"They're watching my every move,'' Radko Gudas said of the referees. `They're in my head."
The blossoming of rookie Nolan Patrick is one of the reasons for the Flyers' stunning in-season transformation.
You want an omen? The last time the Flyers started four different goaltenders in a season was 2009-2010.
Goalie Petr Mrazek was superb in his Flyers debut and Nolan Patrick scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over visiting Columbus on Thursday night.
The Flyers are hoping left winger Oskar Lindblom, recently recalled from the Phantoms, can make an impact. Injuries to Wayne Simmonds and Travis Konecny have thinned the Flyers at wing.
John Langel watched the U.S. women's hockey team's thrilling Olympic gold medal win over Canada from the same room in his home where he watched the U.S. women's soccer team win the 1999 World Cup final. It might have been a coincidence. It also might have been a good luck charm.
The Flyers defenseman, a former student at the Florida high school, marvels at the passion and resolve of surviving students since a gunman killed 17 in America's latest public massacre.
"Maybe it's an overused term,'' coach Dave Hakstol said after the morning skate before tonight's home game against Columbus. "But in an oversimplified way, that's what it is.''
The goalie acquired from Detroit earlier this week likely will start Thursday against visiting Columbus. The Flyers will take a nine-game points streak (7-0-2) into the matchup.
Right winger Travis Konecny, who injured his right foot Tuesday, is listed as "probable" for Thursday's game against visiting Columbus, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
"I got the taste. Now I know I can do it,'' the rookie netminder says.
The Flyers moved to within three points of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. They are now 12-0-1 at home against Montreal since April 2, 2010.
After a bumpy first start, Alex Lyon has fashioned two dependable, if not outstanding performances. He has faced a total of 52 shots over two games and allowed three goals in his second coming with the Flyers, and none were stoppable.