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Escape From Losing Island: Flyers Host Islanders; Look to End Losing Ways

The last time the Flyers played the Islanders they won 7-0. A near-repeat performance could do wonders on their psyche. A win in general would also suffice.

Hartnell Gets Benched; Predestined?

If a player's offensive production includes two goals and three assists in 14 games, it's easily assumed that is the stat line of a fourth line forward.

For the Flyers, it was top-liner Scott Hartnell.

The struggles continued for Hartnell, who found himself demoted in the third period of a frustrating 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It's safe to say the demotion was a long time coming for Hartnell, who hasn't been the same player that led the Flyers with 37 goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell battles with Matt Carle. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Flyers Harness the Right Type of Physicality In Their Win

Heading into Sunday night, the Flyers had allowed seven straight goals, blowing a 4-1 lead to Pittsburgh to lose 5-4 on Thursday and then getting shut-out 3-0 to the Bruins on Saturday.

Speed and an inability to have a physical presence in front of the net cost the Flyers the game on Thursday. Saturday's loss was three minutes of embarrassing hockey in which they were again out-worked.

Compound those two losses with the 4-2 loss to New York on Tuesday in which the Rangers scored three unanswered to win and the Flyers found themselves on a three-game losing streak and three games under .500.

Hosting the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, the Flyers needed to drastically change something.

(Pictured: Wayne Simmonds fights with Mike Weber in the first period after Simmonds' hit on Tyler Ennis. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Penguins Climb Out of Early Hole to Steal One From the Flyers

It was a 4-1 game after the first period and Marc Andre Fleury was pulled after a horrible outing.

It had all the makings for a Flyers win. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, there were still 40 minutes left in the game and the Penguins were the only team to show up those remaining two periods.

Much like the poor effort in New York, Philadelphia collapsed to the Penguins. Pittsburgh scored four unanswered goals to climb out of the 4-1 hole, beating the Flyers 5-4 in Philadelphia Thursday night.

(Pictured: Chris Kunitz celebrates after scoring the first of two goals in the first period. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Rangers Host Flyers at MSG

The Flyers travel to MSG to take on the Rangers. They look to attain their first three-game winning streak of the season against one of their biggest Atlantic Division rivals.

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)

Bryzgalov Out-Works Bishop In Goalie Battle; Flyers Win 2-1

Major penalties, desperation saves and a lot of bad blood were thrown into the pot Saturday afternoon.

Those were the ingredients in a violent 60 minutes between the Flyers and Senators. Ilya Bryzgalov won the goalie battle and he helped lead the Flyers to a huge 2-1 win over Ottawa Saturday afternoon to cap the home stand.

And most importantly, the Flyers got to .500 for the first time this season. After six previously failed attempts, their seventh try at evening up their record was successful.

(Pictured: Zac Rinaldo fights along the boards with Daniel Alfredsson. 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)

Van Riemsdyk Returns to Philly; Invisible In Leafs Win

The last man on the ice for warm ups was James van Riemsdyk.

Fans were decked in orange and black as well as blue and white no. 21 jerseys all through the Wells Fargo Center before the Flyers 4-2 loss on Monday to Toronto. Decorated with signs, there were a handful of people awaiting the return of the man they call "JvR."

So when the Toronto Maple Leafs left winger finally walked down the visitor's tunnel for the first time and hopped onto the ice, he received some scattered applause from the fans who were ready to acknowledge the returning young star.

(Pictured: James van Riemsdyk shoots on goal against his former team. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

On a Team Looking for Consistent Energy, Zac Rinaldo Is Supplying It

It has been very apparent that the Flyers have struggled to get a consistent effort from any of their forwards this season.

Top players like Danny Briere and Claude Giroux have struggled, young players like Tye McGinn have been taken in and out of the lineup, and enforcers like Tom Sestito have made lineup changes even more interesting. It’s tough to think of a player that has provided a consistent effort while performing his specific role.

When you get down to it, Zac Rinaldo may very well be your guy.

(Pictured: Zac Rinaldo reacts after scoring in the third period on Monday. AP Photo/Seth Wenig)