PHILADELPHIA – Even a video of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America’’ couldn’t end the Flyers’ woes and that’s saying something.
Going into Saturday afternoon’s game against Boston, the Flyers had an alltime record of 100-29-5 when the legendary crooner sang (live or on recording).
But that bit of contrived karma still wasn’t enough to prevent the Flyers from going down to a 3 -0 defeat at the hands of the Bruins, extending their winless streak to 10 games (0-5-5).
In case you’re keeping score, that’s just two defeats short of the franchise record (0-8-4) set back in 1999.
That old Flyer killer Brad Marchand did a lot of the damage, assisting on Boston’s third goal and assisting on the second marker.
In addition, he did his usual good job of getting under the Flyers’ skin.
The Flyers were shut out for the sixth time, which leads all National Hockey League teams.
A chorus of boos rained down on the beleaguered Flyers, who boarded a plane bound for Calgary right after the game. They begin a three-game swing (in four days) through western Canada on Monday against the Flames, followed by contests with Edmonton and Vancouver.
They don’t play at home again until they meet Toronto at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 12.
Philadelphia’s best chance at a goal came with 58 seconds left in the second period when Claude Giroux appeared to score on a power play.
But after a challenge by Boston coach Bruce Cassidy, officials waved off the goal, ruling Wayne Simmonds had interfered with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
After the game, coach Dave Hakstol said he didn’t believe there was enough evidence to overturn the call but chose not to argue.
The Flyers haven’t won a game since a 3-1 decision over Chicago on Nov. 9.