The Philadelphia Flyers, who were playing their best hockey of the season, came down to Earth on Monday afternoon.
They fell to the best-in-the-NHL Boston Bruins, 6-0, and were handed just their second loss in their last nine games. It was their most lopsided defeat of the season.
Forget about the loss and move on. That was the message in the Flyers’ locker room after the game. Most players said they were happy to play again so quickly — Tuesday night against Anaheim at the Wells Fargo Center.
By the way, there was an entertaining “hot mic” moment from Nick Foligno after the Boston Bruins’ forward mixed it up with the Flyers’ Travis Konecny. It’s here.
Meanwhile, trade talks are starting to get more intense as the March 3 deadline inches closer. Montreal center Sean Monahan, 28, continues to draw interest from Colorado as it tries to successfully defend its Stanley Cup title.
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Philly Hockey Now: The Bruins spanked the Flyers, 6-0, to end their three-game winning streak. At least the Flyers have a quick chance to bounce back as they host lowly Anaheim on Tuesday. Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal Hockey Now: Montreal’s Sean Monahan is on the list of targets for the Colorado Avalanche. He is a cheaper version of Bo Horvat. Montreal Canadiens.
New York Islanders Hockey Now: The latest on Horvat as the Islanders seek an offensive spark. Entering Monday, the Isles had a total of seven goals over their last five games. New York Islanders.
Vancouver Canucks. Club president Jim Rutherford unloaded on the Canucks. And himself. The team needs “major surgery,” but not a rebuild, he said. Our friends at TSN have the story. Vancouver Canucks.
Washington Hockey Now: The Caps overcame a 3-0 deficit and stunned the Islanders in overtime, 4-3. Alex Ovechkin’s big hit on J.G. Pageau sparked the comeback. Washington Capitals.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avalanche look like they have regained their swagger after a 6-3 win over Detroit. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers played one of their best defensive games of the season, defeating high-powered Buffalo, 4-1. Florida Panthers.
Boston Hockey Now: The Boston view of their 6-0 win over the Flyers on a day that center David Krejci had three assists while playing in his 1,000th career game. Boston Bruins.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins struggled to beat lowly Anaheim in overtime, 4-3. But, hey, a win is a win is a win. Pittsburgh Penguins.