Jakub Voracek

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Escape From Losing Island: Flyers Host Islanders; Look to End Losing Ways

The last time the Flyers played the Islanders they won 7-0. A near-repeat performance could do wonders on their psyche. A win in general would also suffice.

Comeback Identity Plagues the Flyers

Rewind to the Spring of 2010. The Philadelphia Flyers, down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup semifinal round, came back to take the series against the Boston Bruins while down 3-0 in game seven. The comeback mentality of the Flyers started then, and it hasn't let go.

That moment in Flyers history may be a fond one, but it may have ruined the current cast of players. Expecting comebacks every night takes a lot of stamina and endurance to pull off. It shouldn't be expected on a nightly basis.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov allows Brad Richards' 2nd period goal. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nash, Stepan Dominate Flyers

It was milestone night in Philadelphia, but unfortunately for them, the milestones all belonged to the Rangers.

On a night where three Rangers reached impressive plateaus, the Flyers hit rock bottom. They dropped an embarrassing loss to the Rangers, losing 5-2 to knock them down to 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

The win for New York was the 400th career win for their head coach, John Tortorella.

Derek Stepan had a tremendous game for the Rangers, putting up a dominating four-point night.

(Pictured: Rich Nash is defended by Ruslan Fedotenko. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Start Important Five-Game Homestand With Rangers

The Flyers are stuck somewhere between last place and a playoff spot. The next five games, all home, will be the final telling on whether or not this is a playoff team, or a team destined to draft high.

Hartnell Gets Benched; Predestined?

If a player's offensive production includes two goals and three assists in 14 games, it's easily assumed that is the stat line of a fourth line forward.

For the Flyers, it was top-liner Scott Hartnell.

The struggles continued for Hartnell, who found himself demoted in the third period of a frustrating 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It's safe to say the demotion was a long time coming for Hartnell, who hasn't been the same player that led the Flyers with 37 goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell battles with Matt Carle. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Shock the Conference: Flyers Look to Ride the Lightning

The Flyers are still in desperation mode. Coming off a couple days off, they look to take a pair of points in Tampa Bay, something they failed to do the last three times they visited the Lightning.

Bryzgalov Backs Up Comments; Rock Solid During PK, Shoot-Out

The Flyers had five minutes of overtime to work with in hopes to not allow the game to carry to a shoot-out.

What many consider to be a glorified skills competition, the Flyers have considered their lack of success in the final determination of the second point to be a nightmare. It's been especially hard on Ilya Bryzgalov, who was going to be the netminder of choice in the Flyers dance with chance.

(Pictured: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov makes a snow angel save in the overtime period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Flyers Look to Salvage Home-and-Home With New Jersey

The Flyers look to salvage two points in a must-win home-and-home series with New Jersey. They already dropped the first match up on Wednesday. They can't afford to lose again.

Flyers Continue to Cough Up Their Playoff Dreams

The Flyers knew exactly what they needed to do if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes at a manageable level.

They didn't execute though, and it was seen clearly in their 5-2 loss to New Jersey. They were docked with seven giveaways in the loss, leading to some quick first period goals that put them in an early, insurmountable hole.

An Andrej Meszaros give away behind the net gave the Devils their first goal of the game.

Meszaros coughed up the puck to the slot and Adam Henrique put a shot on net. Patrik Elias intercepted the shot in front of Ilya Bryzgalov and beat the netminder backhanded to put New Jersey up, 1-0.

(Pictured: Devils goalie Johan Hedberg makes a save. Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Start Home-and-Home in New Jersey

The Flyers need to win their next two games against the Devils in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. If they don't, they are "done" according to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.