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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Flyers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames closed out 2013 on a sour note.

Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists while Ray Emery made 23 saves to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on New Year’s Eve.

It didn’t take long for the Flyers to get on the board.

Just 3:15 into the game, Mark Streit’s seeing-eye point shot eluded a crowd in front of the net and beat a screened Reto Berra to put Philadelphia up 1-0.

Sean Monahan erased that deficit with his 11th of the season at 14:30 of the second period.

After Paul Byron knocked down Vincent Lecavalier’s neutral zone pass, he sprung Monahan in on a 2-on-1 with Lee Stempniak. Monahan elected to shoot, beating Emery over the glove to tie the game 1-1.

It was Calgary’s first goal in 159:35 after being shut out in back-to-back 2-0 games on home ice at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

With 1:29 left in the second, Schenn restored the Flyers’ one-goal lead with the eventual winner.

Scott Hartnell extended that lead to two near the midway mark of the third period and Braydon Coburn gave Philadelphia a little insurance, icing the puck into an empty net with 1:56 remaining in the game.


After Byron knocked down Lecavalier’s neutral zone pass, Monahan walked in on Emery and unleashed a wrister that beat the Flyers goaltender to the glove side for his 11th of the season, snapping Calgary’s goalless drought at 159:35.


Just beyond the midway mark of the second and with the Flyers on the power play, Berra blockered away a Hartnell one-timer from the slot after the Philadelphia forward took a pass from the half-wall via Claude Giroux. Shortly thereafter, Monahan tied the game 1-1.


Schenn’s goal with 1:29 remaining in the second period restored the Flyers lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.


“I felt they were more opportunistic than us around the net, tips. We had some chances. I’ll give credit to our players. We went to the blue paint tonight. We did lots of great things around the net, but we couldn’t get that big goal. I think their second goal late in the second period kind of hurt us. I felt we were getting good momentum, we were skating better and that goal – I felt it on the bench – we took a big hit from that. We kept working but we just couldn’t get back in the game.”



Monahan’s goal snapped Calgary’s scoring drought at 159:35.


Markus Granlund, Christopher Breen and TJ Galiardi were scratched against the Flyers. Dennis Wideman (broken hand), Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (torn meniscus) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames welcome Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning to Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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