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Flyers Beat Penguins in OT; Lock Up First Round Series with Rangers

The Flyers found out who their first round opponent in the playoffs will be.

The Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 in overtime, clinching third place in the Metropolitan Division. It will set up a first round series with the New York Rangers, who the Flyers have had a poor track record with this season.

Flyers Lock Up Playoff Spot; Beat Panthers

The Flyers are in the playoffs.

After a dismal start to the season, the firing of coach and the questioning of their captain's mettle, the Flyers locked up a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux, the captain in question, scored two goals in a span of two minutes, 21 seconds in the second period. He now has 27 goals on the season and is fourth in the NHL with 81 points.

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions: The Hart Memorial Trophy

Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.

The Hart Trophy is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable each season.

While a lot of players fit the bill of being good and are capable of putting up statistics, only a handful fit the description of being the most valuable to their respective teams. Here are the players that have been keys to their club’s success.

Honorable Mentions

Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs

Kessel has had quite the season. He’s tied for fifth in the league with 80 points, and has a career-hi...

Rask Stones Flyers Comeback; Bruins Win in Shootout

Tuukka Rask is good at getting in the way of things.

The Flyers were on the verge of another third period comeback, but it was Rask who stood in their way. He also stood in the way of 49 shots, leading the Bruins to a 4-3 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

Rask proved why Boston gave him an extension in the offseason. Rask was also the reason Boston skated away with two points.

He fought off an Flyers onslaught in the third period. Philadelphia out-shot Boston 52-30 on the game, including 17-6 in the third period and 8-1 in overtime.

(Photo: Boston goalie Tuukka Rask stops Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek in the shootout. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Here’s to Hoping This is Jake’s Turnaround

With Claude Giroux’s MVP like performance, Steve Mason’s impressive play in net, the domination of Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier’s consistent maturity, it has been hard to think of anything negative about this Flyers team.

And why would you want to?

But unfortunately Jakub Voracek had a rather rough performance immediately after the Olympics which seemed to be a carryover of his inconsistent play through January. With just six goals in January and the very beginning of February and three goals after the Olympic break up until last Saturday, it is clear that Voracek has had his struggles.

(Photo from Getty Images)

Giroux Leads Flyers Past Leafs

The Flyers are on the right track to make the playoffs, and it's Claude Giroux who is leading them there.

Giroux added another three points to his season total, helping the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flyers, putting them back in the playoff hunt.

The Flyers scored first, and came at the Maple Leafs early. It was the exact opposite of their effort against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Mason Stops 32; Flyers Hold Off Blues

The Flyers continue their hot streak against some of the NHL's top contenders, a run that has come to a surprise.

Despite facing a barrage of shots, the Flyers penalty kill and Steve Mason hold off the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. It was the fifth straight win for the Flyers, who are 12-2-1 since Feb. 1.

“We’ve proven that we’re a good hockey team," Mason told reporters. "We’re beating teams that come playoff time you’re going to have to go through to the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup. Guys are gaining confidence from this so it’s a good sign.”

Flyers Win in OT on Giroux's Laser

Claude Giroux wasn't even aiming when he took the final shot of the game.

With the clock winding down in overtime, Giroux fired a wrister over the glove of Antti Raanta, avoiding the shootout for the Flyers as they went on to win 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

(Photo: Claude Giroux celebrates after his overtime winner. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Read Scores Twice As Flyers Shut Out Penguins

The Flyers needed to find a way to get back on track after a pair of losses.

They did just that Saturday afternoon. Facing the Penguins at home, the Flyers played one of their best games all season, shutting out Pittsburgh 4-0.

It was the Flyers' first regular season shutout of the Penguins since April 6, 2008, and just the 10th time in 46 games they held Sidney Crosby without a point.

(Photo: Braydon Coburn defends Sidney Crosby in the first period. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Flyers Stifle Capitals Comeback

At times, big leads prove to be more difficult to contain than one goal leads. On December 15, the Philadelphia Flyers lost a 4-1 lead en-route to a 5-4 shootout loss to these same scrappy Washington Capitals.

This time, almost blowing a 4-0 lead on home ice, the Flyers survived a difficult third period to overtake the Caps 6-4 on Wednesday night. It was the Flyers' seventh win in the last eight games, Sharks blowout aside.