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GREENBERG: Best of the Week

Flyers columnist reviews the best plays and moments of the week

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Shot - By Matt Read, top corner on Carey Price, off the rush early in the third period for the winner against Montreal. Puck was rolling, but Read got it all for his first goal in 26 games.

Video: MTL@PHI: Read nets sizzling top-shelf slapper

Save - Michal Neuvirth had his left arm on a retractable roller to stretch and glove Justin Brown's point blank chance along the ice and preserve the scoreless tie in the second period against Los Angeles.

Save of the Year - See above.

Video: LAK@PHI: Neuvirth lays out to rob Brown in front

Screen - By Wayne Simmonds on Claude Giroux's ice-breaking and game-tying goal against Montreal. Price picked the puck up late and couldn't hold on.

Hit - Radko Gudas upended the Kings' Kevin Gravel over the boards and into Steve Mason's lap on the bench.

Play - By Gudas up the boards past pinching Derek Forbort so that Read could feed a Couturier breakaway against the Kings. Couturier hit the post.

Defensive Play - When Brandon Manning lost to the puck to Tyler Toffoli, Gudas made up a two-step deficit to get stick-on-stick and break up what at first appeared to be a breakaway.

Defenseman - Gudas.

Pass - With the Flyers down only 1-0 in the first period at Carolina, Jake Voracek led Michael Raffl perfectly to the net. Cam Ward came across to make a superior right pad save on the Flyers only shot by a forward in the first two periods, hard as that is to believe.

Flyer - Neuvirth - Saved Sean Couturier from a blatant giveaway to Tanner Pearson in the middle of the ice, had another big save on Pearson down the stretch, and a point-blank stop on Montreal's Paul Byron with 13 minutes to go in a 2-1 game. Neuvirth even somehow got across to get his stick on a piece of Carter's overtime winner off a back-door pass and a piece of Kenny Agostino's breakaway goal to the top corner in the loss to St. Louis.

Video: MTL@PHI: Neuvirth stones Byron's tip-in attempt

Reason for Encouragement - Coming off the debacle in Raleigh, the team-wide defensive effort against the Canadiens was about as good as it gets and the performance against the Kings was only a shade below - against a bigger, heavier-leaning, team that is hard to play against. No goals in six periods raise the question about whether the Flyers are thinking offensively enough, but they have no chance of making the playoffs if they don't continue to cut down on chances against. They were giving up too much doing it the other way.

Single Point Earned This Season - The one against Los Angeles. Flyers outshot Anaheim 55-25 in 4-3 shootout loss at Honda Center but this one was tighter, harder fought.

Coaching Move - By Dave Hakstol to put Nick Schultz back in the lineup. Yes, he is 34, his contract is up at the end of the season and the Flyers have all these defensemen coming. But Schultz is reliable and reliable is what will is required to put the team into the playoffs. With the majority of his shifts against Alex Ovechkin in the playoffs last spring, Schultz blocked 20 shots in the six games and was plus one for the series. Teammates say he is an important locker room voice, too, Sitting for 39 of 46 games should freshen him for the stretch drive.

Trojan Horse - The power play. Sure, capitalizing on two early man advantages against the Blues might have changed the whole game, but heaven forbid that some even-strength goals pick up the power play during a bad time. It will get going. Five on five has been the big problem all season.

Reason to Beat the Islanders - In the six games that follow, Vancouver will be the only opponent not currently in playoff position.

Best Tweet

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: This is impressive. #LAKvsPHI pic.twitter.com/aNPPfSfJDa

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