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Couturier Regaining Lost Confidence Post-Trade Deadline

All 30 teams in the NHL know the type of talent Sean Couturier possesses.

Only one, the Philadelphia Flyers, have the fortune of saying that they are possession of his talent.

On the April 3 trade deadline, a handful of teams asked the Flyers about the 20-year-old Couturier. San Jose wanted him in exchange for Ryan Clowe and Ottawa wanted him for Ben Bishop.

The Flyers didn’t bite though, opting to hold onto Couturier rather than deal him for a potential rental forward with no goals or an unproven starting goaltender. They did, however, exercise the notion of trading him for a top, young defenseman or top line scorer.

Couturier was glad this deadline ended, especially for him trying to focus on his play rather than if he's going to get moved.

(Pictured: Sean Couturier celebrates with Jay Rosehill and Erik Gustafsson after setting up Rosehill's goal in the third. John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY)

Flyers Hang On to Beat Leafs

The Flyers have officially gone streaking.

Playing the latter of a grueling back-to-back, the Flyers overcame a late surge by a good Toronto Maple Leafs team, holding on to win 5-3 Thursday night. It was their fourth straight win and earned them two huge points in the standings.

Sean Couturier had a fantastic game. He was all over the ice, notching a pair of assists and seemingly looked like he was always out there despite playing just over 13 minutes.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen and Sean Couturier take out Mikhail Grabovski in the 2nd period. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Gustafsson, Simmonds Spark Flyers' Third Consecutive Win

Erik Gustafsson's game winning goal drove the Flyers to a second straight comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their third win in a row—the first three-game winning streak of the season.

This contest meant plenty to both sides. For the Flyers, it meant drawing closer to the eighth playoff spot. For the Canadiens, it meant staying ahead of the struggling Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division.

Flyers Get A Surprise Winner Out of Fedotenko

Sometimes, coaches get a little more out of certain players than they hope for in certain situations.

For head coach Peter Laviolette, he wanted to neutralize Washington's top scoring tandem of Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro. By doing so, he put forechecking specialists Sean Couturier and Ruslan Fedotenko out onto the ice.

Laviolette wound up getting more out of Fedotenko in that situation than he had hoped. Fedotenko got himself in the right position, scoring the game-winning goal to seal a comeback win for the Flyers, stealing an important two points in the process.

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Flyers Stifle Boston; Snap Four-Game Skid

For the first time since March 15 the Flyers knew what it felt like to win a game.

The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the Bruins 3-1 Saturday afternoon. It was a hard-earned win for the Orange and Black, who ran into a long string of bad luck the past two weeks.

Ilya Bryzgalov was absolutely fantastic in the win, stopping 33 shots to earn the win.

(Pictured: Flyers Sean Couturier celebrated with Mike Knuble after Knuble's power play goal in the 1st. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Shock the Conference: Flyers Look to Ride the Lightning

The Flyers are still in desperation mode. Coming off a couple days off, they look to take a pair of points in Tampa Bay, something they failed to do the last three times they visited the Lightning.

Dancing With the Devils: Bryz Steals Two Points In Must-Win Scenario

Despite going to the shootout, the Flyers managed to escape their home-and-home against New Jersey with two points.

Backed behind a brilliant game by Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers needed a full 65 minutes and three rounds of the shootout to beat the Devils, 2-1, and earn an incredibly important two points in their win on Friday night.

Despite going 0-for-4 on the power play, they held the Devils scoreless on their power play attempts as well, and a part of that was a result to Bryzgalov's timely saves.

Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots in the win, including 11 in the third period and over time despite his team being out-played and out-shot, 11-5, in those two frames.

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

Flyers Continue to Cough Up Their Playoff Dreams

The Flyers knew exactly what they needed to do if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes at a manageable level.

They didn't execute though, and it was seen clearly in their 5-2 loss to New Jersey. They were docked with seven giveaways in the loss, leading to some quick first period goals that put them in an early, insurmountable hole.

An Andrej Meszaros give away behind the net gave the Devils their first goal of the game.

Meszaros coughed up the puck to the slot and Adam Henrique put a shot on net. Patrik Elias intercepted the shot in front of Ilya Bryzgalov and beat the netminder backhanded to put New Jersey up, 1-0.

(Pictured: Devils goalie Johan Hedberg makes a save. Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Harness the Right Type of Physicality In Their Win

Heading into Sunday night, the Flyers had allowed seven straight goals, blowing a 4-1 lead to Pittsburgh to lose 5-4 on Thursday and then getting shut-out 3-0 to the Bruins on Saturday.

Speed and an inability to have a physical presence in front of the net cost the Flyers the game on Thursday. Saturday's loss was three minutes of embarrassing hockey in which they were again out-worked.

Compound those two losses with the 4-2 loss to New York on Tuesday in which the Rangers scored three unanswered to win and the Flyers found themselves on a three-game losing streak and three games under .500.

Hosting the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, the Flyers needed to drastically change something.

(Pictured: Wayne Simmonds fights with Mike Weber in the first period after Simmonds' hit on Tyler Ennis. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Physical Flyers Escape With Tight Win Over the Sabres

Something had to have been said before the game because a different Flyers team was out on the ice.

The Flyers controlled the tempo early, kept Buffalo mentally out of the game, and gave a much better team effort that didn't resemble last week's edition of the Flyers.

They had to battle with Buffalo though, who was throwing the body around and trying to draw the Flyers into making mental mistakes with the physical game. In the end, the Flyers overcame it, winning a nail-biting 3-2 game in which head coach Peter Laviolette saw some positives.

(Pictured: The puck gets passed Ilya Bryzgalov, but was then saved by Brayden Schenn before it crossed the goal line. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)