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POST GAME THOUGHTS: LEAFS 4, FLYERS 3

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 11:00 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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POST GAME THOUGHTS: LEAFS 4, FLYERS 3

Look, losing stinks. It always does. Under every conceivable circumstance, losing leaves you bitter.

There are different levels of bitterness though that you can experience as a result of losing.

Dropping a game 4-3 in overtime in Toronto doesn’t quite reach the scale where you bit into a ripe lemon, squinted your eyes hard, pursed your lips and wrinkled your nose.

It definitely was one with a kick – especially after having a goal waved off by an official in a different time zone while the one right at the net was calling it a good goal.

Especially when Kimmo Timonen, who has truly found the Fountain of Youth in the past five games (maybe there was something in the water in Sochi), nearly had a four-goal game.

Especially when you overcame a two-goal deficit in regulation and came from behind in the third period yet again, not once but twice, to force overtime.

Sure, it would have been better to win, stretch the win streak to four games and come home on a high. But the important thing was the Flyers got a point. An important point. It was a point that kept them holding on to second place in the Metropolitan Division by themselves. It was a point that ran their total to 73 for the season and their collection of 17 in the last 11 games.

But most importantly, it helped them advance ever-closer to a playoff berth.

By my math, the Flyers are almost a sure bet to make the postseason if they reach 94 points. That’s 21 more over the next 18 games. It’s imminently doable, albeit it’s going to come against a gauntlet of teams.

Which is why missing out on that second point against Toronto stings a little – it could have offered more flexibility as far as results go in the coming weeks – but it’s not a killer lost point either.

There were a lot of things to like about the game. Timonen was superb, as was his defensive partner Braydon Coburn. They supplied the three goals in the game but played solid defensively.

Once again, the Sean Couturier line was noticeable. Michael Raffl joined the line after Steve Downie got the flu, and Raffl didn’t miss a beat. With the team trailing in the third period, coach Craig Berube switched Raffl and Wayne Simmonds to try and play the match game with Toronto coach Randy Carlyle, but for the most part, Raffl wasn’t out of place on that shut down line.

Steve Mason struggled with rebound control, but was still solid in net, making several big stops to keep the Flyers in games.

Others played well too – Jake Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit – all had strong games.

The start was where the game was lost, as the Flyers stumbled out of the gate and found themselves behind 2-0 before they could even get back to their feet.

But that’s the thing with these Flyers, they are undaunted by adversity.

We should just call them Chumbawumba, because every time you knock them down, they get up again.

They’ll be back at it Tuesday against New Jersey, their last game against a team not currently in a playoff spot until April 3, meaning there will be 10 straight against some of the best in the league.

And the Flyers will need to reduce that magic number of 21 points by two as often as possible.

Or else things could become pretty tense in April.

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

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
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

STATS

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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