FLYERS BLOWN AWAY AGAIN: HART ALLOWS 5 GOALS IN 10 SHOTS!

By Jenny Masters

The Flyers lost again last night, their fourth straight and 10th in the last 14 games.

And they are stuck at 34 points, tied for 5th in the East division, out of the playoffs if the season ended today.

The Rangers made them pay last night for their incompetence.

Mike Zibanejad had three goals and three assists, Adam Fox had five assists and the Rangers routed the Flyers 8-3.

Zibanejad also had three goals and three assists in a 9-0 home win over the Flyers in their previous meeting eight days ago. He’s the first NHL player ever with six or more points in consecutive games against one opponent in the same regular season. try to stick by the work and trust myself that it’s going to come. Now it’s really been going for me and the whole team as well.”

Claude Giroux, Kevin Hayes and Sean Couturier scored for the slumping Flyers, who have lost four in a row and 10 of 14.

“This team has really lost its identity from where we were at the beginning of the year to where we are now,” defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “We have to find something now. We’re too good of a team to let it squander away. It’s unacceptable.”

The Rangers scored three straight goals in the opening period then notched two power-play goals in the opening 2:06 of the second to chase goalie Carter Hart, who allowed five goals on 10 shots. They scored another goal 36 seconds later on their first shot against Brian Elliott.

Eleven shots, six goals and a 15-0 goal run over two games.

“We’re going to get back to work,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re going to work our way through this.”

Ryan Strome had three assists for the Rangers, who were led by Knoblauch for the fifth straight game. Igor Shesterkin, playing in his first game since March 4 due to a groin injury, made 41 saves.

Zibanejad scored his first with 6:24 left in the first on a deflection of Fox’s slap shot from the point to make it 3-0. His second 54 seconds into the second period on the power play was a one-timer after a cross-ice pass from Fox, and he got his third 1:12 later on a slap shot from the slot.

“It’s great to see him getting rewarded,” Fox said. “He does everything for us.”

That was the end of the day for the slumping Hart, who has allowed 16 goals over a three-game skid.

Miller scored on a wrister from the blue line that appeared to go off Gostisbehere on the first shot on Elliott.

Zibanejad got his sixth point with his third assist on Buchnevich’s short-handed goal 33 seconds into the third.

Strome extended his points streak to seven straight games with his 11th goal of the season 8:01 into the contest to give New York a 1-0 lead, finishing a beautiful pass from Artemi Panarin with a one-timer just to the left of Hart. Strome has two goals and 10 assists during his streak.

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