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The winning streak is over, but the point streak lives on.
Go to overtime or a shootout in six-out-of-seven games and, well, that’s going to happen.
(That’s the first time that’s ever happened for the Flyers by the way. According to the NHL stats and information department, since the advent of overtime in 1983, the Flyers have never had a seven-game stretch where six games went past regulation. Pretty remarkable when you think about it.)
The Flyers lost in the shootout to the Washington Capitals 2-1, snapping a four-game winning streak, but they now have points in seven straight games. The lone problem with that is the Capitals have points in 13 straight games and have now stretched their lead over the Flyers to nine points in the Metropolitan Division.
And although the Flyers likely won’t close that gap in the remaining 64 games this season, it’s nice to be talking about them in any capacity about the top of the division standings and not the bottom.
After all, the Flyers’ past five games have come against five really good teams. The Carolina Hurricanes, who were in the Eastern Conference Final a season ago; the Montreal Canadiens, who have the same record as the Flyers and currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division; the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have a ton of skill and talent, even if they are under-performing at the moment, and were a popular pick to compete this season for the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins, who may well be the best team in hockey, and the Capitals, who currently have the best record in the sport.
And that gauntlet, playing those five teams in eight games, resulted in the Flyers taking nine out of a possible 10 points: