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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The in-their-heads question was asked a few times after the game. I don't think that's it. The Penguins have a lot of injuries these days, and the Flyers get full marks for taking advantage of them. Yes, they still have Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and that should win them a lot of games, but they are nicked and they know it. They'll be able to rationalize it.
This isn't about the Penguins' heads. It is about the Flyers' heads, and the lessons they seem to be learning about how good they can be.
"This weekend shows, the way we played, we can beat anybody when we play as a team and we work and every line is doing their job," said defenseman Kimmo Timonen, the seasoned voice of reason.
"Moving the right way, the right direction," Timonen said. "It's not easy to get four points out of this weekend - we all know that - but the way we've been playing, every line and Mase is playing really well. When we skate and we play as a team like that, these last two games, you're hard to play against - and we're going to win a lot of games."
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The NHL disallowed a goal that it clearly could see went in in a different manner than the referee's perception because, well, rules are rules.
"The playoffs on the line and you make a call like that?" said Jakub Voracek, who made the pass into the crease. "It's a bleeping joke. When the buzzer went on, I was 100 percent sure it was going to be a goal. Because Hartsy was driving the net with [the Devils' Anton] Volchenkov and I don't think Hartsy went into Brodeur by himself. It was a battle for a loose puck and I cannot believe it was not a goal."
Here's what the replay showed: Hartnell and Volchenkov driving toward the net together in the game's final minute, banging each other off balance as the puck arrived in Brodeur's crease, each player banging into Brodeur as well, Volchenkov's legs giving a puck loose under Brodeur's pads the final push into the net.
"Volchenkov put all his weight on me and I had to step on him," Hartnell said. "I just tried to get it on net. You look at it 100 times and I'm pretty sure 100 times you're going to say it's a goal."
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from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers will memorialize legendary Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero, who led two Flyers teams to Stanley Cup Championships (1974 and 1975), with an eight-foot tall, 1300-pound bronze statue at XFINITY Live! The statue will be unveiled as part of a free, open-to-the-public celebration in front of the Spectrum Grill at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the club will honor former captain and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk with a statue on Ford Thunder Alley in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning will unveil the statue in a pregame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to their home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, April 5.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
A decade ago, the Flyers' least conditioned player would likely have been chosen subjectively - by a kangaroo court of vets judging simply with their eyes.
Last month, the Flyers - and team management - were able to tell which players maintained their fitness by huddling around a computer screen. The numbers spoke for themselves.
That's because the Flyers are the only NHL team to train with data-collecting technology by Catapult Sports. During nearly every practice, Flyers players skate with a durable GPS tracking device that is roughly half the size of an iPhone sewn into a pocket on the back of their shoulder pads that remotely monitors distance, velocity, acceleration, deceleration, jumps, heart rate and recovery time, among many other things.
The heart-rate monitor, a strap that wraps around their chest, is the only piece of equipment players notice.
"I don't think anyone in here had any issue with wearing it," Flyers forward Jay Rosehill said. "In fact, I think everyone was pretty curious when we first started to wear it. It's funny how the game has evolved and they're using technology like that to track us."
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Way back in the day, the Philadelphia Flyers thought enough of Ryan Kesler’s upside that they signed him to an offer sheet – a rare provocative move in the NHL – in the hopes of poaching him from the Vancouver Canucks long before he ever broke through as a front-line NHL player. So Philadelphia’s interest in Kesler is long-standing and the question that the Flyers need to ask internally is, would they give up one of their two talented kids, either Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier, as the centrepiece of a possible deal with the Canucks?
Sure, Detroit is interested too, and the Kesler-Michigan connection makes it a plausible scenario, but the Flyers have the better assets to offer. Vancouver would likely insist on Schenn and Philadelphia would likely say no – too much upside there. But for Couturier, maybe that’s the bones of a possible deal.
From Philly’s perspective, Kesler as a No. 2, with Claude Giroux, Schenn and Vinnie Lecavalier as your other options down the middle makes for an impressive group (although Lecavalier has played a lot of wing for the Flyers this season).
The Flyers took a lot of criticism for flipping Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for Schenn and a pick that turned out to be Couturier (they also landed Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds in those deals). Richards has had a tough time of it in L.A. this season; to get Kesler’s experience might help mitigate some of that loss experience, and gird them for a run in this year’s playoffs.
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One of the toughest calls to make, probably would have been called a goal if the refs would have went in that direction.
via the Situation Blog,
At 14:59 of the first period in the Flyers/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review was inconclusive in determining if Nicklas Backstrom's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Washington.
See the screenshot I captured and enhanced below...
No secret that Holmgren is on a very hot seat as the club's general manager, and after changing coaches early in the season the heat is even more devilish. He is a man who has never shied away from a bold move, and unless the Flyers turn California into a proving ground rather than a burial ground, you can bet there will be changes in the roster around the Olympics.
When your job is on the line, you can only wait so long for things to come together before you change the ingredients – or they change the chef.
-Al Morganti at Philly.com where you can read more about the Flyers.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
In a matter of five games, they have slipped from second in the Metropolitan Division and fifth overall in the Eastern Conference to fourth and ninth, respectively -- out of the playoff picture.
“If that loss doesn’t open eyes ... you don’t even have to look at the standings,” Kimmo Timonen said. “We have to look at that game and what happened.
“That’s one of the top teams in the league, and they showed that to us. So if that’s not a wake-up call for us, you’re not supposed to be on this team.”
It doesn’t get easier from here for Craig Berube’s team, either.
The Flyers host Detroit on Tuesday, before heading to the West Coast to meet three pretty good teams that figure to give them fits -- Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.
“You play all year to get in the playoffs,” Scott Hartnell said. “Right now, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs, the way we’ve been playing the last three to four games and if we match up against Boston and play like that, we’re four-and-out again if it’s a playoff match.
“Guys need to get themselves ready. Guys need to be ready to work harder, ready to battle. It seems like we’re just going to try to cruise through games and win them and that’s losing hockey for sure.”
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