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Recapping the Flyers At the 2014 Olympic Games in Socchi

The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded and all attention now turns back to the NHL and towards the Philadelphia Flyers returning to action on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.

While most of the Flyers enjoyed a few weeks off, five Flyers spent the Olympic break representing their respective countries in Sochi, Russia. Those five players were Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Michael Raffl (Austria), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).

For the most part, the success of those players went with the success of their teams.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (left) celebrates his bronze medal with Teemu Selanne (right) and the rest of Finland. Photo via Flyers website.)

TCL Flyers Olympic Picks

The Flyers and the rest of the NHL are off for the next two weeks. But for 12 countries and 151 players, a new season begins.

Beginning at noon today, the men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin with Latvia taking on the Switzerland and Sweden playing Czech Republic.

It’s Time For Timonen to be “Selfish”

A common and understandable feeling is that unless a Flyers player will represent the nation that a certain Flyers fan roots for, then he or she does not care for him being anywhere near the Olympics.

It makes sense. If the player could use some rest, why hope for him to play for a rival nation?

The case with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen may just be a bit different.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (center) celebrates his 2010 Olympic bronze medal with Olli Jokinen (left) and captain Saku Koivu (right).)

Flyers Fall Short In Comeback Attempt

I tying goal in the final minutes looked eerily familiar to Tuesday's game.

But failure to get the second point in the shootout ended the Flyers bid at a second straight comeback win as they lost 4-3 to the Predators on Thursday. They walked away with the loser point, which dropped their record to 24-19-5 and keeping them in a tie for second place with the Rangers.

Getting that first point, though, showed the fighting nature this Flyers team has had in recent games. Third period comebacks have become a dangerous aspect of the Flyers recent play.

Flyers Olympians: Giroux Snubbed From Canada; Voracek Among Named to Olympics

The Canadian Olympic ice hockey team was announced today.

Much like the displeasure of many American fans on the snubbing of certain athletes such as Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo and Phoenix's Keith Yandle, a few Canadian exclusions have people upset, including an entire fan base of Flyers fans.

Claude Giroux, team captain and "best player in the world" according to Peter Laviolette, was left off the Canadian team. A lot of people are seeing red, or orange for that matter.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Simmonds Score Two; Flyers Down Oilers, Bryz in Shootout

Just four minutes into the hockey game, it already seemed as if Ilya Bryzgalov was on his way to exacting revenge on his former team.

But there were 56 more minutes of hockey, and the Flyers didn't allow that to happen. Sparked by Wayne Simmonds' two-goal night, the Flyers came back to win in a shootout, 4-3, over Edmonton Saturday night.

Simmonds now leads the Flyers with 12 goals. Just three games ago, he had only half of that total.

(Photo: Michael Raffl scores the winning shootout goal on Ilya Bryzgalov. Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Hold Off Caps

The Flyers were intent on not blowing a three-goal lead for a second straight time to Washington.

Philadelphia scored four unanswered goals to beat Washington, 5-2, Tuesday night. It evened their record to 15-15-4 on the season, and their second win in the last six games.

“Guys talked about not letting that happen again," Matt Read said. "We just amped ourselves up in the locker room.

"We took it as a 0-0 game and we had to come out and get the first goal and stay on our toes and keep them on their heels. Keep getting pucks deep and playing our game.”

(Photo: Bryadon Coburn collides with Alex Ovechkin in the first period. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

13 Hawks earn points in dominant victory over Flyers

Philadelphia came to Chicago tonight looking for a game against one of the league’s top teams to use as a measuring stick for their own success.  After an embarrassing 7-2 thumping by the Hawks, they may want to reconsider that statement.  13 Blackhawk players would finish the game with at least a point, and Antti Raanta finished with a .933 SV%, proving yet again that he is a very capable goaltender.  Ray Emery, who started against his former team, would allow six goals on 18 shots.

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Flyers Drop Chaotic Affair in Ottawa

A zany, topsy-turvy game that featured four regulation lead changes occurred at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday evening. One team knew they would be heartbroken from its result.

It ended up being the Flyers, as the Senators defeated them 5-4 in the shootout.

Jason Spezza's sensational triple deke move in the shootout was not only the Senators' first shootout goal of the season, but the game winner as well.