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Philadelphia Flyers prepare for tough task with Boston Bruins

Kimmo Timonen battles to clear the porch against Columbus
Kimmo Timonen battles to clear the porch against Columbus
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The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to turn things around this afternoon in Boston as they take on the Bruins.

Struggling is putting it mild for the Flyers who have not won in seven full days and have not scored in five days. The orange and black enter TD Garden with a goalless drought of 130:25 and have been shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009. The last time the Flyers were shutout in back-to-back games they fired John Stevens and hired Peter Laviolette to take over as head coach.

Yeah, it’s been a while.

After coming out totally flat on Thursday night against the Blue Jackets, the Flyers rebounded nicely to get 17 pucks on net but reigning-Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was not having any of it. He turned away all 27 Flyers shots through the first two periods.

In the third, the wheels fell off for the Flyers. Claude Giroux said, “We got impatient and started doing other things because it wasn’t going in.” Those “other things” he is referring to did not work. In fact, the Blue Jackets would get on the board in the third again to give themselves an insurance goal.

The 2-0 loss hurt as the Blue Jackets inch closer to the Flyers in the standings but the pain is compounded by the fact the Flyers have not gotten a puck past a goaltender in any game since last Sunday’s shootout against the Bruins.

The Bruins, on the flip side, enter the game having already clinched the Atlantic Division and are currently tied with the St. Louis Blues for the President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the most points in the NHL. They come into the game cruising.

The Flyers need to get on the board in the worst way and Boston’s stingy defense won’t be a pushover. Today’s game is enormous for the Flyers’ momentum and for their playoff push.