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The Associated Press

A pair of third-period comebacks have the Philadelphia Flyers in position to win three in a row on the road for the first time this season.

Facing the punchless Calgary Flames may not provide too tough a hurdle.

The Flyers will try to make things easier on themselves Tuesday night when they go for a fifth straight win in Calgary.

Philadelphia (19-16-4) entered this six-game road trip with only two wins in their last 10 there. It hasn't taken very long to match that win total, but it has needed some dramatics.

The Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak away from home Saturday, winning 4-3 in a shootout at Edmonton after Scott Hartnell extended the game with a third-period tally. Brayden Schenn provided the dramatics Monday, scoring with 46.8 seconds left in regulation before Steve Mason turned aside all three shootout attempts in a 4-3 win at Vancouver.

A visit to Calgary (14-19-6) may keep the Flyers rolling into the new year by sweeping the Western Canada portion of this trip. They visit Colorado on Thursday.

Before that, Philadelphia will try to extend its four-game winning streak at Scotiabank Saddledome, dating to a loss there on March 22, 2001.

Claude Giroux has one goal and two assists in two career visits to Calgary. He assisted on goals by Jakub Voracek and Braydon Coburn before scoring in the shootout of a 5-4 win there Feb. 25, 2012.

The All-Star center enters this meeting riding a career-high nine-game point streak, totaling six goals and 11 assists. He had one of each against the Canucks.

Despite Giroux's surge, coach Craig Berube didn't mince words about his team's leaky defense on this trip.

"They better defend a lot better than they did tonight or they'll be in trouble," he told the Flyers' official website.

Berube may be thrilled the Flyers are playing a Calgary team struggling on offense. The Flames have dropped six of seven games (1-4-2), and they've been shut out three times during that stretch.

That includes back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Edmonton on Friday and two days later to Vancouver, managing just 18 shots versus the Canucks.

Calgary has never been blanked in three straight games.

"I think that confidence or scoring goals is something that can become very fragile," coach Bob Hartley told the team's official website "Suddenly you don't think that you'll score another goal ever. That's not the case. I think that we just have to keep going being sharper around the net. We're losing lots of loose pucks around the loose paint. I think that's where the vast majority of goals are being scored in this league.

"Just come back to basics and believe in yourself."

Hartley's advice may strike a chord with Michael Cammalleri. The center leads the Flames with 12 goals, but he's scored just once in 12 home games despite taking 40 shots.

He's failed to get on the scoresheet in three straight meetings with Philadelphia.

Sean Monahan doesn't have a point in six games. The center, the sixth overall selection in June's draft, is third on the team with 10 goals, but has just one in the past six home contests.

"This team can score goals," Hartley said. "We've shown it in the past. We just have to find a way to stick together and be better."

Calgary's average of 2.36 goals on the season rank 25th.

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