PHILADELPHIA – While a simple glance at the conference standings and statistics would tell you that the Boston Bruins are a superior hockey club to the Philadelphia Flyers, the B’s also had some key advantages to capitalize on in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Bruins were coming off an idle four days where they split the time off evenly between full off days (two on Tuesday and Wednesday) and practice days (Thursday and Friday) before thoroughly dismantling he Flyers in a one-sided 6-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center that Claude Giroux called “embarrassing” after it was all over.
Of course the struggling Flyers were amidst a stretch where they’ve now lost four games in a row, and limped into their fourth game in the last six days courtesy of a postponed game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Clearly there are no excuses, but the Flyers have allowed 21 goals in their last four games while the Bruins have justified coach Claude Julien giving his players rare back-to-back off days earlier this week.
“Right from the first shift we were into it,” said Jarome Iginla, who led the Bruins with a pair of goals and a season-high four points in the blowout win. “Every line was ready to go. You don’t get many breaks during the season, and when you get them you want to make the most, show coach you can handle it too.”
The victory gives the Bruins seven points in their last eight games during a stretch where Julien challenged his players to finish strongly in the final 10 games prior to the Olympic break. That mission continues next with a Monday night game at Nassau Coliseum against a New York Islanders that has had the Bruins’ number in a pair of meetings between the two teams earlier this season.