The pain has returned for Flyers as trade deadline gets closer


John Tortorella mentioned how the Flyers would "feel more pain" throughout this season.

They're feeling it right now.

They're giving up far too many goals, they can't find ways to score and the losses are stacking up once again.

Tortorella's club stumbled to the Canucks, 6-2, Saturday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Flyers (22-25-10) are 0-2-0 on their four-game road trip with 12 goals surrendered. They've lost four straight (0-3-1) and eight of their last 10 (2-5-3).

Scott Laughton (even strength) and Morgan Frost (power play) provided the Flyers' goals. Frost's marker brought the Flyers within 3-2 heading into second intermission.

The Canucks closed the door in the third period.

Vancouver's three-time All-Star Elias Pettersson tallied two empty-net goals and three assists on the night. Former Islander Anthony Beauvillier put up his third multi-goal game against the Flyers in his career.

The Flyers went 1-1-0 against the Canucks (22-30-4) in their two-game regular-season series.

Vancouver improved to 4-5-1 under Flyers Hall of Famer Rick Tocchet, who took over as head coach Jan. 22.

• The Flyers knew they had an opportunity in February to keep things interesting.

But they're squandering that opportunity.

They've gone 1-4-1 this month. The trade deadline is in 13 days (March 3) and the Flyers have five games left before it.

They'll be selling off pieces to prepare for the summer and next season.


• Similarly to earlier in the season, the Flyers are really fighting it offensively.

Since the All-Star break, they've scored two or fewer goals in five of six games.

The Canucks were allowing over four goals per game, second most in the NHL. The Flyers could scratch across only two.

Things should get tougher after the trade deadline if the Flyers deal James van Riemsdyk, the club's most likely move.

• Carter Hart wasn't at his best Saturday night. Somewhat oddly, he is a lot better when he sees a high volume of shots.

He yielded four goals on 21 shots from Vancouver. The fourth goal was a killer as he couldn't cover his rebound. The Flyers were down only 3-2 midway through the third period at the time.

The 24-year-old entered 3-0-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .934 save percentage lifetime against the Canucks.

Hart was yanked during the second period of the Flyers' 6-2 loss Thursday night to the Kraken.

Arturs Silovs, who will turn 22 years old next month, was making his second career NHL start for Vancouver. And he picked up victory No. 1 by turning away 35 of the Flyers' 37 shots.

• Joel Farabee played only 10:21 minutes. He has not scored a goal in 16 straight games.

Farabee has just nine goals on the season.

In mid-December, he wouldn't use his late-June neck surgery as any excuse. You have to think the impeded offseason is impacting him from a strength and effectiveness standpoint.

• Travis Konecny worked his tail off for his two goals in Seattle despite the game being well out of hand. You can appreciate that effort in a blowout, especially given he was mired in a 13-game goalless skid.

He was at it again Saturday. Konecny assisted Frost's second-period power play goal by battling at the net. He also had seven shots.

• Justin Braun entered the lineup for Kieffer Bellows as Tortorella decided to roll with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

It's safe to say Tortorella did not make the decision for offense but it paid off that way.

A minute and a half after the Flyers killer Beauvillier handed the Canucks a 1-0 first-period lead, Braun picked up his first point of the season by sending a shot into traffic. Laughton apparently got a piece of it for the equalizer as Braun notched the primary assist.

• The Flyers do not have a goal from a defenseman in six games since the All-Star break.

They have some offensive talent on the back end. They need it to chip in ... badly.

• The second half of the road trip comes in a back-to-back set as the Flyers visit the Flames on Monday (4 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Oilers on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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