Joey Alfieri

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Flyers' losing skid hits 10

Sunday, December 3, 2017


If you're a fan of the Detroit Red Wings or the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday wasn't a good day for you. In fact, you'll probably be having nightmares about the number 10 for different reasons. 

 

For the Flyers, the number 10 signifies the amount of games they've lost in a row. That's right, the Flyers' losing streak has now hit 10 games after they dropped another contest to the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Five of Philadelphia's 10 consecutive losses have come in overtime or a shootout, so they've managed to pick up five loser points during this awful stretch, but they still haven't won a game since Nov. 9. Yikes!

 

As for the Red Wings, their losing streak has "only" reached seven games, but they put together an embarrassing performance in Montreal on Saturday.

 

Not only did they get swept in a home-and-home series against their Original Six rivals, they also allowed the Canadiens to score 10 times (yes, you're reading that correctly) in the game. That doesn't include the six goals they gave up to Montreal on Thursday night. 

 

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BOSTON 3 FLYERS 0


Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist in the matinee win. He’s up nine goals and 19 points in 16 games. He also has two multi-point efforts since returning to the Bruins lineup two games ago.

 

David Pastrnak also put up a goal and an assist against the Flyers. The Bruins winger now has six points during a five-game point streak. He’s up to 23 points in 24 games this season.

 

Jakub Voracek had a team-high five shots on goal for the Flyers, but he couldn’t the back of the net.

 

Tuukka Rask claimed his first shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon. He’s now won back-to-back games over the Lightning and Flyers. He has a 5-8-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.

 

Brian Elliott gave up three goals on 27 shots in the loss. Elliott’s been in goal for eight of Philadelphia’s 10 consecutive losses.

 

MINNESOTA 2 ST. LOUIS 1 (OT)


Matt Dumba scored the game-winning goal just 39 seconds into overtime to give the Wild the win. He finished the game with two points, a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes in 27:37 of ice time.

 

Ryan Suter found the back of the net less than five minutes into the first period. He’s up to four goals and 15 points in 26 games this season.

 

Patrik Berglund missed the first 24 games of the regular season, but he’s now scored twice in the three games since returning to the lineup.

 

Devan Dubnyk was terrific in the victory, as he turned aside 41 of 42 shots. Dubnyk has won two in a row and three of his last four.

 

Jake Allen gave up two goals on 25 shots in the defeat. Since winning four games in a row earlier this month, Allen has dropped back-to-back games.

 

VANCOUVER 2 TORONTO 1


Markus Granlund opened the scoring at the 4:52 mark of the first period. This was Granlund’s first goal in six contests.

 

Alexander Edler found the back of the net for the first time this season. Edler finished the night with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 25:59 of ice time.

 

James van Riemsdyk got the Leafs on the board with just under three minutes remaining. JVR has 13 goals and 20 points in 27 contests.

 

Jacob Markstrom turned aside 35 of 36 shots in the win. He has a 7-8-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage this season.

 

Frederik Andersen gave up two goals on 26 shots against the Canucks. His three-game winning streak is over.

 

MONTREAL 10 RED WINGS 1

 

Paul Byron picked up his first career hat trick in the win. Byron, who embarrassed the Red Wings with his speed all night, now has nine goals and 13 points in 28 games.

 

Jacob De La Rose, Daniel Carr and Nicholas Deslauriers each recorded a goal and an assist in the big win.

 

Alex Galchenyuk helped set up all three of Byron’s goals and Charles Hudon’s power play marker in the second period. Galchenyuk has six goals and 16 points in 28 games.

 

Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek gave up five goals on 25 shots before being pulled for Jimmy Howard, who gave up five goals on just nine shots. It’s tough to blame the goalies on a night like this.

 

Carey Price gave up a goal in the middle of the third frame, but the score was 8-1 at that point. Price has been unbeatable since returning from a lower-body injury last Saturday.

 

TAMPA BAY 5 SAN JOSE 2


Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals on Saturday night. He now has 19 goals and 19 assists in 26 games this season.

 

Lightning center Tyler Johnson also scored twice against the Sharks. It’s been a quiet season for Johnson, as he has six goals and seven assists in 26 games in 2017-18.

 

Justin Braun and Barclay Goodrow both netted their first goals of the season on Saturday.

 

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 27 shots in the win. He’s come away with two victories in his last three outings.

 

Sharks netminder Martin Jones allowed five goals on 43 shots in his return to the lineup. Let’s just say the night didn’t go as planned for him. He has a 10-6-1 record with a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage.

 

PENGUINS 5 SABRES 1

 

For the second night in a row, Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist against the Buffalo Sabres. The Penguins captain has 12 goals and 17 assists in 28 games.

 

Like Crosby, both Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist came away with a goal and a helper in the win.

 

On the bright side for Buffalo, they managed to snap their long scoring drought when Jason Pominville scored a goal in the third period.

 

Tristan Jarry finished the home-and-home series against the Sabres having given up just one goal. That’s pretty impressive, even though it’s Buffalo.

