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Kyle Okposo Leads Isles Rally In Third, Defeat Flyers 4-3 After Shootout

The New York Islanders played host to the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon with the hopes of earning back a win against their Metropolitan Division rivals after losing to them 6-4 on the road Saturday night. Anders Nilsson and Ray Emery were your net-minders for the Martin Luther King Jr. matinee. The contest would conclude in a

The first period saw plenty of hits and fights between both sides. Matt Carkner fought Jay Rosehill just inside the Isles blue line, resulting in a win for the home team. Just a few minutes later, Kyle Okposo would drop the mitts with Braydon Coburn inside the Flyers zone. Not many punches were thrown, but KO would get the take down, allowing the Minnesota native to be showered with USA chants as he headed to the Isles penalty box.

Flyers Fall Short In Comeback Attempt

I tying goal in the final minutes looked eerily familiar to Tuesday's game.

But failure to get the second point in the shootout ended the Flyers bid at a second straight comeback win as they lost 4-3 to the Predators on Thursday. They walked away with the loser point, which dropped their record to 24-19-5 and keeping them in a tie for second place with the Rangers.

Getting that first point, though, showed the fighting nature this Flyers team has had in recent games. Third period comebacks have become a dangerous aspect of the Flyers recent play.

Lecavalier's Winner Snaps Goalless Drought

Vincent Lecavalier's scoring drought reached 13 games heading into Tuesday's game against Buffalo.

Snapping it in the final 15 seconds of the game not only got the monkey off his back but proved to be the game-winner. The Flyers snapped a two-game skid in the process, beating the Sabres 4-3.

It was the 10th goal on the season for Lecavalier, who has battled consistently staying healthy. Prior to the back injury, Lecavalier had been consistently one of the Flyers' best offensive players.

(Photo: Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth desperately attempts to stop Vincent Lecavalier's (no shown) game-winning goal. Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Flyers Drop Two Straight In Ugly Fashion

The Flyers experienced a weekend to forget.

On Saturday, they dropped 6-3 to a hot Tampa Bay team. On Sunday, they put forth an ugly showing against the rival Rangers, losing 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Road Warriors: Flyers Finish West Swing With 3-1 Record; Beat Phoenix

The Flyers, in the middle of a six-game road trip, will come back home after a good trip out west.

The Flyers beat the Coyotes, 5-3, in come-from-behind fashion to end the western swing of their trip on a high note. They went 4-1, losing their only game to Colorado on Thursday.

Varlamov Out-Duels Mason in Colorado

Steve Mason was every bit as good as he's been so far this season, which earned him first half stud honors.

But Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was just a tiny bit better. Varlamov stopped 29 shots, the same as Mason, but allowed only one to get by him in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.

A rare lapse in the mind of Sean Couturier, who also received honors in our report card, set up Colorado's first goal.

Raffl Finishes 2013 With Strong December

For a guy who was a healthy scratch just five weeks ago, Michael Raffl has made the most of the opportunities presented to him since returning to the lineup on Nov. 27.

In fact, December may have been the best month in the 25-year-old’s professional hockey career.

During the final calendar month of 2013, Raffl notched 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in 14 games played, including his first career NHL goal against Ottawa on Dec. 9. Prior to the beginning of December, Raffl had just one point in 14 games played.

(Photos by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Simmonds Score Two; Flyers Down Oilers, Bryz in Shootout

Just four minutes into the hockey game, it already seemed as if Ilya Bryzgalov was on his way to exacting revenge on his former team.

But there were 56 more minutes of hockey, and the Flyers didn't allow that to happen. Sparked by Wayne Simmonds' two-goal night, the Flyers came back to win in a shootout, 4-3, over Edmonton Saturday night.

Simmonds now leads the Flyers with 12 goals. Just three games ago, he had only half of that total.

(Photo: Michael Raffl scores the winning shootout goal on Ilya Bryzgalov. Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)

Wayne Train Up And Running For Flyers

Five games ago, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds scored just five goals along with ten assists.

Not bad totals by any stretch, but not spectacular for a productive winger known for hard work, physical play, and most importantly, timely scoring.

Since going goalless for 10 straight games dating from Nov. 27 until Dec. 17, Simmonds has scored five goals and two assists, doubling his goal total, and giving a team that looked hopeless in terms of secondary scoring months ago a chance to be lethal in that department.

It was not as if "Wayne Train" wasn't capable. He scored 28 goals two seasons ago, and if a lockout-shortened 2013 season spanned 82 games, Simmonds could have replicated that goal total again, scoring 15 goals in 45 games.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line; October 24, 2013)

Jackets Rout Flyers in Columbus

Late in the second, Umberger put the Blue Jackets up, 2-0. At that point it was appearing the Flyers were rolling over to Columbus.

Then the same burst of life from Thursday appeared just minutes after Umberger's goal. Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored 20 second apart to instantly tie the game up, 2-2.

The two teams headed into the third period locked up, but a complete defensive breakdown in the third ended any chance the Flyers had at a win.