Observations: Flyers 5, Bruins 2
April, 23, 2013
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
Just when it appeared the Boston Bruins were starting to find their game after three solid performances and a 3-0 win Sunday, they fell apart again. Boston allowed two goals in seven seconds to fall behind 3-1 midway through the second period and never recovered, losing 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen netted those quick strikes to as the Flyers broke open a 1-1 game. Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers, who got 39 saves from Steve Mason.
Wade Redden and David Krejci scored for the Bruins, but it wasn't enough as they fell to 1-4-1 in their last six games and failed to gain ground on the Canadiens, who also lost Tuesday.
Bruins unravel too easily again: Too many times this season, the Bruins haven't been able to recover from mental lapses and bad breaks. That was the case in this game as the Bruins allowed those two goals in seven seconds midway through the second period. There was still 7:06 left in the middle frame, but they seemed to stop creating their own chances after that. From that point on the Bruins appeared to play in a daze, reverting to the funk that's plagued them all too frequently over the past month. Turnovers are also killing this team; again, it seemed to be the ongoing case of lazy play. If the Bruins don't find their game soon, they're going to be one round and out in the playoffs.
Khudobin and Rask victims of teamwide collapse: Anton Khudobin got the hook following the two quick strikes by the Flyers in the second period. He was later put back into the game late in the third period after Tuukka Rask allowed two goals and the Flyers went up 5-2. While Rask and Khudobin weren't great, they can't be completely blamed. On the third Flyers goal, Zdeno Chara made an errant pass off his goaltender and the puck went in the net. The Bruins were turning the puck over way too much in front of their own net, and not many goalies could've saved the day there.
Len Redkoles/Getty ImagesDavid Krejci and the Bruins seemed to be chasing the puck in vain all game long.
Power play: Once again the Bruins' power play failed to give them a boost they desperately needed. Following the quick two goals by the Flyers, Carl Soderberg was called for high-sticking, but after that the Bruins were the beneficiaries of three straight power plays and had chances to get right back into the game. While they've proven in the past that they can win without a strong power play, this was once again a time when it could've made a huge difference in potentially regaining the momentum.
Campbell sacrifices: Many questioned Bruins coach Claude Julien for putting Gregory Campbell up on the top two lines recently when the coach had to shuffle his lines due to injuries and lackluster play from his big guns. Campbell did respond with a stretch of two goals and three assists in three games, and you can't question Campbell's dedication and desire to win. That was on full display in the first period when Campbell slid in front of a blistering shot by Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster. Campbell shook it off and came back to play his customary two-way game.
McQuaid returns: After missing one game with a lower body injury suffered in the 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday, defenseman Adam McQuaid was back on the Boston blue line. That meant Johnny Boychuk was a healthy scratch. Up front things stayed the same for the Bruins. Here's what the lineup looked like to start the game:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid