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POSTGAME 5: Lucky Number 7

Flyers take seesaw battle over Oilers, 6-5, for seventh straight victory

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

POSTGAME REPORT: PHI 6, EDM 5

Locker report after the Flyers 6-5 win over Oilers

Locker report after the Flyers 6-5 win over Oilers

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Eleven total goals were scored and the Flyers fought back on multiple occasions to end up on the winning end of a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to extend their winning streak to seven in-a-row.

The Oilers seemed in control of the game when they got off to a 2-0 lead early into the second period off goals from Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. That lead would vanish in a 1:12 second span as the Flyers produced three goals in that time to grab a 3-2 lead.

The Oilers stormed back scoring the next three goals to get back on top by two goals with a shorthanded tally, even-strength and power-play goal five minutes into the third period. A power-play goal by Jake Voracek kick-started the Flyers again to bring them within one and then the captain, Claude Giroux scored his second of the night to draw them even again with eight minutes left in the game.

With under two minutes to go, Michael Raffl drove hard to the net around Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom and roofed it over Jonas Gustavsson to score the last goal of the game and seal the win for the Flyers.

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Making the Adjustment

A detailed look at how the Flyers young players are becoming pro hockey players

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / NHL.com

One of the many ways that the legendary Fred Shero was a hockey coach ahead of his time was his approach to practice. Shero encouraged players to constantly work on every aspect of their games. He wanted to players to take the self-initiative to recognize their own weaknesses and work to improve.

"A lot of players only work on the things they're good at," Shero explained. "If a guy is good stickhandler, he likes to show off his stickhandling. If he has a great shot, he likes to shoot the puck. Thing is, there aren't many players who want to work on improving their weaknesses. I may not say anything, but believe me, I notice. I want players who challenge themselves to get better in every area. Maybe they can earn a bigger role down the line, maybe they can't. But if they don't want work on changing my mind, they're only cheating themselves."

For instance, Shero encouraged players mostly known for fighting or for throwing their weight around, such as Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, the Hound and Don "Big Bird" Saleski, to simultaneously work on their skating, their positional awareness and their puck skills. 

Over time, Saleski not only became one of Philadelphia's better penalty killers, he also scored 21 or more goals in three straight seasons while cutting his penalty minutes significantly.

Forty years after the Broad Street Bullies' heyday, there is still no substitute for hockey players to work diligently and constantly at improving every aspect of their games.

In fact, the greatly increased demands in terms of physical conditioning as well as the speed, size and skill level of today's NHL players make such training even more imperative. This is true for veterans and young players alike, but especially for youngsters trying to work their way up to becoming NHL regulars.

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POSTGAME 5: Streak hits six

Voracek's OT winner gives Flyers 3-2 win over Florida for sixth straight win

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

POSTGAME REPORT: PHI 3, FLA 2

Flyers' Locker Room Report from the overtime win

Flyers' Locker Room Report from the overtime win

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Wayne Simmonds scored another pair of goals, the Florida Panthers drew even with five minutes left to play, but Jake Voracek played the hero by scoring with 8.6 seconds left in OT to give the Flyers their sixth straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Panthers.

Florida came out of the gates flying, even though they were the team that played and traveled the previous night, and opened the scoring with Aleksander Barkov scoring his fifth of the year. 

Wayne Simmonds then took over and recorded the next two Flyers goal, first during 4 on 4 hockey towards the end of the first period, and then on the man advantage midway through the second frame to give the Flyers a one-goal lead.

Jussi Jokinen scored at 4:46 in the third to force overtime before Voracek slammed home the game winner past Panthers netminder James Reimer. Steve Mason stopped 42 of 44 shots in the win.Video: FLA@PHI: Voracek nets wrister off turnover for OT win

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OTF: Leier enters the lineup

Recalled late last night, Leier to make season debut with Flyers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

DEC. 6
1:16 p.m.

LEIER TO PLAY vs. PANTHERS
Less than 24 hours after being recalled to the club, Taylor Leier was taking line rushes during the morning skate and will enter the lineup tonight vs. Florida, playing alongside Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Dale Weise.

"I think we both really like playing with each other and hopefully that chemistry, the way our tendencies on the ice click, I hope that translates to the game tonight," said Leier on playing one game with Bellemare during his recall last season.

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5 THINGS: Panthers vs. Flyers

The Flyers are at home tonight facing the Florida Panthers.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 90 gp (49-29-7-5)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 24pts, Simmonds (13g-11a) | FLA: 19pts, Marchessault (10g-9a)

Power Play: (PHI: 23-for-97, 23.7%, 2nd) (FLA: 12-for-91, 13.2%, 28th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 63-of-78, 80.8%, T-21st) (FLA: 68-for-80, 85.0%, 10th)

 

1. WE'RE GOIN STREAKING

The Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL right now with five straight victories and will look to make it six in-a-row for the first time since a seven-game win streak from Dec. 2-15, 2011 - there are only five players on the current Flyers roster for tonight's game that played in any game of that streak five years ago (Couturier, Giroux, Read, Simmonds & Voracek), only three of which are in the lineup tonight (Giroux, Simmonds & Voracek)… The Flyers have averaged 3.40 goals per-game on this streak and just 2.00 goals-against.

