POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 5:26 PM
Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter

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.

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

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