On February 21st the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins took their turn outdoors at Lake Tahoe in what would be a one sided affair. Before we go any further let me say this; the Flyers were missing quite a few players and if they were at full strength this game may have gone differently. So what happened during the NHL’s second day at Lake Tahoe?
First the Boston Bruins kept up their tradition of showing up to games in unique and interesting outfits. In 2018 the Bruins showed up wearing suits inspired by Peaky Blinders. For Tahoe the team decided to embrace the reverse retro theming and wore ’90’s themed outfits to go with their ’90’s inspired uniforms. From neon colors to fanny packs and Walkmans the team went all out with their outfits. My favorite was Clifton and Kampfer who dressed up like the Bash Bros. from the Mighty Ducks. Jaro Halak also channeled his inner Jaromir Jagr and wore a fake mullet under his knit hat as he walked to the rink. While I was middle of the road with the look of the Bruins reverse retro jerseys when they were first announced; I do have to say that they look much better in an entire set.
The the game started and in the beginning it seemed like it was going to be an pretty even and fair game. David Pastrnak scored 34 seconds into the game, but Philly answered back with a goal at about the 13 minute mark. The Flyers would then take the lead with five minutes remaining in the 1st, but that would only last around 40 seconds when Charlie McAvoy would tie the game back up.
Pastrnak would start the 2nd period in the same way he started the first; by scoring within the first minute of the period. Charlie Coyle would be the next to score, followed by Trent Frederick getting his first NHL goal, and then Nick Richie would close the period with a redirect goal putting the Bruins up 6-2.
The Flyers would get one back in the last seven minutes of the game, but Pastrnak would answer back about 5 minutes later getting himself a hat trick on the night.
Again this could’ve been a much different game had Philadelphia not had so many players on the Covid list. It was still a fun and interesting game to watch. I always love the outdoor games and this one was no different. I hope the NHL sees that the outdoor games are better played later in the day. It was a sight to see the sun set on the lake and transition into night; it’d be a nice aesthetic for future outdoor games in my opinion. What were your opinions on the Lake Tahoe outdoor games? Leave a comment and let us know.
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