In a game they must win, the Flyers once again find themselves trailing at the end of one period. A Milan Lucic power play goal twelve minutes into the game put the Bruins on top, but the Flyers will have 1:52 of power play time to start the second.
While the team is playing with more energy than they did in Game Three, the team still does not look good. They are getting outshot 13-6, they failed to convert on an early power play, and they’ve given the Bruins three power plays already. Undisciplined, uninspired, play plagued the first twenty minutes of tonight’s game.
On the power play goal, Braydon Coburn got a little too aggressive in chasing the puck carrier, leaving Nathan Horton alone below the goal line, and left Kimmo Timonen alone, spun around, to try and defend the two-on-one below the faceoff circle. Sergei Bobrovsky had no chance on the goal.
Otherwise, Coburn and Timonen have played quite well, with each receiving a team-high 9+ minutes of ice time. Near the end of the period, after Chara and Scott Hartnell started jousting in front, Coburn even stepped up and challenged Chara physically. Impressive from Coburn.
Entering the second, the Flyers will need to play a lot better if they want to win the game. Luckily, they’ll start with the man advantage.