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Caps Make Flyers Tap; Lose 7-0

Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal for the Capitals at the 17:28 mark of the first period to give the Caps an insurmountable 1-0 lead. The Capitals would go on to win 7-0. Backstrom finished the night with two goals and an assist. Joel Ward recorded a hat trick and an assist for Capitals as Mikhail Grabovski had three assists. The other goal scorers for the Caps were Jason Chimera and Troy Brouwer. Goaltender Braden Holtby faced little pressure all night, stopping all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. The Flyers were shut out for the first time all year. Steve …

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Penguins Ice Philadelphia; Flyers Fall To 1-7

Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh at the 12:13 of the second period to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead, as they would eventually hold on to beat the Flyers 4-1 Thursday night in Philadelphia. Kunitz’s game winning goal came off a rebound from Pascal Dupuis. Defenseman Matt Nikanen also assisted on the goal. Pittsburgh’s first goal came from Jussi Jokinen and was assisted by Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins got their insurance goal from Sidney Crosby off a redirection from Dupuis. Malkin scored an empty net goal from Craig Adams and Crosby to ice the game. Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury had …

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2013 Year In Review: Luke Schenn

Throw away all expectations, because Luke Schenn’s first year as a Philadelphia Flyer failed to reach them, let alone exceed them. Schenn came to Philadelphia in the oft-criticized trade of forward James van Reimsdyk. The offseason trade occurred after Flyers general manager had turned down the deal at the 2012 trade deadline. So what made Schenn more attractable in the offseason? The 23-year old defenseman had fallen out of favor in Toronto, routinely becoming a healthy scratch. Schenn, the f5th overall pick in the 2008 draft, needed a new start, one he found in Philadelphia. The elder brother of Flyers …

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Great Dane out of doghouse as Flyers re-sign Lauridsen

The Flyers blue line just got a little bit bigger, as Oliver Lauridsen has re-signed with the team for two years. Flyers insider Anthony SanFilippo first reported that the restricted free agent had signed a two-year, two-way contract for $1.2 million. The annual cap hit will be $600,000. One interesting wrinkle, reported multiple places including the Post-Star by Diana Nearhos, is that the deal is two-way for the upcoming season, but one way in 2014-15. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman spent parts of last season with the Flyers and the Adirondack Phantoms. Although Lauridsen is not known for his offensive prowess, …

2013 Year In Review: Ruslan Fedotenko

Ruslan Fedotenko, in his second tour of duty with the Flyers, voiced his displeasure with how he was used this year. Amongst his biggest gripes was the lack of ice time he saw, including time on the power play. Rusty Feds, as the Flyers Faithful have come to calling him, was brought into Philadelphia to fill the role of bottom-six forward and strengthen the penalty kill. Fedotenko’s role was also to provide a strong veteran presence in a locker room filled with youth. Fedotenko came back to Philadelphia after a strong campaign in the KHL during the lockout. He played …

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