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Snub? Hartnell continues case to be All-Star Sub

Last week, many were outraged when the results of the fan voting portion of the All-Star team was announced.

With this year’s game being held in Ottawa, it was clearly evident that fans of the hometown team stuffed the ballet box when four of the six starters turned out to be Senators.

For fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, it was surprising that their star player Claude Giroux hadn’t been given the honor of being an All-Star starter.

Now, one week later and there is another Flyers player on the outside looking in.

Secondary Scoring Supports Flyers

With so much emphasis placed on the production of the first line, it often gets lost at how talented the Flyers subsequent lines are. Although the first line will most likely continue to be the team’s most productive line, it doesn’t mean that the other lines won’t sprinkle in production when need to be.

24/7 finale; A Tale of Two Cities

On Thursday night, HBO concluded their 24/7 series profiling the road to the Winter Classic for the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Over the last four weeks, the show has offered fans a unique view into the lives of the two teams that otherwise never could have been seen.

The series finale took a symmetrical look at the two teams. In both a literal and figurative sense, it was a tale of two cities.

JvR fuels Flyers dramatic 5-4 win over Blackhawks

Here we go again.

A phrase that fans of the Philadelphia Flyers became very familiar with during Thursday night’s 5-4 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

The first time they uttered the phrase came three minutes into the first period when Jimmy Hayes put the Blackhawks up by one.

The second time they cursed it when the Blackhawks tied the game on the back of two goals that occurred within 25 seconds of one another with six minutes left in the third.

The third time they erupted with it when James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the game to put the Flyers ahead for good with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Heart of Hartnell

After getting off to a slow start, Scott Hartnell has been having a fantastic season. But it is his off-ice contributions that are gaining Hartnell accolades these days.

A four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Flyers, Hartnell entered into this season’s training camp with 196 points in 357 games with the team.

During a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on September 25, he was taken out in the third due to an elevated heart rate that wasn't settling, even after rest. According to head athletic trainer Jim McCrossin, Hartnell was also dealing with arm twitching as a result of the issue.

His heart rate went down after an “abnormally” long time, and he saw a cardiologist two days later, who cleared Hartnell after he had an echocardiogram and underwent a stress test.

Flyers Sneak Away From Colorado With a Point

The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.

The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.

Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.

Flyers win seven straight without Pronger, Giroux

Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.

With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.

The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.

It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.

Flyers On A Roll; Looking For Lucky 7 in Montreal

The Philadelphia Flyers (19-7-3) survived a huge test Tuesday night in Washington when they trounced the Capitals 5-1, doing so without their most recent injured star, Claude Giroux.

Tonight the Flyers will head to Montreal to face the Canadiens (13-11-7) for the third time this season.

They split their two previous matchups with both teams winning at home and the visiting managing just one goal.

Seems Like Old Times : Flyers To Face Old Nemesis

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) and the Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will face off tonight for the second time this season.

In their first meeting, the Capitals scored three quick goals early in the third period stretching a slim one-goal lead to four, cruising to a 5-2 victory.

This time, the teams will meet in Washington, DC. It will be the first time the Flyers face Dale Hunter as an NHL head coach.

From the fourth line to the first line

This is the big chance Sean Couturier has been waiting for.

Granted the 19-year-old wasn't in favor of it coming at the cost of Claude Giroux's noodle, Couturier is looking forward to shedding Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk as line mates in favor of a future Hall of Famer and one of the best goal-scoring pests in the NHL.

Couturier will see a promotion to the first scoring line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell tomorrow night in Washington.

In the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, Giroux suffered a freak head injury. While down, forward Wayne Simmonds tried to avoid Giroux but caught him in the back of the head with his knee.