Though a familiar script unfolded today in Philadelphia, it was a milestone game for several Ducks. First, Ryan Getzlaf passed Teemu Selanne (966) for the all-time franchise lead in games played. Now 33 years of age, Getzlaf has served as captain for 604 of those games, the most in franchise history. Meanwhile, Cam Fowler tied Ruslan Salei (594) for the all-time franchise lead in games played list among defensemen.
As for the game today against the Philadelphia Flyers, well, it just didn't go the Ducks' way. They faced a daunting four-goal deficit before the first period ended and managed just two goals in a 6-2 loss at Wells Fargo Center. With the loss today, the Ducks dropped all five on the road trip and have gone winless in seven consecutive games.
Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie scored power-play goals for the Ducks, Henrique's a power-play marker 51 seconds into the second period and Ritchie's a snap shot from the left faceoff dot at the 4:57 mark of the third. Chad Johnson lasted 20 minutes after getting the start, and rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle made his NHL debut when he took over in the second period. Boyle was recalled from the San Diego Gulls because John Gibson suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.
Video: ANA@PHI: Henrique taps home Ritchie's feed for PPG
Video: ANA@PHI: Ritchie beats Hart with top-shelf PPG
Prior to his call-up, Boyle was having a sensational season with the Gulls. He was 19-7-1 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 30 games with San Diego, and recently took part in the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic. At the time of his recall, Boyle ranked second among AHL goaltenders in wins and had won 14 of his last 17 starts (14-2-1, 2.30 GAA, .917 SV%). Boyle finished his NHL debut with 24 saves on 26 shots.
Video: ANA@PHI: Boyle denies Giroux in NHL debut
After seeing their league-best eight-game winning streak snapped two nights ago in a shootout loss to the LA Kings, the Flyers today erupted for four goals in the first period from Phil Varone, Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl and Oskar Lindblom. Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny added goals in the third period to give the Flyers their fifth and sixth goals of the game. Rookie goaltender Carter Hart turned in another strong performance for his eighth straight win, tying Jocelyn Thibault for the longest win streak by a goaltender before his 21st birthday in NHL history.
The Ducks won't play again until Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks in the opener of a three-game homestand.