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Nothing's Stopping the Flyers Now

Right now, there is no stopping the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite injuries to a number of key players – four veteran defensemen included – they’ve managed to play extremely well over these last few weeks.

They’re currently riding a 5-game win streak, and have outscored their opponents 15-5 in that span.

Credit can be given all throughout the lineup, but no one deserves it more than Ilya Bryzgalov.

Garth Snow - Finally Legal

It has taken almost 15 years, but the Islanders General manager, Garth Snow may have finally found the answer. In the 1997 series between the Sabers and Flyers then Philly goaltender Garth Snow donned a set of shoulder pads so large a pundit asked if Snow “had Jimmy Hoffa buried under there.” He had not broken any rules, there were none? Fifteen-inch pads were commonplace and his imaginative way to level the playing field was totally legal. It also started the puck rolling towards the regulation of today’s goalie equipment by the NHL.

Always searching for a competitive advantage, Garth went out and drafted a tender who required no Michelin man equipment. Anders Nilsson at 6’5 and 220 lbs. fills the net in his long johns. Last night the 21 year old from Lulea, Sweden recorded his first NHL win, a 1-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils. It is not just his dominating size but also cobra quick reflexes which brought one clever fan to post on Twitter “ Anders Nillson, I dub thee Thor the god of goaltenders.” The Islanders may need the help of a god to make the playoffs, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are in a push for the playoffs as well and could use Nillson’s services.

Canadiens Fall to the Devils

New Jersey Devils 3 - 1 Montreal Canadiens

 

The Montreal Canadiens played host to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night, in a game in which the Canadiens would drop a very important two points. Despite a great effort in the third from the Canadiens, the Devils were able to hold them off and win the game by a score of 3-1. For the Devils these two points mean that much more security in their playoff spit (they currently sit 6th in the East), but for the Canadiens dropping the two points meant the difference between being just four points out of eighth, and remaining stuck in eleventh.

Division wins are key for the Flyers moving forward

It’s not a mind-blowing concept.

Coming into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game.

The reasons are endless really: because it’s their hated rivals from Pittsburgh, because the Flyers are only two points ahead of them in the standings, because it’s a day game, because they’ve only won three of their last ten, because the Flyers play poorly at home, etc.

The list goes on and on.

However, the most basic reason the Flyers needed to win on Saturday is far simplier than all the other seemingly logical conclusions. The team needed to win above all else because the game was against a division opponent.

Despite late game heroics, Flyers come up Short against Devils

Looks can often be deceiving.

This was certainly true of the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

With back-to-back games against division opponents, the weekend looked to be a wonderful opportunity for the Flyers to make a serious move in the Atlantic division standings.

Following the first forty minutes of play on Saturday, it appeared as though the team was making a move, albeit in the wrong direction.

Flyers Need To Carry Momentum Over Into Big Weekend

A lot could change for the Flyers this weekend.

They’ll face the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday, and both games may have a major impact on the team in the standings.

If Philadelphia pulls off a weekend sweep of both of their division rivals, they could end up sitting atop the Eastern Conference by Sunday evening.

They haven’t been in that position since December 22.

Schenn Takes Advantage of Opportunity

Due to the unfortunate injury to right-winger Jaromir Jagr, rookie Brayden Schenn is getting the chance to play on the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Although he has struggled with injuries and consistent play this season, Coach Peter Laviolette had the confidence in Schenn to gave him the opportunity to play on the team’s top line. He doesn't usually play on the wing, but he fit in quite nicely at the position.

Saturday's game against the Devils was his first chance to play on the line. It was the perfect circumstance for the 20-year-old to catch a break and finally get his game going.

In a time where the Flyers' top right-winger got hurt in the early stages, Schenn stepped up and did what he had to do for the remainder of the game. He met Laviolette’s expectations and played just how the coach hoped he would.

After the 4-1 victory, it was reported that Jagr would be out indefinitely. There wasn't any doubt as to who would play on that line in place of him. Schenn would continue to fill the role as best he could. A good test for the kid, as the next opponents would be the physical Boston Bruins.

After Poor Effort Against Islanders, Flyers Look To Right The Ship in New Jersey

After an uninspired effort (or lack thereof) that led to a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (27-14-4) will try to return to form on Saturday when they face the New Jersey Devils (26-18-2).

New Coach: Same Result

The Habs started the day by firing the coach, hoping to inject more emotion in the team. On an emotional day, the Habs played the Devils in the Bell Centre.

The Habs did a very good job in the first period, despite taking three penalties. The Devils did come out of the first period with a one goal lead. But the Habs did play with energy that has not been there for a long time. 

The second period was won by the Habs. 3-2. The period was well played going both ways - a lot of energy in the second. The thing that was weird to me and was very telling - PK Subban scored his second of the season and there was no celebration. Emotionless - for an emotional player this seemed ver...

Game Day: Devils @ Canadiens

The New Jersey Devils are in town tonight to face-off against the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in a week. The Devils are currently riding a three-game win streak that they will be looking to add to, while the Canadiens squad will hope to bounce back after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday

 

The big story heading in to a game between the Devils and Canadiens is usually about how Martin Brodeur unstoppable in the Bell Centre. While that may be true, something else is stealing the headlines on this day.

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