Schenn, Hartnell lead Flyers over Flames

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After playing some of their best hockey this month, the Philadelphia Flyers now sit and wait.

Or take a relaxing vacation somewhere warm.

Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell scored, Ray Emery stopped 32 shots and the Flyers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

With momentum going their way, it's not an ideal time for Philadelphia to take 18 days off for the Olympic break. Five players are headed to Sochi to play for their countries and several others are headed to sunny destinations.

"We knew this was going to happen," Schenn said. "It's up to us to keep in shape and be ready when we come back."

Flyers chairman Ed Snider expressed his disdain for the break Thursday night, saying "it's ridiculous. There's no benefit to us whatsoever."

Players weren't quite that vocal.

"I'm going to relax mentally and make sure I'm ready for the second half," captain Claude Giroux said.

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

The Flyers are 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 NHL.

"I think we've been playing good hockey. We've been in every game," Stajan said. "Sometimes the hockey gods don't reward you, and that's not to say they didn't play well. They had chances, too, that our goalie made some saves. That's the game. We'll take this break, come back, and try and get back at it on home ice."

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

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