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5-on-3 PK Left Fans, Players In Awe

One of the many highlights from Thursday's thrilling 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers was a penalty kill in the third period.

No, you didn't read that wrong. The Flyers killing of a 5-on-3 power play that included a four-minute double minor for high sticking and a two-minute penalty for hooking turned out to be the ultimate seal of Philadelphia's first victory of the 2013 season.

(Photo: Max Talbot and Rick Nash fight for the puck. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

High-Octane 2nd Leads Flyers Over Rangers

As the seconds ticked away in the third period, the decible level Wells Fargo Center slowly rose to a deafening crescendo.

The sounds of victory filled the Flyers barn for the first time in 2013, and they couldn't have come at a more important time.

For a moment, the Flyers put behind them a trio of injuries and a suspension to earn their first win of the season, a 2-1 final that didn't reflect just how much the Flyers dominated the game.

(Photo: Nicklas Grossmann crushes Marian Gaborik in the first period. Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Giroux Fails to Lead By Example In Loss

The Flyers have gone into full disappearing mode, and the epidemic has spread to the team's leader.

Before the season started, Claude Giroux was slated to be ready to lead the Flyers, getting endorsements from half the veterans on the team. But in the third game of a young but short season, the captain was completely absent from the game, leaving people wondering what happened to Giroux.

In the Flyers 3-0 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday, Giroux's poor play rubbed off on the rest of the team, including two of the Flyers' young, budding forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.

Flyers Vs. Devils ECSF Game 2 Preview: Jakubs Ladder

It was no surprise the Philadelphia Flyers struggled to find their game in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New Jersey Devils.

What was not known, was how long it would take the Flyers to get back to the swing of things and which players were going to lead the way.

Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk accounted for all four Flyer goals. Briere has a history of performing well in the playoffs and looks as if it is rubbing off on JvR and Giroux who have flourished during this time of the year, as well.

One player who could fit that mold in time is Jakub Voracek.

Comeback Kids Do It Again, Take 1-0 Series Lead

Throughout the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers found success when falling behind in the first period.

In the first game of the postseason, they did it again.

It looked like a nightmare from the start for the Flyers as Pittsburgh jumped out early in front of a raucous CONSOL Energy Arena crowd.

Sidney Crosby scored 3:43 into the game.

Tyler Kennedy scored four minutes later.

Then, after it looked like the Flyers would get out of the first down just 2-0, Pascal Dupuis scored.

Facing a 3-0 deficit after the first period, things didn’t look promising for Philadelphia. But, as they have all season, the Flyers fought back.

Flyers' Luck Runs Out In Shootout Loss

The Flyers went into Boston needing to get two points. They left with one, and they should be lucky to have gotten that much.

The Bruins managed to hold off a Flyers comeback for a 3-2 win in the shootout, and more importantly, a much needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings.

Outplayed for much of the game, Philadelphia did manage to get a couple goals past Boston goalie Tim Thomas in the second and third periods but other than that, they were out-muscled by Boston's pressure for much of the game's 60 minutes.

For starters, luck wasn't on the Flyers side early, especially for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Red Wings Link Checks: 03/12/2012

It is obvious that the Detroit Red Wings have been having some struggles. Since Kyle Busch's last link check post, Detroit has only won two out of five of their games. There are many players on the Wings roster that are missing due to injury. Check out the recent news articles to learn more about the struggles the Wings have been having, and the couple positives they have going for them.

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After the trade deadline, Robert DAurelio challenges Wings fans to consider if the original six team should have traded for fellow NHL player Jeff Carter.

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Voracek and Jagr injured against Wings; player reaction to Kronwall hit

Injuries are a part of professional sports. Especially around this time of year, the bumps and bruises start to add up leaving almost every player with some kind of sore spot.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, this has been true all season.

The team has had to deal with so many injuries that it’s probably easier to name the guys on the roster who haven’t been hurt compared to the ones who have been.

On Tuesday night, during the team’s impressive 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings the ‘healthy list’ seemingly became a little shorter.

Should the Red Wings Have Traded for Jeff Carter?

When news broke that Pavel Datsyuk was out for 2-3 weeks from a minor knee surgery, everyone in Hockeytown panicked. After a few minutes, a few tweets, and a few deep breaths later, we were assured that Pav was going to be okay and in fact it was just a minor surgery. It was taken as a precaution so the Wings’ best player would be 100% come playoff time.

I’m not one to generally panic, since the Red Wings have been in stretches without their best players before. However, the Winged Wheel has had a great season going so far, and we are entering into a portion of the season where points are at a premium. We all saw what happened last year in Game 7 of the Western Conferenc...

Bryz-Fortunate: Bryzgalov Finally Trumps In Shootout

For much of the season, the shootout has not been very friendly to the Flyers, especially goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

But for one night, the planets aligned for Bryzgalov and the Flyers.

A big blocker stop, a pad stack, and left-handed larceny all came out of Bryzgalov's bag of tricks as he won his first shoot out of the season. It was Matt Read's snipe in round five that capped off the Flyers 5-4 come-from-behind win.

The first half of the game resembled the Flyers heartless outing on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers; a game in which they dropped 2-0 against one of the weakest teams in the Western Conference.

For over a period and a half of play, the Flyers lacked any type of inspiration. Poor penalty killing, weak play from Bryzgalov and a bad turnover on the power play led to a quick 3-0 lead for the Flames.