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GREENBERG: The Best of the Week and NHL All-Star

Flyers columnist covers Wayne's All-Star moments and the team's win streak

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

Flyer - Wayne Simmonds, the All Star Game MVP with a hat trick, including the late winning goal. "This is one of the best days of my life," he said. "Seems surreal."

Video: MET@PAC: Simmonds hammers home the feed from Hall

Simmonds had two goals in two preceding Philadelphia wins, too.

Truck - The Honda Ridgeline that Simmonds won, of course. The wheels would have come in handy when he had $1000 to his name and had to borrow (the Wild's) Chris Stewart's girlfriend's car for a commute from Anaheim to El Segundo for summer workouts before making the Kings. But better late than never, and completely deserved, even if he was setup for the winner by a Devil, Taylor Hall.

Hey, those Metros were all in it together for that $1 million. Hating resumes Tuesday night in Carolina.

Shot - By Simmonds, to the top corner where Thomas Greiss finally couldn't reach one to get the Flyers on the board in the win over the Islanders.

Shot That Won't Help the Flyers to the Playoffs But Was Pretty Good Regardless - By Simmonds, similarly elevated, this time past Carey Price in the All Star Game, the first and prettiest of the three goals by No. 17.

Moment - Roman Lyubimov's rebound game winner with 2:37 remaining to beat Toronto. "He is a popular guy with our hockey team and rightly so," said Dave Hakstol. "He is a great teammate, been all-in since the day he has gotten here in terms of trying to learn the language and being a good part of the team."

Video: TOR@PHI: Lyubimov gives the Flyers a late lead in 3rd

Hey, those Metros were all in it together for that $1 million. Hating resumes Tuesday night in Carolina.

Shot - By Simmonds, to the top corner where Thomas Greiss finally couldn't reach one to get the Flyers on the board in the win over the Islanders.

Video: PHI@NYI: Simmonds goes top shelf off fortunate bounce

Shot That Won't Help the Flyers to the Playoffs But Was Pretty Good Regardless - By Simmonds, similarly elevated, this time past Carey Price in the All Star Game, the first and prettiest of the three goals by No. 17.

Moment - Roman Lyubimov's rebound game winner with 2:37 remaining to beat Toronto. "He is a popular guy with our hockey team and rightly so," said Dave Hakstol. "He is a great teammate, been all-in since the day he has gotten here in terms of trying to learn the language and being a good part of the team."

Moment Outside of the Wells Fargo Center - Judging from the cheers at his All Star Game introduction, Simmonds is well remembered in Los Angeles. "It meant a lot, I haven't been here for six years," he said. "I got traded when I was still 22 years old."

Save - Glove by Steve Mason on John Tavares breakaway in overtime at Brooklyn. Goaltending took too much of the blame during the skid-a lot of the goals were slam dunks-but it is true that the Flyers had not been enjoying enough big saves at the right moments. This time Mason made one, a huge confidence builder for himself and the team.

Video: PHI@NYI: Mason gloves aside Tavares' OT breakaway try

Save Not on a Breakaway - Post-to-post with his left pad by Mason on Rick Nash to foil a two-on-one and keep the game at Madison Square Garden scoreless.

Chance Taken by a Defenseman - Radko Gudas stepped up on John Tavares inside the blueline to start the play leading to Simmonds' ice-breaking goal in Brooklyn.

Pass -- By Brayden Schenn after pulling up along the boards to hit the trailing Ivan Provorov, who had a clear path to the goal before banking one in off Adam Pelech's skate, creating a 2-2 tie in the third period at the Barclay's Center.

Pass Out - By Shayne Gostisbehere, who followed his own shot, emerged on the opposite side of the goal, and found Claude Giroux for a tap-in winner against the Islanders.

Move - Simmonds, stutter step on a breakaway to send goalie Curtis McElhinney sliding and give the Flyers a rare game-opening goal in the 2-1 win over Toronto.

Team Performance - In Brooklyn. Islanders, outplayed throughout, had no business ever being up 2-0.

Coaching Moves - Reuniting Giroux and Voracek and putting Simmonds with Brayden Schenn and Travis Konecny for the game at Brooklyn. Flyers are 3-0 since.

Defenseman - Mark Streit. Not on the ice for a goal against in three games, giving the Flyers a badly needed one more trustworthy guy on the blueline.

Effort Play - Pierre Edouard Bellemare, temporarily paralyzed by a blocked shot, unable to get off for almost the entire two minutes of a late third-period penalty kill, dove to get the puck out for the last clear.

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