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For One Night, Tom Sestito Sheds His Goon Role

Maybe there is something Peter Laviolette knew that no one else possibly could.

Two years without any goals? No problem. A reputation of being a goon that can’t do anything else? Players can change.

Brought to Philly in a controversial trade that no one agreed with? You have to work with the players you have.

Laviolette has been scrutinized every time he has worked Tom Sestito in the lineup. He is a player that Flyers fans usually love to hate. His reputation is terrible, and he has never given people a reason to think otherwise about him.

But with the injury to Wayne Simmonds, Sestito was placed into the lineup again. And as cliché as it is, it was a reason for him to prove himself.

(Pictured: Tom Sestito scores the first of two goals in the second period. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Sestito's Two Goals Lead Flyers to Victory

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Perhaps in the most unexpected fashion, Tom Sestito's pair of goals led the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers looked to erase the bad loss on January 27 by starting the top line right off the bat. They pressed hard, creating a few scoring chances including two by Tye McGinn on a deflection and a one-timer from the circle, but Lindback turned them both aside.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

It's Bryz-ness As Usual For the Flyers and Their Netminder

One of the top stories last season was netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.

Unfortunately for the Russian goalie, a majority of the news wasn't very positive. From being lost in the woods to bringing his thermos to the Winter Classic, Bryzgalov instantly became a sought-after quote after the game, even if his play wasn't a factor.

The pressure of playing in a media market such as Philadelphia, especially after how laid back the Phoenix media was, affected Bryzgalov's play and demeanor in a negative way. Last season, Bryzgalov had lapses in confidence and consistency, managing to finish with a respectable 33-16-7 record, 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.

(Picture: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save on Carolina's Chad LaRose on Saturday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Flyers Score Three Power Play Goals in Win

It was no secret the Flyers were having problems on special teams.

Heading into Saturday's game against Carolina, the Flyers power play was 24th in the league at 12.5% (5-for-40). They improved upon that number, going 3-for-3 in their 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.

Kurtis Foster, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux all earned tallies on the power play. For Foster and Briere, those were their first goals of the season while Giroux's goal was his first in nine days.

They weren't getting goals easy though. Most of their power play chances ended in frustration as they could neither bury or set up quality scoring chances.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux celebrates with Tye McGinn and Danny Briere after scoring. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Flyers Powerplay, Bryzgalov Come Alive In 5-3 Win Over Carolina

The Flyers were a dismal 5-for-40 on the powerplay heading into the game, good for 24th in the league at 12.5%.

That number increased after the Flyers' offensive outburst with the man advantage and it helped them snap a three-game losing streak with their 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.

The Flyers went 3-for-3 on the power play, by far their best special teams effort of the season.

(Pictured: Kurtis Foster celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Struggling Flyers Host Hurricanes

The Flyers look to snap a three-game losing streak against a hot Hurricanes team. The Flyers are also starting a four-game home stand in which they start and finish versus Carolina.

Flyers Invade Nation's Capital in Hopes to Leave With A Win

An exhausted Capitals team hosts the Flyers after their 3-2 loss in Toronto last night. The Flyers are fresh after having two full days off. They will look to bounce back after struggling in Tampa and New York. What better place than in D.C. where the Caps are among the worst teams in hockey right now.

Lundqvist, Rangers Foil Flyers

NEW YORK -- It was too little too late for the Flyers.

The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist staved off a resurgent Flyers team, holding on to win 2-1 in a wild game at Madison Square Garden. The score reflected their first meeting last Thursday, this time with a different result.

The Flyers were flat from the opening face off. The Rangers controlled the puck and the flow, keeping the action in the Flyers half of the ice.

(Photo: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in the win. Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

Garden Party: Flyers Take On Rangers At MSG

The Flyers travel to the Garden, but they're not showing up for tea. It will be another physical game between one of the Atlantic Division's premier rivalries.

Flyers Go for Three in a Row in Tampa

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to go for three wins in a row as they continue their excursion in sunny Florida. The high octane Tampa Bay Lightning will hope to erase the Flyers' hopes of continuing the winning streak.