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

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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.

Laughton made it 5-2 by scoring on a rebound with 18:09 left in regulation.

The Flyers were 0-5-5 in their previous 10 games.


"Through this stretch, the hidden thing is we've played a lot of really good hockey," coach Dave Hakstol said before the game. "You have to really remain confident. You have to remain together, and on a day like today, when we've had a day and a half in between (games), just come back to the rink with a real purpose. Almost a sense of simplicity in how we want to approach our game."

Hakstol said his players need to "trust each other and know your linemate and teammate is going to do his job very well, and make sure you go out and do your job very well and things will be fine."

Captain Claude Giroux said the losing streak had left the Flyers feeling unsure about themselves.

"When we get that confidence and that swagger back, we're going to be a good team again," he said before the Flyers scored more goals in any game since a 5-1 win over Florida on Oct. 17. "... At the end of the day, we do believe we're a good team. We believe we can fight for a playoff spot. Now we just have to prove it on the ice."

As he was doing an interview earlier in the day, a smiling (but annoyed) Giroux said: "I can't focus with that music right now." "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls was blaring in the background, and a Calgary reporter asked Giroux that, if the Flyers won Monday, the group's music would be adopted by the team.

"We might have to do it more often," he said.

Somewhere, Kate Smith isn't happy.

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