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Flyers seek to continue hot streak against Canucks

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The Philadelphia Flyers will be searching for their season-best eighth straight win when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

The Flyers won their final three games before the All-Star break and have remained hot with four more victories in a row since returning.

Philadelphia rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the visiting Edmonton Oilers before rallying for a stellar 5-4 victory in overtime on Saturday to keep the streak going.

Nolan Patrick scored the game-winner in overtime with the other four goals coming on the power play. It was the first time all season that the Flyers recorded four power play goals in one game.

"Confidence helps in the power play," Flyers captain Claude Giroux told Philly.com. "You make plays, you keep it simple. The power play hasn't won us a lot of games this year, but today we were able to make a few plays."

Giroux, Travis Konecny, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier each scored one power-play goal and rookie goaltender Carter Hart stopped 40 shots. The last time the Flyers scored four power-play goals in one game was October of 2008.

Hart, who was recently named the Rookie of the Month for January, won his sixth straight start.

"That just goes to show how guys are invested right now and how much we're willing to pay the price to succeed," Hart told reporters. "Guys are going all out right now and we want to keep this thing rolling. It's been a lot of fun and we're going to do everything we can to keep things rolling."

The Flyers also received a boost with the return of key defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who had missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury.

The Canucks struggled briefly before the All-Star break with a loss at home to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Following the time off, the Canucks clearly regrouped because they went on the road and soundly defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday.

"Our guys really responded," Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom told reporters after making 34 saves. "The way we finished the break, I wasn't happy and this was a big game we needed to win."

Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen had one goal and one assist apiece for the Canucks. Tyler Motte, Nikolay Goldobin and Brock Boeser also added one goal each for Vancouver.

The Canucks, whose game in Philadelphia will be the second of a four-game road trip, are 4-1-1 in their last six games. The loss to the Hurricanes stopped a four-game unbeaten streak.

Vancouver jumped out to a 3-0 advantage and never looked back. Holding leads has been an issue all season for the Canucks.

Not this time.

"That gave us confidence right from the get-go, and momentum, and we built off it well," Boeser told reporters of the early lead. "I thought we played a good, hard, solid game. We kept it simple out there and I think that's why we had success tonight."

Goldobin returned to the lineup and scored one goal after being a healthy scratch for the previous four games.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 4, 2019

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