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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 2, FLAMES 1

Flyers beat the Flames behind a strong outing from Emery.

Saturday, 02.8.2014 / 11:59 AM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 2, FLAMES 1
PHILADELPHIA – This great goaltending thing is contagious.

Steve Mason had been cruising along in his past five starts with lights out numbers as the Flyers won four-of five, including two shutouts.

But, in this final game before the Olympic break, Mason took a seat in favor of Ray Emery, who personally has tremendous lifetime numbers against Calgary, Saturday’s opponent.

It was a good recipe of past ingredients plus current momentum and energy for the Flyers to lean on Emery and go into the break on quite a roll.

The end result was a soufflé of good team play in a game that could easily have been a trap game against a non-conference, non-playoff opponent just before the team gets a 10-day hockey vacation.

Emery was at the center of it with 32 saves, not allowing a goal until the final minutes of play to T.J. Galiardi.

All told the Flyers increased their winning streak to four games with a 2-1 victory over the Flames and enter the Olympic break with a three-point lead for third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Emery entered the game with a 7-2-1 career record against Calgary with a 1.39 goals against average and a .948 save percentage, numbers that all got better after this performance.
Brayden Schenn struck first with a goal in the second period, and could have had a few more as he had a bevy of chances prior to scoring off a pass from Wayne Simmonds. He was easily the best offensive player for the Flyers as his line seemed to generate the most offense in the contest.

However it was the captain, once again, providing the needed offense for a win as Claude Giroux, fired a shot off of teammate Scott Hartnell's shin pad for the game-winner, It was Hartnell's 15th goal of the season and it moved Giroux into 11th in the NHL scoring race.

Stay tuned to PhiladelphiaFlyers.com for more post game analysis, reports from the locker room and video updates in the next couple hours.

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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
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

STATS

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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