The Philadelphia Flyers are having a rough go as of late, losing their fourth straight game Saturday in a 6-1 beating against the visiting Boston Bruins. Steve Mason started – but didn't finish – the game, going up against Boston goalie Tukka Rask. Mason, who did make some big saves in the first period, ended up allowing four goals through a period and a half, and was promptly pulled by Craig Berube in favor of Ray Emery. Jarome Iginla torched the Flyers for four points, and Rask shut the door on all but one Flyers shot to lead the Bruins to an easy victory.
Zdeno Chara and Iginla struck in the first period, with Iginla's goal coming with just seconds to go in the opening frame. Two more Boston goals in the second period allowed the Bruins to blow the game wide open, and Steve Mason would be replaced after the fourth goal. Ray Emery took over in the second period for the Flyers and would go on to allow two more goals.
After the Flyers got one back in the third on Claude Giroux's 15th goal of the year, the Bruins sneaked two quick goals past Ray Emery to take total command of the game. Iginla scored on the power play 8 minutes into the period for his second goal of the day. Chara got his second goal as well a minute later – both he and Iginla were able to beat both Flyers net-minders. The Bruins never looked back and went on to win 6-1, as the Flyers were outplayed from start to finish in Saturday's contest.
While the Bruins had not played since last Monday and were very well-rested, the Flyers didn't seem to ever be prepared for this game, their fourth since Monday. They had their share of chances, putting up 27 shots on Tukka Rask, but Rask got the better of the Flyers today. A couple fights took place, as Scott Hartnell and Luke Schenn dropped the gloves with Bruins players. But overall, it was an offensive clinic put on by the Bruins led by Iginla's 2 goals and 2 assists, Chara's 2 goals, and David Krejci's three assists. The defense simply seemed worn out by the Bruins' slick passing and constant offensive pressure.
Because of the four-game skid this week, the Flyers have now fallen to fourth in the Metropolitan Division, just one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the fifth spot. They fall to 25-21-6 on the season, and have a date with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
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