Time Not on Flyers' Side in Boston


BOSTON - The Bruins extended the Flyers' winless streak to five games, handing Dave Hakstol's team one of its more devastating losses of the season.

Brad Marchand scored with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Bruins a 3-2 win Thursday at TD Garden.

The Flyers are now 0-4-1 during their current skid.

Jori Lehtera tied the game with his second career shorthanded goal. He has scored all three of his goals over his last 10 games.

Jakub Voracek opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 98 seconds into the game.

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• Bad sequence on the opening shift from Oskar Lindblom after he had the puck stripped in the offensive zone by Rick Nash and then failed to pick up the trailer Jake DeBrusk, who got an open shot and quality scoring chance on Lyon.

• It took a stick to the mouth of Wayne Simmonds for the Flyers' power play to get on track. With Simmonds on the bench, Nolan Patrick took over his net-front presence and right away delivered with a highlight-reel pass between his legs. That's the dilemma for Hakstol - do you go with Patrick, who is more of a playmaker with the vision for slipping into the passing lanes, or stick with Simmonds, who is more of a disruptive force and better at taking the eyes away from the goalie?

• The Flyers were in complete scramble mode with the Patrick line trying to contain the Marchand-David Pastrnak line. Credit Riley Nash for some beautiful puck handling to gain entry into the Flyers' zone. At one point, the Flyers appeared to have a clear chance at clearing the puck, but Patrick gave it away before getting it across the blue line. Lyon lost his positioning and couldn't recover to cover the backside post. The Flyers did a poor job defending the low post, as well, as Nash and the Bruins tied the game at 1-1 in the first.

• Tough break for the Flyers at the end of the opening period as Simmonds was tripped up trying to fire a shot on Tuukka Rask. While there was a call earlier on Marchand for tripping Shayne Gostisbehere, the referees completely let this obvious call go. The end result was a breakaway goal for newly-acquired Brian Gionta, who broke in and scored backhand on Lyon to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. A huge momentum swing just before the first intermission.

• If you think the referees weren't second-guessing the no-call on Simmonds, they came out and whistled Torey Krug in the the first 30 seconds of the second period when it appeared they were allowing both teams to play with more aggression.

• Credit Lehtera, who has earned Hakstol's trust despite his plodding speed. Lehtera and Valtteri Filppula struggled when they were paired as a PK unit, but they've gradually improved and they teamed up to score the Flyers' third shorthanded goal of the season. Lehtera's hustle to get behind the backcheck and poke the puck five-hole tied the game at 2-2 and gave the Flyers some life as the Bruins threatened to take a two-goal lead with their power play.

• Areas that Lyon has looked better than Petr Mrazek lately have been rebounds and shot control. Lyon has been solid in not giving players like Marchand second-chance opportunities.  

• Outside of the first-period goal, Hakstol has to be pleased at how his team was able to be disruptive in the neutral zone and not allow the Bruins to generate speed into the Flyers' zone. Many of the plays and passes were broken up with stick plays.

• Sean Couturier has hit some sort of wall. He's now gone a season-high 10 games without a goal and he simply hasn't been seen at all down in the high-danger area with the puck on his stick. You have to wonder if fatigue is starting to set in a little.

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