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Emery's 32 saves lead Flyers past Flames

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

In his first home start since Nov. 21, goaltender Ray Emery didn't have any trouble getting reacquainted with Wells Fargo Center.

Emery made 32 saves and Scott Hartnell scored the game-winner in the third period to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers (30-23-6), who began their break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a fourth straight win that put them firmly in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Matt Stajan scored and Reto Berra stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Flames (22-29-7).

After giving up five goals in his most recent start, a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 23, Emery looked sharp Saturday. It was clear the veteran hadn't lost the confidence of Flyers coach Craig Berube despite going more than a month since winning a game he started.

"He's a winner. He's won everywhere he's been," Berube said of Emery. "I knew he would go in there and play well. He stayed sharp in practice and played a real good game."

Leading 1-0, it took more than three minutes for the Flyers to get their first shot of the third period. But when they did, it led to a quality scoring chance. Vincent Lecavalier fired a shot from a severe angle on the left wing that was stopped by Berra, but the puck squeezed past the Calgary goaltender directly to Wayne Simmonds at the right side of the crease. Simmonds appeared to have an open net as he went to the backhand, but Berra managed to slide over and make a great save at 3:48.

But Philadelphia extended its lead 16 seconds later. Claude Giroux's wrist shot from the high slot bounced off Hartnell and past Berra for his 10th of the season at 4:04. The goal was originally credited to Giroux but was later given to Hartnell, whose deflection appeared to fool Berra.

"I don't know how it went in. I have to analyze that and see what happened exactly," Berra said. "It was a tough one. I have to watch the goal again, what happened exactly. Maybe I can do something there but overall I played a good game."

The Flames had a prime opportunity to cut into the Philadelphia lead when Braydon Coburn was whistled for delay of game after shooting the puck out of play with 7:43 left in regulation. Calgary failed to register a shot on the man advantage and the Flyers' sixth-ranked penalty killers erased an advantage for the 17th time in their past 18 attempts.

Calgary's best chance late came when Lee Stempniak found a loose puck alone in front of Emery with 4:15 remaining, but the Flyers goaltender poked the puck away.

"We had some great chances. In the first period, we were using our D-man on the rush so well. We didn't capitalize. We missed the net a few times and other times Ray Emery was real good," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I felt it was a good road game on our part. There was obviously mistakes on our two goals, but it's a game of mistakes. We're playing lots of young players and we're ready to invest in those guys. Over all, I can't fault the effort."

Each team was forced to contend with a depleted blue line in the third period. Ladislav Smid of the Flames and Nicklas Grossmann of the Flyers each left the game late in the second with injuries. Grossmann suffered an upper-body injury, but was kept out more as a precautionary measure. Smid sustained a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Hartley revealed the Czech defenseman should be fine to compete in Sochi.

Emery lost the shutout when Stajan cut the lead to 2-1 with 2:26 left after pouncing on a rebound off a shot by TJ Galiardi for his 10th of the season.

Berra was pulled for an extra attacker in the final minute, but the Flames failed to get the equalizer

Emery and Berra couldn't be solved in a scoreless opening period, but the Flyers managed to open the scoring with 11:56 remaining in the second. Schenn took a pass in the left circle from Simmonds and beat Berra with a high wrist shot for his first goal in seven games.

"You start to get frustrated when the chances don't come," Schenn said. "As long as the chances come, eventually it's going to go in. tonight it did."

More than two minutes after the Flyers took a 1-0 lead, Grossmann was called for hooking Lee Stempniak. The Flames had some fine chances to even the score on the power play, none better than when Mark Giordano hit the post with 8:45 remaining in the second.

Emery excelled throughout the second, making 11 saves in the period. The Flyers managed to take a 1-0 lead into the second intermission, even though they were held to only four shots in the second.

"It's a different preparation [when you aren't playing]. The plus side is you've had a lot of practice and a lot of rest," Emery said. "During the last stretch of six or seven games, we've tightened up and really not given teams that much. I think it was a great strength heading into this break. We talked about it, we could either put ourselves in a good position or play ourselves out of it. Fortunately, we've put ourselves in a pretty good spot going further down the year."

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