In times of the Coronavirus epidemic, there was nothing the Flyers in Boston could do outside of hockey.
And given the result on ice, they certainly wouldn’t miss Beantown.
Alain Vigneault’s club were beaten 6–1 by the Bruins, with Boston set to two games with the Flyers at TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Flyers scored five goals in both games. The Bruins scored a combined seven in the third period alone.
Prior to this winnerless journey, the Flyers (3-2-1) had 30 consecutive regular-season games without a loss. The last time he lost two regular season games in succession, December 31-January. 7 of last year, when they fell four straight.
The Flyers have been banged up and they don’t have 2019-20 Selke Trophy winner Sean Coutier, but the Bruins (3-1-1) were missing a star for both games, as well, and yet it was called orange and black Carried in color.
Carter Hart, who rarely shows his frustration, was shown on the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast taking several setbacks and smashing his stick on the net after the final horn on Saturday night.
• The Flyers resemble a completely different team that enhances the regular-season stretch of 2019-20.
Should it be worrying? Yes. Are they allowing a frightening number of shots? Yes.
But the sky is not falling. They are 3-2-1 and some of Vigneul’s best teams have yet to fix things, included last season. A reminder: The Flyers started 2-3-1 last season and averaged in the opening month. The flyers didn’t really click until January.
This season began later and is a 56-game campaign, but the panic button has yet to be pressed in Delaware Valley.
• Does not mean to exclude the opposition Everything, But it is not good when you exit every game through the first six of the season.
The same has happened for the Flyers, four of whom are shot differentials who come by double digit margins.
He entered the NHL on Saturday night, allowing the most shots (37.4) per game and went 213-142 through six matches.
• The true backbreaking goal for the Flyers came in 4:13 of the third period when Eric Gustafson was fully exposed in the defensive zone.
Offsen’s acquisition was sluggish and outworked on a loose puck. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand paid him, giving Boston a 4–1 lead and the game was very beautiful.
After a good run in the opener, the aggressive-minded Gustafson has just one assist, five shots and has struggled defensively. If he is not producing a ton offensively, he will have to be better defensively.
• This is the first time in his career that Hart has allowed four or more goals in three consecutive starts. The 22-year-old has allowed 14 in his current three-match debut.
The Flyers have performed extremely poorly in front of him. He could be much better as well, but the Flyers are systematically a mess.
Hart is probably the least of the Flyers’ concerns.
Jaroslav Hallak had only 16 goals to win.
• The Flyers suffered their first regulation loss in the tenure of Kevin Hayes, when the 28-year-old center scored a goal.
They are now in a 24–1–1 game, with Hayes lighting the lamp, including both the regular season and the playoffs.
• The Bruins were without David Pastrnak (hip) in this two-game set and it didn’t matter much.
Two other Boston stars, Bergerone and Marchand, separated the Flyers on Saturday night. He had two goals and three scores of apricines.
• Oskar Lindblom asked the NHL if he could wear a cancer ribbon sticker on his helmet for the remainder of the season and the league approved his request.
The 24-year-old winger was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December 2019 and completed his radiation treatment in July 2020.
The Flyers practice Mondays in Voorhees, New Jersey on Sundays, before traveling to Newark, New Jersey for games against Tuesdays and Sundays (7 pm ET / NBCSP) and Thursdays (7 pm ET / NBCSP).
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