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BSJ Game Report: Flyers 6, Bruins 5 (SO) – Secondary scoring breaks through, but B’s collapse in Philly

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout loss to the Flyers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Secondary scoring breaking through... : Midway through the second period of Monday’s matchup against the Flyers, five different Bruins skaters had already registered multi-point performances. But in a refreshing change of pace, none of the five were the B’s usual suspects in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. In a wild back-and-forth matchup on Broad Street, it was Boston’s second and third lines that did most of the heavy lifting — combining for 10 points to help build what was a 5-2 lead for the Bruins at one point in the middle frame. 

After some up-and-down games together, Boston’s other top-six grouping of David Krejci, Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk clicked — tallying three goals and six total points as a unit. Danton Heinen also had a promising outing back in his usual spot on the third line with Charlie Coyle, finishing the night with a pair of assists, including a set up on a Krejci tally while skating with Boston’s second power-play unit. 

Much as we saw last year during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final, if the second and third lines can settle into a groove offensively and support the 63-37-88 group, the Bruins’ offense can be a buzzsaw — even at 5v5 play.

… But Boston’s defense falters: Unfortunately, Boston’s secondary scoring will not be the main focus from Monday’s matchup, as the B’s once again choked away a three-goal lead in what was ultimately a 6-5 shootout victory for the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Postgame, Bruce Cassidy called Boston’s defense “unprofessional” down the stretch, and that might be putting it lightly — as the Flyers erased what was a commanding 5-2 Bruins lead in just 19:46 of ice time. 

It was a perfect storm of a late-game collapse from the Bruins — with Jaroslav Halak surrendering a softy at 13:12 in the second, a shot from Connor Bunnaman ricocheting all over the crease before bouncing home less than two minutes later and Travis Sanheim securing the equalizer at 12:58 in the third after a putrid defensive effort from Boston. Once again, Boston made things hard on itself in a game it should have easily put away — culminating in what was the club’s seventh shootout loss in as many attempts this season. The Bruins have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday against Columbus, but they will take no solace in tonight’s loser point.

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