The Philadelphia Flyers lost for the second-consecutive game to the Boston Bruins on Friday night. In a game that saw a struggling offense for both teams early on in the game, both managed to figure it out, with the Flyers ultimately coming up on the losing end of the matchup. The first two periods of the Friday night showdown had no scoring involved despite the two teams being aggressive and getting some shots on the net. The Flyers ended up playing a good game with the defense looking great but unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the net to win the game.
The Flyers finished the first period with seven shots on goal, outshooting the Bruins, who had five shots. The first period included the Flyers’ first fight of the season, coming twelve games into the year. Nicolas Aube-Kubel dropped his gloves and engaged in a fight with Connor Clifton. The Bruins managed to get five penalties alone in the first period, and the team had a full penalty box. Unsurprisingly, the Flyers failed to execute their power play advantage properly and ended up not scoring.
Nothing changed score-wise in the second period, with the two teams entering and exiting the second period scoreless. Boston ended up getting two penalties in the second period, but again, the Flyers couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage but did display some effort – just couldn’t come up with a goal.
The third period was the period to focus on as both teams finally ended up scoring. James van Riemsdyk scored the Flyers’ first and the only goal of the night. Van Riemsdyk extended his point streak to six straight games where JvR has earned at least one point. Brad Marchand tied the game up at one apiece. Flyers showed great effort both offensively and defensively, but the Bruins took the lead late in the third period courtesy of Sean Kuraly. Flyers could not get at least one goal with more than a minute remaining, and Brian Elliott pulled, resulting in their second straight loss. Philadelphia can’t find a way to win against Boston, and hopefully, that changes soon.
Flyers vs. Bruins: Three Observations
Nicolas Aube-Kubel Drops Gloves
In what was surprising, considering the Flyers had gone all season without a fight, Nicolas Aube-Kubel dropped the gloves and had a pretty good fight with Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton.
Referees let the fight go on as much as possible, which is always a good thing to see nowadays, considering most fights are broken up prematurely, leading to the decreasing number of fights seen in NHL games.
Didn’t seem to end well for Aube-Kubel as he took some heavy punches right into the face from Clifton.
Travis Sanheim Put Together Good Game
One of the Flyers players that stood out more than the others tonight was Travis Sanheim. Sanheim was paired with Justin Braun due to the absence of Phil Myers. The two certainly did not disappoint.
The 24-year old defenseman had no problem getting right in the path of pucks and ended up ending the game with quite a few blocked shots. Sanheim was not on the ice when the Bruins scored their two goals, which is a good thing as it did not affect his plus and minus rating.
It’s great that Sanheim put together a good game tonight. The hope for all Flyers fans is that Sanheim continues going strong as the Flyers look to make the playoffs this season, which could become a reality if the team can figure things out in terms of not squandering third-period leads.
James van Riemsdyk Scores Goal
James van Riemsdyk put together a solid game tonight and scored the night’s first and only goal for the Flyers. Van Riemsdyk’s effort throughout the entire game didn’t go unnoticed, and it eventually ended up with him scoring a goal in the third period of play.
With the goal scored, JvR extended his point streak to six consecutive games. He was recently named one of the NHL’s Star of the Month, and deservingly so. He has been fun to watch this entire season, Friday night’s game included.
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