Flyers fans grew impatient as the Bruin’s pre-game celebration seemed to be longer than the offseason having that 2nd round sweep in mind. I’m sure everyone in the locker room was pretty tense as well, as they awaited the start of the game.
For a good portion of the first period, the Bruins dominated the game and had this recreated Flyers team pinned in their offensive zone. I, myself, was questioning the strength of this team when Brad Marchand scored that goal due to a defensive breakdown at about 10 minutes into the first period. The Flyers dug down deep in the final minute of the first and Claude Giroux scored an amazing goal. To add to that, Jakub Voracek, part of the deal for Carter, scored a goal to put the orange and black up 2-1 going into intermission.
The rest of the game was pretty quiet for the most part. Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in net facing 23 shots and only allowing one goal. The second goal allowed by Tim Thomas, which turned out to be the game winner, was a weak goal, but he still had a decent game saving 27 of 29. Sean Couturier was given a good amount of playing time, especially on the penalty killing unit. It appears that he will be given a short tryout to determine whether or not he is able to compete at this level at age 18.
Overall, this Flyers team that now has a completely different look, played quite well against the defending cup champs. Except for that defensive breakdown which led to the Bruins’ first and only goal, not many mistakes were made by this young team. Jaromir Jagr, who has just returned to the NHL at age 39, picked up his 1,600th NHL point assisting on Giroux’s goal. Jagr looked very energized Thursday night and there is definitely chemistry between him and Giroux. Tonight, the Flyers are headed to the Prudential Center in North Jersey to take on the Devils and are looking for a performance similar to that of Thursday night’s.