Flyers Notes: Streit says return to Nassau Coliseum 'emotional'

Posted: October 28, 2013

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Veteran defenseman Mark Streit, who is in his first year with the Flyers, said it was "emotional" to return Saturday to his former indoor playground, the Nassau Coliseum.

"You just have to try to focus on the game and not the circumstances," the former New York Islanders captain said before the opening faceoff. "It's definitely special because I spent five years here and have a lot of great memories . . . especially making the playoffs last year."

Streit, 35, registered two assists in Saturday's first period, during which he was saluted with a video montage on the scoreboard. The two assists raised his season total to four.

The Flyers entered the night with a 2-7 record.

"Some of the injured guys are coming back, which is huge for us," he said, referring to Vinny Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell. "During the offseason, we signed some new guys, and there's a new chemistry to the team, and maybe it just takes a little longer, but I think we're on the right path."

Power-play woes

The Flyers started the game 29th in the 30-team NHL on the power play, clicking at just 8.1 percent (3 for 37). They were 1 for their last 25 before Lecavalier scored on the Flyers' first power play Saturday night.

"We've got to get shots and momentum," coach Craig Berube said. "You always say the power play has to score, but you have to go out and create momentum for your team. You do that by getting the shots through and getting the puck back; it's about puck recovery and getting shots through. If we start getting too fancy and passing it around too much, you forget about shooting, and before you know it, the power play is over."

At Saturday's morning skate, the Flyers spent more time than usual working on the power play.

Hartnell returns

After missing four games with an upper-body injury, Hartnell returned to the lineup.

The left winger's #hartnelldown Foundation, which raises money for local charities, is hosting what it calls a "chowdown," and giving fans a chance to have dinner with Hartnell next Sunday at Spasso Italian Grill in Old City. For more information, e-mail the foundation's director, Carrie Wood-Grillo, at carrie@hartnelldown.com.

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