The Flyers played one of their best all-around games of the season Monday as they defeated visiting Ottawa, 5-1, and raised their record to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.
The Flyers haven’t lost since they dropped a 2-1 decision in Columbus on Oct. 25. That was the night, you’ll recall, that coach Peter Laviolette ripped his team in the media, saying they had no energy and played “mindless” hockey.
Since then, they have been the NHL’s best team.
They have scored 18 goals in their last three wins _ their highest total in a three-game span since 2005 _ and their defense has also been dominating.
In Monday’s win, Claude Giroux and Mike Richards each had three points, and the Flyers fired a season-high 46 shots on goal. Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and lowered his GAA to 2.01, seventh-best in the league. He has a .934 save percentage, fifth-best in the NHL.
Oh, and he is tied for the league lead with 11 wins.
The Flyers (12-4-2) played with great discipline, giving Ottawa just one power play. The Flyers were 1 for 5 on the PP.
“I liked the way we played tonight,” Laviolette said. “…It was a real good consistent team effort. We rolled the lines over, played everybody; the power play was good, and the penalty kill was good. The one opportunity they had, defensively we were pretty tight. Offensively, we threw a lot of pucks at the net, generated a lot of offense and tonight I thought probably was one of our better games.”
On Tuesday, they will play at Montreal (11-5-1) in a battle of division leaders.
“Tonight was a good test, and tomorrow will be even a bigger one,” said defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who played another strong game. “Montreal is playing good, and we just have to stay focused and play our game and our system.”
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