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DON'T FORGET...

As the Flyers move forward with their next endeavors, don't chalk up 2013-14 as just another season.

Tuesday, 05.6.2014 / 4:05 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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DON\'T FORGET...
We know it is tough sitting back and watching the second round of the playoffs right now.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s just been six days into this offseason for the Flyers and they still haven\u2019t completely gotten over their first round loss to the New York Rangers in seven games.\r\n\r\nIt was a tough way to end what should be considered a memorable season.
We know it is tough sitting back and watching the second round of the playoffs right now.

It’s just been six days into this offseason for the Flyers and they still haven’t completely gotten over their first round loss to the New York Rangers in seven games.

It was a tough way to end what should be considered a memorable season. It’s not often that a team overcomes aterrible start coupled with a coaching change and turns it into a virtuoso performance over the final 65 games of the regular season filled with a franchise record for comebacks, fueled by top tier special teams, a goaltender who found his lost mojo and a captain who is now being recognized as one of the game’s elite with nominations for multiple awards.

It was a season in which Claude Giroux scored on a no look backhander in December and then delivered a miracle finish against the defending Stanley Cup champions in March.

It was a season where Steve Mason had to win a starting job in training camp and finished it by putting together two brilliant performances – a final home game in the playoffs where he acknowledged a crowd chanting his name in-game, and a sensational effort in Game 7 to keep his team playing.

It was a season where Wayne Simmonds established himself among the game’s best power forwards, Sean Couturier established himself as one of the game’s best two-way centers and where Zac Rinaldo established himself as one of the fiercest hitters in the sport.

It came together behind one of the more cohesive locker rooms in recent memory. These guys truly liked each other and liked playing for each other – and specifically playing for their no frills coach, who is a short period of time proved that his style behind the bench is a heck of a lot different than the style with which he played.

With Berube at the helm, the Flyers are headed toward a brighter future. There is a good core of talent in place with some much needed talent in the pipeline, something that was lost on the organization for a period of time.

But the Flyers are close. Real close. You don’t go 6-2-2 in a 10 game stretch in late March and early April against the best teams in the sport while everyone is jockeying for playoff positioning without being right there.

They hung with Boston. They beat Chicago. They swept a weekend series from Pittsburgh, they only lost by a goal to Los Angeles.

Yes, these are small victories in the grand scheme of things and the ultimate prize eluded them again, but as a team continues to grow, it’s those little wins that add up to bigger ones.

They are definitely battle-tested – playing what is akin to playoff hockey from November through April. A record of 18-21-2 might not seem great at first glance, but when looked at more closely and recognized that that’s how they performed against 2014 playoff teams, it tends to stick out a bit.

Yes, the Flyers could play with anyone in 2013-14, and feel that they can flip that record around at the very least in 2014-15.

With a well-liked coach, an elite captain and a burgeoning goaltender with a solid supporting cast and a bright collection of future stars, the Flyers are in good shape entering this offseason.

And when they look back a few years from now, they’ll see where it all began – with the great turnaround of 2013-14.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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