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Penguins Cooke up a recipe for disaster as Flyers drop another afternoon tilt

Matt Cooke recorded his first three-point game in almost four years and added a bit of history to the proceedings, as the Pittsburgh Penguins used strong short-handed play and an early third-period surge to claim a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. “Definitely (Cooke’s best game) this year,” Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Physical-wise, skating-wise, with the puck, defensively and 5-on-5. He was solid on the wall play. His penalty killing work was exceptional.” Hopes were high that, coming off a 7-2 strafing of the weakened Buffalo Sabres on Thursday on home ice, the Orange and …

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Sestito lost with groin tear

More bad news on the injury front Friday afternoon, as the Philadelphia Flyers announced that enforcer Tom Sestito will have surgery to repair a torn groin muscle next week. The 24-year-old winger will miss 6-to-8 weeks, per GM Paul Holmgren. Sestito left Thursday’s game against Buffalo in the second period with what the team termed a lower-body injury. Though everyone assumed at first that it had something to do with his upper-body (i.e. hand) at first, take a look at the fight itself: Sestito is going pretty good, until he just folds up like a card table and falls to …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Bob H

Bob H. is the writer/columnist/editor of Flyers Faithful, the site’s representative in the WFC press box and a long-time friend of FF’s Fearless Leader. Below, he gives his five reasons why he loves the Philadelphia Flyers. 5. Game coverage This may come across as a shameless plug, but as a professional, it’s a badge of honor to be able to have that credential from the Philadelphia Flyers hanging off my neck (and later hanging off the paw of the stuffed grizzly bear I have mounted above my television) and the chance to cover the National Hockey League in my hometown. …

Leino talks about his return to Philadelphia

He literally came out of nowhere (because Peter Laviolette buried him on the bench) after the Flyers acquired him from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for unlamented defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen on February 6, 2010. But Ville Leino exploded during that memorable playoff run two years ago, turning the NHL on its ear and tying Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli for the highest point total by a rookie in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 21 (7G, 14A) in just 19 games as Philly came up short against Chicago. He continued to make the opposition take notice with a 19-goal, 54-point campaign last …

Point/Counterpoint: Development vs. “Win Now”

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Nick D and Bob H square off again over the matter of whether the Flyers should keep the pressure on and try to win it all in a short time span, or take the long road and develop from within. First up, Bob H… Kevin Marshall was done wrong. Under the guise of breaking up a “logjam” on the defensive front, he was dealt from Adirondack to Hershey for a …