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Thursday, February 6th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (36-15-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (28-23-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will play their final two games before the NHL's Olympic break on home ice and Craig Berube's club will try to earn a third straight victory in Thursday's battle against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Flyers, winners in three of their last four games, recently went 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip in California. They lost the opener in Anaheim by a 5-3 score before recording consecutive victories in Los Angeles and San Jose.

Philadelphia trailed the Sharks by a 2-1 score heading into third period of Monday's game in San Jose, but rallied for a thrilling 5-2 win. It was the Flyers' first win against the Sharks in over 13 years.

Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux all scored in the first four minutes of the third period to help the Flyers mount the comeback. Jakub Voracek provided a score late in the final stanza to account for the final margin.

Coming into the game, the Flyers hadn't won in San Jose since Nov. 5, 1999 and had gone 0-8-3 with a pair of ties in the overall series since a 4-3 victory at home on Dec. 21, 2000.

Mark Streit also scored a first-period tally for the Flyers, while Steve Mason stopped 20 shots to pick up the win.

"Just the way we played tonight I think we deserved that win," said Giroux. "We were playing well and getting our chances and I think our defense played really well tonight."

Giroux has five goals and six assists over his last seven games. The Flyers captain is now tied with Wayne Simmonds for the team lead in goals with 18 despite going his first 15 games of the season without a marker.

Philadelphia enters Thursday with 62 points, tying it with the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Red Wings currently hold the tiebreaker due to holding a game in hand over the Flyers. Philly also is tied with Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers, who will host Calgary on Saturday before entering the Olympic break, are 14-10-1 this season on home ice.

Thursday's clash at Wells Fargo Center is the second and final meeting between the Flyers and Avalanche this season. The clubs met on Jan. 2 in Colorado and the Avalanche picked up a 2-1 regulation triumph to give them wins in two straight, three of four and eight of the last 10 meetings.

Although Philadelphia has lost six straight in Denver, the Flyers have won the past two matchups in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Avalanche, who are currently in third place in the Central Division and ranked fifth in the Western Conference, had a four-game winning streak halted with Tuesday's lopsided road loss against the New York Rangers.

Colorado fell 5-1 to the Rangers, suffering their first loss of more than three goals since a 7-2 setback in Chicago on Dec. 27.

The Avs fell behind 2-0 in the first period and were able to cut the deficit to a goal after Gabriel Landeskog's power-play tally at 6:37 of the second. However, Anton Stralman scored just 53 seconds later for New York to restore the two-goal cushion.

"Some nights the puck doesn't bounce your way. That's the way it was tonight," said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy.

Semyon Varlamov finished with 38 saves in a losing effort, while Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon, who had an assist, both extended their point streaks. Landeskog has three goals and six assists during a seven-game run, while the rookie MacKinnon has three goals and six helpers over the last six games.

Colorado was dealt only its second loss in its last eight road tests and fell to 17-8-2 as the guest this season.

Tonight's game will mark former Flyers forward Max Talbot's first game in Philly since he was traded for Steve Downie on Oct. 31. Talbot and Downie both failed to register a point against their former teams in the meeting last month in Colorado.

Talbot has five goals and 17 points in 45 games with the Avs since the trade. Downie has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 37 games this season during his second stint with the Flyers.

02/06 11:02:21 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
4th
MIN 80
DEN 92
 
3rd
NOP 79
DET 75
 
4th
MIA 80
LAL 80
 
4th
HOU 98
MEM 100
 
4th
OKC 98
PHI 92
 
3rd
SAN 67
SAC 48
 
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GSW
MIL
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LAC
POR
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
1st OT
TULA 61
HOU 63
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
2nd
MSU 59
PURD 50
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Half
TULSA 20
CIN 27
 
2nd
VANDY 44
MSST 40
 
2nd
OKST 36
TCU 30
 
Half
UCLA 46
USC 35
 
2nd
WYO 45
UTST 32
 
Half
MARQ 27
STJ 34
 
1st
EILL 26
SIUE 21
 
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AFA
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SJST
BSU
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NEV
COLST
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ILL
NEB
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ORST
OREG
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UNLV
SDST
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HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
3rd
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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ANA
MON
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COL
PIT