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Flyers Survive Late Canadiens Rush

In a game that had a little something for everybody, the Flyers secured another 2 points at home as they prepared to take on their last opponent before the Olympic break. The scoring got started in the first period by a weird play in which Scott Hartnell was hacking away at Carey Price for a loose puck and wound up moving him into the net with his stick as Jeff Carter knocked the loose puck home. The Flyers came out in the 2nd period and scored another two quick goals to take a commanding lead. First one being by Carter again with a slap shot (rarely done) from the point after he rotated back, and the second being a shot by Matt Carle that deflected off of traffic in front courtesy of Aaron Asham. The Flyers were seemingly firing on all cylinders in the first two periods and they did a stout job of keeping the puck out of their own zone.

In the third period they let two early goals get the Canadiens back in the game before the Canadiens took 3 consecutive tripping penalties to give the Flyers ample powerplay time. Carey Price stopped them all, and preserved a chance for the Habs to get back in it even though they lost most of their momentum after being penalize so many times in a short span. Then on an aggressive forecheck by Darroll Powe, he sent Spacek face first into the boards and got a 5 minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
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Flyers Sweep Devils; Emery Out for 3 Weeks; Carter to the Olympics?

Flyers came back from another 2 goal deficit to beat the Devils in a thrilling overtime victory. The Flyers were a team coming into this series who were having trouble finding the back of the net and without starting goaltender Ray Emery (again). They were facing arguably one of the greatest goalies the sport has to offer and some good forward talent (Kovalchuk, Parise, Elias, Langenbrunner to name a few), and came out with 4 points from the two games in very tight Eastern Conference. Last night’s goals by Asham in the first and Carter in the second beat the star goaltender to tie it up at two going into the 3rd, where the Flyers only had one shot the whole period. In overtime, Gagne had a great shift and got 3 scoring chances, the third being the one to go in. He was with Mike Richards and they certainly got the job done by cycling the puck with Timonen down low before Gagne ripped a shot from the top of the slot.
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Flyers Come Back Big; Other Flyers Happenings

The Flyers have not come back from a 2 goal or more deficit all season, that is until tonight when the Flyers were down 2-0 against the New Jersey Devils late in the 2nd. A great breakout by Claude Giroux to James Van Riemsdyk led to the Flyers first goal, and with a little more than a minute later they would tie it up on another nice breakout. This time, it was Scott Hartnell feeding Jeff Carter across the slot to ram it home past Brodeur to close out the 2nd period tied at two. It would stay that way until Kimmo Timonen made a nice pinch into the offensive zone on the powerplay and brought the puck behind the net before finding his captain in front of the net for an easy slam dunk into the net to take the lead 3-2. These three goal scorers have been struggling lately and maybe they pick it up after some confidence-boosting goals tonight.
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Flyers Trade OKT and 2011 5th Rounder for Ville Leino

The Flyers and Red Wings have inked a deal this morning to move one of this year’s new Flyers, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, to Detroit along with a 5th round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft for forward Ville Leino. This move was probably in conjunction with getting rid of Tollefsen who became dead weight after we signed Krajicek. The question is, where will Leino play? I see him playing for Adirondack and maybe getting a shot sometime down the road. This was more of a depth move for forward since we have a good amount at defense once Parent and Syvret get healthy.

Don’t know too much about this Leino fellow but hopefully he pans out somehow.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2010 in Flyers News

 

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Devils Get Kovalchuk

Reports are running rampant that Kovalchuk will be in the Atlantic Division, but on the Flyers. The Devils and Thrashers have not announced details, but sources say that it is a done deal. Don’t have to worry about signing him now, but he will be a threat the rest of the season and we see the Devils for two games next week. It certainly makes things interesting.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Oilers Steal One Late; Emery Extention Looming?

Last night’s game was in no way a poor showing by the Flyers. They did another good job of keeping the puck away from Michael Leighton who got his first start in a while last night. They mustered 33 shots on goal while keeping the Oilers to 27, and it was their last shot that counted. Darroll Powe was fighting with an Oiler forward for the puck in the defensive zone, and one too many stick lifts led to an Oilers powerplay with less than 2 minutes in regulation. With less than 17 seconds left on the Oilers’ last rush, former Flyer Ryan Potulny slid a puck past Leighton on an east-to-west pass play by Gagner. That one play proved to be fatal, as the Flyers had trouble finding the back of the net even with 11 shots on the powerplay. There were many chances that were inches from going in, including quite a few shots off the post and lots of traffic in front causing loose pucks to either go wide or get deflected/blocked away. It was just one of those nights for the Flyers and the Oilers won consecutive games for the first time since Gretzky played for them (just kidding, but really it was a long drought for them).

They need to move on and play at Minnesota Saturday night to come home for two home and home series with the Devils and Canadiens before the break. Not much else to be said about the Oilers game, they just need to get points before the break. Out of 10 points available left to get, I’d accept 8 at the least.
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Flyers News, Flyers Talk and Other

 

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The Ilya Kovalchuk Sweepstakes

Jeff Carter would be gone. That’s one of the only scenario that I could see happening. He is the only top forward on our team that holds interest from other NHL clubs that does not have a no-trade clause. Would you be willing to part with his goal scoring ability and defensive play? I’m not, and I don’t see Holmgren willing to either. However, since the Flyers are one of the teams heavily invested in talks with the Thrashers, this debate becomes a news story.

Even if we could get someone to waive their no-trade clause (Gagne or Briere) they would not be interested in moving to Atlanta, that’s for sure. Leave a Cup contending team with a loyal fan base to a building franchise like Atlanta? Gagne has been here his whole career, and shows no sign or want to leave Philly. Briere is getting paid out the ass right now and has yet to have as good of a season as his first one with the Flyers during their ECF run in the 07-08 season. Of course, he has been plagued with injuries but that doesn’t change the fact that he has not been producing as much as he did in Buffalo or when he first came here. Obviously, Richards will not be traded and would not be needed to waive his NTC as he is the face and captain of our franchise for the next decade. What are our other options?
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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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