Flyers make unfortunate NHL history with loss to previously undefeated Sharks
The Philadelphia Flyers had the misfortune of taking their first win over the San Jose Sharks in the 2023-24 season, and it was a familiar feeling for the team. That’s because this isn’t the first time in recent history that the Flyers have given a winless team their first win of the season.
On Tuesday night, the Flyers fell into a 2-0 hole against the Sharks, who entered the game with a record of 0-10-1. Despite a strong push in the third period, which included a goal from Joel Farabee, Philadelphia could not even the score and triple San Jose’s point in the standings.
The Flyers were the basis of some jokes Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, but they should have thick skin because this was their second loss to an 0-10-1 team. As a result, they are now the first team in NHL history to lose twice to a team without a win through at least 10 games, according to Perform Stats.
In 2017-18, the Arizona Coyotes were 0-10-1 when they went on the road to Philadelphia and came away with a 4-3 overtime victory. In that game, the Flyers were able to erase a 3-0 deficit in the third period before Alex Goligoski scored for the Coyotes in overtime.
If Flyers fans are trying to find a silver lining to that historic achievement, it’s that the team made the postseason in 2017-18, and the franchise has missed the playoffs in each of the past three years. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, it lost to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
Philadelphia will have a couple of days to make up for this loss as the team does not have their next game until they meet the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.