Boston Bruins: The good, the bad and the ugly against Philadelphia

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Boston Bruins left wing Danton Heinan (43) reacts to his goal during a game between Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 10, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Boston Bruins left wing Danton Heinan (43) reacts to his goal during a game between Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 10, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) controls the puck during a game between Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 10, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) controls the puck during a game between Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 10, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Boston Bruins, quite frankly, seemed lethargic against a Philadelphia Flyers team that came into TD Garden with nothing less than a win in mind.

Perhaps it’s general fatigue, perhaps it’s the fact that lines have been through the blender once more or perhaps there’s more to it that any of that; either way the Boston Bruins have gone from absolutely dominant to looked quite feeble and lifeless the past few games, this one included.

The first period saw the Boston Bruins dominated, with the trio of Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom and Sean Couturier combining for a combined 5 points by the time the buzzer sent the teams back to the locker-room.

Not only that, the Philadelphia Flyers produced 14 shots to Boston’s 5 through one period, with the shot count tilted 20 to 10 by the end of the second. It was a wonder that the Bruins even took a single point from this game, given how it looked in the early-going.

Perhaps it was the home side’s saving grace that the Flyers had a hard-fought result the previous night in Toronto, where they’d been forced to over-time and a shoot-out after being out-shot through the first two and over-time frames.

You’d say the fact the Boston Bruins were able to squeeze back into the game in the third was a result of tired Philadelphia legs and it could easily be argued that their efforts until that point might see a Boston win viewed as undeserved, to the outside eye.

Either way, the Boston Bruins showed resilience in earning a point, which given the game went to a shoot-out eventually, could easily have been two.

We look at the good, the bad and the ugly of what was a poor outing for Boston.