Flyers End 2013 With Dominant Win In Calgary
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have ended the 2013 portion of their season any better.
The Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, and head into 2014 winners of four straight and six of their last seven. At 20-16-4, they sit one point behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro with both teams having played 40 games.
Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers, stopping 23 shots for the win. He didn't need to be overly impressive as the Flames didn't provide much pressure, but he came up with key saves late in the game to preserve the lead the Flyers built.
Just over three minutes into the game, Mark Streit scored his fifth goal of the season to put the Flyers up, 1-0.
In the second, Calgary tied the game up on rookie Sean Monahan's 11th goal of the season. Monahan has been one of the lone bright spots for a Calagry team that is near the bottom of the NHL once again.
With 1 minutes, 29 seconds left in the second, Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers the lead for good. Andrez Meszaros threw a soft shot that didn't reach the net, but Schenn got the puck out front, turned, and shot it passed Reto Berra to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead.
In the third, the Flyers tacked onto their lead with Scott Hartnell's eighth of the season. Luke Schenn fired a wrister on net that Hartnell deflected out of the air to beat Berra and put the Flyers up 3-1.
In the final minutes, and the Flyers on the penalty kill with a Calgary empty net, Braydon Coburn fired a puck 200 feet into the open net to make it 4-1. It was Coburn's fourth goal of the season.
-Flyers captain Claude Giroux saw his career-high nine-game point streak snapped. In his last 10 games, he has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points.
-Brayden Schenn's three-point night (one goal, two assists) was the third of his career. His nine goals are tied for fourth on the team with Matt Read and Vincent Lecavalier.
-Matt Read left the game with an upper-body injury that is expected to be a concussion.
-Wayne Simmonds' two assists put him in third on the team with 26 points. His career high in points in 49, which he achieved in his first season with the Flyers in 2011-12. He's on pace to break that.