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Sean Couturier Awarded The Frank J. Selke Trophy

EDMONTON (Sept. 10, 2020) – Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers is the 2019-20 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Series Loss Cannot Damper The Future Of The Philadelphia Flyers

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This was not a COVID coincidence. This was not a moral victory. This was real. These Flyers are real.

Ignore their 4-0 Game 7 dud. It should not define the past season or their incandescent future.

This was real goaltending by 22-year-old Carter Hart. Real grit from 23-year-old defenseman Ivan Provorov. Real leadership from 32-year-old captain Claude Giroux and his chief lieutenant, Sean Couturier. Real discipline and defensive commitment from 31-year-old scorer Jake Voracek – a new trick for that old dog.

Giroux has two years left on his contract. The Flyers’ window will be open for at least that long. After a seven-game, second-round loss, that is real consolation.

“We like our team. We like the pieces we have,” said Giroux, who finally won a playoff series for the first time in eight years. “We’re going in the right direction.”

How do we know this is the right direction?

Because we saw real growth from a young core who were afforded no quarter by first-year coach Alain Vigneault. He challenged his Big Boys to wear their appropriate trousers not just after the Islanders took a three-games-to-one lead, but all season. Voracek and James van Riemsdyk are the second- and fourth-highest-paid players on the team. He didn’t care. He benched them both.

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Video- Before Tonight’s Game 6 Flyers/Islanders

Let's listen to the teams during game 5.

 

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Videos- Canucks, Flyers Win To Play Another Day

from the CP at TSN,

 Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko sat on the bench for a month, waiting 14 games for his first ever start in the NHL playoffs.

On Tuesday he got it, and made the most of it.

Demko made 42 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 at Rogers Place to stay alive in the post-season.

The Golden Knights still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 goes Thursday.

Demko got the nod after Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks' regular starter, was deemed unable to play and didn't dress. Demko battled a fierce Vegas attack all night long and an avalanche of shots: redirects, one-timers, odd-man rushes and goalmouth scrambles.

Prior to Tuesday, the 24-year-old had seen 8:26 of playoff action in 2020, mopping up for Markstrom in the third period of a 5-0 Vegas blowout in Game 1.

Demko said he has been preparing for it, putting in extra ice time to work on aspects of his game.

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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Morning Line- Chuck Fletcher

“You might see more hockey trades, the dollar-for-dollar trades where teams need to improve or need to upgrade in certain areas. If you don’t have the ability to go into the UFA market, you have to be creative and find solutions with other teams. So, it’s going to be very interesting.”

-Chuck Fletcher, GM for the Philadelphia Flyers.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more and a slew of other hockey topics.

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Video- Highlights Of Today’s Islanders/Flyers Game

Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead, the Islanders fought back to tie it late in the 3rd period then in OT, the Flyers win it.

 

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Scoring Issues For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers have a serious problem.

They cannot score goals.

As obvious as this flaw is, the Flyers’ lack of playoff scoring has escaped heavy scrutiny because, hey, look at how awesome Carter Hart is playing for a 22-year-old goalie and, wow, the defence has really rounded into form under the steady hand of Alain Vigneault.

Moreover, until Monday’s clinical dissection by the New York Islanders, Philly had been winning — sport’s cure-all for underlying ailments. They entered the Toronto bubble as a fourth seed and catapulted to top dogs as Boston and Washington sleepwalked through round-robin action.

They then slipped by a 12-seed Montreal Canadiens squad that came here for experience and moral victories and were able to chalk up their cold sticks to Carey Price.

But now? Now it’s a problem.

Through 10 post-season contests, the Flyers have averaged a scant 2.2 goals per game. Every team with worse production — and 10 (!) teams with better production — has already been eliminated.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Were Not Ready To Play

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers deserved what they got Monday night. They lost to the Islanders, 4-0, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and questions and concerns and they-had-betters will rain down on them until Game 2 on Wednesday afternoon, and they earned all those doubts, all those hedged bets.

From the drop of the puck at a few minutes after 7 p.m. until the end of the first period, they played as if busting out of the Toronto bubble and heading home were more important to them than competing for a Stanley Cup. They were outshot, 15-4. They were outscored by a goal. Those 20 minutes were a tone-setter. The Flyers were wobbled, and though they got their bearings back a bit in the second period, they collapsed for good in the third. They weren’t ready, and there’s no excuse for it, and it’s an open question whether they’ll recover from it....

...It might sound panicky to suggest that the Flyers have to win Game 2. It’s not, not after this performance. It’s one thing to lay an egg against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, against a young and tenacious but inferior team. It’s another thing to sleepwalk through the first period of the first game of a series against an opponent such as the Islanders. This is a team coached by Barry Trotz and constructed by Lou Lamoriello, two of the titans of the sport. This is a team that is solid up and down, can play multiple styles, and will not beat itself. The Flyers aren’t going to get away with anything against the Islanders. They’re certainly not going to get away with treating the franchise’s first conference-semifinal game in eight years like it’s a late December night in Calgary during a 10-day road trip.

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Evening Line- Mike Sielski

There’s that word: expect, with its implicit standard to be met. This is the postseason, and there’s only so much growing a team or its young goaltender can afford, because tomorrow is always a mystery, even for a kid as good as Carter Hart. Since his 2008 nightmare against the Flyers, Carey Price has been an All-Star six times, has won the Hart Trophy and the Vezina Trophy, and has appeared in 53 playoff games. Fifty-three. Two of them came after the second round. Two.

-Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer where you can read more on Hart and Price.

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The Battle Between Montreal And Philadelphia Continues

from the CP at Global News,

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says he’s “extremely disappointed” with comments made by Philadelphia Flyers coach Alain Vigneault about a play involving Montreal winger Brendan Gallagher before it was revealed he had a broken jaw.

Bergevin says Gallagher will miss “an extended period of time and will be eating his meals out of a straw,” after he was cross-checked by Flyers defenceman Matt Niskanen in Montreal’s win in Game 5 of their playoff series Wednesday.

After the Habs confirmed Gallagher suffered a broken jaw Thursday and will be out for the rest of the series, the NHL suspended Niskanen for one game. That means the defenceman will miss Game 6 tonight in Toronto.

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