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Atlantic Watch: Gagne Returns, Pens and Rangers Deal With Injuries, Devils and Islanders Endure Goaltending Woes

The Philadelphia Flyers won a pair of exciting contests this week, but they also lost two games where they could have easily grabbed points. With the return of a familiar face, the Orange and the Black look to reach .500 with two tilts against teams below them in the standings and a matinee against a Northeast Division foe. The Flyers started their week, and concluded their road trip, with an exciting 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Jakub Voracek put the game-winner past Tomas Vokoun with 1:31 left in regulation to complete his hat trick, …

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College Hockey Roundup: Hockey Humanitarian Award finalists announced

In 1995, John Greenhalgh and Jeff Millman sought to create an award that honors one college hockey player that embodies what is right about the game of hockey. Each year their foundation board gathers nominations from every college varsity hockey program in the country male and female in Divisions I-III. Both Millman and Greenhalgh have spent countless hours over the years reading biographies of Rhodes Scholar candidates, team captains, and volunteers helping our youth, the handicapped, and the disadvantaged. They also have said each year that there are, throughout college hockey and other college sports, young people whose upbringing, whose …

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“Trees” and the Motown Blitz: 25 years later

One thing astute observers could say about the successful Alumni Game which took place two days before the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, was that former Flyers goaltender Mark Laforest put together his finest performance while wearing the Orange and Black. He came back to the Quaker City for the first time since absorbing an 8-2 loss while playing for the Ottawa Senators in March of 1994, worked the majority of minutes in between Bernie Parent and Neil Little, and posted a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers’ old-timers. Now 52 years old, Laforest’s first spin with …

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The Stars and Stripes Starting Six: Flyer targets from the USA U-18 team

Here are six players on the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 squad I believe the Philadelphia Flyers should target in the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts. Goalie: Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) We will start out in net with the most impressive player on the ice for the USNTDP Under-18. Demko is still a junior in high school, but is so talented and “mature beyond his years” as Coach Don Granato puts it, that he is in an accelerated program to earn the required high school credits before heading to Chestnut Hill. It says something about the …

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Around the Net February 26, 2013:Flyers fall to Leafs; Malkin out with concussion, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it… Flyers lose again: [Broad Street Hockey] [Philly.com] [The Checking Line] [Kuklaskorner] Zac Rinaldo welcomes JVR back to Philly: [The 700 Level] Evgeni Malkin has Sidney Crosby syndrome: [The Hockey News] [ Go see the Flyers! Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for today, join me Friday for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL.