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Schenn, Hartnell lead Flyers over Flames

  • Article by: ROB MAADDI
  • Associated Press
  • February 8, 2014 - 2:50 PM

PHILADELPHIA — Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell scored goals, Ray Emery stopped 32 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Making his first start since Jan. 23, Emery had a shutout going until Matt Stajan scored with 2:26 left.

The Flyers enter the Olympic break just one point behind the New York Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Despite winning six of their past eight games, the Flames are tied for the third-fewest points in the league.

The teams resume their regular-season schedule on Feb. 27.

Schenn gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period when he ripped a shot from the left circle off goalie Reto Berra's glove and into the net. Wayne Simmonds set it up with a nice pass from the side of the net.

Hartnell made it 2-0 early in the third when he scored his 15th goal.

Passed over by Team Canada for the Olympics, Claude Giroux has been one of the league's top players the past two months.

Five players from the Flyers are heading to Sochi for the Olympics: forwards Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek, and defensemen Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros and Mark Streit. Berra and defenseman Ladislav Smid are the only Flames going.

With momentum going their way, it's not an ideal time for Philadelphia to take 18 days off. Flyers chairman Ed Snider expressed his disdain for the Olympic break Thursday night, saying "it's ridiculous. There's no benefit to us whatsoever."

NOTES: Flyers G Steve Mason had cramping issues during a win over Colorado on Thursday night, but could've started against the Flames. ... Schenn extended his career high in goals to 15. ... . Emery's previous appearance was Jan. 25 in relief of Mason. ... The Flames had won five of their previous six games in Philadelphia. ... Calgary lost 2-0 in Montreal on Tuesday.

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