The Flyers celebrate Mark Streit's first-period goal in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com)
The 10 days and four games have been about overcoming challenges for the Philadelphia Flyers. On paper, it certainly appears the Western Conference is the stronger conference.
But in those four games, the Flyers have been more than up to the task. Twice in a row on this current six-game road trip, they had to overcome third-period deficits and survive the skills competition that has plagued them so much.
On Tuesday night, in the final game of 2013, the Flyers took care of business by defeating another Canadien team on their West Coast trip, handling the Calgary Flames with a 4-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
For the second straight night, a Flyers defenseman opened the scoring. Mark Streit fired a shot through a crowd that beat Flames goalie Reto Berra at 3:15 to give the Flyers the early lead.
That lead would hold for the next 30 minutes...