On another snowy day in Philadelphia, the Flyers were no match for the rested Boston Bruins. The Bruins came into today’s game after a four day break; having last played on Monday night. They were surely rested as they cruised through Philadelphia, winning 6-1. Now losing 7 of their last 9 games, the Flyers continue to spiral down the Metropolitan division and are currently out of the playoff picture.
The Flyers once again started off slow and quickly fell behind as Bruins’ Captain Zdeno Chara scored his first of two goals early into the 1st period. After the ageless Jarome Iginla put the Bruins ahead 2-0 with only 18 seconds left in the 1st period, it was apparent that the Flyers lost what little confidence they started the game with. Coach Craig Berube was asked about the team’s confidence after the game.
“They’re not very confident right now. We’ll go practice tomorrow, work at things, and I’m going to try and get them confident again. That’s my job,” he said.
Boston then tacked on two more goals in each of the last two periods. Claude Giroux had the lone goal for the Flyers.
Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason had another rough outing, giving up four goals and was pulled once again for backup Ray Emery midway through the 2nd period after a Patrice Bergeron goal. Although Mason was a career 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA in four career matchups against Boston, he’s been 1-2-1 with a 4.21 GAA in his last five games after having a strong start to his season. Mason acknowledged his recent struggles after the game.
“We’re picking a terrible spot to play some pretty crappy hockey. Teams around us are winning and we’re falling behind,” he said.
It had been a good week off the ice for Steve Mason having signed a 3-year extension to remain the Flyers’ goaltender through the 2016-17 season. The deal is worth $12.3 million, or $4.1 million per year. The Flyers have been notorious for making bad decisions with their goaltenders in the recent past. The team and management can only hope Mason’s struggles are temporary.
Today was a bittersweet experience for Flyers fans. Despite the current Flyers’ poor performance, fans honored the Flyers of the past as the team’s 1974 Stanley Cup players were in attendance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the team’s last championship. Also, tomorrow will mark the 37th year of the “Flyers Wives Fight for Lives” carnival. This annual charity event give Flyers fans the chance to meet their favorite players as well as donate to local Flyers charities.
Although the team will be participating in all of the positive events that will take place tomorrow, the Flyers still have the rest of their season to worry about. They need to start turning things around quickly if they have any serious playoff aspirations. The Bruins, currently 1st place atop the Atlantic division, are just the first of many elite teams the Flyers are going to play in the next few weeks. If things don’t change quickly, Flyers fans are going to have to accept a second straight year of their team missing the playoffs.
The Flyers have now been outscored 11-3 in their last two games. They next play the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and then take a three-game West Coast road trip where they’ll face opponents with a combined a 55-9-8 record at home.
Today’s three stars of the game:
1) Jarome Iginla: 2 goals (14,15); 2 assists (17,18)
2) Zdeno Chara: 2 goals (10,11)
3) David Krejci: 3 assists (31,32,33)