Horton scored in Philly/By S. Bradley

Horton scored in Philly/By S. Bradley

It was the type of afternoon that made you wonder if the Bruins had eaten too many cheesesteaks.

Instead of going out and proving to general manager Peter Chiarelli and all observers that they’re a better team than Jarome Iginla thinks, the Bruins lost to Philadelphia 3-1 in a fashion that made everyone think maybe they need more than just the former Flames forward in order to make a run this season.

Everything was in the Bruins’ favor, as Johnny Boychuk returned from a three-game injury absence, the Flyers were missing three top-six defenseman (Nicklas Grossman, Andrej Meszaro, Braydon Coburn) and the Flyers had lost four in a row. The Bruins fell behind 2-0 for the fourth straight game and extended their first-period goal-less streak to six games. This time, there was no comeback despite a goal by Nathan Horton.

The trade deadline is Wednesday, and Chiarelli might have to add a top-six forward and a top-four defenseman to get this team into the Stanley Cup championship conversation, as I wrote for CBS Boston last night. It could be slim pickings by the time 3 p.m. Wednesday rolls around.

•The Bruins will play in Buffalo tonight and then fly home for Cuts For a Cause Monday.