By Michael Bennett

One of the sure ways you can tell when a sports team’s success is for real is the emergence of lots of players as game-changers.

For the Flyers, that of late would be Brayden Schenn!

The Flyers have won nine consecutive games for the first time since 1995, impressively extending the streak with the past two wins on back-to-back nights. And Schenn scored in overtime for a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday after scoring a hat trick in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

Schenn, who posted a career-high 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points in 80 games last season, has taken another step forward this season.

It helps that the Flyers have three players among the league’s top 15 in scoring with Jakub Voracek (11 goals, 21 assists, 32 points), Claude Giroux (9-20–29) and Wayne Simmonds (15-13–28).

Voracek is having a bounce-back season and has 15 points in his past nine games to push him to a tie for second in league scoring.

The Flyers showed grit and determination while earning a postseason berth last season but lost to the Washington Capitals in the first round. With their play lately, the Flyers are proving that was no fluke and are a playoff contender again.

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