The Philadelphia Flyers have finally gained altitude.
They overcame their earlier road woes while winning four of five games on a Western swing. Overall they have gone 20-7-4 since starting the season 1-7-0.
They staged a couple of late rallies, too, giving them five successful third-period comebacks since Dec. 4.
That offensive persistence has given goaltenders Steve Mason and Ray Emery a boost.
“It’s extremely important,” Mason told CSN Philly. “There’s enough pressure as it is to be consistent. When you know that your team has the ability to come back from not just one but two goals, even three sometimes, you know you can play with a little more calm in your game. It’s a nice feeling.”
The Flyers kept rolling despite shuffling their forward lines with forwards Michel Raffl (concussion) and Matt Read (upper body) sidelined by injuries.
Here were some more positive signs for the Flyers:
- Power forward Wayne Simmonds scored nine goals and added four assists in his last nine games. He scored at least one point in eight of those games.
- Top-line winger Jakub Voracek continued his scoring surge. He has produced six multi-point games in his last 11 outings.
- Brayden Schenn came to life while scoring three goals in his last four games of the trip.
“It was a real good trip because of the wins,” coach Craig Berube told reporters. “We played a real team road trip. Everyone contributed. We did a lot of good things for the wins.”