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Goalies & Their Equipment

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Goaltenders have an unusual relationship with their equipment. Some pieces—like Biron’s skates and pants—are preserved and protected like a favorite childhood blanket. Others are changed as often as a car’s oil.

In the case of Biron, he’ll typically go through three sets of leg pads, four catching gloves, four blockers, two chest pads and two sets of arm pads in a season.

Right now, Biron is breaking in a new catching glove in practice, while in games he still uses the one that worked so well for him in the playoffs last season.

“Probably in another week or so I’ll start using it in games,” Biron said.

“In practice I love it. In a game situation, you don’t have time to think.”

The same goes for Biron’s blocker.

“My new one feels really good in practice, but if you use it in a game and misplay the puck, it’s in the net,” he said. “You need to make sure you’re really into it.”

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Morning Line

“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good.  We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row.  More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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Do The Flyers Need Shanahan

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Knuble, perhaps selfishly, thinks the Flyers are fine without Shanahan.

Through 17 games, Knuble is tied for third on the team with seven goals and leads the club with three power-play goals.

“I totally respect what Brendan can bring to a team and to a (locker) room,” Knuble said. “But I think we grew as a group last year. Would one guy be able to come in and change a lot of things? I don’t know. We don’t have one of those yeller-screamer personalities, but we have guys who step up and say the right things.”

At 36, Knuble is three years younger than Shanahan and believes he can be a productive player for the Flyers beyond this season. Knuble makes $2.8 million this season, a fair price for a player on pace for 34 goals.

more on the Flyers…

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Briere Out With Groin Pull

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Danny Briere won’t need another surgery, and his latest injury is not directly related to his recently repaired abdominal tears, but he will miss at least the next three games with a groin pull.

Briere said yesterday that he felt pain in his left groin early in Tuesday night’s win over the Islanders on Long Island, but stayed in long enough to score the opening goal before taking himself out of the game.

“Probably my second or third shift I felt it right away,” he said. “I thought it would warm up. I thought it was nothing major but it just got worse and worse.”

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Evening Line

“I kind of figured it was coming.  A couple times he yelled at me for not moving my feet. I just hope he holds everyone accountable no matter what number they’re wearing on the back.

“It’s all for the team now. I was upbeat and positive cheering guys on.

Winning’s fun, even when you’re sitting.”

-Scott Hartnell of the Flyers after being benched in the 3rd period today, a victory over the New York Islanders.  More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post including the latest lower-body injury to Daniel Briere.

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Flyers Trade For Matt Carle

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While the Flyers continue to wait for news from free agent winger Brendan Shanahan, they made a more critical move to strengthen their ailing defense, sending Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old defenseman Matt Carle.

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Winning Draws

from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,

He might be pushing 60 but Bob Clarke can still show them a thing or two.

The Flyers legend accepted coach John Stevens’ invitation to step on the ice yesterday and share a few tips about winning faceoffs.

Considering the Flyers are third-worst in the NHL (46.0 percent) on draws, any input was going to be helpful.

In this case, youngsters like Jeff Carter (42.4 percent) can learn something from a Hall of Famer who used to snarl at linesmen: “They’re not paying money to watch you drop the puck!”

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Flyers Need To Think Defense First

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In the first three-plus weeks of the season, the Flyers have been mostly about glitter (see their NHL-leading 3.91 goals per game) and little about substance (see their sad-sack 3.64 goals-against average).

That has to change, coach John Stevens said after yesterday’s practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County.

“We’re almost thinking the game offensively first, and that’s a trap any team falls into at certain points of the season - and it’s one we have to learn from,” Stevens said.

“We’re almost cheating on the offensive side of the puck too many times, and it catches us,” he said.

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Memories of the Spectrum

Mark Howe remembers his times in Philadelphia (as told to Bill Meltzer) at Philadelphia Flyers.com:

I was fortunate to play 22 years of pro hockey. My ten years with the Flyers were some of the happiest times of my life. I always associate good times with winning teams, and we did a lot of winning in Philadelphia and had a quality group of guys off the ice.

In terms of Spectrum memories, to be honest, I don’t really have very many of the place itself. What the arena really represents to me are the people I saw there.

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Inconsistent Calls Questioned By Flyers

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But on several occasions on Sunday they seemed perplexed by the judgment of referees Dan O’Rourke and Wes McCauley, who whistled the Flyers for seven minor infractions and the Oilers for six.

“It’s hard to distinguish between what a penalty is because it’s somewhat inconsistent,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said. “Just because a guy gets by you, you can’t make a desperation play because even if you touch him the arm is going to go up.

“I don’t want to say anything and get fined, but it’s hard because of the inconsistency.”

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