Bruins-Flyers: Captainless Flyers Give Up and Pay the Price, Lose 3-1 to Bruins
Tonight, the Flyers play their 50th game of the year and 24th game at home this season, where they hold a 15-5-3 mark. After returning from a week-long, three-game road trip, where they went 1-2-0, the Flyers return home to the Wachovia Center, where they have won nine of their last 10 home games and are 13-1-2 in their last 16 contests...
The Flyers have also had 17 games go past regulation play, more than any other team in the NHL thus far.
Jeff Carter has recorded at least a point in six of his last eight games, recording nine points (5G,4A) in that span. Carter has also recorded at least a point in nine of his last 10 home games, posting eight goals and 17 points during that stretch.
Scott Hartnell has recorded at least a point in nine of his last 10 games at home, posting 15 points (9G, 6A) in that span. Mike Richards has recorded at least a point in 11 of his last 13 games at home, posting 17 points (6G, 11A).
Has won three of his last four games, going 3-1-0, recording a 2.47 GAA and .930 save percentage in that span.
Against the Bruins
This is the first of four meetings against the Bruins this year. The Flyers posted a record of 1-1-2 against the Bruins last season, with three of the four games decided by one goal, including two contests extending past regulation play.
Mike Richards led the season series with three goals and five points, while the Flyers scored six of their 10 goals against the Bruins on the power play, which went 6-for-16 (37.5%) in 2007-08.
The Flyers are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and are a lifetime 57-78-21-5 against Boston. Scottie Upshall averages a point per-game against the Bruins with six points (4G,2A) in six games.
Mike Richards has nine points (5G,4A) in 11 career games against Boston. Martin Biron will be in net tonight squaring off with Tim Thomas. Thomas, is one of, if not, the hottest goalie in the NHL.
The Flyers are 15-5-3 at the Wachovia Center and 11-9-6 on the road this season. Philadelphia has a 6-2-4 record in the Atlantic Division, a 4-4-0 record against the Northeast Division, an 9-3-2 record against the Southeast Division and a 20-9-6 record against the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers have a 6-5-3 record against Western Conference opponents. The Flyers own a 5-1-2 record when they wear their new orange third jersey.
Some Upcoming Records for current Flyers players:
Joffrey Lupul - Needs two assists to reach 100 in the NHL.
Kimmo Timonen - Needs three games to reach 700 in the NHL
Jeff Carter - Needs two goals to reach 100 in the NHL and as a Flyer.
Martin Biron - Needs one shutout to record his 25th career shutout, an NHL Milestone.
Mike Richards - Needs two short-handed goals to reach 18 as a Flyer, tying him for seventh place on the Flyers
All-Time List (with Rod Brind'Amour).
First Period: Puck Drop-7:08
Penalty: BOS-Bitz (2:00)-Interference, 2:28. PHI-Knuble (2:00)-Tripping, 7:47.
PP: PHI-0/1 BOS-0/1
PK: PHI-1/1 BOS-1/1
Shots: PHI-14 BOS-7
Notes: The started fast even without Mike Richards, getting a powerplay over two minutes in. Jeff Carter had a wide open net with seconds remaining on the powerplay but didn’t get enough on it and Tim Thomas gobbled it up. A quick first period, not too much action other than the missed opportunity by Jeff Carter.
Penalty: PHI-Carle(2:00)-Tripping, 7:28. PHI-Lupul(2:00)-Holding, 10:36. PHI-Powe(2:00)-Trippin, 18:22. BOS-Wheeler(2:00)-Interference, 18:56.
Goals: BOS-Ryder(19), Assists-Wideman (25), Krejci (36), 3:07. PHI-Hartnell (19), Assists-Lupul(15), Parent(1), 5:24.
PP: PHI-0/1 BOS-0/3
PK: PHI-3/3 BOS-1/1
Shots: PHI-5 BOS-12
Notes: The period opened up with Boston taking the 1-0 lead 3:07 into the second. Scott Hartnell notched his 19th of the season 2:17 later. After the Hartnell goal the Bruins dominated the rest of the period. The Bruins outshot the Flyers 12-5.
The Flyers have to come out in the third and take over if their going to beat the Bruins. The Flyers on their five shots rattled Tim Thomas a bit. They have to get back and attack him, make him play the puck.
Penalty: PHI-Giroux(2:00)-Charging, 7:28.
Goals: BOS-Krejci(19), Assists-Hinidy(8), 5:48. BOS-Wideman(12), Assists-Wheeler(17), 6:23.
PK: PHI-5/5 BOS-2/2
Total Shots- PHI-26 BOS-33
Notes: The Flyers came out with no effort against the top seed in the NHL. I said at the end of the second that the Flyers had to come back in this period and take over. Obviously, the Flyers gave up and told themselves they can’t beat this team.
Was it because they didn’t have their captain Mike Richards? I take no excuses. This was the top team in the entire league, that’s enough incentive for me.
The Flyers head to Boston now to play the Bruins on their home ice. They better get their act together or it could get real ugly in Boston.
Goodnight from the Wachovia Center.
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