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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Back In The Playoff Race

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The difference has shown in the results for Flyers, who are 15-12-7. Since losing 10 in a row (five after regulation) from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2, they've won seven of their past eight. They've jumped from eight points back to within two of the Islanders for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

That doesn't seem nearly as daunting.

"There's a lot of hockey left to play. We know that," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who had three assists Wednesday. "So we can't be looking at the standings [and] be like, 'We've got to win the next one.' It's about building your game. When we were six or eight points off a playoff spot, we just went game by game and just focused on how we can build and keep getting better as a team."

The Flyers were 8-11-7 following a 3-0 loss at the Boston Bruins on Dec. 2 that pushed the losing streak to 10. During a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 28, Wells Fargo Center was filled with chants of "Fire Hakstol!"

But general manager Ron Hextall stood by his coach, stating firmly during an interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia's "Philly Sports Talk" on Nov. 29, "Dave Hakstol is our coach and he's going to remain our coach."

The Flyers players were well aware of the changes that can come from a losing streak like the one they were going through, but they took some confidence in the belief Hextall showed in their coach and in them. 


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The Philadelphia Flyers Seek Consistency

from Sam Donnellon of Philly.com,

From afar, the Flyers are a streaky team. Ten games in a row without a victory, six straight wins to follow. Roll in how they teased and tormented their fans with lengthy streaks both good and bad last season, and it’s easy to understand how a 4-1 loss to a Los Angeles Kings team Monday – a team that still includes a handful of names etched on the Stanley Cup — can hold greater significance than just the two points lost.

“The results would say streaky,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after their winning streak was snapped Monday night. “But we have played good hockey over the whole stretch. Now, it’s about getting results, and tonight we’ve got to look at ourselves and put our finger on a couple things we have to do better and that we are capable of doing better. Turn the page and have a good day of practice tomorrow and we go right back at it and we continue with this busy stretch.’’

To Flyers fans, this is a familiar refrain. We played good enough to win, we just didn’t. Just a few mistakes here or there. We’ll get them next time, which for the Flyers is a Wednesday home game against Detroit, the last of five in a row.


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Winning Streak Hits Six For The Philadelphia Flyers

from John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia,

The Flyers developed a Muhammad Ali-type mentality Saturday night.

It was hockey’s version of the rope-a-dope, where the Flyers took the Dallas Stars' best punches early on before going the distance, eventually wearing down an opponent that was playing their third game in four nights.

The end result was a 2-1 Flyers victory, extending their season-high winning streak to six games....

“We knew they were going to have a good push at the start of the game,” Brian Elliott, who has started all six games of the winning streak, said. "We knew they wouldn't be able to keep it up playing a back-to-back. I thought our guys did a really good job of sticking to that game plan and staying patiently persistent."

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From Bad To Good, Winning Streak Hits Five For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Call them Team Yo-Yo.

With their tight-checking 2-1 win Thursday night over Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers are the NHL’s most up-and-down team in the last 12 years.

They became the first team to register five straight wins immediately after losing 10 consecutive games since San Jose in 2005....

If they sweep the last three games in the homestand  — after facing the Stars, they host Los Angeles and Detroit  — they would become the first team in NHL history to win eight in a row right after it lost 10 straight, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.


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From A 10 Game Losing Streak To A 3 Game Winning Streak For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

General manager Ron Hextall seemed to be overdosing on hyperbole last week, saying he thought the Flyers were a playoff team even though they were in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.

But after they completed a three-game sweep on their Western Canada trip Thursday night with a 4-1 win in Vancouver, the losing skid seems like a distant memory.

Oh, and Hextall’s playoff talk may not be as far-fetched as many believed.

The Flyers left their losing ways at home.


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Another Bad Game From The Edmonton Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Head coach Todd McLellan warned his team the morning of the game about taking the Philadelphia Flyers lightly.

They didn’t listen.

At least, we hope they didn’t listen because if they did, and they really were trying their hardest, the Edmonton Oilers are done.

The team that got snuffed out by the Flyers Wednesday night at Rogers Place isn’t going anywhere but down.

Not only did they lose, at home, in a must-win game, to a team with one victory in it’s previous 11 starts, they looked especially bad doing it.

Lifeless, disorganized, all the usual maladies that have plagued them all year.

It was bad. In a game between two organizations trying to right their sinking ships, the Oilers spent the evening taking on more water.


from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Just when you thought they were out of the funk, the team that spanked New Jersey 6-3 and returned to stink the joint out against Detroit, clobbered Vegas 8-2 and returned to soil the sheets against St. Louis returned. The team that put together an impressive performance winning 6-2 in Detroit then went to 30th overall Buffalo and delivered another dud, was back.

The club that won 4-2 in Boston and returned to soil the sheets against Phoenix re-entered the arena.

If Brossoit wasn’t now 1-5-1 and not improving his goals against average (3.80) or his save percentage (.872), you’d say it just wasn’t fair.


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Shane Gostisbehere’s Hockey Life

from Shane Gostisbehere at The Players' Tribune,

I used to wake up everyday at 4 a.m. to go to the rink. That’s how dedicated I was when I was seven.

My dad would drive my sister and me through the dark on an empty highway, then I’d get to the rink and do what I loved to do more than anything in the world: I went to sleep.

Let me explain.

My sister, Felicia, is four years older than me. Back then, she was an unreal figure skater. She was going to be an Olympian someday — she was that good. My dad would take us to Incredible Ice — the rink in Coral Springs, Florida — every morning. My mom worked, so I had to tag along if I wanted to get to school. I didn’t want to watch figure skating, though, so I started bringing a sleeping bag. I’d roll it out right in the bleachers, and I’d pass out for a few hours, five rows up from the ice while Felicia trained with her coaches.


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Evening Line- Ron Hextall

“Dave Hakstol is our coach and he will remain our coach. Period, I’ve said it over and over, and I’m not going to say it again.”

“I think he’s done a good job We’re in a rut. They happen throughout a year. You can’t value and judge your team on 10 games or 15 games or 20 games. It’s a long season and you’re going to have your ups and downs.”

-Ron Hextall, GM of the Phiadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchidi of Philly.com has more.

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Kopitar, Giroux And Others On The Comeback Trail

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

It’s not just the goals that are coming for Kopitar, though. In 28 games, he’s found the scoresheet 31 times and sits in the top 10 in scoring after a campaign in which he finished tied for 83rd. And his point pace through the early part of this campaign suggests that Kopitar isn’t interested in hearing any more talk about a Los Angeles overpay. Were he to continue to score as he has through 28 games, Kopitar would end the season with 91 points. Add in his defensive prowess and he’s looking like he’ll be worth every single penny — and that’s even without mentioning the fact Kopitar and the Kings look to be right back in the hunt for a Pacific Division title.
Kopitar isn’t the only player having a tremendous bounce-back campaign, though. Here are four others who are making everyone forget about last season’s performance:

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

There was a while there where Giroux was considered one of the best players in the league. The numbers backed it up, too. From 2010-11 to 2014-15, no player put up more points than Giroux and he was the offensive leader for a Flyers team that was going through some changes. That slowed considerably over the past two campaigns, though, as he managed just 36 goals and 125 points over 160 games, putting up 58 points in 2016-17, the lowest single-season total he had managed since his run as one of the league’s best began.

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