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Taking The Wayne Train to Broadway: Flyers Force Game 7

The Flyers are on their way to a Game 7 with the Rangers in New York.

Wayne Simmonds, who led the Flyers with 29 goals during the regular season, lit the Rangers up for a hat trick in Tuesday's 5-2 win in Game 6. It was his first career playoff hat trick and the first Flyers playoff hat trick since Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier did it against the Penguins in 2012.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Mason Returns; Steals Show In Game 4

Imagine Steve Mason as Robin Hood: stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Now imagine Henrik Lundqvist as a king, which shouldn't be too hard to do. If the Flyers were going to steal a game from Lundqvist and the Rangers, it was going to happen with Mason in net.

Mason made his first start in two weeks, stopping 37 shots in the process of beating the Rangers 2-1 on Friday. It evened the series and gave the Flyers new life heading into New York.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a diving stick save on Ryan McDonagh at the end of the second period. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Head Into Olympic Break On Four-Game Winning Streak

There was some concern on whether or not Ray Emery and Andrej Meszaros would be rusty having not played in a while.

They both quieted those concerns on Saturday against Calgary. Emery's 32-save effort held the Flames to a flicker as the Flyers went on to win, 2-1.

Emery made his first start since Jan. 25, a 6-1 drubbing to Boston in which he was pulled. Meszaros found himself in the lineup for the first time in a few games despite the play of Erik Gustafsson, and earned an assist.

Gustafsson to Miss Two Weeks With Knee Injury

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained left knee, general manager Paul Holmgren announced Sunday.

Gustafsson hurt his knee late in the third period when he collided legs with Corey Tropp. Gustafsson left the game and did not return.

Gustafsson has two goals and five assists in 20 games this season. It's expected that Andrej Meszaros will replace him in the lineup.

Captain Fantastic: Giroux's Four Points Lead Flyers to Comeback Win Over Columbus

Claude Giroux didn't even know how the puck went into the net.

He'll be watching replays of it for sure. Not only because it was the game-winning goal, but because it was the 100th goal he's scored in his career.

It came just under three minutes after his 99th career goal tied the game up. His two tallies earned the Flyers a 5-4 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night.

“To be honest I haven’t seen the replay or anything so I don’t know what happened," Giroux said. "I was just trying to get it on net, and it was at the end of the shift so I was a little tired, so I was just trying to get it on net.”

(Photo: Columbus' R.J. Umberger and David Savard skate away as the Flyers celebrate Claude Giroux's game-winning goal in the third period. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Flyers' Substandard Defense Continues to Disappoint

The Flyers' defense is pretty bad.

Make no mistake, every team wants a burgeoning young defenseman that can do it all with flash and consistency. Every team's wish list includes a so-called "puck-moving defenseman."

A guy like Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Oliver Ekman-Larsson...the list goes on, and on, and on...

Wheels Too Hot For Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings, who actually boasted a power play worse than the Flyers, put on a clinic with the man-advantage and it paid off.

Detroit scored three power play goals and absolutely dominated a slow and sloppy Flyers team, 5-2, Saturday in Detroit. The Flyers gave up seven power play opportunities and it killed momentum much of the game.

The Red Wings got three-point efforts from four of their players. Nicklas Kronwall (goal, two assists), Pavel Datsyuk (goal, two assists), Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, assist) and Daniel Alfredsson (three assists) all put on star performances.

(Photo: Flyers winger Tye McGinn tries to play a puck in the first. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

2013 Flyers Preview: Defensemen

The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.

With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.

One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Sign RFA Erik Gustafsson For One Year

The Flyers have brought back restricted free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson for another season, signing him to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The deal will be a one-way deal unlike the two-way deals Gustafsson had been signed to in the past. This will give the Flyers eight defensemen with one-way contracts, meaning a move could be possible before this off season is over.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Look Foolish A Year Removed From Trading Vezina Finalist Sergei Bobrovsky

Since dealing two of the franchise's most prominent stars of the 2000's, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it seems the Philadelphia fan base has surgically dissected every single move made by the Flyers front office.

The two most scrutinized moves in the past two years though are the dealings of young stars James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky. To be fair, the former was an even trade that benefited both the Flyers, who got Luke Schenn, and the Maple Leafs, who landed the scorer in van Riemsdyk.

As for the latter, Bobrovsky was traded this past offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he won the starting job over now-current Flyers back-up goaltender Steve Mason. After turning the Blue Jackets around and nearly making the post season, Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.

(Pictured: Serge Bobrovsky against the Stars on April 25, 2013. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)