Rewind to the Spring of 2010. The Philadelphia Flyers, down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup semifinal round, came back to take the series against the Boston Bruins while down 3-0 in game seven. The comeback mentality of the Flyers started then, and it hasn't let go.
That moment in Flyers history may be a fond one, but it may have ruined the current cast of players. Expecting comebacks every night takes a lot of stamina and endurance to pull off. It shouldn't be expected on a nightly basis.
(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov allows Brad Richards' 2nd period goal. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Flames head back on the road tonight, a place they have not been too fond of as of late, currently riding a 9-game win-less streak (0-8-1). Breaking the streak will not come easy heading into Chicago to face the league’s best team. The Blackhawks will finish off rare back-to-back home games after losing last night, 5-4 to the defending champs Los Angeles Kings.
Now 5-9-0 in games against the current playoff set, acrimoniously booed off the Wells Fargo Center ice after a sadsack performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves at a crux. Are they a playoff team?
Is this team, that needs to be bailed out by magical timeouts on a daily basis, that can only play 20 minutes on any given night, that cannot get the big save when they need it, a playoff team?
Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-0) at Boston Bruins (14-3-3)
Tuesday night in Washington, yeah that really happened...the Bruins came out firing on all cylinders, clearly upset about losing to life long rivals Montreal. The first period of the Caps game was as exciting for a Bruins fan as it gets. After the officials rewarded Brad Marchand with a penalty shot for Alex Ovechkin's hooking on a breakaway, the Honey Badger went five-hole on Braden Holtby and put the B's up 1-0. Marchand leads the Bruins with 12 goals so far this season.
Not long after, Milan Lucic showed his worth by sticking with the puck, sending it to Zdeno Chara, who took a shot on net, and after hitti...
Boston Bruins (14-3-2) at Washington Capitals (8-11-1)
Still not sure what to make of the Bruins performance against the Canadiens this past Sunday. On the one hand, they played weak defense and that last goal on Rask was really inexcusable, on the other hand if the officials call the cross check on Seguin, the Bruins go on a power play, they don't lose Chara for 17 minutes and we're talking about a different game. I did however enjoy Claude Julien's postgame comments on the continued unpunished embellishment from Montreal, look it up if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a watch.
Boston ended it's six game win streak with that 4-3 loss Sunda...
As expected last night was a relatively tight match between two teams who had pretty similar stats going into the game. Twenty-one year old, Swede, Robin Lehner was called up from the AHL to hopefully repeat the shutout performance he had in Boston exactly one year before...but he was bested by Patrice Bergeron in overtime.
The first period saw the Bruins kill off their twenty-sixth straight penalty, their best PK record since 2009. The B's also outshot the Sens eleven to five and had twice as many face off wins in the first twenty minutes, despite heading into intermission scoreless.
No, Nassau Coliseum has become "Home defeat home" in 2013.
After New York fell 4-1 to a talented and tough Bruins team, fans are clamoring to have the Islanders finish the remainder of the season on the road.
The Isles continued to look lost and slept walked through another tough home defeat on Tuesday. The team was able to put spurts of decent hockey together but it wasn't enough. The Bruins came in with an impressive record and their daunting presence steam rolled the Islanders from the first whistle.
In front of a raucous, Bruins jersey littered crowd, the Isles continued to search for answers on home ice.
After a promising first period with chances for the Isles, they were able to knot the game on a gritty goal by Casey Cizikas. Unfortunately it all went down hill after the Islanders went into the dressing room for the first intermission.
Boston Bruins (9-2-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-6-1)
Half the Bruins missed practice Tuesday due to "flu like symptoms" so hopefully some sunshine in Florida for the next three days will brighten up not only those symptoms but some very un-Bruins like play we've been seeing.
This is the first of three meetings for the B's and the Lightning and the only one in Florida. Last season, the two teams split their four games, each winning at home. The Bruins certainly need two points, despite a reasonably strong start they have played the fewest games of any NHL team and find themselves in fifth place in the East. As welcoming as a three day r...