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2014-15 Flyers Preview: Forwards

The Flyers are going to rely on a balanced offense this season with the woes coming on the back-end. How fast the offense can start up this season will be key.

The first month of the season won’t be easy either. The Flyers begin their first week with back-to-back games in Boston on Wednesday and home on Thursday against New Jersey. The rest of the month is harder than running the gauntlet with games against Montreal, Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. On the Devils didn’t make the playoffs last season, but were in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago.

Flyers Split Squad Ends in Win, Loss

Regular season hockey may be a couple weeks away but the NHL is back and in game form.

The Flyers split their training camp roster in half, sending one group to the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for a game against the Maple Leafs while the other half stayed home to host the Washington Capitals. The games resulted in a win at home and a shootout loss on the road.

Mason Returns; Steals Show In Game 4

Imagine Steve Mason as Robin Hood: stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Now imagine Henrik Lundqvist as a king, which shouldn't be too hard to do. If the Flyers were going to steal a game from Lundqvist and the Rangers, it was going to happen with Mason in net.

Mason made his first start in two weeks, stopping 37 shots in the process of beating the Rangers 2-1 on Friday. It evened the series and gave the Flyers new life heading into New York.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a diving stick save on Ryan McDonagh at the end of the second period. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rangers Get In the Way; Take Game 3

Henrik Lundqvist wasn't the only person standing in the way of the Flyers on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers goaltender had an entire team jumping in front of pucks, helping the Swedish netminder stop the Flyers' constant barrage of shots. It resulted in a 4-1 win for the Rangers and a 2-1 series lead.

The two teams will face off in Game 4 on Friday in Philadelphia. And if the Flyers want some type of good news heading into that game, it looks like Steve Mason will be starting.

(Photo: Henrik Lundqvist makes a first period save on Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds while Rangers D Dan Girardi looks on. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.

Kings Hault Flyers Streak at Five

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.

Flyers Win in OT on Giroux's Laser

Claude Giroux wasn't even aiming when he took the final shot of the game.

With the clock winding down in overtime, Giroux fired a wrister over the glove of Antti Raanta, avoiding the shootout for the Flyers as they went on to win 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

(Photo: Claude Giroux celebrates after his overtime winner. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Read Scores Twice As Flyers Shut Out Penguins

The Flyers needed to find a way to get back on track after a pair of losses.

They did just that Saturday afternoon. Facing the Penguins at home, the Flyers played one of their best games all season, shutting out Pittsburgh 4-0.

It was the Flyers' first regular season shutout of the Penguins since April 6, 2008, and just the 10th time in 46 games they held Sidney Crosby without a point.

(Photo: Braydon Coburn defends Sidney Crosby in the first period. 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 Falter In Third Period to Islanders

The Flyers blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, dropping in a shootout to the Islanders, 4-3, Monday afternoon.

The way the first two periods were going, the Flyers were on track for a strong two-point effort to cap the home-and-home with New York. But sluggish play in the third in which they were out-shot 17-3 resulted in a pair goals to tie the game.

Bad penalties caused the Flyers to be exhausted and short-handed much of the period. The Islanders got three power plays in the period and capitalized on the final one.

(Photo: Scott Hartnell (19) battles in the corner with Brian Strait (37). Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)