Flyers rebound quick, dump Canadiens

Kimmo Timonen and the Flyers took down the Canadiens Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Getty Images
Kimmo Timonen and the Flyers took down the Canadiens Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Getty Images

No, the Flyers didn’t want to make Danny Briere feel at home when he and his new team, the Montreal Canadiens, came to town last night. Besides, after a brutal six-game trek that took them as far North as Ottawa and as far South as Dallas, before finishing up with a five-goal blowout loss at the hands of the reigning Cup champion Blackhawks, they were just happy to be back on familiar ground.

Goals by rookie Michael Raffl and his new linemate Claude Giroux held up Thursday night when Steve Mason, who struggled the better part of the trip, returned to form in a 2-1 Philly win over Montreal.

“It’s a big comeback game for us,’’ said Mason, who turned aside 20 shots, shaking off consecutive games in Dallas and Ottawa where he allowed a season-high four goals. “We got in real last night after a long trip together.

“To come out with that kind of performance, an all-around game, really not giving them much the entire 60 minutes, that’s a character game.’’

Craig Berube was equally pleased, as the Flyers shook off the effects of surrendering five second-period goals in Wednesday’s 7-2 loss in Chicago by taking it to the Canadiens from the start. In the process they improved to 14-15-3, just a point behind Carolina for the final playoff spot in the East.

“I was happy with the way we skated tonight,’’ said Berube, who moved Raffl into Scott Hartnell’s spot alongside Giroux and Jake Voracek and got immediate results. “You never know when you come back off a long road trip how you’re going to come out.

“But they were competitive right away. They certainly were not happy about that loss in Chicago. because they wanted to show that they could compete with that team. It didn’t work out the way they wanted it to, but they showed up tonight and played a good team game.”

The Flyers came within 56 seconds of a shutout, before Alex Galchenyuk scored after Montreal pulled goalie Cary Price for a sixth attacker. But the Flyers held on, putting a damper on Briere’s otherwise happy homecoming.

“It was a little weird to be honest,’’ said Briere, who received an ovation when a video tribute of his highlights as a Flyer was shown during a first period break. “It’s just too bad we weren’t able to tie it up late. But it was a cool feeling, just seeing old friends and families. It was a special night, just too bad it didn’t end up with a ‘W.’”

Memorable as it was, Briere’s Philadelphia homecoming wasn’t the most touching of the night. That belonged to Private First Class Matt Windish, who was secretly flown home a week ago from Korea by the team without his parent’s knowledge. During the Flyers regular “Home Town Hero’’ salute, Windish surprised them when he stepped out of a “G.I. Joe’’ box, especially wrapped for Christmas.

The Flyers then made sure the Windish family and the rest of their fans had something else to celebrate, winning their sixth straight home game.

“I think our guys were pretty excited to play at home again;’’ said Giroux, who now has six goals and 17 assists after a terrible start. “It’s been way too long. You’re going to have games like last night, but it’s good to rebound, especially the next day. I think for us to play the next day was good. We didn’t have to think about Chicago and could just go right back at it.’’

Next comes a pair of home-and-home series, starting off with NHL leading goal scorer Alex Ovechkin (26) and the Capitals, followed by Columbus, where Mason once won the 2009 Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.

Somewhere, along the way the Flyers need to establish the kind of consistency they’ve lacked most of the season, especially with another grueling six-game trip out West looming during the holidays. They can only hope coming off one of their worst performances of the season, this was the start.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Best nature spots for kids in New York…

When it comes to kids and nature, most U.S. parents agree: children should be spending more time outdoors. According to a recent survey by The…

Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.