By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
From the drop of the puck, the Boston Bruins were totally in control. They won races to pucks. They fired shots from all angles. They had prolonged offensive-zone shifts. They did everything needed to play their usual brand of hockey.
Unlike last season, the Flyers are a little more equipped to counter that. They have much more physicality in their lineup, and that adds some snarl to the game and gives it much more emotion. This isn’t just the lifeless bloodbath it was last season.
But this game offered shades of that, particularly in the late second and third periods. One breakdown erased a two-goal rally. An early goal in the third proved to be a dagger. Just when the Flyers thought they may have a chance to get back in the game on the man-advantage, it was taken away from them with a questionable penalty.
Still, that doesn’t erase the display that was on the ice, one that has the Flyers trying to survive more than drive play. The Flyers clearly have flaws in their play, and it’s fair to wonder how much longer they can go without addressing them.
Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins.