On a day when the NFL was center stage with the Conference Championship Games, the Boston Bruins traveled to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a match up that could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL. In what was a very entertaining game the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins beat the Flyers 6-5 decided by the shootout after a scoreless overtime period. The Bruins have had the Flyers number this year, beating the Flyers in all there matchups thus far this season.
The Flyers have been fighting the injury bug all season long and again on Sunday afternoon against the Bruins they were playing without some veterans because of injuries. The Flyers played the game with eight rookies in the lineup against the defending champions.
Scott Hartnell in the game had his sixth career hat trick and continued his career best season. The Flyers did get a very important point in the standings Sunday afternoon in what was a very entertaining game. Scott Hartnell's 25 goals on the season which includes 13 on the power play which leads the NHL. Hartnell who had two goals the prior day in New Jersey against the New Jersey Devils, had his first ever in his NHL career consecutive games with multiple goals.
The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period all on the shoulders of Hartnell who scored all three of his goals in the second period. Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn along with other rookies on the ice on Sunday afternoon play aggressive and with confidence against the Bruins. The Bruins scored on both of their shoot out attempts to which included the game winner by Tyler Seguin. For the Flyers in the shoot out, Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds missed on their attempts while Claude Giroux scored on his attempt. The Flyers are 0-3 on the season in shoot outs and historically the Flyers are not very good in the shoot out.
The Flyers were ahead 4-3 and the Bruins tied it on David Krejci's goal. 1 minute and 19 seconds into the third period. The Bruins took a 5-4 lead as Daniel Paille's goal with 15:01 left in the game. The Flyers Max Talbot tied the game for the Flyers scoring his second goal of the game.
The Flyers still have the same problems they have had all season long. The Flyers have not been able to answer their goaltending situation. The team is going to need consistent play between the pipes. Also the team needs to play better at home. The Flyers need to take advantage of home ice at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers do have the talent to go far in the playoffs but they can also be knocked out in the first round as well. The total key is going to be their goaltending. They will need to answer that question in the last quarter of the season. If they want to succeed in the playoffs they will need good goaltending.