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Hot Flyers cruise past Blues

Mar 22, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

If there’s a silver lining that the St. Louis Blues can take from this afternoon’s 4-1 loss to Philadelphia, it’s that they won’t have to worry about the Flyers in the early portion of the playoffs.

After Blues coach Ken Hitchcock warned that Philadelphia will be “a bear in the playoffs,” the Flyers did everything in their power to prove him right.

Jaden Schwartz opened up the scoring for St. Louis with a shorthanded goal, but Scott Hartnell evened the game 57 seconds into the second period.

Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek each found the back of the net before Wayne Simmonds sealed the deal with an empty netter. This was the Flyers’ fifth straight win and has allowed them to start to put some distance between them and the rest of the pack in the battle for the final playoff spots.

Philadelphia now has a three-point cushion in the fight for the second Metropolitan Division seed even though their closest competitor, the New York Rangers, has played in one extra game.

St. Louis is on the verge of clinching a playoff berth and that will still happen tonight if the Dallas Stars or Phoenix Coyotes loses in their respective games despite this setback.

  1. lowenni - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Hitchhock was right, Philly’s gonna be tough to beat. They’re really playing hard right now, and combined with the skill on their team, that’s a tough combination for other teams to counter. Up there with the Bruins and Pens in the Eastern Conference right now.

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Agreed. All around it’s shaping up to be a playoff season to remember. Albeit the west having more high point teams, I actually think the East only having 3 standouts right now means it’s going to be that much more intense. Assuming nobody else just goes on a tear from here on out, I’ll be surprised if 2 of those 3 teams aren’t in the conference final. And all 3 of those teams loathe each other so it should make for interesting times. As a Pens fan I hope I’m very wrong and somebody takes care of Boston and Philly in the first round. Because the Pens are sorta, kinda, a little bit, looking like the third wheel invite to the conference final dance. When the other 2 teams have had your number this year, I’d sleep easier without the up and down play 3 weeks before the playoffs……..

    • blomfeld - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      WEREN’T THE BLUES SUPPOSED TO BE ‘ALL THAT’ OR SOMETHING ?

      Rather quizzical that the Blues start sliding now, right on the heels of all these blowhard proclamations about them being the ‘favorite’ etc ? Even more quizzical however is the recent absence of Jhaegs, their ‘self anointed’ propaganda minster here at PHT ! :)

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Yeah. That is mysterious. Magically appeared this year, talks nothing but trash when rivals loses, then goes MIA when their team gets stomped.

  2. narfmoo12 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Five games, wins over Pittsburgh x2, Chicago, Dallas, and St. Louis. Now a 107-point pace since starting 1-7.

  3. mcphillthy - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Uh oh. It looks like the flyers are going to be a topic of discussion. They have really turned things around this season. Way to go, flyers!

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Amazing effort today Flyers! After the first they readjusted and took it to the best team in the league. As long as the orange and black make the playoffs (knock on wood) NO ONE is going to want to see them. A 4-1 victory over the best team in the league should certainly shutup the likes of toiletclown and the other Pittsburgh clowns who were saying this team has no shot. Pittsburgh (×2), Chicago, Dallas, and now St. Louis… keep knocking down the teams no one thought we could.

    And Steve Mason was awesome once again.

  5. PhillySN - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Ten games into this season I could’ve sworn we were already penciled in for a top ten pick. This turnaround is amazing

  6. slysipops - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    the only PENNSYLVANIA team i ever cheered for !

  7. kastout11 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Great effort. I cannot believe how well the have played the last five games. They are a really scary team, and with all their top players not playing in the Olympics, it has been a blessing in disguise, they appear to have more energy then teams that sent all their best players to Sochi. Clearly, they can beat anybody right now.

  8. flyboystransport - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Cup contender. ….

  9. blackhawks2010 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Solid win Flyers, they are getting hot at the right time. Would love to see a Flyers/ Hawks Cup rematch!

  10. 28giroux28 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Great win, but getting outshot 32-18 will catch up to us eventually. However, good to see the team win with a bad game from Giroux. If he plays well in the rematch they’ll be fine.

    • thedangletheembarrassment - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      the 4 penalties weren’t great and the 33% FOP was sub par, having said that it’s great to have a bad game, yet get two assists and the win.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      That’s about as many shots as St. Louis allows every game. But it’s not about the number of shots, it’s about how many got past past the goalie. And the Flyers worked hard for all 4 (even the empty netter).

  11. stunzeed5 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Phucking hate the Flyers. Let’s go CAPS!

    • thedangletheembarrassment - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      and they we’re going to invite you to their birthday party!!…way to ruin it!!

  12. Hockeyfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Can’t deny the roll the flyers are on. Just don’t see it lasting. Not deep enough.
    Giroux can’t do it alone. Apparently not even good enough for the Olympic team, right?

    Phillyphnatic: why can’t you just enjoy this and not have to bring up the Pens fans? They weren’t the only ones counting Philly out early on.
    The reality of it is there is a lot more hockey to play. Still unclear what the 1st round match ups will be
    Whoever faces the Bruins will really have a tough opponent. Let’s not get overly confident.

