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Flyers Week in Photos: 1/24-1/30

This season the Flyers have had bad luck when they get a few days off, usually slumping after they go 3 or more days without a game. Fortunately that trend doesn’t seem to have continued after the All Star break as the Flyers have gone on to win 2 more giving them their longest winning streak of the season; three games. Voracek may have been ripped off at the All Star Weekend, but the Flyers are on a hot streak lately.

 

All Star Weekend- January 25-26, 2015

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Photo credit: nj.com

Whether you’re a fan of the All Star Weekend of not, it’s good to see some Flyers finally getting recognized for the talent they have; specifically Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, two of the league’s top 5 point earners. In Voracek’s first All Star Game appearance, he was picked on the opposite team as Flyers teammate Claude Giroux.

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Photo credit: flyers.nhl.com

The only skills competition that both Giroux and Voracek both took part in was the “Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge” where they both stole the show. Giroux had Lightning forward Steven Stamkos toss him a puck and caught it on his stick before juggling it a bit. Voracek’s last shot was the best of the night; after Ryan Johansen used a young fan to score a goal, Voracek copied the idea by helping young Johnny Gaudreau take a slap shot.

During the All Star Game Jake Voracek had 3 goals and 3 assists to tie the All Star Game record (6 points). Despite that performance, Columbus’s Ryan Johansen was voted the MVP of the All Star Game which had a lot of fans a little fumed.

Monday January 26, 2015: Zac Rinaldo gets his suspension.

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Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

After Zac Rinaldo’s bad hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang a hearing with the department of player safety was scheduled for Monday. They offered Rinaldo an in-person hearing which allows them to suspend a player for more than 6 games. Rinaldo declined to the in-person meeting and was given an 8 game suspension for charging and boarding Letang.

Expecting the suspension, the Flyers called up Ryan White from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to fill in and finally get a chance to get in the lineup.

Tuesday January 27, 2015: Flyers beat the Coyotes.

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Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Steve Mason’s return didn’t allow for much of a transition back. Mason was meant to be the backup for Ray Emery in his first game back from a knee injury, but after letting in 2 goals on 4 shots Ray Emery was pulled. After going down two goals early, the Flyers managed to take the lead in the second with Mason’s help in net. The Coyotes did manage to tie the game late in the second, but that was the only goal Mason would let in. Wayne Simmonds got the game winner in the shoot out making him 2-for-2 in his shoot out career.

Ryan White was called up to fill in for Zac Rinaldo, probably for the duration of Rinaldo’s 8 game suspension. Petr Straka was also called up from Lehigh Valley to make his NHL debut because winger Michael Raffl is out with a mystery illness.

Thursday January 29, 2015: Flyers beat the Jets for a 3 game win streak.

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Photo credit: courierpostonline.com

Thursday night the Flyers went looking for their 3rd straight win for their longest winning streak this season. The Flyers last game against the Jets was a physical one and ended with Claude Giroux getting some revenge for a dirty hit by Byfuglien in the form of an overtime, game winning goal. This game wasn’t as physical, but there was a moment hen Vincent Lecavalier felt it was necessary to drop his gloves.

Thursday’s game wasn’t as aggressive, but it also didn’t require overtime for the Flyers to get the win. Nick Schultz broke a 125 game scoring drought when he potted a puck that came out from the front of the Jets net. Schultz’s goal also got Ryan White and Petr Straka their first NHL assists, and first points. Schultz’s goal put the Flyers up 3-2 and the Jets never came close to a comeback from there.