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GREENBERG: Best of the Week

A look at the best goals, plays and moments from this past week, plus a look ahead

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

Shot - Backhanded by Sean Couturier as his momentum carried him away from the goal, after kicking the pass to his stick. Put it through the legs of Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Passes - 1) Banked ahead off the neutral-zone boards by Dale Weise to Brayden Schenn, who set up Couturier. 2) Fed out from behind the goal through two Jet defenders by Wayne Simmonds to Jordan Weal in the slot for the first goal of the Winnipeg game.

Video: PHI@WPG: Simmonds feeds Weal for opening goal

Deflection - By Matt Read, from 25 feet out of a Michael Del Zotto shot, for a goal with two seconds remaining in the 3-2 Winnipeg loss. Inconsequential, but amazing nevertheless.

Sneak Attack - When a Jake Voracek rush was broken up, Read surprised Matt Dumba, shooting the puck right off the defenseman's stick past Dubnyk for what proved to be the winning unassisted goal in St. Paul. Never saw him coming.

Defensive Play - By Andrew MacDonald to tie up the stick of Zach Parise after Mikael Granlund got the puck into to the goalmouth, just before Voracek hit the empty net to put away the victory over the Wild.

Save - Blocker by Steve Mason, coming post-to-post to get a piece of a Sidney Crosby one timer in the first period at Pittsburgh.

Break - Valteri Filppula's go-ahead goal in Pittsburgh stood up to challenge after he had bumped goalie Matt Murray. Filppula was knocked off balance by Ian Cole and appeared to seek avoidance of the netminder but lesser contact than that has taken away goals. Call could have gone either way.

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

Flyer - Jordan Weal. Hit the far corner on Murray for the tying goal in Pittsburgh, scored the opening tally in Minnesota, and kept the puck alive for Filppula's scramble goal against the Penguins. A team 20th in the league in goals can put to good use another good set of hands around the goal, don't you think?

Defenseman - Shayne Gostisbehere -- Scored on a vintage Ghost bazooka in Pittsburgh and was on the ice for only one goal against on the four game trip. Gostisbehere is not such a liability in the Philadelphia end when he uses his quickness to win, clear 50-50 pucks and elude forecheckers like no Flyer D since Mark Howe. Among the reasons it is such a shame the season is running out: Gostisbehere looks more and more like the player he was a year ago.

Video: PHI@PIT: Gostisbehere cranks home a sweet one-timer

Hit - Radko Gudas smoked Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust in the open ice. Shifts taken against a Gudas-Brandon Manning pairing are not for the faint of heart.

Gut check - Flyers still playing hard as time runs out on them. They earned nothing but frustration out of a strong effort in Columbus, but showed up 26 hours later in Pittsburgh and for the final game of a long trip, too, never an easy one to play.

Fun - Winning in Pittsburgh, always. After being victorious in an astounding 13 of the first 16 games (regular season and playoffs) they played at CONSOL Energy Center-PPG Arena, the Flyers had lost the last three cross-state visits before Sunday.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: #Flyers take down the Penguins, 6-2!!! ���� #PHIvsPITNext Game: Tuesday vs. Ottawa, 7PM. pic.twitter.com/wcfdSTpsfw

Reason to Thank the Schedule After Finishing Cursing It - If you have to play a fourth game in six nights on the road - and against the Stanley Cup champions -- it was an excellent time to run into a Penguin team playing without Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin, Kris Letang and two more regular defensemen. Pittsburgh got post-and-crossbar help on shots by Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare or would have been humiliated even worse than 6-2. Flyers dominated the game.

Defensive Effort By the Flyers in a Third Period of a Road Game All Season - The Wild, trailing by a goal throughout, mustered only four shots. Backchecking and decisions were almost flawless.

Reason To Keep Watching - Flyers who have struggled most of the year - namely Weise and Read - are contributing now that they are on lines with players who help make them better. Chemistry is an elusive, but wonderful, thing. And, as long as the Flyers have three threatening lines finally, it's not such a waste using the skilled and fast Travis Konecny on the fourth unit, either. Bellemare and Chris Vandevelde have to chip in goals too, for a team that has suffered for lack of even-strength scoring.

 

Best Tweet

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Throwin' it back to @Simmonds17's puppy Wayne Train for #NationalPuppyDay! #TBT pic.twitter.com/LARrMh2DDK

 

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