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Flyers enter Olympic break on four-game winning streak

Feb 8, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT

Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux won’t be going to the Sochi, but if he keeps playing like this, he will enjoy a lengthy playoff run. The Flyers wrapped up their pre-Olympic schedule with their fifth win in six games and he’s been a big part of that run.

Giroux extended his point streak to four games after he fired at hard shot that was deflected in by teammate Scott Hartnell at 4:04 of the third period to give the Flyers a much needed insurance goal against the Calgary Flames:

That gives Giroux four goals and 10 points in his last six contests.

Backup goaltender Ray Emery was the hero this afternoon though. Calgary’s Matt Stajan spoiled his shutout with just 2:26 left in regulation time, but Emery held on to earn a 2-1 victory. The Flyers netminder finished the game with 32 saves.

Phialdelphia will go into the break with a three-point cushion on third place in the Metropolitan Division.

  1. ibieiniid - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    if they keep up this level of play, there’s no way Berube won’t be in talks for coach of the year. he’s done wonders with this team and the defense looks like they’re finally coming around too.

  2. jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Nice way to finish going into break, 5-2 on the vaunted Bos,Det,Ana,La,SJ,Avs,and Calgary stretch when many said we wouldn’t get 2 wins. G continues his hot streak, top 10 in points in the league, most third period points in Nhl for season, and as Team have longest win streak going into break. Lets keep this thing rolling some tough games right out the gate after break. Sj Nyr home and home with Caps.

  3. phillyfan11 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but these were an important 2 points to pick up before the break. They kept their focus before the break, and they have been playing some solid hockey.

  4. 7mantel - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I remember when everyone was writing the Rangers and Flyers off the first month of the season ! Both teams turned it around and making statements with their play !

  5. joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    As much a I can appreciate the Flyers push since the coaching change, they just barley beat the Flames. Gave up 33 shots against 23.

    Back when they were 3-7-0 I wrote here that they needed to be 7 or 8 games over .500 to secure a spot in the playoffs, and that the Rangers would finish ahead of them because they had the better coach and goalie. They have 4 teams chasing them, and their d is no better than it was back in October.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Typical Flyers hater from your post you never change and seemingly always look at the negative. They were outshot by a Flames team has been playing extremely well, and has beats teams like Bhawks, Sharks, etc. A win in a win whether you win by 1 or 20 still only 2 points. Last game before break at home, Im sure many players minds were wondering to their vacation, but like good teams do they gut it out and find ways to win, wont have a game every night. Defense is def a work in progress, and the team will only go as far as they take them, but to make a statement they are no better than they were in Oct is just flat out assanine and foolish, and you just show you true colors which will be never a positive comment about the flyers, or if you do say something positive there is a caveat to bring negative into the light. Keep your assesments and hate off the page if you cant look at a team with an unbiased opinion.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Do some research man get a grip on who is doing what Flames have been hot lately came into today 6-1 with wins over SJ, Phnx, Nash, Hawks, Min, and Islanders.

      • joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        We’ll chat again come playoff time. Stop acting like a whining fan. Jeez!

      • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Not whining just laugh at how you say you are objective but you are the furthest thing from, no need to speak playoff time, I try to only speak to people that bring knowledge to a conversation. I don’t have enough toilet paper for what you bring to a conversation. KEEPING HATING bud.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      First off they were outshot by the Flames because they had a 2-goal lead for a lot of the final stanza and took their foot off the gas; playing more prevent, allowing perimeter shots. And secondly, if the Flyers had lost but had outshot Calgary you wouldn’t give two craps about that stat, simply that the Flames won.

      This is a Flyers team that has flaws, we can all see that, but so does the entire Metro. And I can guarantee with our scoring depth and the way our goaltending has been (especially early on and recently), very few Eastern teams would want to play us in a 7 game series, bc they know they’re gonna have to come with a lot of scoring and leave with plenty of bruises. That Flames team was no pushover, as jbink pointed out, and the Flyers just came off victories over Detroit, LA, and San Jose. I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to say this club is top-3 in the division and after that, who knows. So keep bringing the same, uninformed hate Joe, you’re just making it easier and easier to prove you wrong.

      • joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        If they make the playoffs they will have proven me wrong. So what if they prove wrong. They still don’t have the depth and d to go all the way. It’s a very realistic assessment. We’ll see.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Not sure any flyers fan in here is saying they are capable of going all the way or will go all the way. Many take exception to the comment,”They def is no better now then they are in OCT.” With that said any person who watches hockey regularly, and has knowledge of the game and knows what they are watching would never make such a MORONIC statement, and im not sure moronic is even a word but I used it. This defense does it still have bad game no doubt, does the blueline still need work no doubt, but they are light years better from OCT.

    • ibieiniid - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Joey, do you EVER shut your fu**ing mouth about the flyers? You keep saying “we’ll see, but you’re the only one making predictions about the team… only to backtrack later and take the wait and see approach. Why don’t you just stop and leave the hockey talk up to people who watch hockey for more than just having a fight to bi*** about. You can’t let us celebrate one goddamn win without talking some sh**. It so unbelievably tired… like the rest of the “1975” haters on this site. Get a life man.

      • joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        What a great game by the Flyers today. If we keep playing like this after the Olympics we’re going to finish 3rd in our division. Mason, our d and 4th line will make a difference down the stretch.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        @joey4id–Mason more wins than King Hank and better save %, my mom always said if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all. So take your sarcasm and tuck your tail and go home because the nonsense you spout of is quite annoying and rarely accurate. Along with your statements you make you leave so vague that you can backtrack, and spin it in a way you are right. Do us all a favor and go to the Olympic Short Dance Figure skating chat

      • joey4id - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:14 AM

        jbink2585, ibieiniid, @ 9.30 last night was my last comment and assessment of the Flyers team. Have fun with the rest of the season and enjoy the Olympics.

        No hard feelings, and remember that it’s just a game.

        Cheers!

  6. jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Flyers under Chief 30-20-6 with Gf/Ga at +1.

  7. earpaniac - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Not a Flyer fan, but as I said at the beginning of the season, if you look at the team objectively this team was too talented to play like they did at the start of the year. I’m one of those people who believes hockey is better when the Flyers are playing well.

  8. crazemastercraze - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    2014 StanleyCup champs. Ray Emery MVP

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Please with Fleury-Zatkoff backstopping the almighty Pittsburgh, your key cogs dropping like flies, and the strength out west, the Pens have about the same chance as the orange and black of hoisting the Cup.

      • crazemastercraze - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        You power of second sight sucks. I’m not a pens fan, moron! Whatever helps you sleep at night….

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      If it looks like a duck, and sounds like a duck… pray tell who do you support? because all I ever see from you is Pittsburgh propaganda and stereotypical Flyer hate- ie “1975”, “gingers”, etc. Never anything of substance or meaning. Also, I’d like an explanation on how my misonception of you as a Pens fan helps me sleep at night?

      I’m plenty fine with the future direction of my team… we have two top-9 forwards over 30, two top-7 defenders over 30, and our star netminder is just now entering his prime. Even if this isn’t our year I’m sleeping very well with the Flyers future in mind.

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    1975

    • ibieiniid - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Kansas City

    • jbink2585 - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Bud I really don’t know what type of argument that is by typing the year we last won. I m pretty sure for the majority of Flyers fans that has 0 affect on us. If we never won a cup I get it but we have some in our history, as do you guys but are the Pens better bc they have 1 more recent pretty shotty logic. In my eyes every team are losers except the B hawks so they are really the only fans that can talk ish.

    • coopjr - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      1st shift

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