 

Chad Johnson gave up four goals on 28 shots in the defeat. Johnson has an ugly 1-5-2 record in nine games with Buffalo this season.

 

WASHINGTON 4 COLUMBUS 3


Brett Connolly, who was fresh off being a healthy scratch in Washington’s last game, opened the scoring just over a minute into the first period.

 

Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal with under a minute remaining in the second period gave the Caps a 3-2 lead at the time. Ovechkin 19 goals and 26 points in 27 games this season.

 

Blue Jackets rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois picked up a pair of helpers in the game, as he set up goals by Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski. Dubois now has six points during a four-game point streak.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky had a rare ordinary night. He allowed four goals on just 23 shots in the defeat. The Blue Jackets goalie has now lost back-to-back games.

 

Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 35 shots on Saturday night. He improves his record to 14-6-0 on the season. He’ll enter his next game with a 2.63 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.

 

CAROLINA 3 FLORIDA 2 (OT)

 

Noah Hanifin’s fifth goal of the season gave the ‘Canes the win over in overtime. He also dropped the gloves with Florida’s Derek MacKenzie.

 

‘Canes forward Elias Lindholm registered a goal and an assist against the Panthers. Lindholm has seven goals and seven assists in 25 contests.

 

Aleksander Barkov led the way for Florida, as he also notched a goal and an assist. Barkov’s tally tied the game at three with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

 

James Reimer gave up three goals on 47 shots in the defeat. Reimer now has a 4-6-2 record with a 3.64 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage in 2017-18.

 

Cam Ward’s 37 saves helped propel his team to victory. Ward has now won each of his last three decisions. He has a respectable 4-2-0 record as Carolina’s backup goalie.

 

ARIZONA 5 NEW JERSEY 0


Coyotes forward Derek Stepan notched a goal and an assist in Arizona’s big win. Stepan is finally starting to come to life. He has nine points in his last nine contests and he’s picked up at least one point in seven of his last nine games.

 

Dylan Strome scored his first career NHL goal in the third period of Saturday’s game. His goal might have been meaningless (5-0) in the game, but it’s one he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

 

Veteran Drew Stafford had a team-high five shots on goal for the Devils in the loss. This was a night to forget for New Jersey.

 

Former Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood shut out his old team by turning aside all 27 shots he faced. Wedgewood now owns a 3-4-2 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. This was his first shutout of the year.

 

The ‘Yotes lit up Keith Kinkaid like a Christmas tree in this one. The Devils backup goaltender allowed five goals on 27 shots.

 

NASHVILLE 3 DUCKS 2 (SHOOTOUT)


Not only did Kevin Fiala score in regulation, he also added the game-winner in the shootout. Fiala now has three goals and 15 points in 25 games this season.

 

Adam Henrique scored his first goal as a member of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. His power play tally tied the game at one in the second period. Henrique has five goals and 16 points in 26 games.

 

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist in the loss. He’s now riding a three-game point streak.

 

Pekka Rinne made 33 saves against the Ducks. The Preds netminder is really putting together a solid season. He now has a 15-4-2 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage.

 

Like Rinne, Ducks goalie Ryan Miller also came up with 33 saves in this one. Unfortunately for him, he gave up two more goals in the shootout.

 

DALLAS 3 CHICAGO 2 (SHOOTOUT)


Alexander Radulov score the game’s first goal in regulation and in the shootout. His shootout tally proved to be the game-winner for the Stars, who made a smart acquisition when they signed Radulov in free agency. The Russian winger has nine goals and 23 points in 26 contests.

 

Radek Faksa found the back of the net for the Stars on Saturday. Faksa, who had 12 goals in 80 games last season, already has 10 goals in 25 games in 2017-18. Not bad at all.

 

Brandon Saad tied the game at two with under 50 seconds remaining in the second frame the ‘Hawks winger has 10 goals and 14 points in 26 games this season.

 

Stars goalie Ben Bishop made 32 saves in regulation/overtime before stopping both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout. Bishop improved his record to 13-7-0 on the season.

 

Anton Forsberg, who has become the Blackhawks starting goaltender because of an injury to Corey Crawford, allowed two goals in the game and two more in the shootout.

 

EDMONTON 7 CALGARY 5


It was a nice night for rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, as he scored two goals just over four minutes apart in the first period to give the Oilers 1-0 and 2-0 leads. Those were his third and fourth of the season.

 

Milan Lucic had a three-point night for Edmonton, as he scored once and registered two assists in the win. The veteran power forward is up to five goals and 19 points in 27 games this season.

 

Sam Bennett scored two third-period goals in the defeat. Not bad for a guy that had just one goal in his first 25 games of the season.

 

Mike Smith was pulled in the loss, after he gave up five goals on 27 shots through two periods. David Rittich entered the game in relief of Smith, and he allowed two more goals.

 

It wasn’t pretty, but Laurent Brossoit got the job done. He gave up five goals on 34 shots in the win over the rival Flames. 




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