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Flyers' 'f---ing brutal' winless streak reaches 10 games with shutout loss to Bruins

Flyers' 'f---ing brutal' winless streak reaches 10 games with shutout loss to Bruins

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The Flyers were looking to change anything. 

Some of the guys even grabbed a haircut in the days in between games. While they may have switched up their look, the Flyers outlook remained the same following a 3-0 loss on home ice to the Boston Bruins (see observations), extending their winless streak to 10 games, two shy of the franchise record.

“Yeah, I mean, it sucks,” said defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, “There is not much to say. It’s f---ing brutal. Sorry for cursing, but it's tough right now.”

“Nobody’s going to feel sorry us. Everything we touch right now turns to s---,” said forward Jake Voracek.

Or what the Flyers barely touch.

Late in the second period, the Flyers appeared to have scored a power play goal when Claude Giroux snapped a shot past Tuukka Risk that would have cut the Bruins' lead to 3-1 just before intermission. However, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy challenged the play arguing Wayne Simmonds interfered with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

However, replays showed that Simmonds barely made contact and wasn’t in the crease at the time. After the horn sounded, Simmonds approached referee Dave Jackson for an explanation and then slammed and snapped his stick on his way back to the dressing room.

“He said I clipped him in his head. I honestly didn’t feel it if I did,” said Simmonds. 

When asked if goalies have a way of embellishing those plays Simmonds responded, “Yeah, probably. If I was a goalie, I’d probably do the same thing. I honestly didn’t think I touched him. Clearly I got a piece of him, but I’ve seen way worse than that and called still a good goal.”

However, the Flyers' results and mistakes are definitely self-inflicted at this point, and any sign of a comeback appears to be futile as they’ve gone their last 119:12 without a goal after Claude Giroux scored in the opening minute of Tuesday’s game against the Sharks.

“It’s not a good time right now. We need to figure it out and figure it out soon,” said Giroux, “I think now we’re just squeezing our sticks. We just got figure it out here. We just need that first win to get that breather.” 

The Flyers not only had a power play goal taken away, but they also had power play negated after Gostisbehere committed an unnecessary cross-checking penalty around the neck of Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who was trying to dump the puck and get off the ice for a change.

“Well, there’s probably a little bit of (frustration) there at that time of game,” said head coach Dave Hakstol, “I would rather he make a different choice. I’ll leave it at that.”

And then the Flyers were doomed by icing infractions. Two led to goals where they were burned defensively by the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.

“Both stem from icings that we’d like to avoid and then they’re different plays from there - one’s a face-off play that we get beat off the wall to a puck in the middle of the rink and then the second one is a coverage out of a scrum on the half wall in our zone,” said Hakstol.

The Flyers proved last year that a team could win 10 in a row and miss the playoffs. They also showed in 2008 they could lose 10 straight and still get into the postseason.

Right now, they could use any source of motivation just to get a win.

“It’s not a magical recipe,” said Elliott, who has lost his eighth straight start, “It’s playing the game the right way. We have the personnel in here to do it. There’s no give up in this, that’s what I know for sure.”

The best of Jakub Voracek on his 29th birthday

The best of Jakub Voracek on his 29th birthday

It's Aug. 15, the dog days of summer and hockey is still a few weeks away.

But Jakub Voracek turns 29 years old today and this summer, the winger has already played a big part in helping push the Flyers' process into its next stage by helping recruit James van Riemsdyk back to town (see story).

Voracek is coming off a career-best season at 28 years old, posting 85 points in 82 games in 2017-18. He finished fourth in the NHL with 65 assists and ninth with 35 power-play points.

All of this came after a somewhat disappointing 2016-17 season — 61 points in 82 games, not particularly bad numbers but also not the production you'd like from a player with an $8.25 million cap hit and in Year 1 of an eight-year, $66 million extension.

Last season, though, Voracek proved that he can still very much produce at a top level. Since joining the Flyers in 2011-12, Voracek is third among all wingers with 303 assists and fifth in points with 439. Since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, he's eighth among all skaters with 272 assists and 15th in points with 390.

With today being Voracek's birthday, let's take a look back at some of the best from his time as a Flyer because Voracek is one of the most personable players around.

Some plays

Jan. 27, 2016: Voracek scored the game-winner 38 seconds into overtime. It was an important goal in a big game as the Flyers were in the middle of a wild-card chase (see story).

Oct. 14, 2017: The Flyers put a pounding on the Capitals in an 8-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Voracek had three assists. This one was one of them. Poor Madison Bowey.

Jan. 13, 2018: Voracek has also torched other teams than the Capitals. Here is a kick pass to Giroux against the Devils in North Jersey.


Some fights

Voracek is not exactly a fighter. According to hockeyfights.com, he has four official fights during the regular season and all have come with the Flyers.

There was the time he dropped the gloves with Gabriel Landeskog for about 30 seconds in Colorado and then said, "I don't think I picked the right city to fight in."

Then there was the time when he roughed up Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.


Some singing

Sportswriters aren't the only ones who like Bruce Springsteen. Yes, Voracek is also a fan.


A little charity

On Feb. 28, 2017, against the Avalanche, Voracek was eventually credited with a goal many Flyers fans believed was Wayne Simmonds' hat trick. In fact, 396 hats came pouring down to the ice.

As a gesture for taking a hat trick away from Simmonds, Voracek purchased 396 new Flyers hats and donated them to local hospitals for children battling cancer (see story).

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Flyers will face New York Islanders again in annual rookie game

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Flyers will face New York Islanders again in annual rookie game

While the Flyers have not announced the start of their rookie and training camp, they did provide an indication Tuesday of when the camps will be.

For the third straight season, the Flyers and New York Islanders will square off Sept. 12 in their annual rookie game. This time, it returns to New York.

The game will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Northwell Health Ice Center, the Islanders' practice facility in East Meadow, New York. According to Newsday's Andrew Gross, ticket proceeds will benefit the Islanders' Children's Foundation.

In years past, the Flyers have streamed the games on their official website.

Last year, the Flyers-Islanders rookie game was on Sept. 13, 2017, two days after rookie camp began and two days before the main camp opened.

The rookie game marks the official end of rookie camp, so by the process of elimination, a safe guess would be the Flyers' rookie camp will be Sept. 10 and training camp likely opening a day or two after the game.

The Islanders beat the Flyers, 4-3, in overtime last September. The Flyers won the first game two years ago. From 2007 to 2014, the Flyers and Capitals faced each other in their annual rookie games.

Rookie games are fun because they're the first glimpse of prospects and with the Flyers, there's a ton to be excited about — even if signing James van Riemsdyk accelerates their process (see story).

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