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Wrap: Winless Streak at 10, Flyers Lose 2-1 to Columbus

January 20, 2022, 10:14 PM ET [570 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Winless streak at 10 after Flyers lose 2-1 to Columbus

For the second time in this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have gone winless in 10-straight games. On Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Flyers are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games and remain winless in the 2022 calendar year. The team is a dismal 2-17-3 for the season when trailing first in a game. Overall, the team has posted a 5-15-6 record over its last 26 games.

Thursday's game was scoreless midway through regulation. Oliver Bjorkstrand (12th goal of the season) scored to put Columbus ahead, 1-0, at 11:53 of the second period, Patrik Laine (6th) made it 2-0 at 5:50 of the third period. Gerry Mayhew (1st goal as a Flyer) cut the gap to 2-1 at 12:40.

Ultimately, a lack of high-quality scoring chances for about 30 minutes of the game, four failed power plays that created no positive momentum and a couple of plays where they were beaten in the defensive zone proved to be the Flyers undoing. These are not new issues. They're recurring and rarely with any other game outcome but a loss.

Carter Hart stopped 27 of 29 shots in a losing cause. Elvis Merzlikins denied 33 of 34 Flyers shots to earn the win.

The Flyers went 0-for-4 on the power play. They were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The game marked the first meeting between the Flyers' Cam Atkinson and the Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek against their respective former clubs since the one-for-one trade that sent Atkinson to the Flyers and Voracek to Columbus during the 2021 offseason.

For a full synopsis, period-by-period analysis, highlights and stats, see the Postgame 5 on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

The Flyers will practice at the FTC in Voorhees tomorrow and then depart for Buffalo. They will play the Sabres on Saturday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. matinee.
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