Bruins' Quick First Period Goals Down Flyers

In a crucial week, the Philadelphia Flyers came up short, earning no points against Eastern Conference Stanley Cup contenders, losing to the Boston Bruins 3-0. It was the Flyers' third straight loss.

A game with a largely defensive identity took seven minutes to get the first shot on goal. Danny Briere let a weak shot fly to open the shooting stat. That opened the floodgates of scoring—for the other side.

Three goals on five shots turned the game directly in Boston's favor within almost three minutes of action in the first period.

The Flyers committed their first penalty, a hook from Kimmo Timonen. Tyler Seguin rejuvenated the Bruins' 23rd-ranked power play, scoring the Bruins' 11th power play goal on 67 attempts on a delicious pass from teammate Milan Lucic, who spun around in front of Ilya Bryzgalov to find the former 2nd overall pick wide open.

Defensively, the Flyers broke up completely in the following minute. The Bruins worked the puck down low, and as both defensemen and Claude Giroux got caught below the goal line, Jordan Caron spotted a wide open Chris Kelly, who rocketed the puck past Bryzgalov to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Just 40 seconds later, on a putrid Sean Couturier turnover, the puck popped over to Gregory Campbell who found a wide open, streaking Daniel Paille who deked backhand to slide it through Bryzgalov, putting the Flyers down 3 halfway through the first period.

After an uneventful 2nd period of trapping, the Flyers found themselves with only 12 shots after two periods—none very threatening towards Bruins' netminder Tuukka Rask. Rask, making his first start since the 4-3 loss in game seven in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, played very well in the game. He ended the game with his second shutout of the season.

His exclamation point came on a lunging glove save on Andrej Meszaros in his first game back, who slammed a one-timer on goal.

The Flyers almost scored on a shorthanded rush as Rask played the puck right to Maxime Talbot, but he shot it wide and Rask shut down Braydon Coburn's shot right after.

Bryzgalov made 25 saves in the loss.

The future for the Philadelphia Flyers looks cloudy. Three telling losses in a week's time may lead to changes. For now, they most look forward to the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center.


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