The Flyers showed proof of life last night as they took down the fourth place Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Rivaled only by Marchand’s botched penalty shot in 2019-20, the Bruins’ captain wiped out like a wounded animal to let Travis Sanheim march in for the game-winner.
Would it have been nice to take the W in regulation? Absolutely!
But imagine going into tonight’s back-to-back having dropped that game vs. winning it.
Be grateful for wins when you get them, dammit…
Flyers v. Bruins: Three Storylines
For the first time in recent memory, the Flyers were very strong in the offensive zone. Maybe it is line continuity, urgency, confidence, or something else, but the Flyers really dominated much of the zone time, especially in the third period.
The pinches were strong, the cycling was great, and the forecheck relentless. The fourth line (Laczynski, NAK, Raffl) looked excellent throughout the game, and the rest of the lines followed suit.
Kudos to Bruins goalie Dan Vladar for making some solid saves in only his fourth NHL game.
With the increased offensive push and the home-team last change advantage, look for the Flyers to maintain the pressure.
Big Girls Don’t Cry, Brad
This freaking guy again…
Brad Marchand is such a putz, so it is so delightful to see when he starts whining during games. On Sanheim’s OT breakaway, Marchand saw they were in trouble and tried to weasel matching minors with Nolan Patrick to stop play.
After initiating contact, Nolan took him on the ice and Marchand got all hot and bothered.
NO ONE’S BUYING IT DUDE.
He complained for a good 90 seconds after the winner and talked awful tough as he walked down the runway.
Will the Broadway theatrics from Marchand continue into tonight’s game? Will the Flyers take the bait?
Think Outside the Box
Five-on-five the Flyers had a solid showing.
The concern with the Flyers/Bruins matchup all year has been the Bruins lethal power play. The Flyers didn’t necessarily take “bad” penalties and actually only took two.
Back-to-back and three-in-four ware on the legs which often equate to hooking and holding penalties.
For the Flyers to keep the momentum up this week they need to keep the Boston PP off the ice.
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