Flyers Win Streak Reaches 5

Published on March 22nd, 2014

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday March 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the St. Louis Blues, the top team in the Western Conference, 4-1 in this afternoon home game.  This win extended their winning streak to 5 games.  This the first time they have won five games in a row since late in the 2011-12 season (March 1-10).

For this game, Ryan Miller started in net for the Blues and Steve Mason for the Flyers.  Mason picked up his 30th victory of the season, 27 of which have come in his last 43 games.  He’s won four of the five games during the current winning streak, posting a 1.50 GAA, a .948 save percentage and one shutout over those four games.

Flyers forward combinations:

Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell

Lecavalier-Simmonds-B.Schenn

Couturier-Read-Downie

Hall-Raffl-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Grossmann-Streit

Timonen-Coburn

L.Schenn-MacDonald

45 seconds into the game, Flyers forward Steve Downie took a hit from Blues forward Patrik Berglund that sent him to the locker room.  A physical tone was set early in this game.  The Blues opened the scoring when center Jaden Schwartz finished a 2-on-1 oddman shorthanded breakaway at 6:23 of the 1st period.  Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk had the primary assist.  The Blues made a smooth transition to offense and caught the Flyers on this play.  The game got progressively chippy as the period went on.  This period was full of penalties on both teams but neither team was able to convert on their power-play chances.

The Flyers finally did convert on a power-play at 0:57 of the 2nd period when Scott Hartnell took a nice feed from Jakub Voracek and scored to tie the game 1-1.  Brayden Schenn then knocked in a rebound to put Flyers up 2-1 at 13:24.  Simmonds directed a shot on net that Miller was not able to control.  Schenn snagged it and buried it.  It was a nice bounceback period for the Flyers.

The Flyers killed off a crucial early 3rd period power-play and mostly played on their heels in this period to hold onto their one goal lead.  Mason made some nice saves to preserve the lead.  Voracek then scored at 15:41 to make it 3-1 Flyers.  Wayne Simmonds added an empty-net goal to end the scoring.

On the Flyers’ recent strong play against some of the top teams in the league, Hartnell said, “We looked at this 4 or 5 game stretch here… that this would be a big measuring stick with a bunch of games here for us to see how we do against some of the best talent in the league and some of the best teams in the league. I think we played some of our best hockey – well, I know we played some of our best hockey – and it’s exciting that everyone is blocking shots, everyone is competing, and everyone is out for the win instead of a nice play. It’s hard to play against them, we realize that, and we just have to keep this going.”

Flyers head coach Craig Berube on his team’s recent play said, “We’ve beat a lot of good teams here lately, and we’ve got to beat some real good teams next week. It doesn’t end; it seems like it never ends anyhow. It’s going to be tough down there, that whole stretch. We’re getting to where we need to get to be really successful. We’ve just got to keep building and keep working and keep things in check because we’ve got a tough team, a very tough opponent, L.A., coming in and they’re a similar type team as St. Louis: big and heavy. They’re going to check, they’re going to work, and it’s going to be tough.”

The Flyers’ next game is Monday at home against the Los Angeles Kings.

Steve Mason made 32 saves in the win | Source:  Andrew King

Steve Mason made 32 saves in the win | Source: Andrew King

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