A pair of third-period comebacks have the Philadelphia Flyers in
position to win three in a row on the road for the first time this
Facing the punchless Calgary Flames may not provide too tough a
The Flyers will try to make things easier on themselves Tuesday
night when they go for a fifth straight win in Calgary.
Philadelphia (19-16-4) entered this six-game road trip with only
two wins in their last 10 there. It hasn’t taken very long to match
that win total, but it has needed some dramatics.
The Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak away from home
Saturday, winning 4-3 in a shootout at Edmonton after Scott
Hartnell extended the game with a third-period tally. Brayden
Schenn provided the dramatics Monday, scoring with 46.8 seconds
left in regulation before Steve Mason turned aside all three
shootout attempts in a 4-3 win at Vancouver.
A visit to Calgary (14-19-6) may keep the Flyers rolling into
the new year by sweeping the Western Canada portion of this trip.
They visit Colorado on Thursday.
Before that, Philadelphia will try to extend its four-game
winning streak at Scotiabank Saddledome, dating to a loss there on
March 22, 2001.
Claude Giroux has one goal and two assists in two career visits
to Calgary. He assisted on goals by Jakub Voracek and Braydon
Coburn before scoring in the shootout of a 5-4 win there Feb. 25,
The All-Star center enters this meeting riding a career-high
nine-game point streak, totaling six goals and 11 assists. He had
one of each against the Canucks.
Despite Giroux’s surge, coach Craig Berube didn’t mince words
about his team’s leaky defense on this trip.
“They better defend a lot better than they did tonight or
they’ll be in trouble,” he told the Flyers’ official website.
Berube may be thrilled the Flyers are playing a Calgary team
struggling on offense. The Flames have dropped six of seven games
(1-4-2), and they’ve been shut out three times during that
That includes back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Edmonton on Friday and
two days later to Vancouver, managing just 18 shots versus the
Calgary has never been blanked in three straight games.
“I think that confidence or scoring goals is something that can
become very fragile,” coach Bob Hartley told the team’s official
website “Suddenly you don’t think that you’ll score another goal
ever. That’s not the case. I think that we just have to keep going
being sharper around the net. We’re losing lots of loose pucks
around the loose paint. I think that’s where the vast majority of
goals are being scored in this league.
“Just come back to basics and believe in yourself.”
Hartley’s advice may strike a chord with Michael Cammalleri. The
center leads the Flames with 12 goals, but he’s scored just once in
12 home games despite taking 40 shots.
He’s failed to get on the scoresheet in three straight meetings
Sean Monahan doesn’t have a point in six games. The center, the
sixth overall selection in June’s draft, is third on the team with
10 goals, but has just one in the past six home contests.
“This team can score goals,” Hartley said. “We’ve shown it in
the past. We just have to find a way to stick together and be
Calgary’s average of 2.36 goals on the season rank 25th.