The eight-day layoff between series was a key factor in the Flyers falling behind in the first period on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins looked rested enough but ready to play and the Flyers simply were not. Although moral victories don’t win you playoff series, it can give these guys some confidence going into tonight’s game. They came back from a number of 2-goal leads and brought the game to overtime where they were simply gassed and swarmed by a dedicated Boston team. Some questions were answered on Saturday and some new ones were brought to the table.
Tonight, the Flyers play another game in Boston before returning home for two games. Same deal as last series, take the split of the first two games and take home advantage off the table. Tuukka Rask is beatable despite the hype surrounding his rookie campaign. The point shots with traffic in front of the net seemed to work the best on him, and the Flyers will continue to crowd that crease tonight, I guarantee that. Scott Hartnell also recorded a nice assist on the Richards goal and showed nice presence in front of the net and in the offensive zone in general. If he can build off of Saturday he should be set for a nice series.
Danny Briere can be blamed for a number of blown assignments in the defensive zone. He simply stood there out of position for a couple of those Bruins goals. In the end, he scored the tying goal. He’s going to need to step it up defensively or maybe they should move him back to winger so his defensive assignments aren’t as hard on him… but seriously he needs to play some defense.
Jared Ross and Andreas Nodl got some ice time on Saturday and did not do anything too spectacular but also didn’t do anything to detriment the team. They were even at 0 for +/- and Nodl got a few more minutes than Ross since he was on the penalty kill for a few shifts.
We need a good start tonight and if we can get ahead early, the Bruins should have trouble coming back. They scored 5 goals in Game 1, they won’t be able to do that every game. Boosh was solid on Saturday but he still has room to improve… especially with that rebound control.
If we take a split to Philly on Wednesday there’s a good shot we can win this series. The Flyers didn’t play a full game Saturday and still nearly won, we’ll see what happens.