On November 10, 2019, the Boston Bruins competed against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first 10 or so minutes of the game were very back and forth. Neither teams were able to establish much zone time. Passing was inconsistent, and the layers were nonexistent. The next five minutes of play were predominately dominated by the Flyers. With a little more than five minutes to go in the period, Travis Konecny scored on a three-on-one. Jaro Halak did all he could to stop the puck from going in, stopping the first two shots that came his way on that play, but it wasn’t enough. Almost immediately after the goal, Brad Marchand was high sticked by Joel Farabee. The Bruins didn’t do much on the power play. They were able to keep the puck in the offensive zone, but every effort was stopped. The rest of the period was overtaken by the Flyers as Philippe Myers scored their second goal with just a little over two minutes left. “We’ve gotten away from what we do best, and that’s cost us,” Charlie Coyle said post-game.
The second period started out much better for the B’s. The first three minutes were spent in the offensive zone. Zach Senyshyn pushed the puck past the Flyers goaltender, but it was ruled no goal, and there is no explanation why. The play was onside, there was no interference and the whistle hadn’t blown yet. Once the refs made that mistake, the Bruins lost their mojo again. They continued to play unmotivated. With less than twelve minutes left in the second, David Pastrnak was whistled for hooking. The Bruins were able to make the kill and were even awarded a solid chance when Pasta exited the box. Since then, the Bruins were able to establish pretty good zone time and create several high opportunities. Unfortunately, the Bruins left the ice after the second period still down by two.
The third period was a little bit better for the black and gold. Only five minutes into the period, Danton Heinen broke onto the score sheet scoring the Bruins’ first of the night. It was a beauty the was well earned. The Bruins continued to tilt the ice after Heinen’s goal. At one point, the B’s recorded more than forty seconds of consecutive zone time. Finally, Brad Marchand was able to tie the game with his eleventh of the year! The Bruins spent the majority of the period grinding. They never once gave up. With less than five minutes to go, David Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot. Unfortunately, he was unable to tuck one past the Flyers goalie. With less than four minutes to go in the game, the Bruins were awarded a power play. As usual, the first unit had difficulty setting it up. Once they did, they had several great looks. The Bruins ended regulation tied 2-2. They worked incredibly hard to get the point in this one.
The overtime was filled with speedy play. Each team had their share of chances. The Bruins, though, were over-shifting themselves. They were trying to do the most, but it only made the post gameplay more terrifying. The overtime was back and forth with each team trying to close out the game. With only twenty-one seconds left in OT, the Bruins were whistled for too many men. David Krejci served the penalty. Luckily, the B’s hung on to earn a shootout.
Charlie Coyle went first but could not score. Joel Farabee went second and tucked it past Jaro. Brad Marchand went third and still, could not score. Claude Giroux went forth. Luckily, he missed it. David Pastrnak went fifth but could not sneak it past. With the denial of Pastrnak, the Flyers had won the game. “They played the right way,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said about Philly. “I’ve gotta give them credit for playing a good road game and managing the puck. They played it simple and protected the front of their net. We had a tough time getting trough. We never got the opportunity to get them on their heels.”
The Bruins earned a single point in the game, putting their outright losing streak to an end. Hopefully, they will come out hot against the Panthers on Tuesday.