A seven-game point streak offers plenty for a hockey team.
It provides hope for the fans, confidence for the players and in Craig Berube’s case, a pat on the back.
The stretch also makes things shinier than they were before. Bright lipstick is applied. When removed like it was in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-1 loss at Florida on Monday, it’s clear to see the pig that still remains.
(Photo: Tim Thomas made 38 saves for the Panthers in their 3-1 win over the Flyers. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
All of the dreams of a positive season surrounding the Islanders have turned into nightmares. The Islanders fell to another division rival Saturday night as the Flyers held off the Isles late push with a 5-2 victory at a sold out Wells Fargo Center.
Behind another strong performance by Steve Mason and an offensive outburst, the Flyers were able to extend their point streak to five games and have now collected 12 of 16 possible points in their last eight games.
In fact, since the disastrous 7-0 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Nov. 1, the Flyers have gone 5-1-2 and now sit just two points back from what would have them in playoff positioning.
(Photo: The Flyers celebrate Kimmo Timonen's first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner in the third period. Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The Flyers have won two straight, out-scoring their opponents 9-2 in the process. What is this sorcery you ask? It may very well be the team awaking from its slumber. What better way to test that than against the Penguins tonight on the national stage.
It's been the hot topic the last couple of days: Claude Giroux has finally scored a goal. The next question will be whether or not the struggling captain had awoken from his offensive slumber.
Giroux isn't the only one waking up. The Flyers scored four goals on Saturday, a feat they've only done twice this season. Can they keep it up during this three game road trip? Giroux and the Flyers will answer those question tonight in Ottawa.
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)