A huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of Claude Giroux Saturday afternoon.
In the third period of a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, Giroux took a puck off a turnover and scored, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead. It was Giroux's first goal in 16 games of the season, ending a 21-game drought that spanned back to last season.
After the game, Giroux described the the moment as a "relief."
The drought was a shock for Giroux, who is considered one of the game's best players. After consecutive seasons of averaging at least a point per game, Giroux established himself as one of the best players in the NHL, but his start to the 2013-14 season had fans thinking otherwise.
The Flyers snapped a few streaks in a big 4-2 win over the Oilers Saturday afternoon.
Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season, snapping a 21-game drought that dated back to last season and the Flyers put up its first four-goal effort of the year. They also snapped a streak that saw the last 13 goals in the Wells Fargo Center scored by their opponents, a game-time span of 175 minutes, 22 seconds.
(Photo: Claude Giroux has a big smile on his face after scoring his first goal of the season. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
If Tuesday was bad, Thursday made things leagues worse.
Two deflected point shots proved to be the difference as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. That win evens the season series and may act as some sort of revenge countering a 1-0 Flyers win on Saturday.
In what could be labeled as a perfect road game, the Devils allowed just three clear cut scoring chances all game. Fans continually booed lacking effort from Philadelphia's orange-clad hockey players.
A 2-1 lead going into the third period of play vanished into thin air as the visiting Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
After being outshot by a 16-6 margin in a Ducks-dominated third period, Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri scored on a breakaway and on a beautiful tip-in to put his team on top. Palmieri had just one goal this season coming into tonight.
The Flyers have activated left winger Scott Hartnell, who is set to play against the New York Islanders on Saturday.
To make room for Hartnell on the roster and in the lineup, the Flyers have loaned left winger Tye McGinn back to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. McGinn has a team-high three goals in four games, but his ice time drastically diminished his last two games.
(Photo: Tye McGinn stretches before the Flyers' game on October 17. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
The Flyers snapped their four-game losing streak, beating the Rangers, 2-1, on Thursday.
Another great effort by Steve Mason - 29 saves on 30 shots - finally earned the netminder his second win of the season. But despite his solid play in net, it was almost for naught once again.
Granted the Flyers won the third period, 1-0, they nearly coughed up the lead in the frame several times, and in fact, almost did so.
J.T. Miller's goal with over 14 minutes left in the third tied the game up, 2-2. But fortunately for the Flyers, the play was reviewed and it was determined that Miller clearly kicked the puck into the net.
(Photo: A Flyers/Rangers scrum in the second period that turned into a fight between the Rangers' Brandon Mashinter and the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)