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Hartnell a difference-maker for the Flyers for the past month
Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 11:30 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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BUFFALO – What a difference one month makes.

Scott Hartnell didn’t register a point in the month of October. He scored a goal on November 5 and over the span of the next 40 days had all of 12 points (a span of 20 games).

In the last month the Flyers have played 14 games. Hartnell has 14 points.

It’s his best stretch of this length since posting 15 points in 14 games in February and March, 2012.

That was accentuated by another stellar effort from the Flyers alternate captain against the Sabres as Hartnell had a hand in each of the first three goals, pumping in a power play one-timer and getting a pair of assists on the first two Flyers scores.

Ever since being dropped from the top line to the second, Hartnell has stood out as one of the Flyers best offensive players. Since being matched up with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, Hartnell has more than doubled his season output points-wise with 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in the 16 games they’ve been together.

Simmonds, who also had a pair of assists Tuesday, has also been on fire since that line was formed (10 goals, seven assists, 17 points) and although it took Schenn a little longer to get rolling, he’s putting the puck in the net as well and has five goals and seven assists for 12 points, scoring all five goals in the last nine games including a pair of third period, game-tying goals – Dec. 30 in Vancouver and Tuesday in Buffalo.

“It’s all about hard work and getting to the net,” said coach Craig Berube. “It’s not any simpler than that. Both Scott and Wayne work hard in the corners and then go to the net and get goals. They’re both good at it – very good at it.”

The 43 points combined from the line in the 16 games they’ve been together are second-best on the Flyers, and has kept pace with the top line of Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, who have been pretty good in their own right. Raffl (2-6-8), Giroux (7-13-20) and Voracek (8-11-19) have combined for 47 points in the same span.

“We’re showing a lot of character,” Hartnell said. “We never give up. We believe in our system. We skate, win battles and get chances.”

Sounds simple enough.

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NOTES: The Flyers now have eight wins this season in which they trailed in the third period (seven in the past 20 games). That is only one shy of tying the franchise record of nine set in 1996-97… The Flyers killed off all four Sabres penalties and have now stopped 30 of 31 on the penalty kill in the past nine games… Hartnell blocked a shot in the second period just above his left ankle, but returned to be the star of the game following his three point night. Hartnell did have one stumble though, in the third period when he provided a classic #HartnellDown moment while skating with the puck. It was so amazing, his teammates were talking about it post game. “Did you see the most epic #HartnellDown ever tonight,” Giroux asked. “I’m going to go tweet about it.” Sure enough, he did.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
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12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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