December 2, 2023

The views were cool, the score was not as Flyers fall to Bruins 7-3 in Lake Tahoe


Photo via Philadelphia Flyers Twitter

Lake Tahoe was beautiful! The views, the sunset, everything was gorgeous!

The Philadelphia Flyers, well, they ruined it in a 7-3 loss against the Boston Bruins.

Recap of tonight’s trash fire:

Period 1

No one actually believed that a nationally televised game would start on time, but this one would have to be delayed 30 minutes. It was unclear what the starting point for the delay actually was, considering that the start time was 4:30 P.M. in Lake Tahoe.

The Pentatonix would sing the National Anthem (prerecorded) with a flyover to get this game started.

The official puck drop time would be 8:00, and the faceoff would be won by the Bruins.

Phil Myers would get a shot off that was blocked by David Pastrňák. Brad Marchand would then head down the ice on a three-on-two. He would shoot a 25-foot pass across the ice to Pastrnak right in front the goal, and he would one-time it into the open side of the net. Hart didn’t have anytime to try and save it. Hart even had the sun in his eyes, one of the changes that the goaltenders will have to deal with. 1-0 Bruins, only 34 seconds in.

Five minutes in and the Bruins continue to out-speed the Flyers. The Bruins were where ever the puck was. And, it was very hard to track the puck because of the shadows.

It wouldn’t take very long after I wrote that for Sean Couturier to dump the puck off the boards, the puck bounce to Jole Farabee, and for him to shoot it threw Tuukka Rask’s five-hole and into the net, while falling in the process. The puck went off of Farabee’s stick quickly, and surprised the slow Rask. Joel Farabee over his last six games (sixth game in process) has six goals and three assists. He has the same amount of goals threw 15 games then he did last season, when he played 52 games. What a breakout year for Farabee! James van Riemsdyk, who is also having a big year, got an assist on the goal. With the apple, it gives him his 500th career point. Congrats JVR!

The first penalty of the night would be in favor of the Bruins as Couturier got called for tripping. Flyers would get a rare penalty kill against the Bruins.

Right as the power play expired, Charlie McAvoy would break his stick on a slap shot. He would have some trouble to gain a new stick on the bench. While this was happening, Kevin Hayes would shoot a pass to JVR in front of the net. JVR would tap the puck at Rask, but he blocked it. Couturier would then tap it in the net in the middle of a scramble to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead.

Just a few moments later, McAvoy would fire the puck from the point and beat Carter Hart through a screen to tie the game up again.

Period stats:

Flyers: 12 shots on goal, 13 hits, 8 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 9 shots on goal, 8 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 0 penalty minutes.

After one period of exciting hockey, the score stays tied at 2.

Period 2

The second period would start with a beautiful shot of the sunset in the mountains as the lights would be turned on for some hockey under lights.

The beautiful sights would quickly end. Nick Ritchie would circle around the right faceoff circle in the offensive zone. He would pass it to Pastrnak who would skate upwards a bit, then shoot the puck past Hart and into the back of the net to give Boston a 3-2 lead. It appears Pastrnak really likes playing outside, and against the Flyers.

Flyers would then be caught for having too many men on the ice. Andy Andreoff would serve for the penalty. Flyers would kill the power play.

This is where things get ridiculous. The Flyers would turn the puck over and the Bruins took advantage of it, of course. Charlie Coyle would score to extend the Bruins’ lead to 4-2.

A few seconds later, Trent Frederic would shoot the puck from the right faceoff circle past Hart to make it 5-2. It was Frederic’s first NHL goal.

There would be a penalty called after the goal for roughing. And of course, Nicholas Ritchie would tip the puck in front off a shot by John Moore. This would make the score 6-2. The Bruins scored three goals in 1:39, that is insanely embarrassing.

Period stats:

You don’t want to know.

Period 3:

Hart would be pulled out of the game. Brian Elliot would come in.

Anders Bjork would go to the sin bin for hooking. Flyers would head to the power play, but failed to produce as the Bruins killed it.

Brandon Carlo would head to the penalty box for interference. The Flyers power play would only last for seven seconds as JVR would tip the puck off a Hayes shot into the net to make it 6-3. But, the goal was too late to impact the game in any way.

To wrap it up, Pastrnak would snipe a one-timer that beat Elliot from the left faceoff circle for his second at-trick against the Flyers this season.

Game stats:

Flyers: 19 shots on goal, 31 hits, 26 faceoffs won, 6 penalty minutes.

Bruins: 35 shots on goal, 23 hits, 28 faceoffs won, 6 penalty minutes.

3 stars:

  1. Pastrnak (3 g)
  2. Marchand (2 a)
  3. JVR (1 g 2 a)

The 8-4-3 Flyers will head back home on Wednesday to play the 6-7-3 New York Rangers.

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