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Flyers end skid by blanking Red Wings

Jan 28, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

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Things hadn’t been going well for Steve Mason after he signed a new contract with the Flyers, but that changed on Tuesday as Philly beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-0.

Mason stopped the 33 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and his 20th win of 2013-14.

One might argue that the real story was Scott Hartnell, however. He collected two goals and one assist to give him 20 points in his last 21 games. Hartnell also made a strong argument to stick with Claude Giroux long-term, as they factored into each others’ three-point nights (one goal, two assists).

The Flyers ended a four-game losing streak in the process, which is a good thing as they ready for a three-game road trip against tough California teams. It remains to be seen if Kimmo Timonen will join them on that trip after suffering a lower-body injury tonight.

Philadelphia improved to 26-22-6 while Detroit slipped to 23-19-11 on Tuesday.

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Good overall game by Philadelphia…..hopefully this is just what Mason needed to turn this around.

  2. flyerspsu - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Yay the Flyers beat down an AHL team …

    Its hard to get excited at all with this team when they are as mediocre as they are despite the current team being nearly all signed to long term deals b/c this was supposed to be the core that would contend

    this team is gonna need to make some big moves to change around this team’s core

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Yes the Wings were missing their big guns but those are the kinds of game your team is supposed win 5-0. They made smart, clean outlet passes and actually supported their netminder. Mason looked like his normal self. The D was solid (Gus looked far better than Mez). And the forwards were dynamic. The team didn’t stop skating, played smart, and were the respectable club they’re supposed to be.

      I was at the Boston game and the Flyers badly needed this win heading into their West coast trip. If they play this way the results could actually be solid.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        don’t get me wrong they played real well, Mason looked real good too

        but this team is nothing short of mediocre, they lack speed, skill, 2 way game from forwards, and even a #2 dman let alone a #1 dman and thats why they get outplayed pretty much every game they play a good team, its embarrassing

        this team desperately needs to make some big moves, you are delusional if you think this current team is good enough to contend or are only a little bit away from being up there with the contenders

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Believe me I have no misconceptions about what this team is… however in the Metro they absolutely have the ability to take a playoff spot. That doesn’t mean they’re a legitimate contender but there is talent on this roster. The defense is bad, that’s obvious. But when Mason is on and the forwards are clicking they can outscore the opposition.

        The defense needs an overhaul but they don’t need to rip apart the roster… let’s see how Morin, Hagg, Alt, Gostisbehere, Gus, and Bourdon develop and see if we can pry a top-pairing guy away from someone (either thru free agency or trade). Foolishly dealing Couturier or Schenn for a band-aid fix would be a horrible mistake.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        oh they absolutely could get a playoff spot in the Metro, there is no denying that, but looking at the picture this roster is average at best, has zero chance of contending and needs some serious changes

      • flyerspsu - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        looking at the big picture*

  3. ibieiniid - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    as Flyers fans, can we PLEASE stop calling for them to “change around this team’s core” every few years? it sets the team back every time they try it.

    they needed that 2 days off pretty badly. remember, they’ve had a rough road schedule to start this season and it obviously wore on them a bit. they have a good amount of home games left… let’s stop calling for massive changes to this team that’s sitting in playoff position and let them build some TEAM chemistry.

    • flyerspsu - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      i understand blowing up the team is what got the team in this situation, but the team we blew up actually had proven good players like richards, carter, giroux, jvr, younger briere, younger hartnell, versteeg etc. … look at our top 9 now

      who the hell is our 2nd best forward??? Voracek? inconsistent and overrated, he has a career high in points of 50, sure he had a good shortened season but so did Kadri and look how they both played before this season and are now playing this year, nothing special, Voracek is on pace for 57 points this year

      we have a lack of speed, skill, and defensive play among our forwards and dont even have a #2 dman, LOOK AT THE OTHER ELITE TEAMS … they are so much better its not even funny, this team is so flawed that they arent even to a point where they could get hot in the playoffs and make deep run

  4. ibieiniid - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Idk man, they beat some pretty good teams out west on that long road trip and have that game on the pens, a couple on the Habs… they haven’t lost but half their games vs playoff teams probably (don’t have the real #s in front of me)

  5. ibieiniid - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    well no, that # isn’t close on the season… but lately hasn’t been horrible. I still say let the guys play meaningful minutes and let the new guys really gel.

