November 25 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Playing their first game since ascending to the top of the 30-team NHL, the Flyers seemed to like life in the penthouse suite.
The Flyers, with blossoming winger Andreas Nodl contributing a shorthanded goal and an assist, continued their blistering scoring Wednesday night as they defeated the Minnesota Wild, 6-1, at the Xcel Energy Center.
With 32 points, the Flyers are first overall in the league. After Monday’s win over Montreal, they took the top position (after at least 20 games) for the first time in almost five years.
“It’s a nice spot to be in, but it’s not an easy spot to stay at,” defenseman Matt Carle said before Wednesday’s romp. “When we go in to play against teams, you know we’re going to get their best. So it’s going to take a lot of effort to stay there.”
They got that effort Wednesday as they raised their record to 15-6-2 with their third straight win.
The Flyers got goals from six players: James van Riemsdyk, Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Nodl, Ville Leino, and Jody Shelley.
Nodl’s goal, on a breakaway with 12 minutes, 13 seconds left, made it 4-1 and took the life out of the Wild. Before getting shelled, Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom had a 2.11 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky played solidly against the offensive-challenged Wild, improving to 12-3-1.
The Flyers entered the night with 33 goals in their last seven games, an average of 4.71 goals per game. They had scored 78 goals, tops in the 30-team NHL.
“They have so many weapons offensively,” Minnesota center Matt Cullen said. “When you look at a team like that, it’s not a team that has one single line that you can focus on. They’re just a very good team, and you have to bring your best game and try to match up, but they’re such a unique team. They’re so deep as an offensive team.”
They will become even deeper if van Riemsdyk continues to awaken from a long scoring drought.
After not scoring in his first 17 games this season, van Riemsdyk registered a goal in his second consecutive game.”
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