Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
If the Bruins are going to pile on points in a pivotal week against both the Capitals and the club nipping at their heels in the fifth-place Flyers, they're going to have to put a lot of faith in their goaltending rotation of the future.
And even though Dan Vladar stood tall throughout Monday's matchup against the Flyers, it wasn't enough to secure a valuable two points in the standings — as Philly rallied back from a one-goal deficit in the third period en route to an eventual 3-2 overtime victory for the visitors.
Karson Kuhlman and Patrice Bergeron both scored for the Bruins — who fall to 19-10-6 on the season. Vladar — who, as of right now is Boston's No. 1 netminder with both Tuukka Rask (upper-body) and Jaroslav Halak (COVID protocols) currently on the shelf — stopped 29 of the 32 shots that came his way.
Boston only managed to land seven shots on goal in the first period, but Kuhlman said the most of his attempt — firing an absolute laser past Philly goalie Brian Elliot at 17:33 to erase a Philly lead generated off of a Travis Konecny tally.
A late power play at the end of the first period led to fruitful results in the following frame, with strong blue-line work from Matt Grzelcyk and a crisp feed from David Pastrnak generating a power-play strike from Patrice Bergeron to give the B's their first lead of the evening 46 seconds into the second.
Boston remained in front until 6:56 in the third, when a costly holding penalty against Jeremy Lauzon gifted Philly a power play that eventually led to the equalizer from Sean Couturier.
After regulation play could not determine a winner, Travis Sanheim handed Philly the win — blocking a blue-line shot by Bergeron and taking it down the other end of the ice (past the stumbling B's captain) before beating Vladar with a nifty set of moves for the victory.
With the win, the Flyers sit just three points behind Boston for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.