Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss against the Flyers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Something’s gotta give: Barring a trade, this is what the Bruins are at this point: a team overly reliant on its power play and a stout defense to collect points at a steady rate. And when that D corp shows cracks? Yikes. As has been the case for most of the year, Boston’s potent top line and power play did what it needed to do — but a lack of secondary scoring and some brutal miscues by players like Charlie McAvoy, John Moore and others were too much to overcome.
The result? Boston’s third loss in a row on home ice — the first time that’s happened since Dec. 8-15, 2016 — and its fifth loss in its last six outings. Given the fact that Boston’s defense and goaltending has to be nearly flawless in order to collect two points on most nights, Don Sweeney and Co. desperate need to add a scoring punch up front.
David Pastrnak’s on a warpath: At this point, it seems like a given that David Pastrnak is going to become the first Bruins player to surpass the 40-goal mark in a season since Glen Murray lit the lamp 44 times during the 2002-03 season — especially after accounting for both of Boston’s goals on Thursday.
What is remarkable is that Pastrnak could become just the sixth Bruin — and first since Cam Neely in 1993-94 — to tally 50 goals in a season. Pastrnak is currently on pace for 48 on the season — so he’s figuring to be in the conversation by the time the calendar turns to late March. Given his recent hot stretch (five goals in last seven games) and his regular minutes on the power play (where he has lit the lamp 15 times), it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the winger hits the mark.