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Flyers, Sens Get Physical; Could See Suspensions

The Flyers and Senators made some noise outside of the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.

The big hits and the fights got the crowd vocally active in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Senators, and it will get the NHL's head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan vocally involved sometime in the next couple days.

The highlight of the extracurricular activities came midway through the first period. Flyers winger Harry Zolnierczyk came flying across the ice to deliver a massive hit on Ottawa's Mike Lundin.

Zolnierczyk left his feet to deliver the hit, driving his shoulder into the head of Lundin. Lundin was knocked out of the game due to the hit, and Zolnierczyk got a five-minute major for charging and a 10-minute game misconduct.

(Pictured: Harry Zolnierczyk lays out Mike Lundin as Zac Rinaldo looks on. AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Simmonds Quietly Having Another Fantastic Season With Philadelphia

Everyone's focus has been on the level of play brought to the ice by Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux.

Both are the top two point-getters for the Flyers, and both have garnered a lot of attention for their speed, goal scoring and prolific passing. Their 25 and and 22 points respectively along with Scott Hartnell's play have made them one of the most dangerous top lines in the NHL.

Not lost in the mix of scoring has been second line winger Wayne Simmonds, who shares time with Voracek and Giroux on the top power play unit.

Simmonds has nine goals on the season, tied with Voracek for the team lead. He is fourth in points with 17.

(Pictured: Wayne Simmonds scores on a breakaway in the second period. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Hartnell Returning to Form

All it takes is one ill-fated blast from the point to ruin a season.

At the time, that unfortunate situation struck Scott Hartnell down on January 24—a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. A rocket propelled puck off the stick of Kimmo Timonen broke the first metatarsil in his left foot, keeping him out of action for a while.

Hartnell has since returned, and in his return, he has scored a goal and added two assists since then. The team also won two of its last three games in its homestand at the Wells Fargo Center since the #19 orange sweater stepped back onto the ice.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell celebrates after scoring his first goal on Monday. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Like He Never Left: Simon Gagne Scores In Return to Flyers

Like a page written out of a movie script, Simon Gagne's return to Philadelphia had all of the necessities.

Gagne scored, he sparked his team and the fans, and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1, in Philadelphia in front of 20,000 Flyers fans awaiting the arrival of their prodigal son.

It couldn't have happened any more perfect for Gagne, who took a red eye flight from Los Angeles yesterday after he learned he was traded back to the team that drafted him in 1998.

(Pictured: Simon Gagne skates during warm ups. Photo by John Russo/TCL Flyers)

Giroux, Hartnell Lead Flyers to Impressive 4-1 Win Over Caps

The Flyers played that 60-minute game Scott Hartnell was talking about on Monday.

The Flyers jumped on Washington early and often, capitalizing on a tired Caps team. Hartnell and Claude Giroux each tallied two points, leading Philadelphia to a 4-1 win over Washington Wednesday night in Philly.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

After Six Failed Attempts, .500 Seems to Be Elusive For Flyers

Six times the Flyers attempted to get their record back to .500 and six times they have failed so far this season.

At 9-11-1, you have to start to wonder why that has been the case. It happened again last night when the Flyers dropped a home game 4-2 to the Maple Leafs, playing flat for the first 50 minutes of the game.

Is it mental? Are they snake-bitten? Or is this all just one big coincidence? Regardless, the Flyers need to earn every point they can get their hands on because this is a shortened season and every point matters just a little bit more if a team wants to make the playoffs.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov cannot stop a rebound shot by Mikhail Grabovski in the third period. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Flyers Struggle to Get to the .500 Hump Again; Lose to Toronto, 4-2

Getting to .500 has been an uphill battle for the Flyers and it continued on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An absolute sluggish outing until the final half of the third period cost the Flyers a chance to even up in the standings and get some much-needed points. And though the Leafs were almost equally as sluggish, they came out with the 4-2 win in Philadelphia.

Perhaps the Flyers are pressing to get to .500, but whatever it is, the effort was poor once again. Head coach Peter Laviolette didn't think they were pressing though.

(Pictured: Jakub Voracek battles with Toronto's Cody Franson in front of goalie Ben Scrivens. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Scott Hartnell's Return Had His Team Pumped Up

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell may not have registered a point but his return was a welcome addition to the lineup.

Hartnell had five shots, a hit, and had two penalties in the Flyers' 5-3 win over the Jets. He played 14:54 of ice time which was sixth on the team in terms of that category.

The Flyers winger didn't shy away from his usual game of crashing the net and wreaking havoc on opposing goaltenders.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell warming up before Saturday's game. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Schenn-sational effort propels Flyers over Jets

With Matt Read scheduled to miss six weeks, the Flyers knew that the offensive contributions had to come from other places.

The Flyers answered the bell as the likes of Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek led the team to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.

With 11:03 left in the third period, Schenn worked his magic. Schenn received the puck and dished a gorgeous backhand pass to Wayne Simmonds for the slam dunk goal to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead.

It was their first lead of the game and ended up being the game-winning goal. Zac Rinaldo added an empty-netter as time expired.

(Pictured: Brayden Schenn celebrates after tying the game up 3-3 in the third period. It was his second goal of the game. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Scott Hartnell Will Play Today vs Winnipeg

Coming as a surprise to everyone, Scott Hartnell will be back in the Flyers lineup this afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.

Having been out of action since January 22, Hartnell needed less than five weeks to recover from the broken foot he sustained after finding out he could have missed up to eight weeks.

(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)