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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and delcotimes.com. He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Flyers starting to warm at right time

Not that it was the way the Flyers had it pre-arranged, but if they reach the playoffs now it will be one, and only one way: Hot.

And hot works once the win-or-perish rounds begin.

No, they are not challenging the Miami Heat for the most consistent team of the winter, nor are they anything but a last-place team (still) in the Atlantic Division. But they have collected six points over their last five games, and are on a two-game winning streak after a 5-4 overtime victory Sunday over visiting Washington.

They have the No. 1 NHL power play, a useful goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov, and a look on the face of Claude Giroux that says, well, that maybe he is in a mood to realize Peter Laviolette's projection of him as the best player in the world.

“I think everybody has a good understanding of where we sit and what we are capable of,” Peter Laviolette was saying before the game Sunday. “But I don't think it changes from a week ago or two weeks ago or a month ago: We need to win hockey games. I think guys are ready to play.”
 
They were.
 
And with 13 games left, they have to remain that way.
 
But if so, they will roll --- not back --- into the postseason, where momentum usually helps.
 
Check out my column on the Flyers' sudden rejuvenation in the Daily Times Monday and, as always, on delcotimes.com

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