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Flyers are rolling into Boston after massive shootout win over Maple Leafs

Flyers are rolling into Boston after massive shootout win over Maple Leafs

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The Flyers and Maple Leafs needed 11 rounds in the shootout to decide last Saturday's game.

This time, three rounds were enough and the Flyers came out on the winning end to earn a massive 3-2 victory Saturday night over Toronto at Scotiabank Arena.

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored in the skills competition with highlight-reel tallies.

 

The Flyers (9-5-2) extended their season-best point streak to five games. They are 7-2-1 with 15 points since Oct. 21. The defending champion Blues are the only NHL team with more points (16) over that stretch.

The Maple Leafs (9-5-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

• Big-time win for the Flyers, who played a strong game from start to finish. They were 2-4-1 on the road entering tonight and needed this one. Their confidence should be at a season high heading into Boston.

• Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom have been a treat to watch all season so far.

Off a feed from Konecny, Lindblom scored a James van Riemsdyk-type of power play marker in the first period, giving him eight goals over 16 games. Last season, he had eight goals through 57 games.

Konecny and Lindblom have thrived under head coach Alain Vigneault — give all three of them credit for this start.

"I didn’t know much about Oskar before coming here, but what I’ve found is a real smart, two-way player, hard-working young man," Vigneault said on Oct. 26. "He’s got a good hockey sense to play that 200-foot game and he’s got a real good skill level.

"We’ve got him playing 5-on-5 on Coots' line, which has been our most consistent, he’s playing penalty killing with Coots, and he’s playing the power play. He’s become a real important player on our team.”

 

• After looking like the Flyers' best player in Thursday night's 3-2 OT win over the Canadiens, Philippe Myers kept it up Saturday night.

The defenseman opened the scoring for the second straight game with a first-period goal. Joel Farabee, 19 years old, started the rush and Myers, 22 years old, finished it.

Myers had one goal and two points in 21 games last season. He has already topped those totals through five games this season with two goals and three points.

We're seeing why general manager Chuck Fletcher was "bullish" on Myers this summer. He has been impressive in all areas.

 

• The Flyers' penalty kill went 3 for 3.

The PK had allowed 18 goals through 16 games last season. This season, the Flyers have allowed only seven power play goals in 16 games.

Assistant coach Mike Yeo has been key in those efforts. So, too, have the additions of Kevin Hayes, Matt Niskanen, Tyler Pitlick and Justin Braun.

• Brian Elliott gave the Flyers a great chance to win a tough road game. He was strong in overtime and finished with 38 saves.

• Shayne Gostisbehere has quietly looked better and better on the power play. Ivan Provorov has had a rough few games handling the puck on the first unit. Maybe the Flyers make a switch Sunday, moving Gostisbehere back to the No. 1 power play.

• Farabee had an assist and Saturday night marked his 10th game with the Flyers, which is notable.

• Andy Andreoff played well in his Flyers debut. He was noticeable and active on the fourth line, which was one of the Flyers' best Saturday night. His weekend is off to a good start and it will have a say in how long he sticks with the Flyers.

• The Flyers are right back at it Sunday when they visit Boston to play the Bruins (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP), who are 11-3-2 and 7-0-1 at home.

This season, the Flyers are 0-2-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets.

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Injuries to Scott Laughton, Tyler Pitlick, a lopsided fight for Joel Farabee and Flyers lose to Wild

Injuries to Scott Laughton, Tyler Pitlick, a lopsided fight for Joel Farabee and Flyers lose to Wild

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With a 4-1 defeat to the Wild, the Flyers have two straight losses and they lost two more players in the process.

Alain Vigneault's team stomached a discouraging night Saturday at Xcel Energy Center, suffering consecutive losses in regulation for the first time since Oct. 27-29.

The Flyers (17-10-5) have scored just one goal in three of their last four games, resulting in three regulation losses. In their previous 17 games, the Flyers lost in regulation only twice.

The Wild (16-12-5) improved to 9-1-3 at home and 12-3-4 overall since Nov. 5.

• The Flyers entered the game without forwards Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis), Travis Konecny (concussion), Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

Their only extra healthy player was defenseman Robert Hagg.

News on the health front got worse during the action as forwards Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick left the game with undisclosed injuries and did not return.

Some more roster maneuvering could be on the way as early as Sunday morning. The Flyers have no time to rest up.

• Flyers defensemen were not sharp.

Philippe Myers had a bad turnover on Zach Parise's first-period goal. Ivan Provorov had the same in the second period, which led to Eric Staal's second goal of the night to give the Wild a 3-1 lead.

Travis Sanheim and Justin Braun were also a step behind and not in good position on Staal's first goal, which turned out to be the game-winner during the opening stanza.

Just one of those games in which the Flyers were off from top to bottom.

• As a result, Carter Hart was sprawling all over the place, trying to save the Flyers. He finished with 24 stops on 27 shots.

• Joel Farabee dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno and it was a rough matchup for the 19-year-old.

• James van Riemsdyk got the Flyers on the board 1:34 into the game. However, the lead didn't last long and the Flyers finished with just 18 shots.

• The Flyers' power play went 0 for 3 and is 6 for its last 55 (10.9 percent).

• Lindblom's jersey hung symbolically in the team's dressing room. The Flyers are rallying behind their 23-year-old brother and teammate as he starts his fight against cancer (see story).

• The Flyers are right back at it Sunday when they visit the Jets (5 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

 

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Flyers rallying behind Oskar Lindblom after his Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis

Flyers rallying behind Oskar Lindblom after his Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis

The No. 23 jersey of Oskar Lindblom hung proudly and powerfully in the Flyers' dressing room of Xcel Energy Center.

It was a sign of unity.

The Flyers are rallying behind Lindblom, their 23-year-old brother and teammate who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones (see story).

Teammates were emotional but strong Saturday night.

“I just went in the room and I saw it, it’s kind of tough not to be emotional," Claude Giroux told reporters before the Flyers' game against the Wild after seeing Lindblom's jersey. "But it’s good for everybody to see his jersey there.”

The team announced Lindblom's diagnosis on Friday afternoon. The Flyers then had to open a back-to-back set on the road against the Wild on Saturday and the Jets on Sunday. 

“He’s a fighter, he’ll get through this," Ivan Provorov said to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher before the game. "We love him, we’ll support him all the way and he knows we’re here for him. He’s not fighting this fight alone and we’ll do everything that we can to make sure he feels that there’s all people supporting him.”

The Flyers' captain knows that is most important.

"When one of your teammates is going to go through a fight like this, we’ll all behind him," Giroux said. "We’re there to support him. … We love Oskar a lot, he’s a strong kid."

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