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Time for a change? Bruins shut out Flyers 3-0

Mar 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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Another day, another bad loss for the Philadelphia Flyers and this time they were out of it after the first period.

Boston scored three goals in the span of 2:18 of the first including a power play goal from Tyler Seguin to give the Bruins a 3-0 win. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves to earn the shutout in what was another lackadaisical effort from the Flyers.

Philly’s loss coupled with the Islanders’ win over Washington drops the Flyers into last place in the Atlantic Division and keeps them five points back of the Rangers for eighth in the East.

After seeing the way Philly lost on Thursday to Pittsburgh in blowing a 4-1 lead, you’d think a game against a top team like Boston would bring out the best in the Flyers. Instead, they came out with a meek effort that felt like a continuation of their loss to the Penguins and now the question is whether or not it’s time for a major change to be made. At this point, anyone could be fair game to try and fix this team.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I noticed at the end of the game no Flyers players went back to Bryz to give the old pad slap ! On a lighter note is any flyers fan tired of seeing the pitbul bud light commercial at every break ?

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM


      • einjzmolf - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        everyone has to deal with pitbull, atleast once per commercial break during a sports airing. it ran 3 times in a row during a broascast a while ago.. my ears bled

    • JRZ Satan - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      You should be happy. As a Devils fan, we’re forced to watch one of the Kennedys blow kisses to Hugo Chavez and Citgo during every commercial break.

      • tbbolts91 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        rough. i don’t know how you could put up with that

      • nosefacekillah - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Trying living in Massachusetts were half the state throws rose petals at these pukes. At least the Bruins make it worth it.

      • georgejarkko - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        It does seem that Bud Light isn’t doing a very good job of finding their target audience with Pitbull during hockey games.

      • jaredphi - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        I’ll gladly make the trade with JRZ Satan over ads.

        I’d prefer to watch the Citgo commercial over Pitbull.

        At least the Citgo ad features two leftists (Chavez and Joe Kennedy) who fight for the rights of working men and features an oil firm that gives free heating oil to poor Americans (something NO U.S. oil company – Exxon, etc. – does)…as opposed to Pitbull who, as a Cuban exile, is likely a right-wing fascist ideologue (as almost all Cubans in FL are to begin with; See Marco Rubio).

    • sheckyrimshot - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      oh sweet lord soon it will be an unhealthy mix of pitbull and budlight combined with wb mason

    • rgotoguy - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Ha! Love that you mentioned the bud light commercial, I hate it as well. The commercial they air a bunch of times during the games that I CANT stand is the McDonalds singing wall fish commercial.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        Yeah noting like an annoying commercial for fake fish !

  2. kicksave1980 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I didn’t really think any of those goals were Bryzgalov’s fault. Some pretty terrible defensive coverage on all 3.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      3 goals on 6 shots

      • kicksave1980 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        3 goals on 6 shots, but even you must realize that not all shots are equal.

        1st goal, the pass from Lucic to Seguin was right through the slot to the backdoor, where Seguin could have made a sandwich because he was standing there with NO Flyer near him. Is Bryzgalov supposed to warp across the crease?

        2nd goal, pass from behind the goal line to Rich Kelly, who once again, was standing by himself in the SLOT. Inexcusable to leave someone that wide open 15 feet in front of the net.

        3rd goal, 2 Flyers looked like turnstiles when Paille walked right through them for an easy goal.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Dude don’t you get it the book is out on this guy you get him moving like that and he can’t cover what don’t you bleebin understand ! This is teams game plane against him its a major problem for a goalie not to be able to go side to side cmon man !

      • kicksave1980 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        The majority of all goalies in the world are susceptible to lateral movement. Any time you can get a goalie moving side-to-side, you have a better chance of scoring than when he’s in a set position square to the shooter. That’s not new, and it isn’t just Bryzgalov.

        I’m not a Flyers fan (or hater), and I’m neutral on Bryzgalov.

