Flyers Embarrassed At Home By Bruins

Steve Mason's new goalie mask is a perfect representation of the Flyers.

His new mask has images of some of his teammates in zombie form. And much like his mask depicts, the Flyers resemble the walking dead.

The Flyers turned in another mediocre performance, losing 6-1 in embarrassing fashion to the Bruins at home. The loss expanded the Flyers losing streak to four games as well as losses in seven of their last nine games.

"It has to be the most embarrassing game I’ve been involved with," Claude Giroux said after the game. "We didn’t win any battles, we didn’t play as a team.

"Defensively, I think they were just moving the puck around us. We’ve got to do a better job of working and winning those battles. That’s what we’ve got to get better at."

As the captain stated, there was none of that in the loss. The Flyers trailed 4-0 with six minutes, 50 seconds to go in the second period when Mason was pulled in favor of Ray Emery.

Patrice Bergeron fired a bad angle shot off a rebound over the right shoulder of Mason, ending his night. Craig Berube knew right there that he had to rescue his goalie from another pitiful performance by the team in front of him.

Midway through the third period, Claude Giroux made it a 4-1 game with his power play goal.

It was the only offense the Flyers would get as Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each scored their second goals of the game to pull away 6-1. Nicklas Grossmann took a four-minute double minor for high sticking and the Bruins cashed in on the power play twice.

The six goals were the most the Flyers allowed since giving up six to Tampa Bay on Jan. 11 at the start of the current slump. The Flyers don't know wether to chalk it up as bad luck or just bad play.

“Once in awhile it’s bad luck, I couldn’t tell you to be honest with you," Grossmann, who was a minus-2 with six penalty minutes, said. "But sometimes you’re not in the right position or you try to block a shot and it goes off you and into the net.

"When things don’t go right it doesn’t take a lot to get those bounces. You kind of earn your luck.  You have to work and earn the luck out there. You can’t just go out and hope for the best."

The loss now has knocked the Flyers out of the current playoff picture. With 29 games left, the Flyers are currently in fourth in the Metro, but ninth in the Eastern Conference.

Getting knocked out of the playoff picture has opened the Flyers' eyes a bit, Scott Hartnell said.

"You play all year to get in the playoffs," Hartnell said. "Right now, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs, the way we’ve been playing the last three to four games.

"And if we match up against Boston (the current two-seed) and play like that, we’re four-and-out again if it’s a playoff match."

It would seem that the Flyers have found themselves in a crisis situation. But Berube is not willing to call it a crisis just yet.

“We’re in a little bit of a hole here and we have to dig our way out of it," Berube said. "We’re right there. All these teams are tight. We’re all bunched in together in a playoff spot or some teams who are out of a playoff spot are only a few points out too.

"To me, it’s not a crisis, but about getting back to doing things proper. When you do that, we’ll win some hockey games.”

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John Russo
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