The Flyers season opener fully portrayed the dangers of playing on your heels. A late penalty kept the tilted ice in the Boston Bruins favor. But it was a broken play, and a broken stick, that did the Flyers in.
Steve Mason attempted to adjust to Adam McQuaid's shot as it fluttered off the broken stick, but left a rebound right in the crease for Chris Kelly, who scored the game-winning goal for Boston with 1:51 remaining in the third period on Tuesday night in a 2-1 Flyers loss.
The effort was solid by the Flyers. This was a Bruins team that Ron Hextall called elite during the offseason. What may have hurt the Flyers most was uncertainty. First game jitters can certainly prove costly.