    • tdrusher225 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      People always seem to wonder what happens to all of these goalies in Philadelphia. Maybe it’s time to start putting 2 and 2 together and realize that the lack of defensive responsibility is the reason the Flyers give up all these goals. The system has so much to do with goaltender success, and these Philly goalies get very little support.

      • pens919209 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        The majority of goalies in the world are also susceptible to pucks going through the 5-hole, past the blocker, and over their glove hands. Some are just better at lessening the chances of those things happening than others. The defense may have been weak, but sometimes your goalie needs to make a big save for the team – Bryzgalov just doesn’t seem to do that.

        By the way, anyone see him yelling at the fans behind his net in the Pittsburgh game? Maybe the Flyers need to hire that sports psychologist that the Canucks fired.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        pens919209 your right on,, one other thing have you ever caught this guys act in a shoot out ?? It doesn’t even look professional I guarantee you Pete has considered pulling him in favor of the back up specifically just for the shoot out but has to take the lose or risk losing him for the season !

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    i hear lindy ruff needs a job….

    • nosefacekillah - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      That would be a good fit. Ruff has made inferior teams competitive for years. It all fell apart after the new owner with a money arrived in Buffalo and the media anointed the Sabres as instant contenders. Too many on the team drank it in and expected instant success with out the effort.

      I think Ruff could right the sinking ship in Philly.

  4. 19to77 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Man, what ISN’T wrong with this team this year? A few players are scoring, though apparently not in the clutch, and that’s about all that’s going right. Defense? Terrible. Goaltending? Either terrible some nights or getting hung out to dry by the D on others. Scoring? Like I said, some hope there (Jakub Voracek is playing magnificently), but clearly not enough – they’re losing a lot more than they win. No way around it. Something big has to change.

  5. 2jivecrew - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Bryz is the easy scapegoat. Meanwhile, Fedotenko of all guys is the team leader in +/- with +5 and the “monstrous leader” and “best player in the world” Fraude Giroux is 5th from last on the team with a -7 on the year.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      I don’t give a crap if Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey are on the ice this guy makes a whole lot of net available !

  6. sportsfreak13 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Just curious what do flyer fans want the most a coaching change, a trade (if so for who), or to keep on trucking. IMO your best players are vorachek (heck of a season), simmonds (plays flyers hockey perfectly), and giroux( no superstar but Point per game player) shouldn’t be moved. Zach Rinaldo seemed to be the only player today playing with good energy but he got clocked pretty good in that fight. I don’t understand why fedatanko is getting ice time and I think his time might be up. Not trolling just curious what flyer fans wanna see happen.

    • matthewmacisaac - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      I’ve noticed that Timmonen (now going to make 6 million next year too) has made more mistakes this year than all his others combined, Talbot, while not thinking he’d be a big scorer, would at least play with some grit, Briere would at least try to get a puck off the wall so he could get a shot (he avoids contact better than the officials), and Gervais (whom I had no expectations for) hasn’t lived up to those meager expectations. There is no defensive coverage and very little heart. Bryzgalov is probably hoping the Flyers buy him out after the year. He sees less defense in front of him than a goalie at the all-star game. They have played 3 solid, 60 minute games this year and that ain’t gonna cut it.

    • orangandblack - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      First, I would like to see them not fire Lavy. I also wish there was a way to renig on that $6 million they’re gonna give kimmo next year. Would like to see Danny B moved. Teams in playoff position would like to add him for the postseason so take advantage while you can. I think they need to bring in a serviceable backup for Bryz. He’s a head case, and he knows all the pressure is one him, so he folds like origami. They probably should of kept Bobrovsky. I know people are calling for holmgren’s head, but he did bring in Brayden Schenn, Simmonds, and Voracek, and drafted Couturier and Read, all are very good and young. There is no short term solution, I’m just hoping that they right this ship next season and actual be competitive. This is all just my opinion, I’m sure there are many others out there

  7. pwilson264 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    na,na,na,na, na,na,na,na, hey,hey,hey, goodby.

  8. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Knuble ,FedaStanko,Gagne cmon man I should be allowed to use a ticket stub from the year 2000 to get into the Wells Fargo for games !

