The Avs got 2 goals from Matt Duchene, but it wasn't enough as the Flyers won their 10th straight

Posted at 11:18 PM, Dec 14, 2016

DENVER -- Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn scored 1:46 apart in the third period to help the Philadelphia Flyers to their 10th straight victory, 4-3 over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

The Flyers have their longest winning streak since a franchise-best 13-game run in 1985.

Off a Colorado turnover in its own zone, Lyubimov slapped the go-ahead goal past Calvin Pickard 3:30 into the third. Schenn added to the lead with his fifth goal in his last three games.

Wayne Simmonds and Michael Del Zotto also scored, and Steve Mason stopped 26 shots.

Pickard, starting in place of injured Semyon Varlamov, made 21 saves. Matt Duchene had two goals and Rene Bourque also scored for the Avalanche. They have lost five straight at home and eight of their last 10 overall.

Duchene scored his second goal of the night to make 4-3 with 4:45 remaining. Mason denied the equalizer despite an aggressive Colorado attack after Pickard was pulled with 1:31 left.

Earlier, Duchene put back a rebound off Mason to give Colorado a 2-1 lead 16:34 into second, but Simmonds tied it 23 seconds later with his 16th goal of the season, fourth-most in the league.

The Flyers appeared to score again 78 seconds after that, but Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal was overturned after video replay deemed that he tipped in the goal with a high stick.

Things got chippy after that. Gabriel Landeskog laid out Michael Raffl with a big, causing Landeskog and Jakub Voracek to the drop gloves. Both got in a few shots before Voracek fell to the ice.

The Flyers got on the board first with Del Zotto's goal 4:01 into the second. Del Zotto took a crossing pass from Giroux but Pickard slid across the crease to deny his initial chance. The puck fluttered into the air and dropped back into the crease before Del Zotto swiped in his own rebound into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Bourque tied it 12:14 into the second with his ninth goal of the year.

Note: The Avalanche recalled goalie Spencer Martin from San Antonio to serve as backup while Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury. ... Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere returned after missing one game with a swollen right hand, while fellow defenseman Mark Streit is expected to be out two weeks with a shoulder injury.


Flyers: At Dallas on Saturday night.

Avalanche: Host Florida on Friday night.