Flyers seek rare win in Colorado

The Philadelphia Flyers are now literally on the road to the Winter Classic.

The Flyers look to recover from a blowout loss on Saturday with their first victory at Colorado in seven years as they take on the Avalanche, who try to win a sixth straight home game this evening.

In their final game at Philadelphia until hosting the New York Rangers on Jan. 2 in the Winter Classic, the Flyers were pounded by a 6-0 margin by the streaking Bruins, who scored twice in the game's first three minutes and four times overall in the first period.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 20 shots before getting lifted in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky, who ended with 16 saves.

Philadelphia had a seven-game win streak snapped and fell into a tie with Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference.

"It was a tough day for us, and it was not typical of the way we have been playing or executing," said Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette.

The game featured a scary moment in the first period when Flyers rookie Sean Couturier was hit in the head by the puck off a shot from teammate Kimmo Timonen. Couturier was taken to the hospital for observations and was not expected to travel to Denver.

The Flyers, of course, learned last week that captain Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season due to severe post-concussion syndrome, while leading scorer Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn are also out with concussions.

Though Philadelphia took the lone meeting with the Avalanche last year 4-2 at home, it has lost its last four at Colorado since a win there on Dec. 27, 2004. The Avs have won six of the last eight encounters overall.

Colorado started up a four-game homestand with its fifth straight victory at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, a 2-1 triumph over Washington. Erik Johnson scored his first goal of the season and also assisted on Cody McLeod's first score of 2011-12.

"It felt good," Johnson said about his game-winning goal. "It feels good the get back on the board and help the team win."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves as the Avalanche won for only the second time in six games.