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Voracek received two minutes for an illegal check to the head.
fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team.
A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong.
“There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back,” Hextall said.
He said he hoped to have a final answer later this weekend and that Timonen still had not been medically cleared to play.
“There’s still a process going on and quite frankly, since I last talked to you guys, it has not moved forward,” Hextall said. “It’s at the same spot.”
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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
His style is to lead by his relentless style on the ice. Giroux's teammates haven't followed the example enough. There have been too many listless periods, too many breakdowns on the penalty kill, too many nights where they fall behind early and are chasing the game.
"I'm not the only one frustrated. I think everyone in the room is frustrated," said Giroux, who will play in his third All-Star Game on Sunday. "Instead of me going in and yelling at everybody, I think it's important we stick together and we do this together. We can't be blaming and pointing fingers. I think it's important we stick together, and if we do this, we're going to get out of this hole."
The hole is deep. At the all-star break, the Flyers are 12 points out of a playoff spot and need to hop over four teams to get the final berth. Impossible, no. Highly improbable, yes.
The Flyers need a staggering 49 points in their remaining 34 games (say, 22-7-5) to finish with the same amount of points as last season - 94 - likely enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Now that would be a Miracle on Ice.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are outraged at Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo.
They're angry over a dirty hit that injured Letang in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night a Wells Fargo Center and disgusted about Rinaldo's postgame comments in which he bragged that he "changed the game" and "might have changed" his club's fortunes in what's been a bad season.
Since his hit, Rinaldo has been getting bashed virtually nonstop with messages sent to his @rinaldozac Twitter account, many of which were quite vulgar.
Others kept it clean by calling Rinaldo a disgrace, thug, beer leaguer, embarrassment, idiot, Neanderthal, coward, punk, puke, scumbag, tooth bag, meathead, dirty, useless, moron, garage, trash, scrub, goon and savage.
Plus a game misconduct.
Update #2: Via The Score's Navin Vaswani:
"I don't think our record shows how good of a team we are. "If we start playing the way we can play, we're going to start winning."
-Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers after a 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders today. More from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
There are a slew of oddities about this unfulfilling season. The Flyers have one of the best power plays in the NHL and just about the worst penalty kill. Their Achilles' is said to be a subpar defense, yet this team has been undone by a lack of secondary scoring as often as it has by its defense, even amid the seasonlong shuffling of the blue line because of injury.
It all points to a rudderless ship. And yet their leaders are four guys who are the proverbial run-through-the-wall types, guys who not only have resisted any prodding to second-guess the second-year coach, but also often sound like his defense attorneys.
Instead, they sound as confused as anybody, such as when Streit said after Thursday's 4-0 Vancouver loss: "I know we had a rough loss Wednesday night, but there shouldn't be a reason to hang our heads or lose our sense of urgency out there. After those two goals, it felt like we let each other down. We got too passive. We let them have the puck and we let them play way too much.
"I don't really have an answer. It's tough to explain. I don't know why we stopped playing. There is no reason, with the team we have."
Except . . . leadership?
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The Flyers, coming off consecutive shutout losses, are 13 points out of the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot with 37 games left.
Ed Snider’s head probably tells him to forget about this year, that’s it’s time to rebuild and look to the future.
His heart, however, tells him not to give up on the season.
“I’m not there yet. I can’t be there yet,” Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said before the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s 111th annual banquet in Cherry Hill on Friday. “It would take all the joy out of everything we’re trying to do. It’s a difficult season. You feel they’ve turned the corner _ like the first three games of a long road trip. Against three tough teams, and then, pfft. They immediately didn’t do well against lesser teams.”
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
In truth, the Flyers’ season was finished weeks ago, when they limped home from an eight-game road trip with five straight losses to some of the NHL’s least impressive competition.
Or, maybe the death knell truly began in November, when the Flyers staggered through a 1-8-1 stretch that saw coach Craig Berube throw darts seemingly around the entire locker room to determine healthy scratches on an underwhelming roster.
No matter. There will be plenty of time over the next 3 months to dissect when, where and what caused the Flyers to unravel.
What cannot be debated is that last night served as the first obvious moment when the Flyers stopped believing. With atrocious body language and even less energy, they were shut out for the second night in a row and whipped, 4-0, by a Vancouver team that had scored only two goals in its previous three games.
It didn’t take much more than one goal allowed to make the mentally fragile Flyers to crumble.
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