It started to look good for the Philadelphia Flyers when the second period ended. They snapped their goalless drought and went into the intermission tied. Then the third period started.
The Boston Bruins scored three goals in the last six and a half minutes to hand the Flyers their fourth straight loss. It was their second consecutive in regulation.
Despite giving up four goals, Ray Emery played well. He kept the Flyers in the game, but the offense could not find a way past Tuukka Rask in the final frame. Emery’s afternoon ended with 37 saves. Wayne Simmonds and Jay Rosehill scored for the Flyers.
Emery looked sharp all game. Going into Saturday afternoon’s game, he had gone 1-1-1 with a 1.66 goals against average and a .946 save percentage. While the fourth goal went off his glove, Emery played well enough to keep the Flyers in the game.
With 6:06 left in the third period, it looked as if the Flyers and Bruins could go into overtime once again. That ended when Patrice Bergeron won an offensive zone faceoff. The puck slid out to Johnny Boychuck who fired the puck right off the draw. Emery did not see the puck until the last second and it zoomed by him to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Less than a minute later, Milan Lucic scored his second goal of the game and made it 4-2. Chris Kelly sealed the game with an empty-net goal.
The Flyers have looked sluggish in their last four game, much like they did back in October when the season began. There was very little puck support and the team could not clear the zone. This inability to get the puck out resulted in the first goal of the game.
A mad scramble in front of Emery left the Flyers swatting the loose puck into their own teammates. The puck popped onto the stick of David Krejci and three men in white jerseys stood and watched Krejci put the Bruins up 1-0 with 4:05 left in the first period.
After numerous chances, the Flyers broke their goalless drought in the second period. During a power play, Mark Streit shot the puck off the board and Simmonds was there to pick it up and slide it past Rask. The game was tied at 1-1.
The tie would be short-lived. Nineteen seconds later, Lucic one-timed a heavy shot past Emery to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Not long after Lucic’s goal, Rosehill scored the goal of his career. Micahel Raffl fed a pass to Rosehill at the side of the goalmouth. Rosehill spun around and slid the puck by Rask to tie the game at 2-2.
Zac Rinaldo was out to make a statement. He was all over the ice smashing bodies.
Ray Emery played well and deserved the win.
While Berube has made some great strides, this team has some way to go if they want to contend for the Stanley Cup.
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