 

2. CAT FACTS

This is the final game in an 11-day, six-game road trip for the Panthers, who have dropped four of the five games thus far, going 1-2-2, after last night's 4-3 overtime loss at Boston… During the last four games of the trip, the Panthers have gone a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill - their PK on the road ranks sixth among all NHL teams… Although facing the Panthers just 15 days ago in Florida, the Flyers will be facing a different coach behind the bench in Tom Rowe, who took over for coaching duties on Nov. 27 marking the first coaching change in the NHL this season.

 

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OTF: Flyers recall Leier, loan Laughton to Phantoms

Flyers forward Matt Read will be out four weeks with an upper-body injury

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

DEC. 5

6:25 p.m.

FLYERS RECALL LEIER, LOAN LAUGHTON
The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled LW Taylor Leier from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and have loaned C Scott Laughton to Lehigh Valley, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
 
Leier, 22 (2/15/1994), is second on the Phantoms in scoring with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. He finished second on the team in goals and points a year ago, recording 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points in 71 games.
 

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Mason earns NHL's First Star of the Week

Flyers goaltender goes perfect 4-0-0 to earn NHL honor

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Video: Steve Mason is named the NHL's First Star of the Week

The National Hockey League announced that Flyers goaltender Steve Mason has been named the First Star of the week from Nov. 27-Dec. 4.

Mason was flawless on the week, going a perfect 4-0-0 with a 1.71 goals-against average and .945 save percentage to help lead the Flyers to a 14-10-3 record and a position in the Top Wild Card spot with 31 points in the Eastern Conference.

The 28-year-old Mason played the most minutes of any goaltender during the week (245:28) and stopped 120 of 127 total shots, including 38 of 40 shots he faced in third periods, as well as eight of nine skaters in a shootout victory over the Boston Bruins on Nov. 29.

The four victories moves him into a tie for sixth all-time in Flyers history with 87 wins, and in his fifth season with the club, ranks fourth all-time with 194 games played in Orange & Black.

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GREENBERG: Best of the Week

Philadelphia Flyers weekly awards takes a look back at the best moments

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Moment - Two goals in 31 seconds by rookie Ivan Provorov to beat the Blackhawks.

Video: CHI@PHI: Provorov finds the twine twice in 31 seconds

Second Best Moment - When the Blackhawks signed local amateur player, Eric Semborski, to an ATO today to serve in an emergency backup role on Saturday. The 23-year-old participated in warmups, sat in the locker room with Chicago for the entire game. Click Here for the full story on how it happened…

Reassurance that the Hockey Gods Keep Score - In the third game of the season, Provorov was minus-five in 7-4 loss at the United Center.

Save - Glove by Steve Mason on David Backes from only five feet above the crease to seal the shootout win over Boston with a flourish.

Video: BOS@PHI: Mason gloves Backes' backhand to seal SO win

Save by Someone Other Than a Goalie - By Provorov. With the Flyers defending five on-six in final two minutes at Nashville, he was trying to tie up Filip Forsberg in front of the goal when the pass came through the slot behind Provorov. Facing the goal, the kid instinctively threw out his legs across the goalmouth and blindly blocked a shot by Mike Ribeiro headed for the empty net.  

Video: CHI@PHI: Provorov saves a goal with his glove

Shot - By Brayden Schenn to beat Chicago's Scott Darling and give the Flyers a 3-1 lead on Saturday. Riser over Scott Darling's glove to the top corner.

Reason to Ignore Statistics - Schenn's goal was only his fourth of the year. He has been bounced from line to line and been a much more consistent contributor than during such droughts of the past. 

Play - By Voracek to hold off Erik Karlsson, one of the NHL's best, and feed Giroux's overtime winner in Ottawa.

Video: PHI@OTT: Giroux nets one-timer for the OT game-winner

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POSTGAME 5: A Sweep for Dad

Flyers double up Predators with 4-2 win to sweep Father's Trip Weekend

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

POSTGAME: Player Reactions

Simmonds, Raffl and Mason on the 4-2 win at Nashville

Simmonds, Raffl and Mason on the 4-2 win at Nashville

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Wayne Simmonds provided a pair of power-play goals, while Michael Raffl and Chris VandeVelde also scored as the Flyers doubled-up the Nashville Predators, 4-2, for their fifth straight win.

Simmonds potted his first of the evening with a great tip, redirecting a shot from Jake Voracek on a late man-advantage in the first period… The Preds answered back with a goal from Calle Jarnkrok, but Simmonds gave the Flyers the lead again with a great wrap around in the crease just three minutes later.Video: PHI@NSH: Simmonds jams home puck, scores second PPG

Colin Wilson's goal just past the midway point of the second period drew the Preds even once again, but a gutsy drive to the net at the end of a shift from Raffl gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead which would hold up through the third period.

Chris VandeVelde provided an empty-netter and Steve Mason turned aside 30 of 32 shots, including all 12 in the third period for the win.

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OTF: Read injured vs. Predators

Flyers forward leaves in the first period in Nashville

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

DEC. 4

6:10 p.m. CT

READ INJURED vs. PREDATORS
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced following the first period that forward Matt Read sustained an upper-body injury and will not return to the Flyers-Predators game at Nashville.

Read appeared in just 1:57 of ice time on three shifts in the first period, going scoreless and registering one shot on goal. Prior to tonight's game, Read has six goals and 10 points in 26 games. His six goals rank fourth on the team.

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