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Wayne Simmonds: The Kind of Guy Philly Loves

Wayne Simmonds is the kind of player Philadelphia loves.

Hardworking, tough and resilient, Simmonds embodies the kind of ‘bring your lunch to work’ player that have historically won over the respect of the Flyers faithful.

All season, he has demonstrated that he is a versatile player capable of being physically imposing as well as quick on his feet.

Offense gets behind Bryzgalov in win

Ilya Bryzgalov may finally have found his confidence again.

Though it’s arguable that he never lost full confidence in the first place, it was definitely a step in the right direction for the Russian netminder, who still has his doubters.

It was a stellar game in net for Bryzgalov, combined with some timely scoring on the power play for the Flyers that led Philadelphia to a 4-1 win over the Devils Saturday afternoon in North Jersey.

Bryzgalov stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced, a goal by Alexei Ponikarovsky in the second. He improved to 18-10-3 on the season.

Couturier, Read and Simmonds Belong Together

Imagine what would happen if Couturier had a chance to center Simmonds and Read on the third line.

In the last five games, the Flyers have scored a total of 13 goals. In that span, Couturier, Read and Simmonds have scored seven, which makes up over half of the production. In total, the group has a combined 15 points in their last five games.

There is much discussion about how Couturier deserves more minutes. A move to the third line would allow for that. Not to mention that he and Read are starting to develop a chemistry of their own when paired on the penalty kill.

Flyers needed more backbone in their backcheck

It doesn’t look good.

When a 4-1 final flashes on the screen, it’s evident that something went wrong.

Especially when it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In recent weeks, the goaltending and defense have come under a great deal of scrutiny. At first glance, it appears as though that was the case on Thursday night.

However, the Flyers inability to gain two points wasn’t the fault of their goalie or their defense.

Focused primarily in the offensive zone, the team failed to adequately backcheck and as a result allowed the Islanders to generate offensive attacks in transition.

Flyers Forget to Show up in 4-1 Loss to Isles

Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky boasted a career record of 7-0-0 against New York’s other team.

For anyone who didn’t have a chance to watch the game, the 4-1 final score insinuates that Bobrovsky’s play was less than stellar.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, it was Bobrovsky’s play that kept the game as ‘close’ as it was.

Flyers Send Four to All-Star Game

Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Read and Sean Couturier have all been selected to this year's All-Star Game.

Matt Brigidi updates you on the announcement and discusses the possibility of Giroux being the first overall sleection

Regardless of Injuries Flyers continue to push Forward

Nothing about Thursday night was unfamiliar to the Philadelphia Flyers.

For a team that has missed a combined total of 132 man-games due to injury/illness this season, taking the ice without a key player in their lineup has become commonplace.

On this night, the Flyers were forced to challenge the Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks without the aide of the third-highest scorer on their team, Jaromir Jagr.

This too was nothing new.

Flyers Look For First Win Of 2012 Against Surging Blackhawks

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers (22-11-4) will host the Chicago Blackhawks (24-11-4) for the first time since the team skated around Wells Fargo Center with Lord Stanley's Cup high above their heads.

No one will ever forget the strangeness of the goal that ended game six, as Patrick Kane stormed the Philadelphia net and exploited Michael Leighton’s open five-hole.

Jagr, Flyers erase early deficit to beat Penguins

Though Pittsburgh fans treat every Flyer with a nice chorus of boos, none received a worse ovation than Jaromir Jagr did in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Penguins.

And if he didn't have many friends to begin with in the Steel City, he made sure to leave with fewer. It was Jagr's second period goal - and a salute to cap it off - that gave the Flyers their lead.

With the score knotted at one-apiece, Jagr found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead with under 14 minutes left in the second.

But the star of the night for the Flyers was in net. Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 4-0 in his career in Pittsburgh, making one huge save after another.

Read's three-point night propels Flyers

Matt Read's three-point night is all the support Ilya Bryzgalov needed in his return to Phoenix.

The Flyers scored four goals in the first period en route to a 4-2 win over the Coyotes, Saturday night.