Netminder Ray Emery shines as Flyers edge Flames

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Claude Giroux scored the game-winner in the third period while goaltender Ray Emery recorded 32 saves in his first home start since Nov. 21 to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers (30-23-6), who marched to their fourth straight victory that gave them a three-point lead in the race for third place in the Metropolitan Division heading into a break during the Sochi Olympics.

Matt Stajan scored and Reto Berra stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Flames (22-29-7), who dropped two of their last three outings.

After a scoreless first, the Flyers opened managed to open the scoring with 11:56 remaining in the second. Schenn took a pass in the slot from Wayne Simmonds and beat Berra with a high wrist shot for his first goal in seven games.

Two minutes after the Flyers took a 1-0 lead, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was called for hooking Lee Stempniak but the Flames failed to capitalize with a man advantage.

Philadelphia extended its lead 16 seconds later as Giroux’s wrist shot from the high slot beat Berra for his 20th of the season at 4:04. The score gave the Flyers captain six goals in his past seven games.

The Flames had a prime opportunity to cut into the Philadelphia lead when Braydon Coburn was whistled for delay of game after shooting the puck out of play with 7:43 left in regulation.

Calgary failed to register a shot on the man advantage and the Flyers sixth-ranked penalty killers erased an advantage for the 17th time in their past 18 attempts.

Emery lost the shutout late in the third when Stajan pounced on a rebound off a shot by TJ Galiardi for his 10th of the season, cutting the deficit to 2-1 with 2:26 left.

Berra was pulled for an extra attacker in the final minute but the Flames failed to get another puck behind Emery, allowing the Flyers to escape with the victory.

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