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A Rookie & A Vet Propel Flyers to 2-1 Win Over Islanders

On Tuesday night, Oliver Lauridsen’s first NHL goal came courtesy of a huge mistake made by Boston’s Zdeno Chara. This time, Lauridsen’s goal was all his own as he notched the game winner in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Ilya Bryzgalov got the win for the Flyers making 21 saves. Kevin Poulin took the loss for the Islanders making 28 saves of his own. After a lackluster second and third period that left the score stagnant at 1-1 for over thirty minutes, Lauridsen scored at 13:29 of the third to breathe some life into the game. For …

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Jakub Voracek Snags MVP Honors as Flyers Name Winners of Team Awards

In a pre-game ceremony held before the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders on Thursday night, the organization handed out its annual team awards. Read on to learn which players received MVP honors, the award for best defenseman, and the most improved player award, among others. Bobby Clarke Trophy (Most Valuable Player) Jakub Voracek Voracek enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2013, setting a career high in goals with 21 (previously 18), and nearing a career high in points with 45 (career high of 50). He trails only Claude Giroux (47) in scoring. When you consider the fact that he …

Cal Heeter was selected for the U.S. National team at the IIHF.  Photo is courtesy of the AHL

Heeter, ex-Flyer Carle make the U.S. World Championship squad

On Thursday afternoon, U.S.A. Hockey announced the names of the first 15 players that will be on the roster for 2013 Men’s National Team at the World Championships, which will be held between two sites, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, between May 3-19. Among those chosen are that of current Adirondack Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter and former Flyers defenseman Matt Carle. Heeter has played 32 games in his first season with the Phantoms, going 12-16-3 with a  2.92 goals- against average and a save percentage of .908. Heeter has also logged the most minutes in net for the Phantoms at …

From left to right: Krista, Ralph, and Kellie Manoppello at the 2012 Winter Classic.

Flyers Hockey: The Family of Fans

“Hockey fans have an amazing history together, like a small fraternity.” It’s a long-standing tradition in sports, older generations passing their fandom down to younger generations. Scores of fans will tell you that they became fans of their favorite teams because they were brought up in a family of passionate sports fans. You’ll find this often in the major sports towns, like Philadelphia, where a fan’s love for their team is homegrown. 54-year-old Ralph Manoppello of Conshohocken has been a Flyers fan since before the team first lifted the Stanley Cup, and thanks to him, his daughters Kellie and Krista …

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Breaking down the Bullies: Increased offense from more net presence

For better or for worse, this bunch of Flyers seems to be putting it together as the season comes to a close. Even with a severely depleted blue line, they have been able to put together a stretch of 4-1 hockey for just the second time this season. It may seem bizarre, but it shouldn’t be meant as a slight to injured defenders in the pressbox. Instead, the signs point to a resurgence of offense from this talented group of players. The last time (and only other time) they were able to go 4-1, they managed to put up 21 …