Game Report: Flyers 6, Blues 3

The Blues have not been a team that has shown the ability to come from behind this season, and that was true again on Saturday in Philadelphia.

The Flyers scored a pair of goals in the first period and increased the lead to 4-0 in the second period en route to snapping the Blues’ three-game winning streak.

The Blues have won only one game this season in which they trailed by two or more goals, an overtime win at Vancouver on Nov. 23. They are now 3-8-1 in games they trailed after the first period.

Jake Allen was back in goal for the first time in four games and did not get much help from his teammates. Allen allowed the first two Flyers goals on just seven shots on goal as he fell to 1-7 in his last eight starts. The second goal deflected off Colton Parayko’s body.

In Allen’s last eight games, the Blues have scored a combined 12 goals.

The Blues pulled within 4-2 after falling into the early hole on Saturday on Ivan Barbashev’s first goal of the season with 5:04 left in the second period and a goal by Paul Stastny 12 seconds into the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko earned assists on both goals.

The potential comeback was thwarted, however, by a power-play goal by Wayne Simmonds midway through the third period following a holding penalty on Joel Edmundson.

Allen was pulled with five minutes left in the game and Parayko scored to cut the lead to 5-3 before the Flyers closed out the win with an empty-net goal.

Brian Elliott made 28 saves for the Flyers to get the win against his former team.

Worth noting: The Blues have not scored more than three goals in a game since Dec. 9, a 6-1 win in Detroit, the game when Jaden Schwartz was injured. That stretch now covers 14 games, and the Blues have gone 6-8 in those games. … The Blues failed to score on their only power play and do not have a power play goal in their last eight games on a total of 18 opportunities. … Defenseman Vince Dunn was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of the flu. Jake Walman was recalled from Chicago but was a healthy scratch. … The Blues also announced that defenseman Petteri Lindbohm, also playing at Chicago, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery after he was injured earlier this season.

Looking ahead:
The Blues traveled to Washington, D.C. after the game and will play the Capitals in another day game on Sunday. Carter Hutton is expected to get the start in goal.