Flyers drop to Bruins for 5th straight loss, hope they didn't lose top scorer


The Flyers fell to the big, bad Bruins with a 4-1 loss Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston.

The club will hope it didn't suffer an even bigger loss up front during the second period.

Travis Konecny had to exit with under three minutes left in the middle frame. He did not return to the game in the third period. More on that below.

The Flyers (7-7-3) have lost five straight (0-4-1), a stretch in which they've been outscored 23-9. The team's injuries at forward are really starting to show on the scoreboard.

Owen Tippett was the Flyers' lone goal scorer against Boston.

The Bruins (15-2-0) are off to a heck of a start and improved to 10-0-0 at home.

• The Flyers will cross their fingers that they don't have another serious injury, one that would be absolutely crushing.

Konecny's right hand appeared to clip David Pastrnak's back in an awkward play along the boards. Konecny was shown on the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast removing his glove after the play and looking at the area of his right hand.

He eventually left the bench and went up the tunnel for further evaluation.

Konecny leads the Flyers in goals (seven) and points (19). He came into Boston on a seven-game point streak (three goals, seven assists).

If the Flyers are to lose the 25-year-old winger for any extended period of time, it would be a pretty big blow. They're scoring 1.80 goals per game in their five-game skid and only 2.47 per game on the season.

They're already missing Cam Atkinson (upper body), James van Riemsdyk (broken finger), Sean Couturier (back) and Wade Allison (oblique/hip).

JVR and Atkinson were the team's top two goal scorers last season. Konecny was its leading point man.

• The Flyers have surrendered four or more goals in each of their five consecutive losses.

They had allowed four or more just three times in their first 12 games, a big reason why they started 7-3-2.

• The goalie matchup lived up to the billing.

Carter Hart came in at 6-2-3 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

Linus Ullmark entered with gaudy numbers: 11-1-0, 1.96 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.

Hart kept it a game until midway through the third period. David Krejci scored two goals in the back half of the final stanza, one all alone on Hart and the second on the power play, to finish off the night.

Hart made an exceptional save with his left skate on Brad Marchand in the final minute of a scoreless first period as Boston was on a power play.

In the third period, shortly after the Bruins made it 2-0 on the power play, Hart denied Taylor Hall right in front to keep the Flyers within striking distance.

The 24-year-old was good but got little run support. Tippett scored a power play goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 but Krejci answered 16 seconds later.

Hart made 28 saves.

Ullmark stopped 22 of the Flyers' 23 shots.

• Ivan Provorov, who has been very good this season, did not have his best period in the third. 

He lost a puck battle with Pavel Zacha on Krejci's first goal. Zacha made an impressive play to get around Provorov.

Under five minutes later, Provorov committed a tripping penalty that led to Krejci's second goal.

Just an unfortunate time for the top-pair defenseman to have his first hiccup of the season. He has been real steady.

• Patrick Brown made his season debut after recovering from offseason back surgery.

The fourth-liner played 11:51 minutes and finished with four hits.

• The Flyers wrap up their three-game road trip Saturday when they visit the Canadiens (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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