By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – This wasn’t exactly how the Boston Bruins planed to kick-off their 2011-12 season.
After a riveting and exciting pregame ceremony that honored the team’s efforts from last year, the Black and Gold registered just one goal in three periods, which wasn’t enough to stop the re-tooled Philadelphia Flyers, who skated past Boston’s ragtag skaters with a 2-1 victory.
“I still thought we came out fine in the first 10-minutes and then somehow we kind of lost our gem and really got out of sync for at least the last half of that period – even the second period [too],” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
“I’m very happy I could help the team to win,” said Flyers right-winger Jakub Voracek, who netted Philadelphia’s second goal during the closing seconds of the first period.
“It’s a long season and [we] just got to keep going and [get] better every game.”
Boston and Philadelphia struggled to gain any momentum during the opening period, but somehow, the Bruins struck first, as Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo connected with a streaking Brad Marchand, which gave the home team a 1-0 advantage for roughly 10-minutes.
“We started out really strong and then things just weren’t clicking as well as they were [in the first 10-minutes],” said Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. “We have to approach this has a lesson that every game is going to be hard, [and] yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just going to happen [again].
“I actually thought we started really well,” said Bruins Shawn Thornton. “The first 15-minutes, we were controlling the pace of play and they got an opportunity. They capitalized, they got another one, they capatailized and then we were down like a pill for the rest of the game.”
While it wasn’t exactly the most enticing contest, the Flyers managed to outshoot the Bruins, 29-23, as well as improve their opening day road record to [19-14-7], while Boston fell to [1-7-1] in their last nine openers, which isn’t
“As much as we weren’t quite in sync, we made some plays. We had some opportunities, [but] we didn’t bury them [and] a couple of times we had some good plays, good decision making, but the one-timers kind of rolled off the stick,” said Julien.
“Overall, I think that our guys had the right attitude going into the game, but I don’t think the rest followed, so it was just one of those nights where you just really got [to] understand the situation and try to get yourself better and hopefully focused in a proper way for next game and we’ll be a better team.”
Both teams will return to the ice on Saturday, as Boston will host Tampa Bay, while Philadelphia will travel to New Jersey.