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Bruins hand Flyers 10th loss in a row

Marc Narducci, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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PHILADELPHIA -- In an attempt to change their sagging fortunes, the Flyers rolled out an old good luck charm. But they still couldn't stop a losing streak from entering double digits.

As Lauren Hart sang "God Bless America" before the game, she was joined in video clips by the late Kate Smith.

The Bruins didn't appear too worried, nor should they have been.

The Flyers lost to the Boston Bruins, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center for their 10th loss in a row. It was their third shutout during the losing streak.

With 11 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first period, the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds and Boston's Kevan Miller got into a prolonged fight. Simmonds landed some solid blows.

It was the type of fight that was standard procedure during the Flyers' Broad Street Bullies glory days. This time, it failed to inspire the team.

The Flyers left too many Bruins open around the goal and even had a goal of their own taken off the board.

Late in the second period, the Flyers thought they had cut the Bruins' lead to 3-1 on Claude Giroux's power-play goal through a screen at the top of the left circle.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy challenged the goal, citing goaltender interference. The officials agreed with the Boston coach, saying Simmonds' left elbow hit goaltender Tuukka Rask. Needless to say, the Flyers didn't agree and neither did the fans.

Near the midway point of the third period, a Bruins goal by Noel Acciari was overturned after it was determined he deflected a shot in with a high stick.

By then, that bit of good fortune was way too late for the Flyers.

 

Near the midway point of the first period, Flyers goalie Brian Elliott made an outstanding save that looked as if it could spur his team. Lying on his side, Elliott somehow deflected a shot in front by David Backes off the post and out of harm's way.

Elliott and the Flyers wouldn't be as fortunate later in the period.

Boston took a 1-0 lead on Ryan Spooner's breakaway goal with 4:30 left.

Flyers center Nolan Patrick had a back-pass intercepted by Acciari, whose feed found Spooner near center ice, just past the outstretched stick of Ivan Provorov. Spooner skated in and beat Elliott through his legs.

The Bruins made it 2-0 when Patrice Bergeron sent a faceoff from the left circle off Patrick's skate to Brad Marchand. The Bruins left winger sent the puck across the goal to David Pastrnak, who scored from in front for his 13th goal, with 13:22 left in the second period.

With 6:04 left in the second period, the Flyers' Travis Konecny was stopped on a breakaway, continuing the Flyers' frustration.

Marchand made it 3-0, scoring from in front after deking Elliott.

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