Flyers Win Fifth Straight, Derail Senators

Senators Flyers HockeyPHILADELPHIA- The stars couldn’t have aligned more last night when it came to Danny Briere. After missing over two weeks and four games worth of hockey, Briere returned to action last night and scored two goals to help the Flyers secure their fifth straight victory.

After the game, Briere was full excitement and had a smile from ear-to-ear while speaking with the media.

“I felt in the second we had some really good shifts and sustained pressure in their zone and that’s when I started feeling better and better, just being around the puck, making smart plays and our line got rewarded,” Briere said after his two-goal performance.

After the first period had ended the game looked to be a repeat of last Saturday’s shootout win over the St.Louis Blues. The play of both teams moved at a fairly moderate pace with little scoring opportunities.

“The first period was choppy, there wasn’t a lot of scoring chances,” added Briere.

It became quite obvious coach John Stevens and his team made intermission adjustments when they netted two goals in the second period. Philadelphia had back-to-back power-play goals from Blair Betts and James van Riemsdyk. For Betts, that was his first goal in a Flyers uniform.

The lone Ottawa goal came in the second when Mike Fisher sent a corky backhand that snuck by Ray Emery.

The Flyers followed their second period scoring with three more scores in the third. Briere netted his two while Darroll Power added his fourth of the season. Jeff Carter added two assists which now gives him 11 through 15 games. Some have an issue with the fact that Carter, who scored 46 goals last season, is only on pace for 31 this time around.

“He does so many other things that can help your team win,” Stevens said. “It’s not just the shots that go into the net. I thought he was instrumental on a couple of those goals, just be doing what he does. He skates hard. He was a good defender tonight, hard on the puck. He used his speed to get to areas where he could get the puck to the net and it resulted in goals.”

Obviously, the story of last nights game was Flyers goalie Ray Emery’s first game against his former club. The same club he led to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals.

Emery, 26, stopped 22-of-23 Senator shots. He didn’t have much action throughout the contest; however, the win was very gratifying to him.

” Those are fun ones to play. Definitely, nerves are going. It’s a different situation but it’s two good teams and a little personal story for myself,” said Emery about playing his first game against the team that drafted him.

Briere also put his two cents in what it was like for Emery to play his former team. Probably because of the fact he has had some of those since joining the Flyers after leaving Buffalo.

“There was a lot of talk in the last couple of days about him facing the Senators for the first time,” Briere said. “I’m sure it will be there again when we go back to Ottawa. We’re happy for him. He’s been playing well and he’s a great teammate.”

“I think this element of trust with Ray and his teammates and with the coaching staff and with new players takes time but I really sense that the team believes in Ray,” Stevens said. “When he gets into a situation like tonight, I think there’s a little more urgency in their play to get the win for him.”

Emery is now 10-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA and .924 save percentage. Pretty impressive for a goalie who missed all of last season while playing in Russia.

Notes:

The Flyers added two more tallies to their NHL-leading power-play number. They seem to be at their best with the man-advantage and it shows with every line that takes the ice during the power-play.

“Our power play tonight wasn’t by the book. ‘Bettsie’ had a goal there at the end of a power play, just won a puck race,” Stevens said. “Same thing on the other goal, they put the puck in deep because they were pressing up and Jeff used his speed to get in.”

The Flyers return to game action tomorrow when they host the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in eight days. The Flyers dominated the Nov. 7 contest winning 5-2.

Quotes: Flyers

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