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Schenn Scores Twice In Flyers Win Over Penguins

Things are starting to look up in Flyers land.

Brayden Schenn scored twice and Ray Emery was a rock in net as the Flyers won their third straight, beating the Penguins, 2-1, Wednesday night. It's their first official winning streak of the season as they improve to 7-10-1.

Things looked shakey for the Flyers in the first period as they were out-shot 16-8. Pittsburgh came out firing in the opening minute of play and seemingly took a 1-0 lead.

A mad dash in front of Emery resulting from a defensive breakdown by Braydon Coburn resulted in a Chris Kunitz goal. The referees immediately turned to Toronto for help, which determined that Kunitz kicked the puck into the net, negating the opening tally.

(Photo: Ray Emery makes a save on Pittsburgh's Matt D'Agostini. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Emery's Actions Against Holtby Were Unacceptable

Often times, a well-placed fight can change the momentum in a game.

But when it's a 7-0 game, there is no momentum to change. And when it's one goalie senselessly beating on another goalie, it isn't well-placed at all.

That's exactly what happened between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby.

Just eight seconds after Joel Ward's hat trick put Washington up, 7-0, a line brawl ensued that began with Wayne Simmonds dropping the gloves with Tom Wilson.

While those two battled, Emery raced down the ice and challenged Holtby to drop the gloves. Unfortunately for Holtby, he never really dropped his gloves and Emery continually beat on him.

(Photo: Ray Emery "fights" Braden Holtby in the third period of Friday's 7-0 loss to Washington. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Squander Lead, Fall to Ducks

A 2-1 lead going into the third period of play vanished into thin air as the visiting Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

After being outshot by a 16-6 margin in a Ducks-dominated third period, Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri scored on a breakaway and on a beautiful tip-in to put his team on top. Palmieri had just one goal this season coming into tonight.

Despite Win Flyers Still Making Same Mistakes

The Flyers snapped their four-game losing streak, beating the Rangers, 2-1, on Thursday.

Another great effort by Steve Mason - 29 saves on 30 shots - finally earned the netminder his second win of the season. But despite his solid play in net, it was almost for naught once again.

Granted the Flyers won the third period, 1-0, they nearly coughed up the lead in the frame several times, and in fact, almost did so.

J.T. Miller's goal with over 14 minutes left in the third tied the game up, 2-2. But fortunately for the Flyers, the play was reviewed and it was determined that Miller clearly kicked the puck into the net.

(Photo: A Flyers/Rangers scrum in the second period that turned into a fight between the Rangers' Brandon Mashinter and the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Patience Is Key When Assessing Struggling Flyers

Patience is something that is not in the Philadelphia Flyers vocabulary.

Flyers Chairman Ed Snider has not been the model of patience for the Flyers. For years now the team has been in “win now” mode at the expense of future development.

But two years ago, the team shuffled their roster and radically changed their direction, acquiring younger players, prospects and picks. With young players comes growing pains and unfortunately for the Flyers, these players such as Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds, are struggling.

With the team’s struggles early in this season, there have been calls for a roster shakeup.

Flyers Woes Continue After 4-1 Loss to Pittsburgh

The Philadelphia Flyers offered up what has been status quo this season by scoring just one goal in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday evening.

For the Flyers, breakdowns were the name of the game. Three of Pittsburgh's four goals, empty-netter notwithstanding, resulted directly from bad breakdowns.

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins opened the floodgates first.

Michael Raffl and Kimmo Timonen could not clear the zone, leading to a turnover. A quick snap feed from Evgeni Malkin found blazing hot Jussi Jokinen who sniped home his fourth of the season to make it 1-0.

(Photo: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds attempts to score in close on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

McGinn Emerges as Flyers' Model Forward

Tye McGinn received an 18-game trial period with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

He wasn't incredibly productive offensively, but he showed glimpses of being a consistent, big-bodied presence on the wing.

Just two games after being called up from Adirondack (AHL), he has scored three goals, including two in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

(Photo: LW Tye McGinn celebrates his second goal of the game in the second period on Tuesday. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Flyers Drop Season Opener to Leafs

The Flyers aren't the only team in the NHL with two goalies battling for the lion's share.

Jonathan Bernier was making his debut for Toronto and he wanted to impress. He did just that, stymieing the Flyers in his Maple Leafs debut - a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.

Bernier made 31 saves in the game. The only goal the Flyers got by him came late in the first period.

(Photo: Scott Hartnell is stopped by Jonathan Bernier in the second period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2013 Flyers Preview: Wingers

Back when Flyers centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt to Los Angeles, it was to clear an overabundance at the center position to bring in true, talented wingers.

Those trades hauled in two very important wingers in Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, setting the stage towards finding legitimate, true wingers.

While there may not be a significant amount of transition from last year to this year in terms of wingers, losing veteran returners Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble to free agency opened two spots for the Flyers' youth to earn.

Many of the incumbent wingers will be wearing orange and black for the next several seasons.

(Photo: Flyers RW Jakub Voracek has a lot to smile about heading into this season, including being a top-line winger on a high-scoring team. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 5: Front Office Is to Blame

The Flyers came to a crossroads two offseasons ago.

They could have gone in one or two directions. One side of the path had them rebuilding the team, pushing a youth movement that would make them a dangerous contender in a couple years. The other path was the same win-now mentality the Flyers have had for the last two decades, resulting in a couple Stanley Cup berths and a handful of Conference Finals appearances.

Unfortunately, general manager Paul Holmgren tried to travel down both paths at once and wound up falling flat on his face this season.

(Photo: Wayne Simmonds (front) and Sean Couturier (back) were both a part of the youth movement. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)