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Best of the Week & Week Ahead

Relive some of the week's best moments and find out what's ahead for the Flyers

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers

Moment - Valtteri Filppula scoring in his first Flyer game to tie the Florida contest in the third period.

Video: FLA@PHI: Filppula tips home goal in debut with Flyers

Clutch Play - Brayden Schenn took a drop pass from Jake Voracek and went around Jason Demers to feed Filppula's goal at a time the Flyers had been outplayed for 15 minutes.

Message - By Ron Hextall to his team and the fans by obtaining Filppula, rather than just a draft choice, for Mark Streit. It announced that a GM sticking to his guns about building a true contender over time has not given up on this season.

Gesture - After 396 hats were thrown onto the ice in mistaken belief that Wayne Simmonds had scored his third goal, Voracek, the "bad guy" whose pass for Simmonds went in off François Beauchemin, bought $8,000 in caps to give to children at local hospitals.

Move - By Dave Hakstol to make the newly-re-upped Pierre-Edouard Bellemare an assistant captain to replace Streit. Leadership doesn't come just from the stars. Your grinders set examples.

Shot - By Voracek in the shootout to win the Florida game. No deke, no muss, no fuss, just perfectly placed between James Reimer's legs. 

Video: FLA@PHI: Voracek beats Reimer five-hole in SO

Defensive Play - Andrew MacDonald stepped up to read a Matt Duchene pass, broke up ice, and worked a give-and-go to feed Simmonds for the first goal in the Colorado win.

Face Save - Steve Mason sprawled across and had his helmet knocked off by a drive from T.J. Oshie in the overtime at Washington.  

Video: PHI@WSH: Mason lays out, loses mask on amazing save

Glove Save - By Mason on Aleksander Barkov from the hash mark in the final minutes to get the Florida game overtime.

Flyer - Mason. The above would have made the highlight clips in any week, but just as impressive-if less visually stunning-was the way the goalie held his ground on the penalty shot by Colorado's Mikko Rantanen's penalty shot and Florida's final shootout bid by Jonathan Huberdeau. Both shooters put themselves in positions where they had practically nowhere to go. But that doesn't happen if Mason prematurely commits. He gave up three goals in a 2-0-1 week.

Transition Play - By Radko Gudas, who tipped the puck away from first Nicklas Backstrom, then Alex Ovechkin, to start the three-on-two that created the Flyer goal in Washington.

Defenseman - Gudas.

Tic-Tac-Toe Play - Nick Cousins to Matt Read to Sean Couturier for a tip-in in Washington. It was demonstrative of the offensive ability on what now constitutes Philadelphia's third line. To make the playoffs, Flyers will need production from these guys.

Deflection - By Jordan Weal of an almost waist-high drive by Gudas for Weal's first NHL goal in the Colorado win. 

Video: COL@PHI: Weal notches his first career goal

Break - Beauchemin showed up in town with the Avalanche. Two of the Flyer goals went in off him, sobering reminder that despite a good, and hope-inducing week, the Flyers still struggle to score. That was an excellent effort against the league's best team in Washington Saturday night to get a big point, but with the exception of the debacle in Edmonton, the Flyers have been playing that kind of hockey for five weeks and not been rewarded enough for it. Getting into the playoffs will require timely goals.  

Reason to Keep the Faith - This basic core of Flyers, including Mason, rallied the team from significant deficits in the standings to playoff spots in 2014 and 2016.

Reason to Believe This is the Biggest Week of the Season, at Least Until Next Week - Three more on the road, including a four-pointer at Toronto on Thursday night. Five of the last seven contests are at home, if only the Flyers can keep themselves alive that long.

Best Tweet -

Tweet from @bellsy78: Super happy to get to wear that jersey for 2 more years and to continue to represent the Flyers and all the fans!#FrenchyInPhilly #Flyguy

Best Instagram

Orange suits him ��#FLAvsPHI �� @csnphilly �� @975thefanatic ��

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