Saturday, March 15, 2008

Flyers Blow Chance to Move Past Bruins; Hatcher Injured

The Flyers found yet another way to lose a game. They were 27 seconds away from defeating the Boston Bruins and moving into the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference when Bruins forward Andrew Ference knocked in a goal that tied the game and forced overtime. In overtime, Aaron Ward let go a long-distance shot from the blue line that somehow got past Martin Biron for the game winning goal for the Bruins. It was Ward's second overtime winner against the Flyers this season.

On the injury front, the Flyers got some good news today with the return of Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul, who both contributed offensively, with Richards scoring a goal and Lupul notching an assist. Unfortunately, that good news is overshadowed by the loss of another player to injury. They will likely be without defenseman Derian Hatcher for at least a few games. Hatcher hurt his leg while blocking a shot, and he has returned to Philadelphia to get an MRI. He said after the game that he couldn't put weight on the leg, which is a very bad sign.

The Flyers play the Penguins tomorrow. While they were lucky to get one point in today's game, they need to play at a higher level tomorrow if they want to hang with Pittsburgh. A few more bad losses like today and the Flyers will find themselves out of playoff contention.

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