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Talking Points: BC-BU Combo Kills Bruins, Martin Jones Déjà vu

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The Philadelphia Flyers fed off a Comm Ave. combo and beat a disorganized Boston Bruins team for their first loss of the 2021-22 season with a 6-3 win.

Former Boston College star forward Cam Atkinson lit the lamp twice and former Boston University sniper Joel Farabee continued his hot start with a goal and an assist for the Flyers. Sean Couturier had a goal and assist for the Flyers and Derick Brassard added two helpers. Scoot Laughton and Travis Konecny had the other goals for the Flyers.

Karson Kuhlman (1), Taylor Hall (1), and Brad Marchand all lit the lamp for the Boston Bruins.

GOLD STAR: Terriers and Eagles Unite- So sometimes there are just nights when the full moon unites and unfortunately for the Boston Bruins, Wednesday evening was one of those nights. Farabee, a former star for the Terriers, lit the lamp and assisted on one of Atkinson’s goals. Meanwhile, Atkinson was reminding everyone at the Heights he’s got game just like his teammate from down the Green Line.

 

BLACK EYE: Swayman, Bottom 6, middle 9 and . …

There’s not really a single black eye for one player in this first loss of the season for the Boston Bruins. Let’s just face it; the middle six of the forward group was a turnover machine and the bottom six on the blue line, was swiss cheese. Unfortunately, Boston Bruins rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman was an unwilling turnstile in easily the worst game of his young career. Five goals on 24 shots weren’t good but. …

“He’s not gonna be at his best every night and clearly he wasn’t tonight,” Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Swayman before calling out the team in front of him. “We needed some saves there when we broke down. …uh…that’s it, just didn’t when we needed them. Our breakdowns were bad in front of him; wasn’t a lot of quantity but high quality. Just mistakes from the backend. …that’s losing hockey Steve that’s what it is. That’s how you lose games. You do dumb things and good teams come back at you and they finish and that’s what happened.”

TURNING POINT: Well let’s keep it real with the Eagles-Terriers hell just froze over shall we? Yes that goal above, no need to watch again Bruins fans but, the fact the Bruins let that up so fast, makes one wonder where the in-game momentum swings are eh?

HONORABLE MENTION: Martin Jones – The former Boston Bruins goalie (for four days!) made 37 saves in the win.

BY THE NUMBERS: -8 – The combo of -1 plus-minus for the middle-six forwards and bottom six d-men for the Boston Bruins.

QUOTE TO NOTE: 

Well, as far as it goes for Bruins Quote To Note, Cassidy nailed it above with the “You do dumb things and good teams come back at you and they finish and that’s what happened” but TNT just keeps killing it and Biz Nasty takes the crown here!

The Flyers were hornier.

 

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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