Flyers end 10-game losing streak as Brian Elliott makes 43 saves

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Philadelphia Flyers ended nearly a month of frustration and halted a 10-game losing streak Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored second-period goals 71 seconds apart as the Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-2, and registered their first win since Nov. 9 against Chicago.

Using four new lines in an attempt to energize their offense, the Flyers avenged last month's 5-4 overtime loss to the Flames. In that game, Calgary had three power play goals.

Former Flame Brian Elliott made 43 saves for the Flyers, who were outshot, 45-21.

"First and foremost, Moose played great," said Simmonds, referring to Elliott by his nickname.

Simmonds scored on a power play, tapping in a slick pass from Sean Couturier, giving the Flyers a 4-1 cushion with 11:18 left in the second.


Laughton, who had two goals, and Raffl had scored 25 seconds apart before Simmonds notched just his second goal in the last 19 games. All three goals were scored from in front as the Flyers did a great job crashing the net.

Val Filppula knocked in a rebound with 44 seconds to go in the opening period, knotting the score at 1-all. Filppula was part of a physical, new-look second line that included Raffl, who also took a whack at the rebound, and Jake Voracek (three assists).

Voracek who was replaced by Simmonds on the top line, now has 26 assists. He moved into a tie for No. 2 in the NHL pending Monday's other results.

In the first 40 minutes, the Flyers held a 4-2 lead despite being outshot, 35-15.


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