    • jbink2585 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Top 5 record since thanksgiving in league not sure it can last? When did you start watching hockey last week?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      I brought it up bc yesterday there was some dbag posting the same thing over and over about the Flyers being irrelevant and overrated, yet he’s nowhere to be found now. It has nothing to do with early on. And notice I said “as long as the Flyers make the playoffs (knock on wood)”… does that convey overconfidence? The Flyers aren’t even halfway through their 12 game hell gauntlet against top teams, but there’s no denying the Flyers have been excellent (even before the 5 game streak against good/great teams).

      Believe me, as a philly fan I’ve seen way too much heartbreak to start celebrating this early.

    • narfmoo12 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      The Flyers aren’t deep enough? The Flyers and Bruins are the only teams with 7 players with 15+ goals. I’m curious to know what you consider to be depth.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        And Raffl (9 goals) has a chance to add another to the 15 goal club with a stellar stretch run offensively. However his defensive play (whether 5 on 5 or shorthanded) overshadows his modest offensive production. If he had been playing wing alongside Read and Couts most of the year I guarantee his offensive stats look more impressive. But he’s been such a great pickup anyway.

        Resign Brayden Schenn, bring up Laughton to compete (next season), and maybe resign Adam Hall again and this forward group remains young, dynamic, and complete. Holmgren gets a lot of crap, like not trading for Bobby Ryan (who Sens fans are already turning on), but he’s managed to discover players like Read, Raffl, Rinaldo, and a revitalized Steve Mason while also not sacrificing the young core (JVR okay) for a quick fix. Plus he’s finally got blue chip D prospects in the pipeline. A playoff appearance/run means Homer deserves consideration for GM of the year.

  13. phillyphannnn83 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    The Flyers are playing playoff hockey right now.

    • crazemastercraze - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Ripped right out of the sportscasters cliche handbook

  14. crazemastercraze - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    As soon as they start losing games the excuses come. The heat isn’t even on yet and they’ve been handed the cup already by those who see the world thru orange and black glasses. We shall see

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      The Flyers fans saying this team is going to win the Cup are delusional and should be ignored. Real, intelligent Flyers fans understand there are still 12 big regular season games to be played before the playoffs even start. And once in the playoffs, it’s only going to be harder. There seems to be this idea floating around PHT that Flyers fans are crowning themselves (much like Pens fans in the past), but in reality it’s the guys writing and titling the articles who are stirring the pot. Look back through the recent Flyers related articles and you’ll see plenty of stuff about the team being a force to be reckoned with. And though I agree with that when the club is playing like this, I (along with most Philly fans) understand how quickly things can change.

      • crazemastercraze - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        There are intelligent Flyers fans? Huh…..

      • laxman1944 - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Yep

        There are exactly 122,155 Intellegent fans

        thank you very much Sir

  15. bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    its st Louis, weve been through this before. yet another team in the regular season that is great and craps the bed at the end. fan since 87 or so and we will make a hasty exit in the 1st or 2nd. I just wish this team could get it together. 2 games losing streak is not important, the way we played is
    against philly I thought we had a chance, then it fell apart. time to get back to BLUES HOCKEY and play a FULL 60 MINUTES. if we face Chicago like we played them on Wednesday in the playoff we are screwed.

    come on captain backs, steen, bouwmeester, you are the elders

    • stevedurbano - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Fan since 67…..

  16. bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I also want to congratulate bobrovsky on a great game. with out him we would have won. I was saying that after the 1st that we would probably end up losing, because we did not open the flood gates.

    • narfmoo12 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Mason?

      • bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        yes MASON, sorry about that f up
        he played great

      • bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        thanks for correcting me, if been up for a long time.

        cheers

  17. everyonesuksbutme - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Let’s not forget the job Berube has done…all that skating is paying off now. Pens fans get ready, here they come!

    • bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      its craig berube right, can we see a playoff series with a little less goals vs penguins this time
      hope the flyers do well, I have liked them since the legion of doom and I am in st Louis, I was only able to watch a few games back then. Lindros leclair and rendberg were great. leclair is still one of my favorite players, then you had hextall, 1 of my favorite goalies

  18. flyboystransport - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Cup CONTENDER and cup WINNER are not the same thing. If giroux having 2 assists is a bad game I’ll take it. Lets not forget they fired their head coach at the beginning of the year after not making the playoffs last year and bryz’s tendency to let bad goals in has to have every flyers fan happy and excited right now

    • bluesdroogie - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      cup contender and cup winner is different, just watch in june as either the hawks/ducks/sharks/bruins hoist Lord Stanley

  19. luvusa1 - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    @crazemaster: We Philly fans tell it like it is and don’t make excuses like some Pens posters so don’t be an idiot and confuse the two

  20. sndflyers - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Love it boys! Onwards and upwards ! Philadelphia Flyers coming for the strap!

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