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.
Wayne Simmonds is making the trade from three years ago pay in full.
Simmonds scored two more goals, his second proving to be the decider in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The goals were his 22nd and 23rd of the season, putting him second to Claude Giroux for the team lead in goals and points.
It was the fourth straight win for the Flyers, who are now 11-2-1 since Feb. 1.
The Philadelphia Flyers have made their first move of the trade deadline.
The Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks and an AHL player. The picks are a 2014 third round pick and a 2015 second-rounder to go with minor leaguer Matt Mangene.
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.)
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.
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.