After having the last two nights off, the Bruins still looked sleepy Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Flyers, 3-1, in Philadelphia.
The Islanders took the lead on a Mike Knuble power-play goal at 15:19 of the first period. Matt Read made it 2-0 in the second period on what was a rough shift for the B’s, and Boston failed to get on the board until Nathan Horton scored on a rebound five minutes into the third period. Ruslan Fedotenko put the game out of reach with an empty netter with 58.4 seconds remaining.
The loss made was Boston’s fourth regulation loss in their last seven games (2-4-1), and it came at the hands of a Flyers team that entered the game 14th in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins (21-8-4) continue to trail the Canadiens in the standings, as Montreal has 47 points to Boston’s 46. The Senators, who will have played three more games than the B’s, can tie Boston in points with a win over the Maple Leafs Saturday night.
The Bruins will play Sunday night in Buffalo. The Sabres, who have beaten the Bruins in two of their three meetings thus far.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– This game had deceiving offensive explosion written all over it, yet the Bruins couldn’t muster any offense over two periods. The defensively depleted Flyers entered the game 26th in the NHL in goals against, allowing 3.06 goals per game. Not only did the Bruins not put anything past Ilya Bryzgalov in the first first 40 minutes, they barely tested him. Horton missed an open net on a rebound in the second period and was able to redeem himself with his third-period goal, but the effort and the results from the team for the first two periods were ugly.
– The Bruins have fallen behind, 2-0, in four consecutive games, losing three of the four (1-2-1). They last scored the first goal of the game six games ago, though they blew that lead in their 3-1 loss to the Jets.
– Another rough day for Aaron Johnson. With Zdeno Chara in the box for holding in the first period, Johnson got time on the penalty kill and was in front when Knuble scored to make it 1-0. He was also on the ice for Read’s goal, though he was the only one back when the Flyers had a 3-on-1 seconds earlier.
– Chara nearly scored on his own goal when he was trying to take the puck from Read in front of the net in the first period. He got a stick on the puck, sending it into the crease, but Rask stuck a pad out to save what would have been an embarrassing and costly mishap on Chara’s part.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Horton now has goals in consecutive games after totaling just one goal over his previous 14. Horton sent a pass across to Dennis Seidenberg at the point from the wall and raced to the front of the net in time to bury the rebound from Seidenberg’s shot for his 10th goal of the season.
– Speaking of Horton, the line of David Krejci between Horton and Lucic was one of the bright spots for the B’s in the first period. The line combined for five shots on goal, with three from Krejci and one apiece from Horton and Lucic. It was fitting that the line produced the team’s only goal in a game in which Patrice Bergeron’s trio was uncharacteristically quiet. Bergeron even struggled in the faceoff circle, losing 12 of his 19 draws.