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GREENBERG: Top Plays of the Week

Flyers columnist looks at the moments that stood out this past week

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

Goal - Travis Konecny tipped the puck past Connor Carrick, held off the defenseman on the backhand and beat Frederik Andersen to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead at Toronto. Don't know which was better, the effort or the finish. Team is scoring a lot of goals; this ranked with the Brandon Manning's against Carolina as the most visually striking so far of the young season. Don't believe me? WATCH BELOW...

Video: PHI@TOR: Konecny gets by the defense, nets a backhand

Effort That led to a Goal - Jake Voracek circled the net, walked out the other side and dug his first attempt back out of Brendan Smith's' skate to get the puck to Sean Couturier in the goal mouth. Couturier's tip-in put the Flyers up in the third period against the Red Wings for as long as it lasted.  

 

Rush - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare forced a turnover, Michal Del Zotto quickly wheeled the puck up to Raffl, hustled into the play, and despite considerable interference from Mikko Koivu, redirected a Raffl feed with his skate for a goal. Quintessential statement of Del Zotto's value to this team. Flyers got out of the second period against the Wild tied.

 

Response - By Del Zotto. Six minutes earlier, he had been beaten by Koivu into the slot on the goal that put Minnesota up 2-1.

 

Second Best Response - By Michael Raffl to Friday's benching. The following night, he started the forecheck that led to Brandon Manning's goal, fed Del Zotto's, and drew the trip that resulted in Braden Schenn's overtime winner.

 

Pass - Between the legs by Wayne Simmonds from behind the net to Brayden Schenn for the third-period winner against Minnesota.

 

Use of Patience - Schenn didn't just fire the puck into Devan Dubnyk, made the goalie commit and went around him.

 

Save - Mason, across the goalmouth with the left skate on Eric Staal with four seconds remaining to preserve the win over the Wild. Missed this one? WATCH IT BELOW…

Video: MIN@PHI: Mason denies Staal with huge late pad stop

Reason to watch - The power play has scored in five straight games. At 29.3 Flyers have the second best percentage in the league to Columbus.

 

Flyer - Maybe Raffl. Only guy above reproach in Toronto (he didn't dress) and then first star Saturday night.

 

Silver Lining - With Neuvirth out for four to six weeks, Mason will get a good long run to resume being the goalie he had been since joining the Flyers in 2013.

 

Turnaround - Three years ago the Flyers had the most offensively challenged defense in the NHL. They currently lead the NHL in goals by D-men. Pretty hollow stat, however, if they don't begin to keep the goals out as well.

 

Moment - A standing ovation for World War II Veteran, Richard Rau, as the Flyers honored the armed forces on Military Appreciaton Night vs. Detroit. 

Top tweet

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: The #Flyers thank all Military Service Members for their courage and sacrifice. #MilitaryAppreciationNight pic.twitter.com/wRYw47kzlN

 

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