The Flyers winning streak was snapped last night by the Boston Bruins after 9 straight wins for Philly. The Flyers have been relatively healthy throughout the season, but in the past few days they have lost Phil Myers and Nate Thompson. Philadelphia lost 2-0 last night to the Bruins in a very close game. The Flyers had 36 shots on goal, but Tukka Rask was fantastic for Boston and he shut them out. There is no doubt that the Flyers were in this game the whole time, but could not defeat the Bruins. Sure the Flyers streak was snapped, but there are still positives to take away from this game.
The 1st takeaway from this game is that the Flyers can hang with any team in the NHL. The Bruins are the best team in NHL and the Flyers were with them all game. Carter Hart was solid, but let up a weak goal late in the third period and that pretty much sealed the game up. The Flyers have great goaltending and defense which are the 2 biggest factors in the playoffs. They have been playing great hockey lately and they were due for a loss eventually. Philadelphia put up a great fight all game long, but Tukka Rask was all over for the Bruins. Even though the Flyers lost, they proved a lot by hanging with the best team in the NHL.
The 2nd takeaway is that the Flyers defense is one of the best in the NHL. They held one of the best offensive teams to only 2 goals, but that was overshadowed by the loss. David Pastrnak was held scoreless and the Flyers defense was fantastic. There was no scoring from the defense which is out of the ordinary, but they played well in their own zone. They held Boston to 29 shots, but could not find a way to win the game. The Flyers defense showed that it was one of the best in the NHL this season.
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The 3rd takeaway is that the Flyers have a great goalie. Carter Hart is a goalie that can single-handedly win the Flyers game come playoff time. He has been great all season long and has been especially outstanding at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defense has protected Hart really well all season long and he has made the saves that he needed to make. Carter Hart is what the Flyers have been looking for for years and he has not disappointed.
While the Flyers winning streak was snapped last night, there is still a lot to look forward to and the Flyers should bounce back soon. The Flyers showed last night that they are a legit team that can hang with any team in the NHL. The Bruins are a fantastic team that shut out the Flyers last night with the help of Tukka Rask. The Flyers may have lost last night, but there is no reason to panic for Flyers fans.