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Flyers steal shootout win against Canucks

Dec 31, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers looked like they were down-and-out against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday until Brayden Schenn scored a last-minute goal in OT. After that, the Flyers edged the Canucks beyond regulation, winning via the shootout 4-3.

Here’s that goal by Schenn, which ended a 16-game drought for the plucky Philly forward:

Ultimately, it all came down to two players who have powered much of the Flyers turnaround: Steve Mason and Claude Giroux.

Mason, 25, was called upon often in making 41 out of 44 saves for his fifth win in a row and 16th of 2013-14. This was the first time Mason has faced 40+ shots this season, as the Canucks carried the shot advantage in all three periods plus overtime.

Giroux, also 25, is making it virtually impossible for Team Canada to leave him out of the mix. He has a nine-game point streak in which he’s scored a blistering six goals and 11 assists (he has at least one assist in every contest). Eight of those nine games have included multiple-point outputs.

After a tough start to December, Philly is ending the month on a high note. They’ve won three in a row, five of six and have recorded a standing point in all but one of their last eight games (6-1-1). They close out the month and year against Calgary tomorrow.

One could argue that the Canucks have been even hotter this month. The Flyers ended Vancouver’s three-game winning steak and handed them just their third loss of the month (10-1-2 in that span).

Tom Sestito understandably called it a tough game to lose for Vancouver, yet it was tough to shake the feeling that both squads might be going in the right direction. Of course, both might agree with the notion that things could go in the other direction just as easily, however.

  1. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Im curious, how does the game go to a shootout if Schenn scored in OT?

    • drone501 - Dec 31, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      i was wondering the same thing

    • cofran2004 - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Its because he shot the puck in the net, and… ya know… everyone walked, um… out of the building. Shoot-out. Um…. yeah. That’s what he meant.

      There’s also the much more likely scenario that O’Brien didn’t proof-read before he hit post. But why would he do that? It’s only his job to write accurate articles about sports….

      • thailer35 - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Not his first error by any means either.

  2. nobandwagoners - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    What about that ridiculous goal by Hansen with Sedin? The Dane is starting to play like a Sedin.

    Mason stood on his head this game and kept the Flyers in it. An entertaining tilt.

  3. kastout11 - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    There was a lot of negativity toward Giroux when he had an injured hand and got off to a slow start, but at this point it is hard to argue that he is one of the top 5 players in the league. This is the Giroux that all Philly fans are jazzed about. He is one of the few superstars that does it all. He kills penalties, plays on the power play and his line in dominant while at even strength. It also seems that Voracek found the scoring touch that he had last year. They are playing at a high level right now, but I’ll be interested to see how they play Saturday against Phoenix.

    • sndflyers - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Yeah stole one from Vancouver. ….they haven’t lost there since 1989, so if anything Vancouver was trying to steal one from us.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Vancouver outplayed the flyers in nearly every aspect, the flyers and more specifically mason stole the game from the canucks

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        while I agree the Flyers were clearly outplayed, that’s why goaltenders make the big bucks. You think the Avs won every game for Roy? The Kings every game for Quick? The Rags every game for Lundqvist? No, the quality starting goalies steal games they’re supposed to lose… and Mason has made a habit of that since joining the Flyers. Plus, he’s light years ahead of Bryz in the shootout.

        Also, the goal by Giroux was a thing of beauty that only a few in the world could accomplish. The Flyers were outplayed, but they didn’t give up, they fought, and they pulled off an improbable victory. It’s hockey at its finest.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    cofran2004

    take a pill…take a walk…off the nearest pier…mistakes are made…the more insightful connect the dots regardless…

    purposeful corrections with the obligatory asterisk and attendant debate over typos and mistakes create dissonance and noise in the reading rhythm

    just like this…

    dig it

    • cofran2004 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I’m… pretty sure I connected the dots. And made a humorous comment that several people enjoyed, as the 10/2 thumbs up to down ratio shows. If anyone needs to chill, I do believe it is you, my fluggin friend.

      I don’t generally point out poster’s errors, but O’Brien is the author of the article. For someone that could easily edit the article’s title, its… humorous at the very least that he hasn’t yet corrected it. That’s all.

      Dig it?

  5. micasa81 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    On Giroux’s goal I couldn’t help but be reminded of Toews’ short-handed, late, game-tying goal in the 2011 playoffs. Makes me shudder, but I also can’t help but admire the tenacity and ability to make a play under pressure.

    But I also think Eddie isn’t too happy with himself, having let that one through the 5-hole.

  6. joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Thank you, Steve Mason. Every time I watch the Flyers I cringe when Coburn is on the ice, and more so when he touches the puck or someone is coming down one on one. The guy played a horrendous game. Multiple giveaways, unforced errors, gets beat one on one, which forced him to take a penalty. Worst of all is when Berube plays him with Grossman. Early on after a couple of giveaways in the first period they are separated and play very little time together afterwards. Yet, they are paired together at the start of OT against the twins no less.

    You’ve got to admire the Flyers never say die and gritty attitude. I cheered seeing them tie the game, but quickly cringed when Coburn was on the ice again. No doubt the Flyers weakest link in on D. Mezzaros also played a terrible game costing the Flyers 2 goals. Imagine the Flyers with half the depth the Pens have on d. Wow! That’s a scary thought. Go Flyers!

  7. mcphillthy - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Let’s all give credit to mason for how good he has been. He had a bumpy December but last night shows you how good he can be. He stole two points for us. He has been stealing points for us all season and that’s what you want from your goalie. For the first time in my life I’m comfortable with our goaltending.
    Our defense hurts him more than it helps him. This guy has to stand on his head most nights with as many bad turnovers and breakdowns that we allow to happen in front of him.
    A big thank you goes out to Steve mason!! Go flyers!

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