  9. handsofsweed - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    “Fraude Giroux.”

    That’s harsh, but funny, given the a$$-blistering his buddy Crosby is handing out to the rest of the NHL.

  10. ryanw822 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Must suck to be a Philly fan. First the Eagles suck during the fall, then there is no hockey for the longest of time. The Sixers haha. Then hockey returns and their team is done after a month and a half. But I’m sure the Phillies will come save the day! ahahahaha

  11. flyerguy73 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I turned the channel after the first period. You can just tell how they are going to play by there body language. They deserve nothing. I am a flyers fan through and through, but they will not get my respect the way they have been playing. They defenitely need a change. Fedetenko needs to go, Bryz should have never came, Briere only plays in the playoffs, Coburn also needs to go, Kimo I think needs to retire tomorrow. On paper they should kick but, but something needs to change. New coach? The whole organization is pitiful. Very sad for all of the Flyers fans.

    • killerpgh - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      If Timonem retires tomorrow he screws the Flyers. About a month or so ago they signed him for next season at 6 million dollars. His contract falls under the 35+ type of contracts and that means even if he retires the cap hit still stays with the team.

  12. kellyj2013 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Where is Flyer Hockey…waive Sestito?? Flyers play with passion and energy. Recycled garbage like Fedetenko, gagne, knuble forces you to dress no emforcer and Rinaldo, Grossman and Simminds have to fight heavies. Brilliant Lavvy.Whata joke

    • georgejarkko - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I get the impression Rinaldo doesn’t mind fighting anyone.

      Not saying he *should* be taking on giants, but he seems fearless.

  13. bru308 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Where are all the Flyers fans at now? Maybe this terrible season will help tone down the annoying banter that comes from out on this board…. Ha who am I kidding?

    Oh and about that Sidney Crosby vs Claude Giroux argument….

    1. Sidney Crosby 39 points
    18. Fraude Giroux 24 points

    …. Some comparison.

    • sfbookreviews - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      And this:

      Crosby: +11
      Giroux: -7

      • ironman721 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        Crosby is the best player in the world… Period! It’s an unfair comparison no matter who the player is.

  14. canucks30 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I think it’s Luongo time for the Flyers

  15. mclovinhockey - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Actually goal 1 was Mez, he watched the puck go past him and was looking down at the ice rather than covering the open man…. All 3 goals were 100% defensive collapse from all 5 men on the ice. There is only so much Bryz can do when he has played more games than most teams in the league.
    Resigning kimmo for another year and 6 mill was horrific.

  16. phillyphannn83 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    bru308…8 out of 20 posts before yours were from Philly fans..were right here. Were not fake bandwagon fans and we don’t hide when our team sucks. Maybe you should try to make a little more sense when you troll.

    • bru308 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks for making my point! 8 fans commented? Where’s the droves of Philly fans that usually crawl all around this board? must be hiding because your team sucks right now

      • phillyphannn83 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Dude, you’re a joke. You posted “where’s all the flyers fans at” 45 mins after the story was posted. That’s not even enough time for me to get home after the game. What sorry city do you live in where there nothing to do but comment on PHT posts? Some people have lives, apparently you don’t and you expect everyone else not to also. FYI, take a look at the comments section now…69 comments and counting and boy do you look like an idiot.

  17. pafinest87 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    As a pens fan I like to see Philly lose but the playoffs won’t be as much fun without them. a pens flyers matchup is what NHL needs

    • steelers88 - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      I love to see the Flyers struggling. I live close to Philly and it is so much fun to rub it in the Flyers fans faces every time they lose! Another Pans flyers playoff matchup would be great for the NHL. I wouldn’t like it though. I don’t like playing rivals in the playoffs.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        More like you don’t like seeing the hens smoked by the Flyers like last year. Fear is a good thing.

  18. President Charles Logan - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Lindy Ruff , hey ya never know

  19. steelers88 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I think it is time to fire Peter Laviolette maybe it would wake the players up. Maybe the players need to hear a new voice in the locker room and see a new face.

