After horrendous start, Flyers finally reach .500

After horrendous start, Flyers finally reach .500

Flyers' key to points streak: 'Having fun'

November 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
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The Flyers are 10-10-2 this season after Saturday's 5-2 win over the Islanders. (USA Today Images)

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Peter Laviolette was fired after an 0-3 start.

The Flyers fell to 1-7 on Oct. 17 after a 4-1 beating at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice.

A little over a month later, however, the Flyers have points in seven straight games after a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders (see Instant Replay) and have finally hit .500 with a 10-10-2 record.

Suddenly, the playoffs are no longer out of sight but a good possibility.

“I didn’t think about it,” said coach Craig Berube of hitting .500. “I didn’t. I just go one game at a time.

“We got a great effort by the players. They listened, bought in and worked hard. They did all the right things. We’ve won some game and got ourselves in a pretty good spot.”

They are also 10-7-2 under Berube.

“We knew it couldn’t go like that [1-7] the whole season,” Jakub Voracek said. “We played a couple solid games that we lost before we started winning.

“We started scoring, the power clicking, Ray [Emery] and [Steve] Mason been outstanding all season long. We don’t allow a lot of goals. We play good defense.”

Whodothunk?

“We keep on believing in ourselves,” said Brayden Schenn, whose insurance goal took the heat off goalie Steve Mason.

“I think we are doing all right. Our guys are playing as a team and that’s what it takes to win hockey games. We’ve still got a long ways to go. We can’t be happy with a .500, that’s probably not going to get you to playoffs.

“We’ve got a ways to go, but it’s good that we dug ourselves out of the hole from the start of the year and we’ll keep building off of that at this point.”

Added linemate Wayne Simmonds, “I think we’ve been through a little bit this season, and I think the team has been playing well since the coaching change.

“We have stuck to our structure, we’ve gained confidence game in and game out and we are just getting better every game.”