin bin. Farabee was trying to get the puck, and was called for tripping. A very questionable call. Bruins went to the power play. With some big stops from Elliot, the Flyers killed.

Right when Farabee came out of the box, he got the pass in the offensive zone and had a breakaway. He then got hauled down right in front of the goal, he would get rewarded with a all so rare penalty shot.

Farabee on the penalty shot would start by cutting to the right, he would come in towards the goal, and his shot was denied by Rask. Score remained 0-0.

Period stats:

Flyers: 4 shots on goal, 5 hits, 5 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 5 shots on goal, 10 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.

In a period that made me go to sleep (I am not lying) ended in the same score as the first, 0-0.

Period 3

Flyers started the 3rd period on the power play for the first 1:58.9. All the Flyers had to do is win the period, and they win the game.

:27 seconds into the period, Giroux passed the puck to Gustafsson at the top right of the offensive zone. Gustafsson slapped a shot at the goal. van Riemsdyk, in his office, tipped the puck into the net off the deflection to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead with the power play goal.

With the goal, it is JvR’s sixth straight game with at least one point. He now has six goals ands 10 assists in 12 games played.

We now fast forward to a little under eight minutes remaining in the third, Bruins force a scramble in front of crease. Marchand taps the puck past Elliot, and the game is tied.

Just a few moments later, Kurlay slaps the shot at Elliot who misses it and gives up the game leading goal. The puck should’ve been stopped by Elliot, that’s flat out unacceptable. 2-1 Bruins.

Craig Smith would go off for tripping. Flyers power play with 3:57 left. Bruins killed the huge Flyers opportunity.

Elliot would head to the bench with 1:30 left to go.

And that would do it. Some big shots at the end, but they were all stopped by Rask.

Game stats:

Flyers: 24 shots on goal, 21 hits, 24 faceoffs won, 11 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 23 shots on goal, 28 hits, 33 faceoffs won, 17 penalty minutes.

3 stars:

  1. Sean Kurlay (game winning goal)
  2. Brad Marchand (1 g)
  3. Tukka Rask (23 saves)

The 7-3-2 Flyers will had to the Nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday at 12:00 P.M. E.S.T.

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