By Alex Hubbard
Flyers fans have to be asking themselves:
Are the Orange and Black tanking this season away?
Brad Marchand scored with 22 seconds left to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the visiting Flyers.
Jake Voracek and Jori Lehtera scored, and Lyon made 24 saves for the Flyers, who have lost five in a row (0-4-1).
Philly (34-23-11) is two points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division and three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for first.
“It’s disappointing and it’s frustrating,” Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov said. “I think we played real hard today, battled for 60 minutes. And we came up short. But it was just one of those games, you’ve got to put it in the back of your mind and move on.”
Voracek gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 1:38 of the first period with a power-play goal on their first shot of the game. Nolan Patrick got to the rebound of a Claude Giroux shot and made a between-the-legs backhand pass across the slot to Voracek for a one-timer from the right side of the net.
After Alex Lyon made the save on a Zdeno Chara slap shot,David Pastrnak took a couple whacks at the rebound before Brad Marchand scored the winner for the third straight game.
Riley Nash and Brian Gionta scored, Chara and Pastrnak each had two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for the Bruins, who matched a season-high with their fifth win in a row.
Boston (42-15-8) trails the Tampa Bay Lightning by six points for first place in the Atlantic Division and leads the Toronto Maple Leafs by seven for second. It has three games in hand on Tampa Bay and Toronto.
The Bruins have played five straight games without centerPatrice Bergeron (fractured foot) and the past two without defenseman Charlie McAvoy (sprained MCL). Forward David Backes served the first of a three-game suspension for interference against Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen.
“It shows the depth when you have some big guys out of the lineup,” Gionta said. “We’re still able to find ways to win, and for sure, we have some big guys, big pieces that are out of the lineup right now.”
Nash tied the game 1-1 at 9:14 with a backhand shot from the slot after Pastrnak’s wraparound went off the post.
Gionta put the Bruins ahead 2-1 with 26 seconds left in the first when he scored with a backhand on a breakaway after taking a stretch pass from Chara. The puck went to Chara high in the Boston zone after Tommy Wingels hit Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.
It was Gionta’s first goal for the Bruins in four games since signing as a free agent Feb. 25, and his first in the NHL since March 27, 2017, for the Buffalo Sabres.
Lehtera scored shorthanded at 7:21 of the second period to tie it 2-2. He beat Rask five-hole after taking a pass from Valtteri Filppula on a 2-on-1.