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Flyers Look To Keep Offense Rolling And Keep Stamkos At Bay

The Philadelphia Flyers (44-23-8) will close out their current five game home stand (their longest of the season) when the face the Tampa Bay Lightning (34-33-7) on Monday night.

Tampa Bay who are 5-5-1 in March, are coming off back-to-back wins against the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders respectively.

Their play this month has not been consistent nor reflective of their leading goal scorer, Steven Stamkos.

Two Talented Goalies, Two Completely Different Seasons

This is a story of two goalies.

Both have performed exceptionally well in their NHL careers. Both have shined in the playoffs, although they have never raised a Cup. And both had something to prove once this season began – one for a new team, the other for his only.

Ilya Bryzgalov began the 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first with the squad. Carey Price was returning as the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender after proving his worth over the past four seasons.

Though they both entered the season full of promise, only one looks to be playoff-bound.

Flyers host Caps in must-win for both squads

The season is only a few weeks away from being done and the tightness of the division races have heated up immensely.

The Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-8; 92 points) and Washington Capitals (37-30-6; 80 points) are both in the middle of two very important division races. Both teams trail their respective division-leading New York Rangers and Florida Panthers by five points.

Flyers Face Panthers As Spring Playoff Atmosphere Arrives

In Philadelphia, spring is in the air you can hear the birds sing during the day and the crickets chirp at night. The weather is starting to warm up now, Major League Baseball's spring training has already begun and the Philadelphia Flyers are getting in playoff mode.

The feeling arrived this weekend during back-to back matinee games starting with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Flyers' Luck Runs Out In Shootout Loss

The Flyers went into Boston needing to get two points. They left with one, and they should be lucky to have gotten that much.

The Bruins managed to hold off a Flyers comeback for a 3-2 win in the shootout, and more importantly, a much needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings.

Outplayed for much of the game, Philadelphia did manage to get a couple goals past Boston goalie Tim Thomas in the second and third periods but other than that, they were out-muscled by Boston's pressure for much of the game's 60 minutes.

For starters, luck wasn't on the Flyers side early, especially for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Flyers Look for Afternoon Delight This Weekend

So far this season, the Flyers have struggled mightily while playing during the day.

The team’s 3-8-1 record in afternoon games is proof enough of that.

Looking lethargic at times, the team’s lack of jump in day time hockey has resulted in sloppy play, which has allowed their opponents to outscore them 49-33 in those kinds of games.

Obviously, this is a trend that needs to be eliminated in the near future.

Bryz Breaks Beezer's Record; Earns Two More Points

Making Ilya Bryzgalov the story for every game has become tiresome to the fans, the front office and Bryzgalov himself.

But when he does something as special as he's done the past couple of weeks, it's hard to just take all the focus away from the Russian netminder, nicknamed the $51 Million Man.

The Flyers have been winning, and they have been playing a brand of hockey many expected them to play down the stretch. Scoring, defense and goaltending - those are the three things that win championships.

So why does the focus all come back to Bryzgalov? Because of the franchise shutout streak that he just broke that stood tall for 13 years midway through the second period.

Flyers Set To Face Islanders For Last Time This Season

The Philadelphia Flyers (40-22-7) and the New York Islanders (28-31-11) will meet for the final time this season when they face each other tonight at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers won the last meeting between these teams (6-2), even though they entered that game with a 3-5 record in the eight games prior.

A different Flyers team will be coming to the arena tonight.

Nothing's Stopping the Flyers Now

Right now, there is no stopping the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite injuries to a number of key players – four veteran defensemen included – they’ve managed to play extremely well over these last few weeks.

They’re currently riding a 5-game win streak, and have outscored their opponents 15-5 in that span.

Credit can be given all throughout the lineup, but no one deserves it more than Ilya Bryzgalov.

Everything Is Clicking for the Flyers Going Down the Stretch

It’s hard to believe that there are only 16 games left in the regular season.

This is the point where those on the cusp decide their fate, and those locked in begin to look ahead to the postseason.

The Philadelphia Flyers (38-21-7) currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and will most likely be heading to the playoffs.

Despite a drastically different roster than last season’s and countless injuries throughout the lineup, the team has been in the mix since the start of the season.