These type of losses are continuing to pile up for the Bruins. The B’s blew a 2-1 lead in the third period with under 10 minutes left in the game to fall 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Although Boston looked like the better team for most of the game, again they come away with nothing to show for it. Bruins got goals from Kevan Miller and Loui Eriksson. Eriksson’s crafty goal came on the power play. Regardless, the Bruins left 2 valuable points of the table again.
Here are Bostonpucks.com’s 3 thoughts from tonight’s game:
1) Kevan Miller Had A Rebound Game
In the first period Torey Krug got leveled by a monster body check on a Brayden Schenn forecheck. Kevan Miller immediately responded by pounding the piss out of Schenn. And on top of sticking up for his teammate, Miller scored one of the more electric snipes we’ve seen in awhile. He drifted in from the point, scooped up a great crossing pass from Max Talbot and went highlight reel high glove. It came at a time when the Bruins were pressing and dictating a lot of the play. So often recently the B’s haven’t capitalized on scoring chances after establishing pressure so it was nice to see him bury after a good series of shifts. It’s no surprise that his performance tonight was done in a limited 15 minutes of ice time. That’s prime time for Miller. We saw what happens to his game when he’s asked to play up in the 20 minute range like he did Monday night in New York.
2) Zdeno Chara Needs To Stop Pinching
It has happened twice in the past three games where Chara has pinched in the offensive zone and got smoked each time. Then he loses the race back up the ice against younger and faster players.
Tonight on the game tying goal he pinched down but the Flyers got control of the puck. Wayne Simmonds, who was below the goal line at the time, started the break out and then beat Chara up the ice to score the goal. His Trotman played the 2-on-1 didn’t help things either.
In the Ottawa game on Saturday Chara did not fully pinch, but he was beat up the ice by Mika Zibanejad who scored the goal. Chara needs to know his limitations be very careful when he pinches. If it is a 50/50 puck he really shouldn’t go. Now that his skills have diminished he absolutely needs to play a smarter game. If he doesn’t play smarter he is going to struggle, and he’s the last defenseman the Bruins need struggling.
3) Flyers’ Top Line Torched the Bruins Tonight
The Flyers’ top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds were on the ice for all 3 Flyers goals. Jakub Voracek had a goal and 2 assists and Giroux tacked on 3 assists to go along with Simmonds’ goal.
And you think Brett Connolly needs to get it going? It could be worse if you were a Flyers fan. Voracek’s goal tonight was just his 5th of the season after signing an 8-year, $66 million deal this past summer. Ouch. He has scored at least 22 goals in each of the last 3 seasons. Connolly only has 23 total career goals.
Giroux scored the game winner against the Bruins in the first meeting of these two teams back on October 21st. He finished that game with two goals, Simmonds also scored in that game and Voracek had 2 assists.
You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know that this line is a matchup issue for the Bruins. Fo0l me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. The Bruins should game plan for those guys a little better (don’t punch, Chara) the next time they play the Flyers because now they have lost 3 points to a Flyers team that is not as good as them.
- Vatrano had a rough game coming off a healthy scratch. His early poor decision to try to clear the puck up the middle in the d-zone was rewarded by Philadelphia’s Voracek happily enjoying a tap in goal. 72 ended up a -1 and the only forward who had less ice time than him, just barely, was Zac Rinaldo.
- Marchand seems to have lost all the momentum he built up prior to his suspension. Since his return he’s mustered a modest 5 shots on goal in 3 games and really hasn’t looked his usual self. Maybe he needs more time to get up to speed again but he definitely doesn’t look as dangerous or energized lately.
- That’s two games in three days the Bruins have lost in regulation when leading going into the 3rd period. Barf.
Next up is Buffalo on Friday night. Not getting points in that game would be an utter disaster for the Bruins. Puck drops just after 7pm.