The Philadelphia Flyers have made their first move of the trade deadline.
The Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks and an AHL player. The picks are a 2014 third round pick and a 2015 second-rounder to go with minor leaguer Matt Mangene.
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.)
The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.
The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.
Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.
It took a "step-in-the-right direction" second period leading to three third period goals, but all ended well in the final leg of a California road trip as the Phialdelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in comeback fashion.
Four third period goals scored by Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek led yet another third period comeback on the road. That mindset broke through on the Flyers' last extended western road trip, and it continued with this trip as well.
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.
John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.
That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.
At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.
(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have ended the 2013 portion of their season any better.
The Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, and head into 2014 winners of four straight and six of their last seven. At 20-16-4, they sit one point behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro with both teams having played 40 games.
Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers, stopping 23 shots for the win. He didn't need to be overly impressive as the Flames didn't provide much pressure, but he came up with key saves late in the game to preserve the lead the Flyers built.
The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots, all while taking just 27.
With numbers like that, it's hard to fathom them being able to steal one point, let alone two. Steve Mason did just that.
Mason stopped a season-high 41 shots and the Flyers came back to force overtime before winning in a shootout, 4-3, in Vancouver. It's their fifth win in the last six games, and they now sit three points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro.
(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save on David Booth. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)