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Flyers Rebound from Loss in Chicago

13 Dec

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun

Claude Giroux had a goal and assist in the win over Montreal. Photo by Webster Riddick.

Claude Giroux had a goal and assist in the win over Montreal. Photo by Webster Riddick.

PHILADELPHIA—Thursday Night’s game at the Wells Fargo was a homecoming in more ways than one for the Flyers.

For starters, the Flyers were trying to put an end to a three-game losing streak while getting over the shellacking they took at the hands of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks on Wednesday night to cap a long six-game road trip.

It was also the return of former Flyers and now Montreal Canadiens center Danny Briere, who got a video tribute and a standing ovation from the Flyers fans filled with memories of his 30-point performance during the team’s run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

“We all loved Danny,” said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. “We loved his time here. He’s a great guy and a very good hockey player. There’s a lot of respect from us and his teammates. He got a great welcome from the fans.”

Showing no signs of having played 24 hours earlier, the Flyers gave the 19,748 home fans something to cheer about with a 2-1 win over the Canadians. It was the Flyers sixth straight win on their home ice.

“After our performance in Chicago … we did a good job of five-on-five today,” Jakub Voracek, who had two assists. “Actually, we weren’t thinking about last night when we got our ass kicked. Every game is zero-zero and we knew it, I think we played very well tonight. It was a huge two points to bounce back after a disappointing loss in Chicago.”

Berube said he was happy with the energy and heart his team showed in their first night at home after a long road trip that ended with a horrific loss.

“I think there’s a lot of character in the room,” Berube said. “They certainly weren’t happy about that loss in Chicago because they wanted to show that they could compete with that team. It didn’t work out they wanted it to, but it was a lot of character and it was a good win tonight. They played a good team game tonight.”

After giving up seven goals against Chicago the previous night, the Flyers clamped down on defense and kept the Canadian from getting any good shots on goalie Steve Mason, who had 20 saves against 21 shots. Montreal didn’t score until there was 56 seconds left in the game.

“It was a great overall effort,” Mason said. “Guys were really hard not to give them too many opportunities to have any rushes because they’re a fast team.”

Claude Giroux, who scored what turned about the game-winning goal in the second period, said the Flyers defensive effort also got the offense going.

“I think we really did a good job,” Giroux said. “Most of our chances offensively is because we played good defensively. When we understand that we’ll have more chances.”

The Flyers also stayed away from the penalty box. The Canadians had just one just one power-play opportunity, but did not score.

With 6:03 left in the first period, Flyers left winger Michael Rafl scored the game’s first goal on a pass from Voracek who was positioned behind the net to the left of Montreal goalie Carey Price. It was Rafl’s second goal of the season. It was really special because his dad was in the building for the Flyers Father-Son Night.

“It was just great, amazing,” Rafl said. “He never saw an NHL game live and all this stuff was just awesome.”

The Flyers took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period on a goal by Giroux, who got the puck on a cross pass from Voracek, who got his second assist of the game.

The Canadians got their only goal late in the game from center Alex  Galchenyuk.

Holding on to Hope: Flyers Come from Behind to Upend Montreal

4 Apr
Wayne Simmonds scored the game-tying goal in the Flyers win over the Montreal Canadiens

Wayne Simmonds scored the game-tying goal in the Flyers win over the Montreal Canadiens.

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report

PHILADELPHIA-With the Flyers having to climb over several teams to get the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL’s Western Conference, every game is virtually a must win with 12 games left on the schedule.

All that basically means the Flyers, who are 13th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings, have no margin for error at this point in the season.

“The only thing we can control right now is our games and we have to make sure we win them,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

While their chances for the postseason may be slim and none, they at least have a pulse at this point.

The Flyers (16-17-3) came back from a one goal deficit late by scoring three goals in the final five minutes of the game and came away with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens in front of 19,882 fans at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night.

“Certainly, it’s an area that we haven’t been good at up until this point,” Laviolette. “So it’s nice to see some results in the third period, putting games away or coming back in games and getting the points and the wins that we need.”

For the first time this season, the Flyers have won three in a row and they are now four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“We got find ways to get two points every night,” said center Sean Couturier, who scored his goal in 27 games in the second period. “The past two games are an example of our character and getting those two points.”

With the game going into its final five minutes, the Flyers trailed 3-2 and seemed on their way to certain defeat. But like their overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday, they exploded to score two goals in a space of a two and a half minutes late in the third period.

“We’re winning battles and making better decisions with the puck,” said center Claude Giroux, who had an assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal. “I don’t know. We’re having more fun playing that third period. Sometimes we’re down and we want it so badly that we keep working and we get couple of bounces in.”

Right Winger Wayne Simmonds tied the game with 5:06 left when he deflected a shot by Bruno Gervais past Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafson got the winning goal when he deflected in a shot by Claude Giroux, who got the assist on the play. The Flyers would add an empty net goal by right winger  Jakub Voracek.

“To have the poise and patience to do that, it’s a young player stepping up,” Laviolette said.

In the first period, the Canadiens got on the board with 6:47 left on a 42-foot slap shot by Alexei Emelin that sped past Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzygalov who was screened off from the puck by Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher.

The Flyers tied the game on a rather fortuitous goal by Couterier. The puck bounced off goal  Price’s stick and then caromed off the skate P.K. Subban into the Canadiens’ net.

Later in the second, the Flyers took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Simone Gagne, who got the puck on a shot by Luke Schenn that went wide of the bounced off the board to the right of the goal and onto Gagne’s stick past Price.

But the Flyers lost that lead in matter of 21 seconds. First, Alex Galchennyuk took the puck away from Schenn near the Flyers blue line and then passed it to Jeff Halpern who found a streaking Brandon Prust and shot it past Brzygalov to even the game at 2-2.

Seconds later, Montreal took the lead on a goal by David Desharnais. On the scoring play, Brzygalov apparently lost the puck in the lights because he ducked when the puck whizzed by him into his net.