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Flyers’ third period woes continue as they fall to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout

Josh Bailey scored the shootout winner against Ilya Bryzgalov to give the New York Islanders the 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Brad Boyes also scored in the shootout, while Claude Giroux potted one for the Flyers on a beautiful move made famous by Pavel Datsyuk. Scott Hartnell scored two power play goals, while Mike Knuble added a goal of his own in a return to the lineup after being a regular healthy scratch. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds each added two assists, while Read managed one himself. Accounting for the Islanders offensive efforts were John …

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You’re doing it wrong: the “Let’s Go Flyers” chant

Many of you will read this and think I’m pretentious or merely care too much about unimportant things. While another portion of you will feel my pain. Consider this a Public Service Announcement and a pet peeve rolled into one. You’re doing the “Let’s Go Flyers” chant wrong. In the proper chant the “Fly” is the only part that is emphasized. It is “Let’s-go-FLY-ers”. For you musically inclined people, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th notes are the same. So if “1″ were one particular note, “2″ were a different (lower) note. It would be Let’s(1) – Go(1) – FLY(2) – ers(1). I …

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CBA Explained: Retained salary transactions

One of the most interesting wrinkles written into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are retained salary transactions; or more simply, the ability for teams to retain salary on a player they trade away. This edition of CBA Explained will expand on the topic. Many fans had been clamoring for this rule to be implemented for some time now. Major League Baseball allows you to include cash in a trade, which dramatically helps teams consummate deals involving highly paid players. I would suspect this to be the case in the NHL as well. While a highly-paid, under-performing player is typically unattractive, if something could …

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Poll: What should the Flyers do at the trade deadline?

With the trade deadline quickly approaching on April 3, the Flyers will have some decisions to make. Whether or not they think they can make the playoffs will dictate whether they “buy” or “sell”. Should they try to acquire a talented player that can be a benefit for years to come (think Byfuglien)? Should they make a strong playoff push and acquire a talented (but possibly expiring) veteran (think Morrow or Iginla)? Should they “sell” some of their own lesser pieces (think Talbot or Fedotenko)? Or should they do nothing at all?

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It’s time to say goodbye to dump and chase and emphasize puck possession

I’ve always been the kind of person to ask “why”. I tend to not just accept things as they are presented to me, but rather, I’d like to understand the nuances behind whatever it may be. I apply this same questioning to the game of hockey; and of late, particularly why the Flyers, and the game of ice hockey in general, can’t seem to rid itself of dump and chase and strongly emphasize puck possession. If you know me personally, you know that I’ve played roller hockey my entire life, into my young adulthood. I played ECRHA and AIHL hockey, …