Flyers fall 6-2 to Bruins in final game before All-Star Break

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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Samuel Ersson, left, looks for a loose puck past Boston Bruins’ James van Riemsdyk (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

It’s the last game for the Philadelphia Flyers before the All-Star Break, and it couldn’t have gone worse for the Boys on Broad. Especially on the day that Mark Recchi was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

Their five-game skid continues as they lost 6-2 to the visiting Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center in a game that was well over by the end of the first intermission. A stark difference from the five-game win streak the week before as Philly now has a 1-5-0 record in the six games in nine days stretch.

Bruins’ David Pastrnak lit the lamp twice in the first period to reach 33 goals on the season with an assist, while Samuel Ersson gave up four goals on just 14 shots and was pulled for Cal Petersen coming back out for the second period. Linus Ullmark made 35 saves for Boston, which won for the seventh time in eight games.

Despite the loss, the Flyers are still third in the Metropolitan Division and now will get nine days off to process their recent struggles and reset. 

Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins

The first period was one that Philadelphia would like to forget. They played all right for the first 14 minutes of the frame. But 14:09 into the stanza, Pasta scored his first goal of the game from a shot from the right face-off circle. Poor Travis Sanheim was used as a screen, and Pastrnak fired the puck between the defender’s legs and into the net. Pavel Zacha and  Charlie McAvoy were credited with the assists. They added a second goal from McAvoy as he took a pass from Zacha and potted it into the left empty side of the net to make it 2-0 Bruins.

Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak reacts after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

The bloodletting continued from there.

There was a disastrous triple-deflected puck off an initial shot by Brandon Carlo at the 16:47 mark. First, it flew off a Flyer and then off Danton Heinen’s stick and then his face. Carlo got the assist, and Boston made it 3-0. Adding another insult to injury goal, James van Riemsdyk (we remember him, right?) has the assist as he helped Pasta, who potted the rebound and made it 4-0.

Errson was done to reset the team as the Flyers headed into the locker room to end the first period. First-period shots on goal were 13-12 Flyers.

The second period saw Peterson in between the pipes, and it didn’t take long for Boston to make it a 5-0 hockey game. Pastrnak passed the puck to van Riemsdyk, and he stashed the puck into the cage to just extend what was already a deep deficit.

But it became Tyson Foerster time 15:23 into the frame. Sanheim sent the puck up the boards to Foerster, and he scored to get the Flyers on the scoreboard.

The 22-year-old did it again in the third period. A puck bounced in off Matt Grzelcyk’s stick at the 11:24 mark and skated past Ullmark for Two-Time Tyson’s ninth goal of the season.

A comeback was off the table, so Boston figured, why not add another goal as a good measure? Charlie Coyle scored for Boston after Petersen was taken out of the net by a sliding Sanheim to make it a 6-2 game. Petersen finished with 12 saves on 14 shots over 40 minutes of play. The only silver lining is that both the Flyers and Bruins went 0-for-3 on their respective power plays.

After the game, head coach John Tortorella offered some insight into the team’s performances as of late:

We’ve lost ourselves a little bit here. I think we’ve lost confidence offensively althought I thought we generated some offense today. It’s how the league works sometimes. You have some good weeks and you have some struggles. We’re having some struggles now so we just gotta try to put our head down and see if we can solve some problems to get better.

John Tortorella, 1/27/24

The Flyers are back in action on February 6 on the road against the Florida Panthers.