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NHL Daily: Flyers and OT Don’t Mix; Bruins Handed Rare Loss



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Carter Hart makes a save in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime loss in Minnesota. Philly is 1-8 in OT games. Photo: AP.

When creative players like Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek were around, the Philadelphia Flyers won a good amount of overtime games.

Now they just don’t have enough players who excel in the wide-open, three-on-three extra session.

You could look it up.

After Thursday’s 3-2 loss in Minnesota, they are 1-8 in overtime games this season, and 1-9 in contests that go beyond regulation.

Give the Flyers credit. They lost two players to injuries (Zack MacEwen, Wade Allison) and showed their resilience by tying the score on Tony DeAngelo’s late goal.

But they couldn’t close the deal.

Coach John Tortorella seemed to be speaking for Flyers fans when he said: “I’m happy to get a point, but it leaves you wanting more.”

Around the NHL on Thursday, some of the lightweights had a big night. Chicago jolted the Flames, 5.1, while Arizona upset the Blues, 5-0. In the biggest surprise, awful Anaheim stunned defending champion Colorado, 5-3.

When the night ended, Columbus became the leader in the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes. With wins by Chicago and Anaheim, the Blue Jackets now have the NHL’s lowest point total — 33, or 16 fewer than the Flyers. That gives them a skate up in the draft lottery.

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers suffered their third straight defeat as they lost in Minnesota, 3-2. Philadelphia Flyers.

Colorado Hockey Now: The Avs’ six-game winning streak came to an end as they blew a 2-0 lead and were jolted by Anaheim, 5-3, in Denver. Cale Makar’s return to the lineup was not a success. Colorado Avalanche.

New York Islanders Now: The numbers are astounding. In 13 games this month, the Islanders are 2-8-3 and have been outscored, 43-24. They have scored a total of three third-period goals. Three. Oh, and their power play is in a 3-for-59 slide, including a 2-for-31 skid in January. Might they make a play for James van Riemsdyk and try to sneak into the playoffs? New York Islanders.

Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins had a rare defensive breakdown and it cost them in a 3-2 loss in Tampa. It was just the sixth regulation loss of the season for Boston (38-6-4). Tampa improved to 31-15-1. Boston Bruins.

Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals slid past Pittsburgh and into the top wild-card spot with a hard-earned 3-2 shootout win over the Penguins. Nicklas Backstrom was the hero. Washington Capitals.

Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers are finally getting healthy as Sam Bennett and Eric Staal took part in practice. Florida Panthers.

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