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TCL Flyers Olympic Picks

The Flyers and the rest of the NHL are off for the next two weeks. But for 12 countries and 151 players, a new season begins.

Beginning at noon today, the men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin with Latvia taking on the Switzerland and Sweden playing Czech Republic.

Flyers Back In Playoffs With Third Straight Win

The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.

The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.

Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Flyers Come Back, Beat Sharks

It took a "step-in-the-right direction" second period leading to three third period goals, but all ended well in the final leg of a California road trip as the Phialdelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in comeback fashion.

Four third period goals scored by Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek led yet another third period comeback on the road. That mindset broke through on the Flyers' last extended western road trip, and it continued with this trip as well.

Flyers Drop Two Straight In Ugly Fashion

The Flyers experienced a weekend to forget.

On Saturday, they dropped 6-3 to a hot Tampa Bay team. On Sunday, they put forth an ugly showing against the rival Rangers, losing 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Flyers Olympians: Giroux Snubbed From Canada; Voracek Among Named to Olympics

The Canadian Olympic ice hockey team was announced today.

Much like the displeasure of many American fans on the snubbing of certain athletes such as Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo and Phoenix's Keith Yandle, a few Canadian exclusions have people upset, including an entire fan base of Flyers fans.

Claude Giroux, team captain and "best player in the world" according to Peter Laviolette, was left off the Canadian team. A lot of people are seeing red, or orange for that matter.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Midseason Report Card

John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.

That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.

At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.

(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers End 2013 With Dominant Win In Calgary

The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have ended the 2013 portion of their season any better.

The Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, and head into 2014 winners of four straight and six of their last seven. At 20-16-4, they sit one point behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro with both teams having played 40 games.

Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers, stopping 23 shots for the win. He didn't need to be overly impressive as the Flames didn't provide much pressure, but he came up with key saves late in the game to preserve the lead the Flyers built.

Mason Steals Two Points In Vancouver

The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots, all while taking just 27.

With numbers like that, it's hard to fathom them being able to steal one point, let alone two. Steve Mason did just that.

Mason stopped a season-high 41 shots and the Flyers came back to force overtime before winning in a shootout, 4-3, in Vancouver. It's their fifth win in the last six games, and they now sit three points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save on David Booth. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Hold Off Caps

The Flyers were intent on not blowing a three-goal lead for a second straight time to Washington.

Philadelphia scored four unanswered goals to beat Washington, 5-2, Tuesday night. It evened their record to 15-15-4 on the season, and their second win in the last six games.

“Guys talked about not letting that happen again," Matt Read said. "We just amped ourselves up in the locker room.

"We took it as a 0-0 game and we had to come out and get the first goal and stay on our toes and keep them on their heels. Keep getting pucks deep and playing our game.”

(Photo: Bryadon Coburn collides with Alex Ovechkin in the first period. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Flyers Blow Three-Goal Lead in Third; Lose In Shootout to Caps

There have been a few rock-bottom moments for the Flyers this season.

Chalk Sunday afternoon as another one of those moments.

The Flyers spoiled a six-point effort from its top line, including a three-point game for Michael Raffl. Not only did they allow Washington to force overtime and get a point in the division, they surrendered the second point, losing 5-4 in a shootout to Washington.

(Photo: The Capitals celebrate as Alex Ovechkin scores in the final minute to tie the game. Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)