MONTREAL _ For one of the few times this season, Flyers rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was outplayed on Tuesday.
It wasn’t that “Bob” had a bad night; it was that Montreal’s Carey Price was spectacular, making 41 saves in the Canadiens’ 3-0 win at the Bell Centre.
The 41 shots were the most by the Flyers in a shutout loss since Jan. 26, 1989, when Washington’s Clint Malarchuk turned aside 42 shots in a 1-0 victory at the Spectrum.
Now that the Flyers point streak is over at 10 games _ they were on a 9-0-1 run before Tuesday _ look for Brian Boucher (remember him?) to get Thursday’s start against visiting Tampa Bay. Boucher hasn’t played since Oct. 25.
After starting 11 straight games, Bobrovsky, 22, has earned a well-deserved night off.
The Flyers’ 10-game streak without a regulation loss was the longest since December 17, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2006, when the club was 9-0-2 in 11 games. The streak does not rank among the top five in team history. Bobrovsky had a 1.70 GAA and a .946 save percentage during the 10-game spurt, and the Flyers outscored their opponents 44-17.
“It’s been a good run,” winger Darroll Powe said, “and it’s just one loss and we just have to come out strong in our next game.”
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The Flyers were an uncharacteristic 0 for 8 on the PP; Montreal was 2 for 6.
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Captain Mike Richards missed on a bid to score two goals in three consecutive games. He would have been the first Flyer to accomplish that feat since Reggie Leach in October 1981.
Chris Pronger apparently attempted to steal another puck after the game, but it ended up with Price and he threw it to a fan in the stands. Pronger stole pucks in last season’s Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago.