By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
After five days off, the Flyers lineup finally resembled something more like their usual group as anticipated on paper. But when that group took the ice on Thursday, the first period was nowhere near better.
The Flyers fell behind again. The Flyers lacked energy and the effort was in question. It was called one of the worst first periods they have played by Cam Atkinson after the game. It could have easily been a period with four goals for the Bruins. Instead, it was just two.
That was enough for the Flyers to chip away and eventually even things up, before the special teams game came back into play and ultimately proved to be the difference in the game again.
It was one final game in a calendar year that has been as frustrating and disappointing as ever. Another loss in regulation brought the team’s current losing streak to six, and put a fitting conclusion to a 365-day period to forget.
Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Bruins.