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Bruins Blow Two Goal First Period Lead, Lose To Flyers 4-3 In Most Frustrating Loss Of The Season

Boston Bruins v Philadelphia FlyersThe Bruins blew a two goal first period lead to the Flyers last night, and eventually fell 4-3 at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Here’s the good, the bad and the downright ugly of last night’s frustrating loss.

The Good: Peter Cehlarik

In 17:40 of ice time, Peter Cehlarik scored twice and gave the second line a bit of fresh air. Really liked his game last night, he hunted the puck, and despite an early penalty bounced back and found his game. Perhaps we should have called him up earlier? Just a thought. But he’s going to have to continue to bring it every night. He gets another chance to show us what he’s got tonight against the Blues.

Side note: Even if Cehlarik ends up being a stud on the 2nd line, still think we need to add a scoring winger before the deadline.

The Bad: Jaroslav Halak

Tough, tough, night for Jaro Halak. 15 saves on 19 shots. (.789 SV%). The Bruins needed a save late in the 3rd but Couturier slipped one under his pad and that was it. Soft goal to give up. Flyers went up by 2 and it was over.

Lindblom beat him earlier in the game on the short side that I thought he could have had as well. Halak’s game seems to be trending downward after a strong start to the season. Winless in his last two. Now Frankie Borrelli is telling me this is just who he is. #NotMyHalaknessMonster

If there were any doubts that Tuukka Rask is the No. 1 goaltender, there you go. Jaro needs the week off to reset and come back ready to roll.

The Ugly: Special Teams

After giving up their two goal lead, the penalty kill fell asleep in the 2nd and let Sean Couturier slip behind them and score the go-ahead goal.

Despite David Pastrnak’s early PPG (his 13th PPG of the season), the rest of the power play was horrendous. Down by 1 in the 2nd, the Bruins had a 5 minute PP (thanks to Jori Lehtera boarding Ryan Donato) opportunity but couldn’t generate any offense. They couldn’t even enter the zone cleanly. For a PP that’s ranked 3rd in the league it was painful to watch. Just three PPGs in their last 14. Something has to change.

The most frustrating loss of the season.. the Bruins outshot the Flyers 42-19. FORTY TWO TO NINETEEN. The B’s made Carter Hart look like a perennial Vezina winner. Hopefully Bruce Cassidy reamed into them last night, and got the boys ready to go for tonight.

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Tonight at 7 pm. Bruins. Blues. TD Garden. David Backes and John Moore are in. Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk are out. Keep in mind the B’s and Blues could be potential trading partners. St. Louis is coming off a 2-1 OT loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night. B’s are looking to avoid their third straight loss.

It’s a great night to win a hockey game.