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Flyers,Bryz On A Roll As They Hunt For Fourth Against Panthers

After not winning back-to-back games since early January, the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to string together a three-game winning streak.

They will look to extend that streak to four tonight when they face the Florida Panthers in front of the Philly home crowd.

Howe Sweet It Is, Flyers Look For Third Straight

Mark Howe played ten years for the Philadelphia Flyers (1982-1992), and is arguably the franchise's best defensemen. He played all of his home games as a Flyer inside the confines of the Spectrum, which no longer stands.

Tonight the Flyers (36-21-7) will retire his number 2 during a pregame ceremony before they take on another former team of his, the Detroit Red Wings (43-20-3).

Shutdown performance a sign of potential

Following the Philadelphia Flyers impressive 1-0 win on Sunday night against the Washington Capitals, the team finally displayed that they are capable of shutting down an opponent’s offense.

When push comes to shove, the Flyers haven’t proven that they can win those kind of tight games.

That of course was before Sunday night.

Flyers Must Make Every Minute Count

It was the same old story for the Flyers (35-21-7) on Thursday night.

They allowed the opposing team to score first for the ninth straight game, and were forced to play from behind less than two minutes in.

Yet another poor start was enough to make Peter Laviolette call a timeout soon after that first goal was scored, and whatever it was that he said to his players, it worked.

Matt Read broke his 12-game goalless streak with a tally at just about ten minutes in, and the Flyers didn’t look back, going on to beat the Islanders 6-3 behind a jump-started offense.

Niemi Wins Goalie Battle at "The Tank"

There is nothing more frustrating than sandwiching a win in between two shut out losses.

After a 2-0 loss in Edmonton and a huge 5-4 comeback win in Calgary, the offense disappeared again, dropping 1-0 to the Sharks in San Jose Tuesday night.

There was one huge bright spot in the game though and it came in the form of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Not even 90 seconds into the game, this game had the makings of a Bryz-aster. The Flyers turned over the puck in the offensive zone and San Jose's Ryan Clowe ripped a wrister past Bryzgalov for a quick 1-0 lead.

With that being said, it wound up being the one tally that made all the difference in this game. But be that it may, Bryzgalov picked himself up and played one of the best games he had all season, despite being on the losing side.

Trade Deadline Gone, Roster Set As Flyers Face Sharks

With the trade deadline in their review mirrors, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) close out a four game road trip tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks (32-22-7).

The Flyers were quiet on trade deadline day this season but have not been quiet the last two weeks, adding Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina to shore up their defense for this season's playoff run.

Flyers Could Be Seeking No. 1 Goalie

It's a known fact that general manager Paul Holmgren is not happy with the goaltending this season from both Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky.

According to a source close to The Fourth Period, the Flyers could be seeking a number one goalie. TFP writer Dustin Leed also confirmed the goalie interest.

Bryzgalov: A matter of perspective

Life is all about perspective.

We all see the world differently and while we gauge opinions on a polarizing scale of right and wrong, it’s important to remember that there can be a middle ground between the two.

When two individuals are presented with an object, those two people could see two completely different things when looking at that same object.

This is certainly the case when discussing the Philadelphia Flyers.

Bryz-Fortunate: Bryzgalov Finally Trumps In Shootout

For much of the season, the shootout has not been very friendly to the Flyers, especially goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

But for one night, the planets aligned for Bryzgalov and the Flyers.

A big blocker stop, a pad stack, and left-handed larceny all came out of Bryzgalov's bag of tricks as he won his first shoot out of the season. It was Matt Read's snipe in round five that capped off the Flyers 5-4 come-from-behind win.

The first half of the game resembled the Flyers heartless outing on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers; a game in which they dropped 2-0 against one of the weakest teams in the Western Conference.

For over a period and a half of play, the Flyers lacked any type of inspiration. Poor penalty killing, weak play from Bryzgalov and a bad turnover on the power play led to a quick 3-0 lead for the Flames.

Consistency Is Key For Flyers Down The Home Stretch

When it comes to the Flyers, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.

If the forwards provide an offensive onslaught, the defense and/or goaltending breaks down.

If the back end is solid, the offense is lifeless.

Lately, it seems like the Flyers cannot find their consistency, and it is costing them points that they can’t afford to lose.