The Bruins yesterday took a huge step backwards with their loss to the last-place Philadelphia Flyers. I'm not giving up on the Bruins playoff chances just yet, but it is going to take a massive win streak. Last night, all the teams that the Bruins wanted to lose, won their games. Montreal won, Florida won, Toronto won, NYI won, and the Rangers lost in OT. It was a bad day for Bruins Nation, that's for sure.
Joey MacDonald got his second start as a Bruin yesterday, and was pretty awful. Two minutes into the first period, Simon Gagne's slap shot went by MacDonald glove side. (Looked a lot like the Brian Rolston goal from Thursday) Then a few minutes later, Recih beat up Reid, and it sparked the Bruins for a little bit. Marc Savard (who has been playing terribly as of late) found Denis Wideman near the facoff dot in the Flyers zone. Wideman's rocket went by Biron and into the net, tying the game.
Philly dominated the second period but luckily no goals were scored. In the third the Flyers scored when Chara fell in the defensive zone. Mike Richards shot the puck got his own rebound and scored, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Then Scottie Upshall scored shorthanded on a shot that MacDonald should have had. Thomas would have had it any day. An empty net goal sealsed the devastating loss for the Bruins.
There is no time to sulk about this one, the Bruins play Detroit today at 12:30 on NBC. And they are going to have to beat Detroit without