"He's come in lately and done a good job - getting pucks to the net, jumping up in the play, been better defensively," Berube said before the game. "He's really come around."
Berube said Meszaros, 28, struggled defensively earlier in the season because he was still getting into form after missing most of last season with shoulder injuries.
"I think his injuries had something to do with it, but he's beyond his injuries now and playing pretty good hockey for us," the coach said.
Boston is among the teams that reportedly have shown interest in acquiring the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Meszaros, who was teammates with the Bruins' Zdeno Chara on Slovakia's Olympic team. It is believed that Chara is nudging the Bruins to add Meszaros.
Asked if he wanted to stay with the Flyers, Meszaros said: "I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It's my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen."
The Flyers probably would get a third-round pick or a prospect for Meszaros. They have to weigh that against his value during the last six weeks of the regular season and, if all goes well, the playoffs. You could argue he is one of the Flyers' top six defensemen, though he hasn't always been used in that capacity.
Dealing Meszaros and his $4 million salary-cap hit would give the Flyers more cap room to make another trade.
In the Olympics, Meszaros - the winner of the Barry Ashbee Award as the Flyers' best defenseman in 2010-11 - played in all situations and was one of Slovakia's top defensemen.
With Kimmo Timonen given the night off, Wayne Simmonds was one of the alternate captains. . . . The Flyers play three games in their first four days back from the Olympic break.