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Catching Up With Brian Boucher

Last Thursday, I spoke on the phone with former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

Boucher retired from hockey back in October when he was released from EV Zug, a team from the National League A in Switzerland after playing five games.

I called Boucher for a different story I was doing for the Press of Atlantic City. Along with a handful of Flyers and New Jersey Devils alumni, Boucher was playing in the Red Line Classic: Battle of the Boards at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. Team Orange, the team Boucher played on, beat Team White 8-7.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Kimmo Timo

Flyers Head Into Olympic Break On Four-Game Winning Streak

There was some concern on whether or not Ray Emery and Andrej Meszaros would be rusty having not played in a while.

They both quieted those concerns on Saturday against Calgary. Emery's 32-save effort held the Flames to a flicker as the Flyers went on to win, 2-1.

Emery made his first start since Jan. 25, a 6-1 drubbing to Boston in which he was pulled. Meszaros found himself in the lineup for the first time in a few games despite the play of Erik Gustafsson, and earned an assist.

Flyers Back In Playoffs With Third Straight Win

The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.

The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.

Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

It’s Time For Timonen to be “Selfish”

A common and understandable feeling is that unless a Flyers player will represent the nation that a certain Flyers fan roots for, then he or she does not care for him being anywhere near the Olympics.

It makes sense. If the player could use some rest, why hope for him to play for a rival nation?

The case with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen may just be a bit different.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (center) celebrates his 2010 Olympic bronze medal with Olli Jokinen (left) and captain Saku Koivu (right).)

Flyers Come Back, Beat Sharks

It took a "step-in-the-right direction" second period leading to three third period goals, but all ended well in the final leg of a California road trip as the Phialdelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in comeback fashion.

Four third period goals scored by Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek led yet another third period comeback on the road. That mindset broke through on the Flyers' last extended western road trip, and it continued with this trip as well.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Feb. 3-9

This week, the Flyers finish up their pre-Olympic schedule with three Western Conference opponents.

Flyers Silence Kings After Rough Game In Anaheim

The Flyers have just two wins in their last seven games. Both of those wins are shutouts.

The Flyers blanked the Kings, 2-0, just days after getting scorched for five goals against the Ducks. Earlier in the week, they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 drubbing of the Red Wings.

The game looked to be a low-scoring affair early as the teams tallied just 12 shots in a scoreless first.

Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th career goal in the win. It was also his first trip back at the Staples Center since 2011 when he was traded to Philadelphia, making the goal even more special.

(Photo: Wayne Simmonds scores the easiest of his 100 career goals in the second period. Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Blank Red Wings

Good breaks favor the victors. The Philadelphia Flyers capitalized twice in the second period leading to a 5-0 shutout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Scott Hartnell added two goals while dealing with a sore foot to lead the way. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

The Flyers continue a brutal stretch of their schedule this week against three Stanley Cup contenders in hopes to break their four game losing streak.

Flyers Embarrassed At Home By Bruins

Steve Mason's new goalie mask is a perfect representation of the Flyers.

His new mask has images of some of his teammates in zombie form. And much like his mask depicts, the Flyers resemble the walking dead.

The Flyers turned in another mediocre performance, losing 6-1 in embarrassing fashion to the Bruins at home. The loss expanded the Flyers losing streak to four games as well as losses in seven of their last nine games.

(Photo: Steve Mason leans on his stick in the first period. AP Photo/Chris Szagola)