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Five-goal third period puts Flyers over .500 with 5-4 victory over Columbus

After trailing 3-0 after 40 minutes and seeing the Columbus Blue Jackets extend their lead to 4-2 late in the game, the Philadelphia Flyers fought for a full 60 minutes to pump out a memorable 5-4 win at home. Claude Giroux scored the game-tying goal and had his 100th NHL goal serve as the game-winner tonight on his way to a four-point night, as his second goal of the night might be the goal of the season to date. Jakub Voracek had a three-point night and Mark Streit had a pair of helpers, while Steve Mason held on for the win …

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Game 35 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets (14-16-4) @ Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-4), 7:00pm, CSN-Philly/FS-O The Philadelphia Flyers look for their second straight win and their eighth straight decision at home, as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, who will look to end a two-game losing streak. Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek take on their former team, as the Orange and Black attempt to earn points in their fourth straight tilt against a team that is suffering from injuries to several key players. One thing to watch tonight will be Mason’s play against his former club. It’s his first game against the Blue Jackets, …

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On Brayden Schenn and concussions

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn took a tremendous hit from the Capitals’ Tom Wilson in a recent game that knocked Schenn out of the game and resulted in Wilson being booted. Wilson launched himself into Schenn like a missile. If there wasn’t intent to injure on that hit, you could have fooled me.   It came out yesterday that Schenn is feeling pretty well, other than a stiff neck. Sure, no big deal. He’s going to play in tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets! Flyers doctors said he was good to go without a baseline concussion test. No harm, no foul, …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Roland McKeown will be highly sought after come June

ISS Hockey released its top 30 draft prospect rankings for the month of December earlier this week and to no surprise Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart remains the No.1 prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. However, there is a player sitting at the No.11 position who I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. His name is Roland McKeown and he plays defense for the Kingston Frontenacs. McKeown should be on every NHL team’s must-get list come June. The 6’1, 195 pound defender is blessed with exceptional skating skills that includes top end acceleration and speed. I would classify …

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Future Flyers Report: Vasiliev shouldn’t be ignored

When it comes to talking about defensemen in the Philadelphia Flyers’ system, the two biggest names are Samuel Morin and Shayne Gostisbehere for obvious reasons. In addition to these two, Robert Hagg has received some recognition as a second-round pick with a lot of upside. With the Adirondack Phantoms, the tandem of Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen look to be two defensemen that could one day be on Philly’s blue line. Another d-man who could surprisingly wear the Orange and Black one day is Valeri Vasiliev. Picked 201st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, Vasiliev was …