The Flyers current homestand may be their last chance to back up any talk about the playoffs. And it couldn't have started any better when they won on Tuesday in a shootout and got the breaks needed to win in overtime on Thursday.
On Saturday, the Flyers faced the team they are truly chasing. The Boston Bruins held the final playoff spot, sitting nine points ahead of the Flyers.
Leading into the game, the Flyers had played the right way - rallying for the win on Thursday - and backing it up with talk. Steve Mason referred to Thursday's game and said Saturday was the same - a must win. Head coach Craig Berube said he liked the mental state of the team after Thursday's win.
But the Flyers appeared to revert back to the ways that helped them create such a deficit, and widened it in the process, falling to Boston, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA -- Any thoughts of a three-game winning streak for the Flyers were quelled on Saturday, as they lost 3-1 to the Boston Bruins.
David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of the game for the Bruins, opening the scoring at the 11:23 mark of the first period. He also scored less than five minutes into the third period to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage. Those two markers were the first of the 18-year-old Czech rookie's career, as he was playing in just his seventh NHL game.
The Flyers will look to go 3-0-0 on their current four-game homestand Saturday afternoon, as the Boston Bruins visit Wells Fargo Center for the first and only time this regular season.
It's been a while since both teams met, as they last played on Oct. 8 -- a game the Flyers lost 2-1, in their season opener. Sean Couturier scored the lone Flyers goal, while Steve Mason made 31 saves on 33 shots.
It's been a bit of a slow week for the Flyers' two minor league affiliates, as both teams combined for just one game played in the week. The real story came from the IIHF World Juniors Tournament, which saw three Flyers participate. Samuel Morin was the lone Flyers prospect to medal, as part of Canada's gold medal-winning squad.