The Bruins blew a third period lead for the second straight game as the Flyers came back to win, 3-2, Wednesday night in Philadelphia. They now lead the league with four losses after entering the third period with a lead, and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. Flat out embarrassing.
With the Bruins holding a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, a failed pinch in the offensive zone by Chara sprung Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek on a 2-on-1. Simmonds fired a shot on Rask, and collected his own rebound to tie the game.
Just 1:22 later, Flyers’ defenseman Mark Streit took a shot from the right face-off circle and went to the net uncovered to bury his rebound, notching the eventual game winning goal.
The Flyers opened the scoring in the first period after a Frank Vatrano turnover led to Voracek tucking in a shot around Rask. The Bruins continuously shot themselves in the foot, and were careless with the puck in their own end all night long.
Despite their poor puck management in the defensive zone, the Bruins generated 32 shots on goal, and had every chance to win this game.
Their first goal came about nine minutes into the second period thanks to a SNIPE from Kevan Miller (yes, you read that correctly).
This marks Miller’s third goal of the season, a new career high. In addition to the goal, Miller dropped the gloves with Brayden Schenn to avenge a massive, but clean, hit on Krug. After Krug got flattened, Miller stepped in, and the two combatants threw a couple of haymakers before tumbling to the ice.
Late in the second period with the Bruins on the power play, Loui Eriksson knocked home the rebound off of a Ryan Spooner shot to give the B’s a 2-1 advantage.
Sweet Lou has 15 goals on the season, tying him with Bergeron and Marchand for the team lead. He has accumulated 23 points over his last 27 games, putting his total at 35, good for second on the team. PAY THAT MAN!
Spoonman has quietly been tearing it up as of late, and has racked up eight points (one goal, seven assists) over the last seven games.
Prior to the game, the team announced that David Pastrnak was day-to-day with an upper body injury. Hopefully he can get back into the lineup soon, along with David Krejci, who still has not skated since being listed as week-to-week with an upper body injury. Being able to move forward with a set offensive lineup could go a long way to getting the team back on track.
The Bruins are back in action on Friday to take on the Sabres in their road trip finale. They can not afford to leave Buffalo with anything less than two points.