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Connor McDavid Calls Out Brandon Manning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

When McDavid scored on a power play in the middle frame to make it 2-0, he skated towards Manning after a fist-pump celebration and the two exchanged some more words. After the game, McDavid let fly that the words he heard from Manning inferred that he’d smacked him into the boards on purpose last season....

“I did all I could defending him last year in the media. Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and they wanted me to to say some comments today (morning) about what went on last year,” said McDavid, who shrugged it off after the morning skate as yesterday’s news.

But it was today’s news Thursday when they came together in the first period and words were coughed up.

“I thought it was one of the (most) classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice. He said some things. I guess we can put the whole if he did it on purpose thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that. Shows what kind of guy he is the way he doesn’t step up and fight some of our guys,” said McDavid, who had the power-play goal and helped set up Andrej Sekera’ shortie with some great board work in the second.

Manning was taken aback by McDavid’s not-so-friendly fire at him after the Oilers’ loss.

He firmly said last year’s violent crash with McDavid and himself was a hard play, gone wrong.

No malice intended.

“One hundred percent not. Anyone who’s seen the clip sees him catch an edge. I would never intentionally hurt someone. Anybody who knows me, knows I play a hard game, that’s the reason I’m in the NHL. I think I play an honest game,” said Manning.


Below, watch McDavid post-game, the Manning talk starts at the 1:00 mark...

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are On A Five-Game Winning Streak

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Even before they went on their current five-game winning streak, there were signs the Flyers were headed in a different direction that the sad-sack football team that plays across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

In losses to Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers, you see, the Flyers dominated the scoring chances but ran into hot goalies. They have continued to get more shot attempts recently and have gotten superior goaltending of their own.

Here, then, is how the win-one, lose-one Flyers have transformed into the NHL's hottest team.

Terrific goaltending

Steve Mason, the NHL's No. 1 star of the week, plays much better when he knows he is "the guy" and will get a majority of the starts. With Michal Neuvirth sidelined by a knee injury - he might return in mid-December - Mason has flourished while starting 10 of the last 11 games. He has a .945 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average in his last four games, all wins.


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Michael Del Zotto Returns To The Flyers’ Lineup And Anthony Stolarz Makes His NHL Debut

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After three games as a healthy scratch, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will return to the Flyers' lineup Sunday night against Calgary, based on Saturday's practice in Voorhees.

Entering the preseason, Del Zotto figured to be the Flyers' No. 1 defenseman. But he injured his left knee against his former team, the New York Rangers, during an Oct. 6 exhibition and missed the season's first 12 games. The Flyers went 6-5-1 in that stretch.

Del Zotto returned to the lineup Nov. 5, but struggled and was benched last week.

"Any time you're not playing, you're not feeling the best about yourself," Del Zotto said after Saturday's practice. "But I've been in this situation numerous times. To me, I just look at it as another obstacle, another piece of adversity to overcome. Deal with it head-on and I'll be better from it."...

Del Zotto is excited for goalie Anthony Stolarz, who is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday. Steve Mason has started six straight games.

"I know he's been waiting a while to get his start; Mase has been playing great for us. He's been standing on his head and keeping us in games," Del Zotto said. "Stolie is excited. It makes you think back to your first game and your first start."


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Morning Line- Shayne Gostisbehere

"I was a little taken aback by it, but I think right now it's what's best for the team, I guess. I can learn a lot form up there. When I was injured the whole year (two seasons ago), that's where I sat and I learned a lot and it helped me in my rookie year. It's a good learning curve right now. It hits home, for sure, and makes me work that much harder."

-Shayne Gostisbehere on being a healthy scratch tonight.  Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

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Evening Line- Jakub Voracek On Radko Gudas

“When he’s confident, he’s one of the better players in the league.”

-Jakub Voracek on Radko Gudas.  John Mtisz of the National Post has more on Gudas.

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The Philadelphia Flyers And Their Goaltending

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"I think that if you asked Mase or Neuvy right now if they've played at the top of their games, they'd say no," Flyers GM Ron Hextall, himself one of the franchise's iconic netminders, told ESPN.com before Friday's game in Toronto. "We have full confidence that both of them will get to the top of their games and give us real good goaltending. Quite honestly, the last thing I was worried about going into this season was our goaltending. And, as I sit here today, I feel the same way. I feel very strongly about both guys.''

Mason, who has been a steady presence in the Flyers' net since coming over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012-13, sports a .880 save percentage after posting a .918 last season. He smiled and shrugged on Friday when I brought up the "What's wrong with the Flyers goaltending'' narrative.

"When people see the start of the year -- and it hasn't been great, I'll be the first one to admit that -- they hit the panic button. You just have to laugh it off," Mason said. "People are always going to have negative things to say about you. [Given] the amount of work that I put into getting comfortable with my game again and getting back to where I have confidence in it, I'm not going to let a handful of games sidetrack that at all.

"You just focus on being better. It's pretty simple. It hasn't been good enough. You put the work in and try to build off solid performances.''


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The Philadelphia Flyers Announce Michal Neuvirth Out 4-6 Weeks

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced this afternoon that goaltender Michal Neuvirth will be out of action 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.

Neuvirth stopped six of seven shots in the first period of Saturday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, but did not return after intermission to start the second period. He was replaced by Steve Mason, who stopped 19 of 20 shots and took the win.

Neuvirth is 4-2-0 this season, his second with the Flyers, and has posted a 3.54 GAA and .859 save percentage in nine appearances.

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A Look At The Goaltending In Philadelphia

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the primary drivers behind the success of the Philadelphia Flyers one season ago was, surprisingly, strength between the pipes. Dave Hakstol’s team conceded just 126 goals at 5-on-5 (sixth best in the NHL) despite a high volume of shots against. I think there was a fair argument to be made at season’s end that the Steve Mason/Michal Neuvirth combination was worthy of team MVP honors.

The goaltending uptick has been a peculiar strength of the Flyers for a few years now. Ever since the Mason era began, the Flyers – an organization often victimized by substandard netminding in the past – have enjoyed a reasonable advantage over competitors.

In the past three seasons, the Flyers have stopped 92.9 per cent of the shots they have faced at even-strength, a number only bested by the likes of the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. That kind of goaltending advantage has meant a lot of additional goals in Philadelphia’s pocket – and a good handful of wins above expectations.


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Videos- Alexander Radulov Provides The Spark For The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There were some raised eyebrows on Canada Day when Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced he was bringing Alexander Radulov back to the NHL after a four-year absence.

But the gamble appears to be paying off, with Radulov earning the respect of his teammates and the adoration of the fans.

Radulov had a hand in all three Montreal goals Monday night as the Canadiens squeaked past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 at the Bell Centre.

Radulov’s last full season in the NHL was in 2007-08; a comeback in 2012, with Nashville in the playoffs that year, was aborted after he and Andrei Kostitsyn missed a curfew.

“When I was younger, I made mistakes and I don’t want to step in that again,” Radulov said. “Time flies and you learn. That’s why I give 100 per cent. It wasn’t easy for me to come to this league and I appreciate the GM gave me a chance and I can’t play bad.”


Below, watch Radulov post-game and also game highlights...

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Video- Dale Weise Suspended Three Games

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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