By Connor Thomas
Wednesday night was the first night the Flyers wore their new “Reverse Retro” jerseys which they unveiled prior to this season. So to celebrate, they reverse came out hot, reverse played well, reverse came up clutch, and reverse won. It was one of the more painful regular season losses a team could possibly have, as pretty much start to finish the Flyers just didn’t look great. That tends to happen when you give up a goal on the first play off the opening faceoff just 12 seconds into the game. Shayne Gostisbehere was turned into a turnstile almost immediately as David Pastrnak flew by him to score the opening goal right off the drop. The rest of the 1st period was spent with the Flyers mostly on the defensive, unable to get anything going in their offensive zone. The 2nd period was not much different, until with 4:30 left Kevin Hayes was able to get an opportunity on the back side of a play thanks to some nice passing that he deposited in the back of the net.
For all of the Flyers’ early faults, they had a great start to the 3rd period as Jake Voracek scored the quick go ahead goal just a minute in, and Joel Farabee extended the lead with a 2 on 1 breakaway goal near the 9 minute mark. But of course on reverse retro night the Flyers reversed course and completely collapsed down the stretch, allowing Pastrnak to score his 2nd of the night on a power play with 8 minutes left. It seemed like Philly might escape with the win as time ran down, but a late penalty allowed Pastrnak to score the game tying goal with just 15 seconds left in regulation and complete his hat trick. To make matters worse, the Flyers took another penalty immediately after. They would start the overtime period on the penalty kill, and never made it back to full strength, with Patrice Bergeron scoring the winner only 31 seconds into OT. From costly penalties, to poor penalty kills, to last second goals, last night was one of those games that the Flyers will have in the back of their heads for a while.
Philadelphia fell to 7-2-2 on the year, Boston improved to 7-1-2. The Flyers will be back in action on Friday as they face the Bruins again in the getaway game of the 2 game series.