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Medical Miracle: Hartnell Returns

It was just 32 days ago that we feared the worst as Scott Hartnell went limping off the ice in Newark after taking a shot to the left foot from teammate Kimmo Timonen. Now, at the conservative end of his recovery timetable, Hartnell has returned to the lineup, per head coach Peter Laviolette, after a 16-game absence as the Flyers take on the Winnipeg Jets at home this afternoon. Hartnell had undergone surgery to correct the fracture three days after the incident, and had initially been given a 4-to-8 week turnaround. But in typical Flyers fashion, things progressed quicker than …

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Panthers ensnare Flyers in trap game, win 5-2

After a heart-stopping finish to Wednesday’s one-goal win over Pittsburgh where every move seemed to be the right one, Murphy’s Law caught up with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday as they kicked off a five-game homestand. Peter Mueller, Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period — the former two in a 29-second span and the latter on a penalty shot, fueling the Florida Panthers’ 5-2 victory. Mueller and Huberdeau both ended with a pair of scores, and the latter ended up with a career-high four points, while Scott Clemmensen improved to 5-1-1 lifetime against the Orange and …

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At least it’s not a concussion: Read out 6 weeks with rib muscle injury

Matt Read left Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 win over the Penguins with an upper-body injury and did not return. Speculation ran rampant that this might have been one of those euphemisms for the dreaded “concussion.” But no. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren stated before the end of that contest that Read was hit in the chest with a puck, and that’s at least more of a creative use of the truth than the actual truth. The actual truth, from Holmgren prior to Thursday’s game against Florida, is that Read is expected to miss the next six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. …

Phantoms-Falcons tilt rescheduled

Per a release from the American Hockey League… “The Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced that they will finish their suspended game from Sunday, Feb. 17 against the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday, Mar. 1 at 6:05 p.m. prior to that evening’s scheduled contest between the two clubs, which will now begin at 7:30 p.m. The game will resume with 3:42 remaining in the second period with Adirondack leading, 2-1, and Springfield commencing a two-minute power play. The public is invited to attend the conclusion of the Feb. 17 game free of charge. After that game …

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Hungry Jackals have afternoon feast in defeat of Titans

Afternoon hockey back on home ice was no panacea for the Trenton Titans, who were looking to shake off a pair of road losses over the weekend. Rob Bellamy scored the first and last goals in the contest, while captain Jean Bourbeau tallied a goal and one assist, while blocking several shots in the Elmira Jackals’ 4-1 victory on Monday. Maxime Clermont picked up the win after stopping 30-of-31 shots, with Jordon Southorn adding another goal for the victorious visitors (28-20-4) Scott Wedgewood made his 18th start in the last 21 games, but fatigue was not a factor in his …