  20. 8man - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The Bruins were not at all over powering in this game. In fact most stats favored the Flyers. This game could have easily been 1-0 heading into the final minutes. Clearly winnable by the Flyers. In their defense, they played great defense for about 57 minutes of the game. As a Bruins fan, I am a little worried that we couldn’t add to that total after 1 period on home ice.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      I never knew stevie wonder was a Bruins fan !

      • 8man - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        I have a lot of respect for the Flyers. Haven’t forgotten them being down 3-0 in a series and then down 3-0 in game 7 and coming back to win it.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Totally different team then but thanks for the memories !

      • 8man - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        I’ve been to Philly on several occasions to view sporting events. The people there were very nice to mem despite me being decked out in Red Sox gear. Helluva a baseball park. Everyone decked out in red. Chicks were hot and Greg Luzinski signed a baseball card for me. Great times. Great sports city. Best of luck to Philly fan.

  21. jimw81 - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    it’s too late in the game to make a impact trade and fire Peter “Jello” Laviolette. It’s a roster of dead weight create by Holmgren. I would consider trading Couturier while the market is still high on him and telling Briere that your time is up in Philly. If they don’t trade Briere he’s going to be bought out as well as Bryz because the upcoming free agent class is a good goalie class and Perry likey hitting the market.

  22. puckmepuckyou - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Lindy Ruff sounds great to me. Flyers are loaded with young talent and a trophy winning goalie and they can’t get their game together because Lavi’s system is tired and predictable. They can’t hang against a tight D team like Devs or Bs Homer has to wake up and smell the coffee.

    • sufferingphilsfan - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Hmmm…Loaded with young talent? seriously? if they had young talent they wouldn’t be struggling to score goals…fact is..the team as its made up now is old on defense and very thin up front…a lot of muckers (typical of the flyers)..not a whole hell of a lot of team speed and an overpaid goalie…sounds like a perfect scenario for lindy to come in and try and turn around….

      yep..sarcasm right there.

  23. govtminion - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I didn’t get to watch the game (Damn you Verizon!!!), but this was NOT the outcome I expected. The Flyers have struggled, and you expect that if your team is going to come out and play, it’s going to be against a contender and rival. That they rolled over for the shutout is very surprising to me… I like Laviolette, but I wonder if maybe they just need a change there, like in Buffalo, just to try to get a fresh message in the locker room.

    But, two points for the B’s is never a bad thing, odd outcome or not.

  24. mj1818 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Let’s hear the tune Philadelphia! Who do you all want gone and fired? Bryzgalov? Laviolette? The entire front office? How bad are the boos raining down? The end of the season I bet huh? They should just sell the team to Kansas City or Seattle they would have better representation there.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Knuble and Fedotenko for Malkin. Sounds good to me.

  25. bobhpine - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Where are the usual Philly trolls? Shero ought to offer a seventh round pick for both Schenns. Nevermind, why give up a draft pick for two piles of deuce.


    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      It must be hard to be a Cindy Crysby fanboy. I mean all you do is fantasize about going down on Cindy but all you post about is the Flyers. Stalk much piney?

      • killerpgh - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Since you know what he fantasizes about and know all of his posts wouldn’t that make you the stalker?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Speaking of stalking. What are you and piney dating or something? Didn’t mean to insult your girlfriend uhh..killer

    • 8man - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Yeah Crosby is quite the goal scorer. But it’s easier when you don’t have to watch your own back. There is a guy in Boston who puts up points, too and fights. His name is Lucic.

      One is a guy everyone wants a piece of and the other is a guy no one wants anything to do with. Take your pick, hockey fan. Go Bs!

  26. jazzyherb - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Ugh, last place!

  27. 5hole26 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    hahha this team is irrelevant they should stop posting articles about them. more pens posts please, a real franchise

  28. mungman69 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    If you don’t like the ads don’t watch em.

  29. mungman69 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    With all of the basketball and baseball on tv whos got time to watch hockey?

  30. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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