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.
The decision to start Emery of Steve Mason was easy. But the decision to go with Meszaros, who was one pass short of having two assists, was likely due to getting him some minutes heading into his Olympic stint with Slovakia.
“I want to be in the lineup all the time," Meszaros told reporters on Saturday. "That’s how I feel all the time, but it’s not my decision so it is what it is. I’m glad I got the chance to play tonight before I go to the Olympics, and get the win.”
The Flyers struggled to get anything past Flames goalie Reto Berra, who stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first period. It wasn't until midway through the first that the Flyers found a hole in the netminder.
Brayden Schenn scored his 15th goal of the season, snapping a six-game drought. There was a sense his luck would change as he was getting chance after chance all game against Berra.
“Before and after (my goal) I had quite a few opportunities, not just me but our whole line," Schenn said. "And we’re lucky we got one. We feel like we’ve been getting chances as of late. Games before this they just weren’t going in so it’s nice to get one.”
Early in the third, the Flyers made it 2-0 when Scott Hartnell tipped a shot from Claude Giroux. Had Hartnell not redirected the puck, it would have gone to Giroux and Meszaros would have earned his second assist of the game.
The Flyers tried to hold onto the shutout for Emery, but the Flames answered during their late surge. With under three minutes left, Matt Stajan solved Emery to cut the Flyers lead to 2-1.
Emery and the Flyers held up the rest of the way. It was a good win for the Flyers, especially for Emery, who hadn't seen action in over two weeks.
"It’s different," Emery said. "It’s a different preparation but the plus side is you’ve had a lot of practice and a lot of rest, so you can look at the positives and the negatives."