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Flyers believe they’re taking ‘steps in the right direction’

Nov 14, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have won three consecutive games. Yes. That’s correct. It’s happened.

Their latest triumph came Wednesday, when they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 for Rivalry Night on NHL on NBCSC.

Could it be that the Flyers, who, as an organization, fired head coach Peter Laviolette just three games into the season, are turning a corner?

That stretch of one win in their first eight games isn’t that long ago. But they’ve put together three very good performances in a row, holding their opponents to a combined three goals over that span.

They’ve won six of their last 10 games, and are now only three points back of the New York Rangers for third in the Metropolitan Division.

“I think the last couple weeks, the boys scored more goals, had a great night in Ottawa [Tuesday],” Flyers goalie Ray Emery said, as per CSN Philadelphia, “and a tough back-to-back against one of our rivals and a really good team in Pittsburgh. Getting a good road win, they’re all steps in the right direction.”

  1. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Emery played outta his mind. I’ll admit that I was nervous with him on over mason but he proved me wrong. He robbed goal after goal from the pens. I hope this is what the flyers new direction looks like cause I’m loving it. They’re looking great at all ends, especially our D and goalies. We’re getting scoring from all 4 lines. They’re catching on to Berube’s system

    • 950003cups - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      I said the same about starting Brodeur against the Rangers on Tuesday night. I was just as happily surprised as you.

    • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      How do you reconcile “Emery played outta of his mind”, which he did, then write “looking great at all ends, especially our D”, which they didn’t because they gave so many quality scoring chances that Emery had to play ” outta of his mind”. Coburn was beat one on one by Crosby and Neal. Crosby had a breakaway, and Pens had so many quality shots in the slot.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Hey troll, didn’t we address this very question in the other thread? Do I need to explain defensive plays to you again or are you butthurt about losing to the Flyers or your losing streak? Maybe its Malkin’s abysmal play this season that got your panties in a wad.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I’m not a Pens fan. What game did you watch? They gave up 31 shots, and way too many were quality shots from in close. Coburn got burnt twice one on one, they gave up a breakaway, and didn’t protect the slot area. So, tell me. How is this good defense?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Yeah, I know you’re not a Pens fan just a Flyers hater.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        I actually like the Flyers. And I believe a strong Flyers team is better for the NHL. I like the organization more than their arrogant fans.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        If by arrogant you, mean guys like me who’ve been saying for the past month and a half that this team is going to find its way and right the ship, well than team I’m arrogant.
        If by arrogant you mean us fans who stick up for our team and putting up with the constant trolling on every single thread pertaining to our squad, then I’m guilty as charged.
        Forgive me if I take this post with a grain of salt. Your previous history suggests a different opinion of our organization.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        I don’t believe I ever attacked the organization, however, I may have criticized some of their decisions, or players. i.e. signing Bryz, Coburn and Grossman’s lack of mobility, The most annoying fans are the ones unable to appreciate talent on other teams. Especially when they turn to name calling just because they don’t like an organization.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        As I stated to your biased eyes in the other thread:

        You do realize that defensive play involves more than shots on goal, right? Clearing the crease, clearing rebounds, blocking shots, back checking etc. For a team that is so fast they sure as hell had a hard time penetrating the offensive zone, sustaining a forecheck and keeping the pressure on the Flyers.

        This translates as to pretty good defense during the game.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Then the Pens played a hell of a game on d as well. The Flyers did not penetrate the the front of the net all that much, and especially so during the 3rd. Yes?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        The Flyers were playing a more conservative defensive game for the most of the third. Hence the Pens having trouble penetrating the zone. You must of missed the one man forechecking machine that was Wayne Simmonds who got the puck to a streaking Schenn for the goal. to answer the question, Yes, the Pens did play pretty good D as well. For the love of Pete it was a 2-1 game not the shootouts were accustomed to when these teams usually meet.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Simmonds! Indded. Love to watch him play. Not the greatest talent, but a very worthy support player. Always appreciate the blue collar workers.

  2. 950003cups - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Don’t care too much about a division rival winning a game, but if that divisional rival is out of the loop and beats the top dawg in my division, then GOOD JOB!!

    But Also, I had Emery starting on my fantasy team, (got him for nothing) and with the points, it looks like he stood on his head. I will keep him and start him.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      how big is your league? how many starting goalies? weekly or daily? I wouldn’t bet on Emery being that valuable in a weekly league unless you’re in a really deep league

      • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        or unless he makes fighting plus game misconducts a regular occurrence lol.

  3. mclovinhockey - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    They took on two of the best in the east and won by a total of 7-1. I’ve been saying all year this team has way too much talent to be playing like this, now they are 3 points away from playoff position and we are not even 1/4th done the season.

    Pitt had so many chances last night, they outplayed Philly, but the team remained calm and cool (even after that beauty by the kid, who needs a new nickname haha) and played smart to hold onto a lead.

  4. kellyb9 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    What’s up with NBC Sports broadcasting their Pittsburgh affiliate last night?

    In all seriousness, they really seem to love Pittsburgh.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      ya i JUST wrote a post about this on the morning skate. Doc wouldn’t even mention the Flyers names until there was 10 mins left on the clock and he wanted to acknowledge who beat his favorite team.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        honestly though, feeling like the league is against you just made it that much sweeter when we won. underdog underdogs.

      • yougotgirouxed - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I totally agree. Jonesy and Milbury got our backs though.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      JJ Watt is the Flyers, Ruxin’s bust is Emrick (it honestly looks more like Doc than Ruxin anyway), you already know who the nutsack is, and Kevin is Bettman, reveling in the glory that is the Flyers/Penguins rivalry.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        oh and that’s the Capitals coming in for a closer look at the end there (Pete, I think)

      • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        damn yo, ONE fan of The League? thought a Doc Emrick sacko gif would land…. especially since it really really looks like emrick.

  5. macjacmccoy - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Really how could you have expected the Flyers to get off to a good start this year? They started the season with a coach who lost the team a year ago. That started them in an 0-3 hole. Then that coach got fired and they switched to a coach with a whole different system and philosophy. It takes time to implement that and for the players to get comfortable. They ended up going 1-4 during that learning period. Then things settled down. They all finally knew their new assignments and new system. They could just go out there and play hockey. Since then they’ve went 6-3-1.

    Considering all that, I think the Flyers are right where they should be. It doesnt matter how you start the season. As long as you end the season in the top 8 (or just above last place or something close to that if you play in the “Everyone Gets to Make the Playoffs” conference to the west) your chances of advancing through the playoffs are just as good as anyone elses.

  6. lizardlickk - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Pierre really needs to get off the Pens jock

  7. broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Has anyone seen Piney Bpb lately?

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Nope….Not since the win against the Sens!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        since before the win i should say!

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