The Boston Bruins dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday night to the Philadelphia Flyers by a 6-3 margin. It was a bad night for the B’s in all areas of the ice. Karson Kuhlman, Taylor Hall, and Brad Marchand all scored goals for the B’s, but the deficits were too large to overcome on the road.
Jeremy Swayman allowed more than three goals for the first time in his career, which was the story of the night for Boston.
Jeremy Swayman Struggles in the Crease
Swayman’s opening night performance gave the Bruins confidence in his ability to protect the net. However, he was far from perfect at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, allowing two goals in the third period after Hall and Marchand tied the game before the second intermission.
Cam Atkinson found the back of the net less than one minute into the third, and Travis Konecny capitalized with 8:43 remaining. Bruce Cassidy emphasized the need to bounce back for Swayman and the remainder of the team.
“He’s not gonna be perfect every night. Clearly, he wasn’t tonight. Not his best. We needed some saves there when we broke down. That’s it. Just didn’t give us when we needed them. Our breakdowns were bad in front of him. Wasn’t a lot of quantity but high quality.”
Swayman, who made 19 saves on 24 shots, took responsibility for the loss. He is going to review the film and use it as a learning experience for upcoming games. A short memory is necessary with a game in Buffalo looming on Friday night.
Swayman said, “The team played great, great comeback in the second. I just want to do my job better and give us a chance to win. It stings right now. Glad I got it out of the way early. Lot to learn from it. Move forward from here.”
Miscues from the Bench
The first line attacked the net throughout the night, but the bench cost the team throughout the game against the Flyers. Boston’s bench gave Philadelphia opportunities to capitalize in the defensive zone.
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When asked about the bench, Cassidy gave a very candid response.
“It’s losing hockey is what it is. That’s how you lose games. You do dumb things, and good teams come back at you, and they finish. That’s what happened.”
The mistake of the night was committed by Mike Reilly in the third period, which resulted in the fourth score of the night for the Flyers.
Reilly attempted to rush the middle of the ice, but his pass was intercepted at the Philadelphia blue line. The Flyers outnumbered the B’s 4-3 in the attacking zone and made their opponents pay.
This gave Philadelphia a 4-3 lead and all the momentum coming out of the intermission.
When asked about the mistake after the game, Reilly said, “I feel like I’d make that play most of the time. Guy got a good stick on it, he jumped. If I probably would have held on to it a second more, I would have had him caught in his feet, but I don’t think it was too risky. Just didn’t make the play.”
Boston will face the undefeated Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.