Flyers falter, give up 4 goals in third on way to loss

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The Philadelphia Flyers hit the road for the first time in 2021 and only could pick up one point after seeing a late lead slip in Boston.

Alain Vigneault’s team forced overtime after James Van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the game, but Jake DeBrusk scored the only successful shootout tally as the Boston Bruins won 5-4. Jakub Voracek registered two assists to move ahead of Mark Recchi to fifth in Flyers history on the all-time assist leaders list. He also recorded his 700th career point in the process.

Despite being outshot once again, it was the Flyers who raced out to a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first period. Claude Giroux’s power-play goal 6:17 into the second period broke the deadlock at TD Bank Arena after Ivan Provorov set up the captain. Giroux made no mistake as he wristed a shot over the shoulder of Tuukka Rask.

James Van Riemsdyk added to the Flyers’ advantage just before the intermission, finishing off a pass by Voracek and tapping home past Rask. It was JVR’s second goal of the new season.

However, the Bruins fought back early in the third period and would tie things up after a pair of goals in a 1:13 span. Jack Studnicka’s first career NHL goal pulled the B’s to within one before Charlie Coyle beat Carter Hart to tie things up.

The Flyers wouldn’t lie down though with Sanheim getting rewarded for his hard work in front of the net. Voracek threw a shot towards goal, which Sanheim slotted home for his first goal of the season and what looked to be the winner.

The Bruins would get a power play later in the period and make the Flyers pay as Nick Ritchie was left open to beat Hart to the right corner of the net. Brandon Carlo’s slap shot not long after gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead and looked to have put the Flyers in a major hole late in Boston.

Van Riemsdyk made the most of his time in front of the net on a power play, once again being in the right place to cap off a good passing sequence by his teammates. The veteran forward scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-4 and force overtime.

After forcing a shootout, the Flyers had chances to beat Rask, but saw Voracek, Travis Konecny, and Giroux all denied by the all-star. DeBrusk lifted a shot over Hart’s right shoulder and in for the only made shot in the shootout, earning the Bruins a second win of the season.

The Flyers will stay in Boston ahead of another showdown on Saturday with the Bruins.

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