Sunday, October 1 2023

Flyers battle but lose 7th straight as Bruins (and their fans) grab historic win originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Flyers couldn’t prevent the Bruins from making NHL history Sunday on their home ice as they fell to Boston, 5-3, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wade Allison, Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett scored goals for the Flyers.

But the Bruins never trailed and David Pastrnak was dominant.

The Flyers (29-38-13) have lost seven straight games (0-6-1), a stretch in which they’ve been outscored 32-15.

There are two games left in the season.

John Tortorella’s club dropped to 2-12-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets.

The Bruins (63-12-5) set a new NHL record for most wins in a single regular season. Boston has racked up 131 points with two games to go.

“Obviously you’re aware of it; you see it kind of everywhere nowadays,” Tippett said. “For us, we just want to finish the year as hard as we can, play the right way and try to get results.”

A hearty contingent of Bruins fans made the trip to Philadelphia. When their team scored, they made the Wells Fargo Center sound like Boston’s TD Garden. They chanted “we want the Cup” after the fifth goal, which sealed the game.

“All of the stuff with us getting the crap kicked out of us here the past couple of weeks, we lose another game, Bruins fans in there — that is part of the process,” Tortorella said. “That’s where we are in our process. Losing the games. This is the hard part of the process, but it’s a part that we have to go through.”

With his 58th, 59th and 60th goals, Pastrnak led the way for the Bruins, who sat five of their regulars.

The Flyers went 0-3-0 against Boston in the three-game regular-season series.

• Pastrnak now has four career hat tricks against the Flyers.

Two of his goals came in the second period as the Bruins seized a 3-1 lead. He went for the hat trick 39 seconds into the third period.

He assisted Boston’s fifth goal, giving him a four-point night.

The Flyers battled Sunday. They were tied at first intermission and drew within one twice, but they just didn’t have enough.

“I think at this time of the year, for us to show that we’re not giving up, I think it goes a long way in the room when you look at your teammates battling like that,” Farabee said. “You just try to be there as a good teammate and play hard even though the games don’t really mean much for us right now.”

• Under three minutes into the third period, Ivan Provorov went down in pain after taking a hit along the back boards. He stayed down, face first, as head athletic trainer Tommy Alva rushed to his aid.

Provorov was able to get up, skate off and head down the tunnel for evaluation. He was back on the bench and taking another shift not long afterward.

Later in the third period, he took a puck to the face.

Tough customer.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Tortorella said. “That’s the way he is. A definition of Provy is I watched him earlier this year, we’re practicing, he gets cut — pretty good cut — we probably have five more minutes left in practice. He gets stitched and gets out there and probably gets two or three of those minutes.

“He doesn’t stay down. We can piss and moan as coaches when he struggles sometimes and all that, he’s frustrating to me at times, but how he handles himself — there’s not too many players that go about it that way.”

Felix Sandstrom started in net for the Flyers and made 29 saves on 34 shots.

Boston backup Jeremy Swayman stopped 34 of the Flyers’ 37 shots for the victory.

Tony DeAngelo was a healthy scratch for a third straight game. The situation has definitely become fishy. More on that here.

With Nick Seeler unavailable because of an illness, the Flyers played five defensemen and an extra forward.

• The Flyers welcome the Blue Jackets for their final home game of the season Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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