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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, 05.06.2014 / 4:05 PM / 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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STANDINGS

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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