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Atlantic Watch: Flyers Surging, Islanders continue point streak, Rangers hanging on to playoff spot, Devils’ skid reaches 10 games

After putting themselves in a very big hole, the Philadelphia Flyers ended this week with two emphatic wins to show that they could be a playoff team. It might be too little too late, but the Orange and Black will carry their two-game winning streak into their upcoming seven-day stretch. Philly started the week with a 3-1 loss at home to the Ottawa Senators. Colin Greening put home the decisive tally with 5:36 remaining, as Robin Lehner made 24 stops in the win. Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in the loss, while Claude Giroux potted the Flyers’ lone goal on …

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College Hockey Roundup: Bulldogs earn first NCAA title; Shero bests Holmgren for Hartzell

The Yale Bulldogs grew from harmless pups to a pugnacious power in a matter of weeks, leaving their teeth marks in the NCAA record books in the process. For a team that couldn’t buy a goal during the March 22-23 weekend of the 2013 ECAC Tournament, to a scoring machine in the NCAA Tournament, one must wonder what kind of juiced-up puppy chow the Bulldogs ate in April. Oddly enough, the two Connecticut colleges that faced off in the national championship were shut out in the ECAC semifinals. The top-seeded Bobcats suffered a 4-0 defeat to seventh-seed Brown. Third-seeded Yale …

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Steve Mason earns the victory as the Flyers defeat the Rangers 4-2

Steve Mason was outstanding stopping 38 of 40 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night. “Certainly he seems to be feeling comfortable here”, Coach Peter Laviolette said of his new goaltender. ”He’s in control of the net. He’s got a good glove. He seems to be seeing the puck really well. Rebounds are going out to the side or not at all.” Kimmo Timonen had what ended up being the game winning power play goal along with an assist. Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers. Sean Couturier, Matt …

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Gervais out indefinitely with stomach issue

The Flyers announced the news earlier today that Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais is now out indefinitely. INJURY UPDATE: #Flyers D Bruno Gervais is out indefinitely & will have surgery Thurs. to repair a torn stomach muscle bit.ly/9UNv1R — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 16, 2013 Gervais was scratched from the lineup on Monday against the Montreal Canadiens after only skating for a few minutes in warm-ups.  He will undergo surgery this Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle. With a defense that is already thin, this injury only adds problems for Flyers, thus they have recalled defensemen Matt Konan and Brandon Manning …

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Draft Eligibles 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen, the European Seth Jones?

Big, mean and Physical. Normally these are words one uses when describing a player from either Canada or the United States. However, for Finnish defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen these are the qualities that make him one of the best defensive prospect in the upcoming draft. In fact, many are comparing the game of Ristolainen to the consensus number one overall Seth Jones. I don’t think that’s a fair comparison at all, but I do see similarities in playmaking and skating ability. Seth Jones is a much better two-way player than Ristolainen in my opinion. At 6’3 210 pounds, scouts are …