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.
The Flyers don't want to erase all of the hard work they put in since Feb. 1.
The Flyers dropped 3-1 to the Rangers on Wednesday, their second straight loss and dropping their record to 12-4-1 in nearly two months. The loss also dropped the Flyers three points behind the Rangers for second in the Metro, but they still have two games in hand.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards came to Philadelphia to play against the team that drafted them for the first time together on Monday.
The duo made their homecoming sweet as the Kings skated away with a 3-2 win, stopping the Fleyrs' five-game winning streak in its tracks. It was Carter's first game back in Philadelphia, missing his first opportunity two years ago when he was injured with Columbus.
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.”
The Flyers, and seemingly everyone else in the Wells Fargo Center, thought they had just completed yet another third period comeback.
With 40.1 seconds left and goaltender Steve Mason sitting on the bench for an extra attacker, it appeared that the Flyers had tied the game at two; however, the goal was immediately waived off by the referee who explained that the goal was disallowed due to contact made by Scott Hartnell with Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
After a review, the call stood and amid a chorus of boos, the final 40 seconds ticked off the clock and ended a disappointing game for the Flyers in which they dropped 2-1 to the Devils on Tuesday.
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.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a rough night on Thursday.
Following a 7-3 drubbing to the San Jose Sharks, the mood in the locker room was filled with disappointment and confusion. Both Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell said after the game that they don't know where it went wrong, but they needed to get back to playing their style of hockey.
Or as Hartnell worded it, "Flyers hockey."
(Photo: Vincent Lecavalier (front) and Kimmo Timonen celebrate after Lecavalier's game-winning goal on Sunday. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded and all attention now turns back to the NHL and towards the Philadelphia Flyers returning to action on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.
While most of the Flyers enjoyed a few weeks off, five Flyers spent the Olympic break representing their respective countries in Sochi, Russia. Those five players were Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Michael Raffl (Austria), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).
For the most part, the success of those players went with the success of their teams.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (left) celebrates his bronze medal with Teemu Selanne (right) and the rest of Finland. Photo via Flyers website.)