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November 16 Philadelphia Daily News:
“IT ENDED, on the scoreboard, with a similar result.
But while the route the Flyers took in last night’s 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators included the familiar power-play and shorthanded goals, and the familiar faces on the score sheet, it was different from their last two wins, which included 13 total goals.
Ottawa actually made the Flyers earn the victory – over a full 60 minutes. It was the Flyers‘ first win among the last three in which they entered the third period with the outcome still in question.
Or, at least, a little bit in question.
“I thought it was a real consistent effort,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Defensively, other than one opportunity, we were pretty tight. Offensively, we threw a lot of pucks at the net. The other two games kind of got away from us. We dipped a little bit and just got through the game. I thought [last night] was probably one of our better games in the stretch.”
The stretch, in which the Flyers are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, has made them the hottest team in the NHL. With 26 points, the Flyers are only one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Washington for the best record in the league.
It is the Flyers‘ longest streak without a regulation loss since they went 9-0-2 in 11 games from Dec. 17, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2006. They will have a chance to equal that mark tonight at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
“Compared to the last few [wins], it took a little longer,” Danny Briere said. “If you look at the  shots, we were right there. It just took a little longer to open up the floodgates.”
The floodgates have officially opened. The Flyers have won their last three games by a combined margin of 14 goals.
“Confidence is a big thing,” said Briere, who scored his ninth goal of the season in the first period. “I know it’s not going to last the whole season, unfortunately, but we’re trying to take advantage of it while guys are feeling hot and feeling good with their sticks.”
There might be no duo in the NHL that has clicked the way Claude Giroux and Mike Richards have in the last 10 games.
November 16 Camden Courier-Post:
“At the start of November, several Flyers agreed to ditch their razors and begin growing mustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. If they keep playing like this, they might all look like Yosemite Sam come April.
“I’ll tell you one thing,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said after scoring two goals and assisting on another in Monday night’s 5-1 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators. “I’m not keeping it after November.”
“It’s a good cause,” Claude Giroux said after adding to his team-leading point with a goal and two assists, “but I can’t wait until December.”
Led by Richards and Giroux, the Flyers improved to 9-0-1 in their past 10 games and have now outscored their last three opponents 18-4. They have not lost in regulation since Oct. 25 when coach Peter Laviolette lambasted them for a poor effort in Columbus.
“That wasn’t the way we wanted to play,” Giroux said of the team’s lackluster 2-1 defeat to the Blue Jackets. “We didn’t follow the system. We didn’t work. We had a meeting the next day and the coach really showed us what we were doing wrong. We finally realized how we’ve got to play if we want to win. Guys just changed their attitude and since then we’ve been playing as a team.”
November 16 Philadelphia Daily News:
“James van Riemsdyk was looking for a break.
He didn’t get one in the sense that there was no break – or no fracture – in Andreas Nodl’s left big toe, but he did get one in that Nodl needed 1 more day to rest last night. Van Riemsdyk returned to the lineup for the first time after sitting out as a healthy scratch for the last four games.
“I’d like to get some more bounces,” he said last week during the Flyers‘ road trip. “Sometimes it’s as lucky as the puck hitting you in front of the net.”
Or, sometimes it’s as unlucky as a shot hitting the post. Van Riemsdyk, searching for his first goal of the season in 14 contests, rang a shot off the post less than 1 minute into the second period of last night’s 5-1 win over Ottawa. He played 16:15, had two shots, four hits and no points.
He is mired in a 14-game scoreless streak – tied for the longest of his career. Van Riemsdyk went through 14-, 12- and 10-game droughts last season as a rookie.
Nodl, meanwhile, is riding a four-game point streak. He has three goals and three assists in just nine games, after posting five points in his first 48 career NHL games.
“I hate this,” Nodl said yesterday morning. “I am feeling good on the ice. I hate getting injured and not playing. It sucks. It’s gotten a lot better but it’s still sore.””
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