Flyers on their win over the Flames
Brayden Schenn tallied three points and scored a goal in his second straight game in the Flyers' 4-1 win over the Flames on New Year's Eve. (USA Today Images)
CALGARY, Alberta -- When Brayden Schenn said he got the monkey off his back in Vancouver, he meant it.
Schenn snapped a 16-game goalless drought Monday night against the Canucks. He added on to it a day later in the Flyers’ 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames (see Instant Replay), netting a goal and two assists for his first three-point effort of the season and third of his career.
Better yet, he did it in front of at least 15 friends and family members, who all drove in to the city to watch him play at the Saddledome -- an arena he spent a lot of time in as a younger player.
“It happens to most guys -- they go through slumps and they get a little shot of confidence,” Schenn said. “And [Tuesday], I think as a line, as a team, as a whole, we worked hard. A lot of times we were playing in our own end, but that’s two games in two nights and it was good to come out on top.”
Schenn started off the season strong, at one point leading the Flyers in points. But he had slipped up since then. It’s big for the Flyers, who have been waiting for players they’re counting on to score, to finally get offensive contribution from him.
“Guys that score goals, they lose their confidence when they don’t score,” coach Craig Berube said. “So, you get a goal, it gets you going a little bit. He looked really good tonight. That line was really good tonight.”
Three for Ray
Ray Emery has now won three games in a row against Calgary, and seven of his last eight appearances against the Flames. The wins have not just come for the Flyers (there were two), but also for Anaheim (one) and Chicago (five).
“They play pretty straightforward,” Emery said. “So you can kind of give an honest effort against them.”
After Mark Streit’s goal in the first period Tuesday night, the Flyers have seen 10 goals scored by defensemen in their last 12 games. It’s been a big part of the Flyers’ recent surge in scoring.
Streit scored for the second consecutive game, and now has four goals and three assists in his last eight games.
“We jump into the play more,” Streit said. “I think it’s important that the forwards, they drive to the net, and that’s opening up the blue line. They make good plays as well. I think overall as a team, we’ve been playing well. It’s a big road trip for us. Winning the first three games, it feels great.”
The turning point
The Flyers are suddenly a confident, dangerous team. They’ve come a long way since their 0-3 start, and many slip-ups since it. That’s especially true lately.
“We ended off the break with a big win against Minnesota,” Scott Hartnell said. “They’re a great team out in the Western Conference.”
Wayne Simmonds had two assists, and now has 17 points in his last 10 games. … The Flyers have scored three or more goals in eight consecutive games. … Claude Giroux’s point streak ended in Calgary at nine games.