I'm not going to lie, the Bruins needed these two points. This game isn't as important as tomorrow night's game, but it was very important. When you play the worst team in the league, you have to win. At least we got one point out of the overtime loss.
Ward and Wideman, both guys we got in the trade, played very well I thought. I really like how Ward will go down to block the puck as often as he does. Also Mark Mowers had two goals, he sure doesn't want Kobasew to take his place.
The Bruins scored under five minutes into the first period when Wideman's perfect pass in the neutral zone to Mowers gave him an open lane. Mowers then shot the puck under the crossbar and in. Then again a few minutes later, Reich's pass to Mowers off a turnover in the neutral zone led to Mowers shooting the puck in stride off the post and in. That goal was Reich's first point as a Bruin, and Mowers' first career multi-goal game. Towards the end of the period, Joni Pitkanen's shot over a diving Ward got by Thomas. Aaron Ward played it perfectly but Pitkanen had a wide open shot.
Philadelphia started off the second period firing. They seemed unstoppable, they were shooting at Thomas like there was no Bruins defense at all. That paid off for Philly and they scored on the power play a few minutes in. Philly then took the lead when on a Bruins power play they scored off of a breakaway. We need to stop giving up short handed goals. A minute later though, Chara in front of the net managed to shove the puck into the net on a 5 on 3 power play. Nothing happened in the third and the game went into OT.
Both teams played a pretty good overtime, but Upshall and the Flyers got very lucky and with under ten seconds left, Upshall scored on Thomas off of a breakaway and philly won.
Tomorrow night's game at home against Montreal is very important, we need to forget about this one and concentrate.
One Last Note: Tim Thomas had 51 saves!