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Rangers 3, Flyers 0: Eliminated Flyers with uninspired performance vs. Rangers

Rangers 3, Flyers 0: Eliminated Flyers with uninspired performance vs. Rangers

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The Flyers were feeling the blues Sunday afternoon in front of their home fans a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.

In a completely uninspiring performance, the Flyers lost to the rebuilding Rangers, 3-0, at the Wells Fargo Center.

This New York team had lost 13 of its last 16 games (3-8-5) by a combined score of 55-37 and had just one road victory since Feb. 20.

Yet, it had its way with the Flyers (37-34-8), who are 3-7-0 over their last 10 games after going 18-4-2 in the previous 24.

If the Flyers (82 points) don't win their remaining three games, they'll finish with their fewest points in a season since 2014-15, when they had 84.

Meanwhile, the Rangers (31-34-13) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Flyers.

• Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, who typically experiments with different combinations throughout a game, tried shuffling his lines to get something going.

Travis Konecny was on the top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier, then moved to the second unit with Oskar Lindblom and Nolan Patrick.

Even Giroux and Couturier couldn't rekindle their old chemistry, while James van Riemsdyk (goalless in his last five games) played mostly on the third line and was denied on a breakaway.

• Patrick, a streaky player so far in his first two seasons, has gone quiet again with zero points in his last eight games. Konecny, another young player prone to hot-cold spells, has one point over his last seven games.

• Carter Hart, who had to make 36 or more saves in each of his previous three starts, wasn't as busy Sunday but couldn't deliver enough timely stops.

He wasn't bad, though, either, finishing with 22 saves. The Flyers were a step behind most of the day.

Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev, 23 years old, finished with 29 saves.

• Following a non-performance-based healthy scratch Saturday to get Samuel Morin more game action, Shayne Gostisbehere was back in the lineup. He played 25-plus minutes but couldn't ignite the man advantage.

• During the second period, the Flyers were gifted back-to-back power plays by Brendan Smith, who committed a silly tripping penalty and was then called for interference because he touched the puck before fully exiting the box.

The man-advantage units didn't do anything with it. The Flyers had good zone time but couldn't generate a ton of quality looks.

Smith gave them two more opportunities in the third but the Flyers went quietly.

The power play has been way too up and down this season and we'll have to wait and see who is running the show if any changes come systematically in 2019-20.

From Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, a span of three games, the man advantage went 7 for 10. But from Oct. 13 to Jan. 2, it went 9 for 93 — mind-blowingly inconsistent.

• The Flyers did a lot of watching in the first period, not showing a ton of energy after being eliminated from the playoff race.

New York, looking like it cared more, broke down the Flyers twice to grab a 2-0 lead. If Hart didn't bail the Flyers out in the first five minutes, the deficit could have been much worse.

Too often have the Flyers started slowly through the opening 20 minutes and then there's never a great reason for why it happened.

The Flyers have been outscored 84-59 in the first period — that won't cut it.

• Peter Forsberg was in the house and Gritty paid the Hall of Famer a visit.

• The Flyers finish up the regular season next week with three games: Tuesday at the Stars (8:30 p.m./NBCSP), Thursday at the Blues (8 p.m./NBCSP+) and Saturday vs. the Hurricanes (7 p.m./NBCSP).

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

Travis Konecny went toe to toe with familiar faces in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Friday night.

Among the eight-player field for the fastest skater event, four players were from the 2015 draft class.

Konecny went 24th overall to the Flyers and Mathew Barzal No. 16 to the Islanders, while Connor McDavid was selected No. 1 by the Oilers followed by Jack Eichel at No. 2 to the Sabres.

The first-time All-Star Konecny couldn't take down McDavid, but the competition's three-time reigning champ was dethroned by Barzal at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Konecny had fun in the event and scored during the goalie competition.

Right at the start line, I could see my parents, brother and girlfriend, so that was pretty cool — they were right there," Konecny said Friday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "I was just having fun with them, they're enjoying it just as much as I was. We had a little moment after I finished my lap and I think I was near the bottom, they're laughing and I was laughing. It was over with and I could enjoy the rest of the night.

Barzal took the crown with a time of 13.175 seconds, just ahead of McDavid.

1. Mathew Barzal, Islanders — 13.175
2. Connor McDavid, Oilers — 13.215
3. Chris Kreider, Rangers — 13.509 
4. Jack Eichel, Sabres — 13.540
5. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche — 13.895
6. Anthony Duclair, Senators — 14.005
7. Travis Konecny, Flyers — 14.113
8. Quinn Hughes, Canucks — 14.263

Konecny will compete for the Metropolitan Division in the All-Star Game Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, which you can live stream right here.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's All-Star weekend:

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The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

When you think of Travis Konecny, you think of a first-round pick, A-plus chirper, currently in the middle of a breakout season and now an NHL All-Star. Konecny has had quite the career through his first four seasons with the Flyers and there will be much more to look forward to in the coming years.

For now, here are the 10 best moments since becoming a Flyer that make Konecny, well … Konecny. 

Chirp central
When NBC released "Wired: Stadium Series," Konecny officially became one of the best chirpers in the league. His quick wit during the game was iconic when he was on one of the biggest regular-season platforms in the NHL. Personal favorite chirp has to go to, “Eat up, bud!” 

Post Stadium Series dance party 
The fun didn’t stop on the ice though, the celebration continued into the Eagles’ locker room where he danced the night away with teammate Nolan Patrick. 

Speaking of Nolan ...
During the 2018-19 season, Flyers TV had a special on the youth of the team where a lot of it focused on the bromance of Konecny and Patrick. From tying ties to trying to get out of a parking garages, there’s a bunch of quality bits in there. 

The offseason with T.K.
Before going into the 2017-18 season, the Flyers gave everyone a sneak peek of what the offseason is like for Konecny when it comes to training and conditioning, his childhood town (which only has one stop sign), life on the farm and tons of fishing … tons of fishing. 

Reporting for duty
One of the most exciting moments of 2019 came once Konecny finally signed his contract and reported to training camp to be with his teammates and new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Flyers’ Twitter account had a field day with the announcement, replying to just about every "sign T.K." tweet there was on the platform. They even responded to my post about me talking about how they signed him … by letting me know they signed him. A-plus job. 

His career best
There have been multiple times in his career, five to be exact, in which Konecny wound up having a three-point game. They have become much more frequent this season, having three of the five coming in the first half of the 2019-20 season. While none of these three-point nights have resulted in a hat trick, I’m sure the next time he’s an All-Star that’s going to be a different story. 

A whole lot of fighting 
There’s no shortage of footage when it comes to Konecny dropping the gloves. This place on this list is dedicated to T.K. dropping the gloves and the penalty minutes endured because of it. 

A different kind of fight 
It’s hard to forget the impact young Zach Steward had on all of us during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center. No one was impacted more than Konecny. Steward had given his favorite player a "Strong then, stronger now" bracelet, worn by those who want to support him in his second battle of cancer. While it was an inspiring moment for Konecny to wear it for that game, he continues to wear it all season long and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

“I think it really shows a lot about his character,” Steward said. “And that he has a big heart not just on the ice, but off the ice.

“Just a small simple gesture means a lot and makes my day every time I see him with it on.” 


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OT goals compilation 
This one is self explanatory but his cellies following each are just as good as the goals themselves. 

Evolving into his final form
It seems like that chipped tooth Konecny got on Jan. 11 might have been a good luck charm. Since that game, he’s averaged a point per game through five games. The chip may have been fixed but the power of it remains. 

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