    • flyerspsu - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      what new guys? lecavalier and streit? im sorry i have seen enough from this team to know how incredibly flawed of a roster it is

      the road trip where we miraculously 5-1 we got outplayed in like 5 of the 6 games, also the competition wasnt anything special, this upcoming road trip will say a lot more

  6. muckleflugga - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    $&@€£*? flyers and them &$@?*€*¥#¥ red wings and that #$£€=#¥%^*+ bettman

  7. jbink2585 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    @FLYERSPSU– I think you criticism much uneeded towards flyers, Voracheck far from over rated he surely is a top 6 forward on this team and a building block. agree team def capable of getting playoff spot but agree for what we are not viable contender we have holes. However, off def doesn’t lack for speed. Read/G/Simmonds/Voracheck/Coutz/Schenn are all solid building blocks for the future. This off is close to contending, the problem in lies on the Blueline, I personally feel Coburn is the only d man id consider keep they lack a #1 #2 DEF, but id go for major overhaul. Fix this defense you are in the mix in the east.

  8. jbink2585 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    g/voracheck/(INsert goal scorer)
    read/schenn/simmond
    coutz/raffl/hartnell
    cousins/laughton/rinaldo

    need to try to trade vinny or hartnell

  9. kastout11 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Hartnell plays hard and actually brings it every night. With the size of his contract, it is virtually impossible to trade Vinny. Their weakness is clearly defense. Weber would have been a great acquisition, but didn’t happen. I agree they were tired against Boston, not that they can beat Boston, but Boston had four days off going into the game and the Flyers were playing their 3rd game in 4 days. I would not be surprised if Homer pulls the trigger on a deal for a dman at the deadline, but it seems like the last few years, the Pens get all the big players at the deadline. I would be ok if the Flyers can get 3 maybe 4 points on this west coast swing coming up, but the teams they are playing are nasty. I would not be surprised to see them return to Philly gettin 0 points the next 3 games.

  10. viperrko95 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    There aren’t anywhere near as many problems with this team as people think. I see maybe 5 glaring problems that can’t be overlooked. 1.) We lack a true sniper on the wing. We lack a guy that can fire a rocket shot from the blue line. A guy like Ovechkin, Vanek, or Jordan Eberle. 2 of which are being rumored for a trade with the upcoming Olympic Roster Freeze and Trade Deadline. 2.) We lack a true top defender. We need a big, physical defender that can skate, shoot, and eat up 20-25 MPG. There are a few guys out there that meet this criteria (Doughty, Weber, Pieterangelo, etc.) However, there is only one that is within the Flyers reach. PK Subban. “Sign” Subban to an offer sheet in the offseason, but work out some kind of deal to ensure you land him. Pair Subban with Streit and you got your top pairing. It takes serious pressure off of Schenn, Coburn, Grossmann, Mez, Gus, and Timo (If he returns). 3.) The team lacks discipline. Certain players just play the game how they want to. L.Schenn, Coburn, Voracek all play THEIR game, not the team’s game. That explains the recent spike of offensive zone TO’s for Schenn and Coby. They just do what they want. Berube needs to grab them by the balls, and tell them to get their act together and play 100% for 60 minutes or we’ll send you home. 4.) Holmgren has proved time and time again that he doesn’t have the ability to be GM. He makes bone-headed hockey decisions. Yet, when he has the chance to make good hockey decisions, he screws them up. Parise, Suter, etc. With all that said, the Flyers will not be Cup contenders or even division title contenders until we straighten out all of these problems.

    • jbink2585 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      SUBBAN IS A LIABILITY WHAT NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM OR HIS PRICE TAG AND THINK ITS FUNNY YOU POINT OUT UNDISCIPLINE AND IF YOU LOOK THAT UP YOU SEE A PICTURE OF PK. SAME GUY THAT GOT BENCHED FOR ALL OF 3rd PERIOD LAST TIME HABS PLAYED FLYERS FOR HIS SELFISH ME FIRST ATTITUDE. Agree proven scorer is a must like that. Undisciplined guys L schenn I hope isn’t on team, I don’t think Voracheck or Cob fall under undisciplined. Homer I also agree with about not having what it takes to be a solid GM, bc his hockey sense is def off. However the examples you give aren’t his fault he put offers into Parise and Suter was the higest offer on Parise as well they just chose not to come here that doesn’t fall on GM. Better example would be Schenn for JVR, or Streit to such a long deal, or BRYZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      i would dread PK and Streit on a line together.

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