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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)

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)

Simmonds Score Two; Flyers Down Oilers, Bryz in Shootout

Just four minutes into the hockey game, it already seemed as if Ilya Bryzgalov was on his way to exacting revenge on his former team.

But there were 56 more minutes of hockey, and the Flyers didn't allow that to happen. Sparked by Wayne Simmonds' two-goal night, the Flyers came back to win in a shootout, 4-3, over Edmonton Saturday night.

Simmonds now leads the Flyers with 12 goals. Just three games ago, he had only half of that total.

(Photo: Michael Raffl scores the winning shootout goal on Ilya Bryzgalov. Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Help Mason Beat Former Team

Every time Steve Mason steps on the ice with the Blue Jackets things go bad.

It was the case when he played there, and it was the case Thursday night when the Flyers hosted the jackets. At least through the first two periods it seemed that way.

Mason was beat twice outright in the first and second periods respectively, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. At the end of the second, Columbus scored a third goal off a mad scramble that highlighted Mason's bad luck.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save against his former team. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Captain Fantastic: Giroux's Four Points Lead Flyers to Comeback Win Over Columbus

Claude Giroux didn't even know how the puck went into the net.

He'll be watching replays of it for sure. Not only because it was the game-winning goal, but because it was the 100th goal he's scored in his career.

It came just under three minutes after his 99th career goal tied the game up. His two tallies earned the Flyers a 5-4 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night.

“To be honest I haven’t seen the replay or anything so I don’t know what happened," Giroux said. "I was just trying to get it on net, and it was at the end of the shift so I was a little tired, so I was just trying to get it on net.”

(Photo: Columbus' R.J. Umberger and David Savard skate away as the Flyers celebrate Claude Giroux's game-winning goal in the third period. Photo by Al Bello/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 Hang On to Spoil Briere's Homecoming

A loud ovation after a long-awaited return home greeted Danny Briere.

All that was missing was a victory. Briere didn't get that as the Flyers held on for a 2-1 win over the Canadiens to snap a three-game losing streak.

Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux both scored for the Flyers, who held a 2-0 lead into the final minute of play. Steve Mason didn't get the shutout but he made 20 stops in the win.

The win came less than 24 hours after the Flyers were hammered by the Canadiens, 7-2.

(Photo: Daniel Briere battles with Luke Schenn. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Pummel Flyers

The Blackhawks errupted for five goals in the second period en route to a 7-2 beating of the Flyers on Wednesday.

Three former Flyers - Michal Handzus, Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg - scored a goal apiece and combined for seven points in the win. Goalie Ray Emery was pulled after allowing six goals.

13 Hawks earn points in dominant victory over Flyers

Philadelphia came to Chicago tonight looking for a game against one of the league’s top teams to use as a measuring stick for their own success.  After an embarrassing 7-2 thumping by the Hawks, they may want to reconsider that statement.  13 Blackhawk players would finish the game with at least a point, and Antti Raanta finished with a .933 SV%, proving yet again that he is a very capable goaltender.  Ray Emery, who started against his former team, would allow six goals on 18 shots.

The game got off to a rough start right away, when Sheldon Brookbank and Wayne Simmonds dropped the glove a...

Flyers Drop Chaotic Affair in Ottawa

A zany, topsy-turvy game that featured four regulation lead changes occurred at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday evening. One team knew they would be heartbroken from its result.

It ended up being the Flyers, as the Senators defeated them 5-4 in the shootout.

Jason Spezza's sensational triple deke move in the shootout was not only the Senators' first shootout goal of the season, but the game winner as well.