By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON -- A Cup hangover was non-existent for the Boston Bruins throughout most of Thursday nights season opener at the TD Garden, but a lackadaisical 50 seconds in the first period did the Bs in, as they lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers after raising the franchises sixth banner to the rafters prior to the opening puck drop.
The Flyers scored two goals and took a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the first period, as Claude Giroux finished a power-play breakaway with a deke to his right with 50 seconds left, followed by Jakub Voraceks rebound goal from the slot with just 2.4 seconds remaining in the period.
It came nearly 10 minutes after Brad Marchand gave the Bruins an initial 1-0 lead, midway through the first.
Marchand was pulling off filthy moves all night, and finished on his first, as he scored on the teams first power play of the season.
Tyler Seguin made the play happen, as he sent a perfect cross-ice pass from blue line to blue line, and Marchand burst out front from the left wing, finishing by sliding a sneaky backhander past Bryzgalovs right pad.
Unfortunately for the Bs, that would be all theyd get.
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The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.