By Harry Allison
Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots for a shutout in his first NHL start to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Flyers 3-0.
Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored to make it an easy night for Binnington.
Binnington wasn’t challenged much in a half-empty Wells Fargo Center. Once among the NHL’s loudest and craziest buildings, the crowds have dwindled with each defeat and the few fans that showed on mostly sat on their hands and booed.
They used to root for Schenn when he starred for the Flyers for six seasons. He scored 59 points in 2015-16 and 55 points the next season before he was traded for the Blues. The Flyers had another reminder of better days on the Blues bench: Berube led the Flyers to the playoffs in 2014 and was fired the following the season. The Flyers fired his successor, Dave Hakstol, last month and have failed to win a playoff series since 2012.
The Flyers fell to 3-6-2 under interim coach Scott Gordon.
“I think there’s been good communication, but we have to be better as players,” Flyers forward Scott Laughton said. “It’s not up to him. We have to be better as players in this locker room. We have to do a job and we’re not doing it right now.”
The Flyers have scored only 12 goals over their seven-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since they went 0-5-5 over November-December last season.
The biggest cheers came when Gritty trolled Cody Parkey, the maligned Chicago Bears kicker. Fans burst into the “Fly! Eagles! Fly!” fight song when Parkey’s missed kick was shown on the video screen.
The Flyers were booed by the die-hards that stuck around as they trudged off the ice, a familiar scene in Philly.
“When we play at home, we’re having a tough time,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “We’re trying to make the extra play, we’re trying to push it. It’s kind of coming back in our face.”