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Pretty good battle, but personally I don't see why dropping the gloves right after a faceoff is needed.
Craig Berube disagrees...
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Prior to tonight's game at Columbus against the Blue Jackets, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Steve Downie will not be in the line-up.
Downie will also be out 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.
With Downie out of the line-up tonight, Vinny Lecavalier will return to action.
Originally expected to be out 3-4 weeks from Dec. 9 with a non-displaced back fracture, Lecavalier will appear in his first game since Nov. 30 at Nashville. He has missed the last nine games, and a total of 13 games on the year.
Lecavalier leads the team in power-play goals with five and is tied for second on the team in goals (9). In his first season with the Flyers he has 14 points (9g-5a) in 22 games.
Falling away from the net, Giroux with the backhand goal from a tough angle.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
After weeks of haggling between Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and then-Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson – did the Jackets want Carter or Mike Richards? would the Jackets include a prospect, first-round pick, and maybe another decent pick? – the two sides began to narrow in on a deal that would send promising left wing Jake Voracek, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick to the Flyers for the veteran Carter.
Holmgren hemmed and hawed for a few days until GMs began showing up in St. Paul and Minneapolis for the draft.
Holmgren called Howson the day before the draft in the morning to tell him he was ready to make the move, but not before he dropped a bombshell on Howson’s lap, one that staggered him and forced him to sit down:
“You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter (ital) and (end) Richards.
via Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Brayden Schenn’s night ended more than a period early after a hit threw him head first into the boards.
Washington’s Tom Wilson hit Schenn, who had the puck and turned to the boards, with 4:44 remaining in the second period. Schenn went flying and the crown of his helmet was the first thing to make contact with the boards behind the Flyers’ goalline.
Wilson was given a 5-minute major for boarding, another five minutes for fighting Nick Grossmann and a game misconduct.
Schenn tried to get off the ice under his own power, but fell three different times before trainer Jim McCrossin could get to him and help him off the ice.
Watch the hit below...
Lecavalier said still no return date, just trying to increase his on-ice workouts at this point in time and move forward.
NEW YORK (Dec. 13, 2013) - Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been fined $2,230.77. the maximum permitted under the CBA, for cross-checking Chicago forward Kris Versteeg in NHL Game No. 471 in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:25 of the second period. No penalty was assessed to Schenn on the play.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
5 for elbowing and a game for Emelin.
added 9:21pm, Flyers broadcast view of the hit is below...
from Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine,
It wasn't until around 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving, when the Flyers arrived home from a Florida trip in which the they were swept by the Lightning and Panthers. The team was given the holiday off by coach Craig Berube and if there was a player who deserved a day to kick back, watch some football and relax, it was Steve Mason.
November was a good month for the Flyers goaltender. He finished it with a 6-2-2 record, 1.94 goals-against average and, most, impressively a .938 save percentage. You have to go back to December 2008 to find a month in which he started at least 10 games and had a save percentage that high. That was his breakout rookie season in Columbus, the year that, in retrospect, might have not have been the best way for a 20-year-old goalie to break into the NHL.
At 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Mason passed on the day off and was on the ice in Philadelphia with a few shooters, getting ready for a game the following day that came with an 11:30 a.m. start. And he was nearly perfect against the Jets that following day, stopping 25 of 26 shots to squash a losing streak before it could get started.
Those who know him well questioned if Mason would have been willing to put in that work a few years prior with his ego still inflated from one of the most impressive rookie seasons any goalie has completed in recent memory. Later in his tenure in Columbus, when overconfidence wasn't an issue, the loss of trust and confidence between him and his former team made it hard to dig deep and put in extra effort. Those excuses are gone. Still just 25 years old, Mason is learning an important lesson with his second organization -- talent alone won't cut it.
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