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The Philadelphia Flyers have a penchant for making things difficult on themselves as they dropped their third straight game to the Boston Bruins last night at Wells Fargo Center, 3-2. Monday night’s contest saw the Flyers fall behind early in the game yet again in first period, surrendering two power-play tallies. After that, Philadelphia gradually got it going before once again, surrendering another late, back-breaking goal. It’s been a common theme with this club over the course of this season.
The Flyers received both goals from Wayne Simmonds in the losing cause. Simmonds was doing what he often does so well and that’s hang around the oppositions crease; last night’s contest rewarded Wayne for that, as both tallies were tap ins for him. Outside of Simmonds, Giroux and Voracek, Philadelphia really didn’t have another line consistently apply pressure in the offensive zone all game. This attributed to the Flyers not being able to pull out another comeback-from-behind win.
Losing goaltender Michal Neuvirth turned away 28 of 31 shots in the loss and was solid throughout the contest. It has not been about goaltending over the last three games, it’s been about poor coverage, a failing penalty kill unit and routinely slow starts.
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Jordan Weal had a decent game in his Flyers debut. Weal played sparingly in the loss but showed off some decent speed, a little grit and drew a penalty in the second period with his shiftiness. Upon Couturier’s return to the lineup, the Flyers will have to make a lineup decision but if Weal can have another decent game against the Capitals on Wednesday, one would have to think that the 23 year-old forward will stick in the lineup over Sam Gagner and potentially, R.J. Umberger.
To be blunt, the Flyers penalty has been downright putrid this season and has been a disaster as of late. Even with this team’s limitations, there is enough talent on this team to be better than the 26th ranked penalty kill in the league.