Flyers finally snap 10-game losing skid

The Canadian Press
Darren Haynes

CALGARY–Brian Elliott’s return to Scotiabank Saddledome went much better than when he last played there during the playoffs.
Elliott made 43 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames last night.
The goalie lasted just 5:38 during Game 4 of Calgary’s opening-round playoff series with Anaheim last spring before being pulled.
Anaheim went on to win 3-1 to sweep the series and Elliott departed in the summer as a free agent.
“Whenever you’re coming to a city you lived in for a year, and played and enjoyed yourself, you really look at it as an opportunity to show your stuff again one last time,” noted Elliott.
“That’s a big streak to end, and in doing it the way we did tonight with punctuation was really good for our group,” he added.
A key moment came early in the second period when Elliott made a great glove save off Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway.
Elliott then stopped four more shots on the ensuing power play as defenceman Andrew MacDonald was whistled for hooking Gaudreau.
It was right after that penalty kill that Scott Laughton scored the first of three Flyers’ goals in a 1:11 span to seize control of the game.
Jakub Voracek set up Michael Raffl on a 2-on-1 25 seconds later and then Philadelphia took advantage of a mistaken call by the officials.
With Michael Frolik sent off for high-sticking, when it actually was a teammate’s stick that clipped Sean Couturier in the face, Wayne Simmonds scored 10 seconds into that power play to make it 4-1.
The outburst came in a second period in which the Flames outshot Philadelphia 21-7.
Calgary had a 45-21 edge in shots overall.
“He [Elliott] faced a lot of shots, he ate a lot of pucks and didn’t let many rebounds. He was outstanding,” said Voracek, who had three assists.
Laughton finished the game with two goals while Valtteri Filppula also chipped in for Philadelphia (9-11-7), which next plays in Edmonton tomorrow night.
The Flyers have points in six of their last 11 games as five of the losses during their skid came in overtime.
“Guys have worked real hard and more importantly than that, guys have really stuck together through a pretty tough stretch here,” said head coach Dave Hakstol.
Troy Brouwer, with his first of the season, and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary (14-12-1).
The Flames lost three of four on their homestand and now head east for games on back-to-back nights in Toronto and Montreal starting tomorrow.
“Any time you lose there is cause for concern, but there are no big issues,” stressed Brouwer, who scored his first goal in 33 games dating back to last season.
“Our effort was there,” he noted. “It was one of those nights that we weren’t rewarded.”
Travis Hamonic was given a match penalty for a hit to the head and a game misconduct for his open-ice hit in the third period on Dale Weise, who left the game briefly but later returned.
“Those hits happen. It’s unfortunate,” said the Flames’ defenceman. “I felt like I stayed in my tracks and I kept my arm down.
“I was going for his chest and he kind of moves, not jumps but moves out of the way, maybe to try and protect himself or whatever it is, and you kind of hit each other, but no malicious attempt,” Hamonic added.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Washington beat San Jose 4-1, the N.Y. Islanders edged Florida 5-4 (SO), and Nashville downed Boston 5-3.