The Philadelphia Flyers entered the TD Garden with their playoff hopes on the line. After a disappointing loss in Toronto, a win in Boston would put the Flyers back into the thick of things in the playoff race. However, a late third period goal undid a decent effort from the orange and black as they fell 2-1 to the Bruins.
Travis Konecny, the birthday boy, was excited to get going on the new-look second line.
The physicality got started early with this Matt Beleskey hit on Shayne Gostisbehere
Then Brandon Manning stood up for his teammate, and took a beating.
The Bruins had a prime scoring chance early, but Ivan Provorov saved the day.
The Flyers appeared to have scored after a great stretch pass, but it was ruled no goal.
It was close, but inconclusive.
Claude Giroux couldn’t believe it.
Steve Mason took a puck off the mask. Now that’s using your head.
Shayne Gostisbehere drew a penalty while already on the power play, and the Flyers got a 5-on-3 chance.
The Flyers couldn’t convert, and the Bruins converted on their power play chance, of course, to take a 1-0 lead. Some weak defense from Andrew MacDonald along the wall and Sean Couturier in front led to the goal.
The Bruins went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
But it wouldn’t stay that way.
Jordan Weal finished off a great play by the top line in front to tie the game.
He’s for Weal! And a great assist by Simmonds.
Radko Gudas nearly made it a 2-1 game, but he hit iron.
We said earlier that Simmonds was hungry, and he’s gonna eat.
Gudas continued to make his presence felt, this time with a big hit.
The Bruins got another power play chance late in the second period, but the Flyers killed it off. It was a bit of a weak call, anyway.
The teams were tied at one after two periods, with twenty minutes of hockey left.
The final 19 minutes and 54 seconds were rather uneventful, and then this happened.
Steve Mason deserves better.
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