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Flyers, Stars continue down opposite paths after Philly’s 4-2 win

Mar 20, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

Michael Raffl, Jordie Benn AP

In very broad terms, the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars seem like kindred spirits: flawed-but-fun teams that boast enough offensive star power to potentially be upset threats in the playoffs. It’s starting to look like only one of those squads will get the chance to make their opponents sweat, though.

The Flyers extended their winning streak to four games and gave the Stars their fourth loss in a row via a 4-2 win on Thursday.

Philly hasn’t just been beating up on tomato cans during this streak, either; they swept a weekend series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, managed a comeback win against the Chicago Blackhawks and dealt some serious damage to Dallas’ playoff hopes tonight.

One could argue that Philly’s edge came down to secondary scoring. Claude Giroux continues his dominant work, but the Stars received another strong night from their 1-2 punch of offensive stars with Jamie Benn getting two goals this time. Wayne Simmonds‘ own hot streak seemed to tilt the scale the Flyers’ way, however, as he found the net twice himself.

However you slice it, the Flyers’ playoff hopes look increasingly realistic while the Stars may need the Phoenix Coyotes to stumble to really get back into the West mix.

  1. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Don’t think they’re Cup contenders at all, but the Flyers have really turned into a real solid team. Berube has been a great coach for them and has really brought the team together. I really believe Claude Giroux is one of the best players in this league, and a great and clutch leader. I hate everything about them and despise every inch of Philly (sorry, New York blood), but gotta give props to the Flyers for a great turnaround season and stickin in there.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      There are 16 cup contenders each and every year. So lowenni.if the Flyers make the playoffs they will be cup contenders and I might add that I believe the Flyers will be a successful dark horse this year in the east.Yes they have a brutal ten game stretch but they are fair well now and look like the will keep it going too. Looks like there will lots of very tough first round match-ups year with some very good teams being one and done.

    • flyerspsu - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      the Flyers are certainly a flawed team but when you look at the East, there is only 1 team that is really that much better and would be very tough to beat, the Bruins, everybody else is open game, so if another team knocks out the Bruins the Flyers are really as good of a bet as anyone to make a run to the finals from the East, dont get me wrong its still unlikely but its not terribly far fetched and it is the NHL playoffs we are talking about

      tho i got to say the Flyers 1st round matchup is going to be real tough whether its Columbus or New York so I wouldnt be too surprised if the Flyers were to get knocked out in the 1st

    • flyerspsu - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      the Flyers are certainly a flawed team but when you look at the East, there is only 1 team that is really that much better and would be very tough to beat, the Bruins, everybody else is open game, so if another team knocks out the Bruins the Flyers are really as good of a bet as anyone to make a run to the finals from the East, dont get me wrong its still unlikely but its not terribly far fetched and it is the NHL playoffs we are talking about

      tho i got to say the Flyers 1st round matchup is going to be real tough whether its Columbus or New York so I wouldnt be too surprised if the Flyers were to get knocked out in the 1st

      • flyerspsu - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        not sure why my posts come up twice so often

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        not sure why you keep saying the Flyers are “flawed” either. what does that even mean? the best I can gather from most of your post is that you think they’re slow. not sure how that means they’re “flawed” though.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        sorry, from most of your postS*. not this one, but the others where you’ve said they’re flawed.

        oh and when the arrow on your screen turns to a finger, a single click will suffice ;)

      • hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        They are apt to play undisciplined, at times, and the goaltending can be inconsistent. Actually the entire team is apt to play inconsistent (as a Pens fan I’m definitely qualified to comment on inconsistency). But you can say that of almost every team. How are the Flyers “flawed” though? The way they’ve been playing they are very much cup contenders. The challenge is trying to find a way to continue playing that way.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        ok, I guess his defense could be that everything that has a “flaw” is “flawed,” but when i hear that word, I think about a team with a critical, glaring error that will obviously keep that team from winning. I don’t see that with the Flyers. they have just as much a chance to win as any of the other 15 teams in the playoffs (granted they hold onto a spot) and I’m kinda curious what “flaw” he’s referring to when he keeps using that word.

  2. flyboystransport - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Good all around game, they beat st louis I think a lot of eastern conference teams are gonna get nervous.

    • toiletclown - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      trust me, nobody is nervous about that team

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        seriously, you gotta stop telling us to trust you, or to mark your words. nobody cares what you say.

      • laxman1944 - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        The mighty eater of turds has spoken………..go flush now little boy.

      • xflyersx - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        11-2-1 in last 14 games with wins against Kings, Sharks, Avs, Pens (2x), and Blackhawks during that stretch.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        You’re a special kind of stupid aren’t you?

  3. mcphillthy - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Character win. As long as they play 60 minutes of hockey they have shown they can run with the big boys…. And beat them. Giroux is leading this team. The hunger he has now reminds me of how hungry Richards looked in 2010. It’s really fun to watch. Roo has proven himself this season. I love that ginger!

  4. hockeyfan28 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Getting to the point where you start to look at the rest of the east and think hey who really wants to play the flyers?

  5. laxman1944 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    another tough effort boys you hung on and got it done

  6. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Thanks to the Flyers for keeping the Stars off the Wilds heels for a few more nights.

    While the Flyers are fighting for their playoff lives, it seems inevitable that my Wild back into the playoffs.

  7. narfmoo12 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Since starting 1-7, the Flyers are on a 106 point pace. How is that not a cup contender?

    • toiletclown - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      because they are the philadelphia flyers

  8. sndflyers - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Dallas was a desperate team and they played a solid game. Props to the Flyers for playing their game and getting the timely goals and saves when we needed them.

  9. ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I gotta say man, this may be my favorite Flyers team since before the 2004 lockout (2005?). even moreso than the one that went to the final. Simmonds, Read, Couts, Mason have all grown to be some of my favorite Flyers to watch play the game, and the collective heart of this team is astounding. the youth on that offense is really exciting for the future too.

    …now if they’d only dish Downie.

  10. kastout11 - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Why does tioletclown continue to troll in Flyers recaps? I think he knows his team is full of pretenders and their fans are not nearly as passionate as Flyers fans. Anyway, anyone who says they are not concerned about their team possibly playing the Flyers, is lying. They are playing as well as anyone, and at this point, can beat just about anyone in a 7 game series in the Eastern Conference, although Boston is really tough. Even their defense is playing well, and once the first month of the season was over, and they adjusted to Berube’s system, I haven’t worried about their offense. Goaltending, as always, will be the issue, however, I feel that Mason will be a lot better then goalies in the past.

    • mcphillthy - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Mason has shown flashes of brilliance, as he did last night. Mason has been solid. Once the D tightened up their game around him he has been excellent. He doesn’t let in a lot crappy goals and he has stolen points for us in games we should have lost. That’s what you need from your goalie if you want a cup run. Even though we don’t have a defense with all star names on it they play as a team and to me that is more dangerous than having a guy like weber back their. Team defense wins games and the flyers are doing a great job at that

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