It was a week that started off slow and ended with a few points in the standings, and finally a victory. But there was one main reason the Flyers were able to compete in three of the four games they had this week.
It's time once again to select our Player and Play of the Week.
When Flyers goalie Brian Boucher lost the starting job to Roman Cechmanek in the 2000-01 season, the 28 year old "rookie" from the Czech Republic was not about to give it back anytime soon. The Flyers sixth-round pick of the 2000 NHL draft was here to stay.
On this Saturday night, Cechmanek recorded his first NHL win and first NHL Shutout, a 3-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres in front of 19,533 of the Flyers Faithful.
Both the losing streak and road trip are finally over. The only even-strength goal of the game was an empty-netter, so the game was entirely decided by special teams.
Perhaps even more importantly, it was another fantastic performance from Michal Neuvirth for his league-leading third shutout in only eight games. Neuvirth's record is 3-2-1, with his only victories coming by shutout. Hopefully, the Flyers offense can begin to make his life a little easier in the future.