Although there have been some struggles at home recently, the Flyers are keeping up with the Rangers and the surging Devils by winning away, with four straight wins on the road. Last night in Minnesota, the Jeff Carter line did the scoring, and backup goalie Antero Niittymaki had another solid night in net, with the Flyers taking a 3-1 win. Carter scored a goal and added an assist, as did Mr. Ménage, Scottie Upshall. Niitty stopped 28 of 29 shots.
Depth and goaltending are critical in making long playoff runs, and they're two aspects that recent Flyers teams have lacked. Some consistency in net is still needed, but it's no longer the weakness it once was, and the impact of getting goals from every line is immeasurable and hard to game-plan against.
Extras: With Riley Cote taking a 2-game vacation, the Flyers filled his spot with? Steve Downie. Gotta love it... The Atlantic Division is beastly this year. Three teams are tied for first with 32 points, and no team is below .500... The Flyers took 9 penalties (3 for slashing) to the Wild's 3, and the only goal they let up was on the Power Play.
Highlights after the jump.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.