As has become a strange trend over the course of the last week, the Bruins were treated to yet another heartwarming tribute to the victims and armed forces in light of the Boston Marathon bombings last week, and then went out and essentially laid an egg on the ice of the Wells Fargo Center.
With playoff hockey looming, the Boston Bruins have been on a slow nosedive in the wrong direction; despite continuing to hold onto the number 2 spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to some equally suspect play from division rival Montreal. After ending a four game losing skid with a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon, the B's headed to visit another non-playoff team in the Philadelphia Flyers hoping to continue to turn things around. A strange 7-second stretch in the second period gave the home side all of the momentum they needed, however, as they coasted to a 5-2 win, handing the Bruins their 5th loss in 6 games.
Scott Hartnell gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead when he pounced on a David Krejci give away before beating Anton Khudobin high glove side. Wade Redden scored his first in a Bruins jersey just minutes later, however, to tie the game back up at 1-1. New Bruin Carl Soderberg started the play and picked up his second assist in as many games on the play.
After the first 20 minutes, though, the B's seemed to fall completely flat yet again and it was all Philly the rest of the way. Matt Reid scored a beauty to break the tie halfway through the second, and just 7 seconds later an errant pass from Zdeno Chara squeaked by Khudobin in what was a good representation of just how things have gone for Boston over the course of the last couple of weeks.
As previously mentioned, though, the Canadiens did the B's a favor in losing and allowing Boston to hold on to the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference as the playoffs inch close. One thing is for sure, though. If the Bruins can't turn things around and regain their confidence and swagger in these last three regular season games, they could be looking at yet another disappointing early playoff exit.