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POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 5:26 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2

PHILADELPHIA – Not to drag up demons from the past – especially after a huge 4-2 win over the New York Rangers Saturday - but if I had to list the 10 worst losses of the year by the Flyers chronologically they would be as follows:

Nov. 1 vs. Washington, lost 7-0

Nov 7. Vs. New Jersey, lost 3-0

Dec. 7 at Dallas, lost 5-1

Dec. 11 at Chicago, lost 7-2

Dec. 21 at Columbus, lost 6-3

Jan. 11 vs. Tampa Bay, lost 6-3

Jan. 12 at New York Rangers, lost 4-1

Jan. 23 at Columbus, lost 5-2

Jan. 25 vs. Boston, lost 6-1

Feb. 27 vs. San Jose, lost 7-3

Why mention them? Why bring those games up in which the Flyers collectively lost 56-16?

Because here’s what they did the very next game after each:

Nov. 2 at New Jersey, won 1-0

Nov. 9. Vs. Edmonton, won 4-2

Dec. 9 at Ottawa, lost 5-4 (SO)

Dec. 12 vs. Montreal, won 2-1

Dec. 23 vs. Minnesota, won 4-1

Jan. 12 at New York Rangers, lost 4-1

Jan. 14 at Buffalo, won 4-3

Jan. 25 vs. Boston, lost 6-1

Jan. 28 vs. Detroit, won 5-0

March 1 vs. New York Rangers, won 4-2

That means the Flyers are 7-2-1 following bad losses since November. (Not to mention, the Flyers have outscored their opponents by 33 goals in the 51 games that weren’t those 10 bad losses – but that’s another story for another day).

Instead, the story for today is, these Flyers have a knack for shrugging off a bad loss and coming back by playing some really good hockey.

That bodes well for the remainder of the regular season and – assuming they make the playoffs – for then too.

After all, this resilient group of Flyers has only lost four games in a span of seven games once since Nov. 8.

And the players know it…

“The last game wasn’t a real good effort,” said Kimmo Timonen. “There wasn’t much talk because you don’t need to talk because everyone realized that we played bad. We can be a lot better than that. Today was good. It was a good team effort and everybody’s working hard.[Goalie Steve Mason] was really good in the net and we scored one power play goal and that’s the way we have to play.”

And it’s how the Flyers have been playing, for the most part, for a week shy of four months.

“When I came here this year that’s one thing, you look around the locker room, guys are focused and we know that when we lose one game we got to get back on track and we’ve been doing that,” said Vinny Lecavalier, who scored the first goal for the Flyers Saturday. “There was non-stop effort tonight, it was a 60-minute great hockey game. It’s important you don’t want to slide, you don’t want to lose two in a row and we know how close everything is so we knew that tonight was a huge game and we’ve got to move forward now.”

And it’s not just the veterans who are recognizing it, even the young players have realized what the deal is with this Flyers bunch.

“I think we have character,” said Sean Couturier, who also scored. “Guys don’t accept those types of losses and we just want to bounce back and show we have character and battle hard the next game.”

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NOTES: With the win, the Flyers moved to 68 points on the season (31-24-6) and stayed one point ahead of Washington after the Capitals won 4-2 over Boston today. The Flyers are now one point behind the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division standings… Wayne Simmonds posted a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (1-4-5). He has two goals and five assists for seven points in the last six contests. In addition to his two points, Simmonds also led the Flyers with six hits… Brayden Schenn was 12-for-14 on faceoffs, while Michael Raffl went 4-for-4… Scott Hartnell and Andrej Meszaros led the Flyers with six shots apiece. It’s the most in a game for Meszaros since he recorded seven on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. the New York Islanders… Cal Heeter backed up Steve Mason in the game. Ray Emery is still considered day-to-day with a lower body injury and will not make the trip to Washington tomorrow.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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