On their second 6 game road trip of the season, it was crucial for the Flyers to come out with a positive result to add to the progress they made in November and December. They’ve climbed the standings to put themselves into 2nd place in the Metro after a terrible 1-7-0 start to the season that we’re constantly reminded of, but some people may have been skeptical, still believing that the Flyers wouldn’t be able to stay above .500. With a 5-1 record on the road trip against some top ranked teams, they’ve found a way to shut down the skeptics completely.
December 28th: The Flyers keep on giving after Christmas and pull out an shootout win against former goalie and waste of cap space, Ilya Bryzgalov to win 4-3. Michael Raffl scored the game winning goal in the shootout, giving the Flyers their first shootout win of the season.
December 30th: Yet another overtime to shootout performance for the Flyers as they went up against the San Jose Sharks who are currently in 5th place in the league. After gaining and then losing an early 3rd period lead, Vincent Lecavalier scored the only goal in the shootout to get the Flyers second straight shootout win and second win on the road trip.
December 31st: Ray Emery got his first start on the road trip and managed to hold Calgary to only 1 goal. The Flyers pulled off a definitive 4-1 win against a struggling Calgary team to keep their road wins going. This was also the 4th win in a row for the Flyers counting a home win against Minnesota on the 23rd.
January 1st: The Flyers start off the new year in a slightly disappointing way with a loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The loss kept the Flyers from a 5 game win streak and gave them their first and only loss of the road trip. In the 2-1 loss in Colorado, the Flyers were shut down by the outstanding effort of Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov. During the second period, Landeskog hit Raffl into the boards causing a concussion that would keep Raffl out of the Flyers next game in Phoenix.
January 4th: Michael Raffl sat out against the Coyotes because of a concussion suffered in Colorado. Matt Read also sat out because of an upper body injury. Despite the losses in the lineup, the Flyers showed major scoring threats beating the Coyotes 5-3. Their road trip record improved to 4-1 with Mason recording his 4th win in 6 games.
January 7th: The Flyers headed to New Jersey to wrap up their road trip. Emery got his second start and win of the road trip with 31 saves, earning a 3-2 defeat of the Devils. The Flyers gave up a late short handed goal to force an overtime. Brayden Schenn ended the game with 1:50 left in the overtime for a 3-2 win. News broke that Flyers Captain Claude Giroux was passed over for the Canadian Olympic team.
“Well, you know I’ve kind of accepted that I’m not going to be on the team. That’s fine,” Giroux said about the decision ” There are a lot of good players out there. It can’t be an easy job for them to pick all those players, so right now I’m just worried about the Flyers and keep winning games.”
Giroux had 8 goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games.
Wenesday night, The Flyers were finally back home after a successful road trip that ended in a 5-1 record. The wins on the road have lifted the Flyers into 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division and 4th place in the East. Coming into this game the Flyers were on a 9 game winning streak at home, their longest home streak since 2003 (11 wins at home). Matt Read sat out again, with new reports that he is suffering from concussion symptoms.
The Flyers took a 2 goal lead with a rebound goal from Couturier and then a five hole shot from Zac Rinaldo. The Goal was Rinaldo’s first this season. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros had a big game with an assist on each of the Flyers 3 goals and had a few comments on his performance
“All the defensemen are trying to jump up into the play, whoever has the chance,” he said. ” That’s the game now, and if you want to attack and you have the D join in, it’s a big advantage to score a goal.”
Tomas Plekanec scored the Canadiens only goal on a short handed break away, robbing Steve Mason of a shutout performance. The win over Canadiens was the Flyers 10th straight at home, extending their home streak.