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Wrap: Bruins Crush Flyers, 6-1

January 23, 2021, 10:15 PM ET [181 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Wrap: Bruins Crush Flyers, 6-1

Two nights after coughing third-period leads of 2-0 and 3-2 on the way to a 5-4 shootout loss at the hands of the host Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers were held to just 17 shots and got their tails kicked in a 6-1 blowout loss in the return match.

The Flyers generated very little attack through the course of the game. They did a lot better on faceoffs than in Thursday's game but rarely won the ensuing second and third battles to get cleanly out of the defense zone or get set up in the attack zone. Philadelphia defended decently at 5-on-5 for two periods but still trailed, 3-1, and then the wheels fell off completely on both sides of the puck in a lopsided, non-competitive third period.

Special teams were atrocious throughout the game for the Flyers. They went 1-for-4 on the penalty kill and barely survived the one they did manage to avoid getting scored upon. Philadelphia's lone power play was just as bad with the Flyers struggling to get the puck even beyond their own blue line due to turnovers and errant passes.

Carter Hart was strafed for six goals on 26 shots on the night after carrying a shutout for two periods on Thursday and then giving up four goals over the final period of regulation. Jaroslav Halak had perhaps two tough saves to make all night (one on Kevin Hayes late in the second period with the score still 2-1).

Patrice Bergeron (power play, 2nd) scored the lone goal of the first period. Kevin Hayes (3rd) and Craig Smith (1st) traded off closely spaced goals early in the second period before a one-handed tip-in by Charlie Coyle (2nd) late in the frame established a two-goal lead for Boston. Brad Marchand (2nd and 3rd) added to the lead early in the third period with even strength and power play goals. Bergeron then tacked on another power play rebound goal (2nd of the game, 3rd goal of the season) to build a 6-1 lead.

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The Flyers have an off-day on Sunday. They will practice on Monday in Voorhees and then open a back-to-back set with the Devils in Newark on Tuesday and Thursday. Shayne Gostisbehere is expected to practice on Monday now that he is finished with the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.
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