PHILADELPHIA -- You know things are going well when winger Zac Rinaldo -- who is known for his feistiness, not his goal-scoring ability -- backhands a shot that caroms off an opponent's stick and into the net.
You know things are going well when one of your defensemen, Andrej Meszaros, collects his third assist of the night before the game is half over.
You know things are going well when your team hasn't lost at home in more than two months.
Welcome to Flyers hockey.
The Flyers won their 10th straight home game Wednesday night, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, and continuing their amazing climb from the abyss.
Meszaros had three assists and Sean Couturier keyed a strong penalty-killing unit for the Flyers, who are 22-10-4 since their 1-7 start.
The Flyers have their first 10-game home winning streak since 2003, and they have won 10 in a row at home in regulation for the first time since 1984-85.
A little over eight minutes after Couturier scored on a rebound, Rinaldo's backhander from the slot bounced off the stick of Montreal's Lars Eller and past goalie Peter Budaj, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 5:21 left in the opening period.
"You've got to be good to be lucky, and I got lucky there," Rinaldo cracked after his first goal of the season and sixth of his career. "The boys have been really supportive of me. You've just got to put pucks on the net and that's what I did and it went in for me."
Meszaros had his first three-assist game since March 2, 2006.
"It's not just me. All the defensemen are trying to jump up into the play -- whoever has the chance," he said. "That's the game now, and if you want to attack and you have the D join in, it's a big advantage."
After missing most of last season because of injuries, Meszaros is healthy and will be difficult to take out of the lineup when Erik Gustafsson returns from a sprained knee this weekend.
"Obviously, if you play more games, you're going to have confidence," said Meszaros, who will play for Slovakia in next month's Olympics. He later added, "Hopefully I'm doing a good enough job that the coaches will keep me in."
Meszaros collected his third assist of the night on Michael Raffl's first goal in his last 11 games, which gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead with 11:36 left in the second period.
But about four minutes after Brandon Prust decisioned Rinaldo in a fight, Montreal cut it to 3-1 as Tomas Plekanec, helped by a Steve Downie turnover, scored a shorthanded goal with 2:23 left in the second period. The Flyers have allowed seven shorthanded goals this season, including two in consecutive games.
The Flyers, who killed off four penalties Wednesday and ran their streak to 19, were coming off a 5-1 road trip that vaulted them into second place in the Metropolitan Division.
"I think they believe in themselves, for sure," coach Craig Berube said before the game.
"There's no quit in them. They keep coming. I think they're very confident. They know they can win games in any kind of matter. That's a key thing. You know you can skate with teams, you can be physical with teams. We're scoring some goals right now. I think they're just confident."
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