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Big Comeback Win By The Philadelphia Flyers Over The Colorado Avalanche

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"It was pretty fun to score that goal, and as I was waiting for my teammates, all I could see in the crowd was orange," Giroux said. "There were a lot of Flyers fans there and that made it pretty special."...

It was the Flyers' first win at the Pepsi Center since 2002, ending a seven-game losing streak (0-4-3) at the arena.

Nineteen seconds before Giroux's goal, defenseman Gudas scored on a point drive to tie the game at 2-2 with 5:43 left. Gudas has five goals in the last 10 games - after not scoring in the season's first 57 games....

"Not only do we get to steal a game from someone - it feels like it's always happening to us - but it's a huge win for us," Shayne Gostisbehere said. "We had a lot of shots and we played good team hockey over the last two periods."


from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center was damaging, but not necessarily a devastating blow to Colorado's playoff hopes....

Playing their second consecutive game without both of their top two scorers, the injured Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs took that one-goal lead when John Mitchell converted a setup pass from Andreas Martinsen to score at 6:13 of the third.

But the Flyers got goals from Radko Gudas at 14:17 and Claude Giroux only 29 seconds later to take control. Ryan White got credit for an empty-net goal with 4.8 seconds left when hauled down from behind.

Also on Thursday, Minnesota beat Calgary 6-2 at home, so the Avalanche fell three points behind the Wild in the chase for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. However, the Avs have a chance to get back within one when they face the Wild at home Saturday, and Colorado has both a game in hand and a 34-33 edge over Minnesota in the regulation and overtime win tiebreaker.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Need To Forget About Last Night’s Loss

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers' last 10 games will determine the magnitude of Tuesday's hard-to-believe loss in Columbus.

If they overcome that 3-2 shootout defeat and earn a playoff berth, it will be mentioned as just another hurdle that the resilient team cleared.

If it costs them a playoff spot, it will be remembered as the most devastating loss of the season, a meltdown for the ages.

With its goalie pulled, Columbus scored two goals in the final 64 seconds of regulation and won in the dreaded shootout.

"You've just got to put it behind you and move forward," said goalie Steve Mason in a church-quiet locker room minutes after Tuesday's stunning turn of events.

The Flyers, badly outplayed for most of the night by the lowly Blue Jackets, wasted a career-high 51 saves from Mason, who came within 64 seconds of blanking his former team for the second straight time.


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The Philadelphia Flyers Will Be Leaning On Steve Mason

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers' playoff chances look a lot more precarious than they did a few days ago - and not just because they were manhandled Saturday by Pittsburgh in a critical matchup....

Neuvirth, who is having a career season, will be sidelined for three weeks with a lower body injury, thought to be to his knee. The team does not disclose injuries.

Suddenly, the Flyers' difficult schedule got much more daunting and Steve Mason's workload just got a lot heavier.

"I'm going to do everything I can to give the team as much goaltending as they need," Mason said after an optional practice Sunday in Voorhees. "Obviously this is an extremely crucial point in the season for us - this road trip in particular - and myself, along with everybody, we have to be sharp."

The Flyers, who start a four-game road trip against the Islanders on Monday, are three points behind Detroit, the team they are chasing for the final wild-card spot. They have two games in hand on the Red Wings with 12 games remaining.

Eight of those games will be played on consecutive nights. Perhaps worse, they end the season with four games in five nights.

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Michal Neuvirth Out Three Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media today that goaltender Michal Neuvirth will be out for three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The announcement comes prior to the team’s optional practice in Voorhees, NJ before they depart for Long Island to kick off a four-game road trip beginning with the Islanders on Monday night.

Neuvirth was slated to start in yesterday’s game vs. Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center but did not play after not feeling right. He last appeared in the Flyers’ 3-2 win over the Blackhawks at Chicago where he stopped 24 of 26 shots.

Neuvirth has a 17-8-4 mark in his first season with the Flyers through 31 games. He has a a 2.28 goals-against average, which is on pace for a new career high, and his .925 save percentage ranks fifth among all NHL goaltenders with a minimum of 22 games played.

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Video- Reviewing Kris Letang’s Empty Net Goal

Kris Letang empty net goal.  Ruled no goal on the ice after officials huddle then to Toronto we go...

Make the wrong announcement, no goal then reverse the announcement and it is a goal.


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Video- Chris VandeVelde Suspended For Two Games

Patrick Burke explains the 2 game suspenstion.


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Chris VandeVale Will Have A Hearing With The NHL Tomorrow


Missed the elbow?  Watch it here....

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Big Wins For The Philadelphia Flyers And Colorado Avalanche

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers continued their remarkable late-season run Wednesday night and moved into a playoff spot for the first time since Oct. 28.

The Flyers, on an 8-1-1 surge, moved one point ahead of Detroit for the final wild-card spot. They have a game in hand on the Red Wings.

"A real good team effort again. Everybody chipped in and contributed," rookie coach Dave Hakstol said after the Flyers had 10 blocks in the third period, a session in which they allowed just four shots. "We did a lot of the little things right that you need to do to win back-to-back and on the road."


from the CP at TSN,

Mikkel Boedker picked an opportune time to show his new team what he can do offensively.

The Avalanche forward scored twice to lift Colorado back into playoff position with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Boedker, who came to the Avs at the trade deadline from Arizona, scored the go-ahead goal 37 seconds into the third with impressive move around the Vancouver defence.

"It's huge," said Boedker. "That's what we all want, we all want to be a difference maker and make good plays and make things happen and I think it's huge for your confidence.

"It definitely feels good when you can come in and produce and help your team."


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Video- Chris VandeVelde Elbow On Jonathan Toews


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The Surging Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The story is no longer of potential, of the future, of a few more pieces.

The story is of now, now, NOW, a hairy 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night the latest evidence that this edition of the Flyers can handle mounting adversity, emerge from it, be strengthened by it even.

Possibility has replaced potential. The pieces, long considered insufficient or even borderline dormant, are here now, creating the exciting, unlikely and undoubtedly unnerving narrative that has made the final three-plus weeks of this regular season more relevant than I thought possible when the season began.

The Flyers are now within a point of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And it gets better. They have two more games left to play than the Red Wings, and they are undoubtedly playing better - despite a slightly precarious third period in which they were outshot 21-9.

The Red Wings have lost five of their last seven games and are in danger of not reaching the postseason for the first time in the last 25 seasons. The Flyers won for the seventh time in their last nine games and have now registered points in 16 of their last 21 games.

And really, who saw this coming? This season was supposed to be about next season, and the season after that.


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