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Players need to step up heading into game against Bruins

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins met, it was in the midst of a seven-game winning streak for the Flyers.

But unfortunately for the orange and black-clad team, that streak came to an abrupt end when they hosted the Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

In a pathetic showing which was featured on HBO’s 24/7, the Flyers were abused 6-0 at the hands of Boston. Just over a month later, the Bullies will seek pay back against the Bruins, who they have split the season series, 1-1, so far.

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.

Bryz struggles again in 4-2 Loss to Preds

The next few days are going to be full of debate.

Following the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, more fuel was added to the goaltender fire as Ilya Bryzgalov returned as the starting goalie.

Following two strong efforts by Sergei Bobrovsky, Bryzgalov was given an opportunity to display his talents.

Instead, more questions arose about his weaknesses.

Briere looks to pick up scoring in absence of Jagr

At this point, it’s strange when some one isn’t getting injured on the Flyers.

The unfortunate trend continued into the New Year, when Jaromir Jagr started things off as only a member of the Flyers could, with another injury.

While it will be no easy to task to replace the team’s third-highest point producer, the situation does provide a golden opportunity for several members of the team.

Canadiens Lose Tug-of-War With Flyers, 4-3

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Gord Miller is probably not wrong in his assessment that HBO could probably have made a special about this game.  Unfortunately for the Canadiens, they would not be the heroes in this one.

After a topsy-turvy matchup that saw the game tied three times, the Flyers finally came out of the Bell Centre with a 4-3 win in hand while the Habs saw more of referee Chris Lee than the back of the Flyers' net.

Philadelphia got on the board first as everyone's eyes were on Jakub Voracek's dazzling dashes into the offensive zone, leaving none on Max Talbot, who potted the game's first ...

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.

Without their leading scorer, Flyers offense doesn't skip a beat

Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.

With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.

Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.

Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.

But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.

BREAKING: Giroux has concussion

As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.

According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).

Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.