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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

with Philadelphia.

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.