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Signs of life? Flyers dominate Sens in Anderson’s return

Nov 12, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Two games is a mere blip on the radar in an 82-game season, but the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t always the most patient types. So, with that, maybe Tuesday presents rare reasons for optimism?

The Flyers crushed the Ottawa Senators 5-0, and better yet, embattled star Claude Giroux‘s top line looked great. Steve Mason continued his sneaky-strong work, too.

Giroux collected two assists, Jakub Voracek found the net twice and Scott Hartnell even had an assist in a return to form for the Flyers’ captain and his running mates (Hartnell in 2011-12 and Voracek in 2012-13, respectively). Mason stopped all 24 shots for a shutout.

On the other end, Ottawa’s four-game winning streak was snapped in Craig Anderson‘s return from a neck injury. He was beaten five times on 31 shots.

Sens coach Paul MacLean insists that Anderson is the No. 1 guy, but after Robin Lehner‘s strong week, you have to wonder if his grip might loosen ever so slightly.

  1. flyeredup - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Weeeeeeeeeeeere Baaaaaaaaack!

  2. drone501 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    the fun ends tomorrow.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      lol you’ve never watched a Flyers/Pens game then. that’s when the fun STARTS.

  3. Rumor - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Ottawa had a three-game winning streak snapped, not a four-game winning streak.

  4. laxman1944 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Got a win

    Not too shabby

    They’ll take it

  5. jwmcdonald86 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Flyers played a pretty solid 60 minutes tonight. Big test tomorrow. If they put up a solid effort, they may be on their way to turning it around. It’s amazing what a little confidence can do for a team.

  6. philly4lyfe - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    My God! Good news fans, the Flyers are showing signs of life for the first time in weeks. As a matter of fact they appear to be beating the crap out of each other. It looks like Willie Hayes is trying to hit Rick Vaughn, and why not, everyone else in the league does. Hayes swings and misses. I don’t know Monte, it looks like Vaughn is carrying his left a little low. This could hurt him in the later rounds. 

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Hahahaha well played

  7. LampyB - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Why does maclean insist anderson is clear no.1 when hes sucked this year, lehners ready to handle the top job, and hes killed it every game this season (even during games lost)?

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Yeah I said the same last year that Lehner looked great towards the end of the year. I think he’s capable of carrying the load soon. Anderson needs to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke just like Bobrovsky.

  8. jessejames182 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Cam Jansen still has more Goals than Giroux.

    • mcphillthy - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      But Roo has 9 helpers… So I’m ok with it. These next two games are big ones. Let’s go flyers!!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        i would have thumb upped this, but “Roo?”

    • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Giroux is a facilitator, not a sniper. Even when they were sucking he was still making some great passes there just wasn’t anyone there to finish. Not that he wasn’t struggling but he wasn’t solely to blame. Now the team is gaining confidence, and it’s a talented squad, so that’s dangerous. The addition of Downie makes the 3rd line (Read-Couturier-Downie) one of the most dangerous in the league. Their top-9 is as deep as anyones.

      One other thing I love, so many ppl act as if they were outraged when Bob was traded (BS) and they call Holmgren the worst GM in the league, etc etc… but NO ONE makes a peep about the move to acquire Mason for Leighton and a 3rd. And yet Mason has outplayed Bob this season. Such a double-standard.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        WHOA WHOA WHOA. PLEASE don’t start jinxing Mason already. he’s played great, but I believe that’s what Mason’s been his whole career. flashes of brilliance, with hunks of sh** in between. he’s given us 20 good games, lets not get ahead of ourselves. keep it up Mason.

  9. jkibler1 - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Maybe when the score reached 5-0 the Sens goalie should have charged down the ice and beat the snot out of the flyers goalie all in the effort to bring the team closer? Now THAT is the classy way to react when you are getting beat! Of course the Sens goalie would have been rewarded for this by being named one of the 3 stars for the game. THAT is the classy way to go right?

    • mcphillthy - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      As classy as this cry baby post you made. You class-hole.

    • califlyers - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      I would imagine another Flyer going after Anderson to protect Mason. Something that the Caps shouldve done. Number one thing to do as a player on the ice is protect your goalie at all cost.

  10. hockey412 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Finally. Congrats to Flyers fans, then. Hopefully they’ll keep it up and Pens and Flyers fans can get back to hating each other properly, based on the last game played, instead of all this “1975” and “at least we didn’t tank for years to get top picks” crap, which I’m pretty sure the vast majority of us are sick of.

    Speaking of the last game played…we’ll start tomorrow! Go Pens!

    • ibieiniid - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      gotta admit though, they’re both valid arguments.

      • hockey412 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Agreed.

  11. multiplemiggs - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    why is this site constantly promoting the Flyers?

    • ibieiniid - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      promoting was the wrong word. you mean covering? because even non-Flyers fans visit/comment on them (ahem, you did).

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