Welcome to an extraordinary edition of the Pod Street Postgame! In the fifth meeting between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins, fans were treated to the NHL Outdoors game based in Lake Tahoe. 11 years after the Boston Bruins beat the Flyers at Fenway Park; the NHL decided to renew the rivalry with another outdoor game between the two clubs.
Early on in the first period, the “Perfection Line” picked up where they left off in the last matchup. David Pastrnak put a puck behind Hart 34 seconds in. On a cross-ice dump in by Couturier, Joel Farabee beat the defenseman to the puck as it bounced off the corner boards to score it five-hole to erase the 1-0 lead.
After serving a tripping penalty, Couturier comes out of the box to score the go-ahead goal with just over five minutes to go in the first period. The Bruins answered shortly after as Charlie McAvoy stepped into a shot from the point to knot the game at two apiece. This would conclude the first period that was filled with lots of physical hits and plenty of goals.
Early on in the second period David Pastrnak gets the early Bruins lead as he puts the puck over Carter Hart’s shoulder. … wait, is this deja vu? Late in the second period off of a Flyers turnover, Charlie Coyle ripped another shot past Hart to extend the lead. On the next shift, Trent Frederic scored 33 seconds later to extend the lead 5-2. After the Frederic goal, Andreoff took a roughing minor to allow the Bruins to get a power play. What happened next? The Bruins scored their third goal in 99 seconds to take a 6-2 lead late in the second period.
In the second half of the third period, James van Riemsdyk was able to pick up his third point of the game as he redirected a shot past Tuuka Rask on the powerplay. With less than three minutes to go, Pastrnak remains red hot against the Flyers and scores his third of the night to complete the hat-trick and extend their lead to 7-3. Make that two hat tricks for Pastrnak against the Flyers this season.
Flyers vs. Boston: Three Takeaways
60 Minutes of Play
Early on in the first period, the Flyers had the momentum as they controlled most of the play and possessed the puck. Lately, they started their games hot out of the gate and skating stride for stride with their opponents. Tonight was just the case as they went stride for stride and goal for goal with the Bruins.
As the game went on, the Bruins decided that they would take over the game and control the possession and play. The Flyers led the first period in shots at 11-8, and then the Bruins literally turned the game around to shoot 15-3. It seemed like the man-made rink in Lake Tahoe was on a teeter-totter.
To put this nicely, Carter Hart was bad tonight. For some reason, the Bruins have the Flyers’ number and like to score goals against Carter Hart. Goals that did go in should have been easy saves for Hart. Lately, Hart has not been on his game, and it has been very puzzling, to say the least.
Hart let in six goals on 23 shots from the Boston Bruins. Hart has to be better to beat the Bruins and start making those incredible saves that fans have become used to seeing. Brian Elliott came in to relieve Carter Hart in the third period.
Let’s Stop Playing Boston
The Flyers currently have three games remaining against the Boston Bruins before the season ends in April. With the way this team has played against the Bruins, we should forfeit the rest of the games. It would be in our better interest, and we wouldn’t embarrass ourselves anymore.
Without playing the Bruins, Philadelphia is 8-1-1. Going 0-3-2 against the Bruins definitely doesn’t help them in the standings, especially since Boston keeps running away with winning the division. If the Flyers can’t figure out how to beat the Bruins in these last three games, they will be in trouble if they want to secure a playoff spot in this already tight East Division.
There aren’t many thoughts to have about this game. Watching the Flyers barely put in a full 60-minute effort against the Boston Bruins is becoming tiring, to say the least. Notable efforts in this game are James van Riemsdyk scoring his 500th NHL point and Joel Farabee becoming the second-youngest player in Flyers history to score a goal in an outdoor game.
The Flyers will have two days’ rest before they take on the New York Rangers in another nationally televised game in a Wednesday Night Rivalry game. They will have to put this loss in their rearview and refocus their minds for the next game. Hopefully, the Flyers will activate some players off of the Covid-19 protocol list before the Rangers game.
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