The Philadelphia Flyers were dominated in every facet of the game on Saturday afternoon. They fell to the Boston Bruins 6-1. The lone Flyers goal was scored by Claude Giroux.
There is little point to writing a period by period recap, or even any chronological commentary on this game. The Flyers were outplayed from start to finish. Did they have chances here and there? Yes, but they did not have any sustained pressure. Their only goal came on a power play and they only had two of those in the game. The Bruins scored two goals in every period. Jarome Iginla had four points (2G, 2A) and Zdeno Chara scored two power play goals.
Here are a few takeaways from this afternoon. Warning, they are not pretty:
-Hey, at least the Flyers do not have any tough games before the Olympic break, right? Wrong. Their next five games are against the Red Wings, Ducks, Kings, Sharks, and Avalanche. As good as the Bruins are, the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks are even better. Things may get a whole lot worse before they get better.
-Erik Gustafsson returned to the lineup. He played well. He earned 20:37 of ice time and was not on the ice for a goal against. Glad to see him back.
-Nicklas Grossmann was atrocious today. I thought before the game that he should have been scratched instead of Meszaros and I am even more confident of that now. Grossmann was -2, had multiple giveaways, and earned 6 PIMs. He blatantly screened Mason on the second goal against and he was turned inside out on the third goal. He did not spend all six minutes that he earned in the penalty box because the Bruins scored on both halves of a double minor against him. Personally, he is the player I would most like to see traded.
-Steve Mason was pulled after the fourth goal against. He did not play well. Of course, he was hung out to dry again, so it is difficult to really assess his play. This only fuels the fire of those who hated his contract extension. Emery did not fair a whole lot better in net.
-By the end of the game the Flyers lines looked like this:
BSchenn – Giroux – Voracek
Hartnell – Lecavalier – Simmonds
Read – Couturier – Raffl
Rosehill – VV – Hall
Those lines looked pretty good, but there are still lingering questions. BSchenn or Vinny at center? What about Downie? Does Vinny fit anywhere in long-term plan?
-This has nothing to do with the Flyers game that took place today, but Marc-Andre Bourdon recorded an assist in his comeback to the AHL today. Good for him.