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Trash Talk

Last year, I know I did a post about superstitions, especially relating to sports. I believe there is even a beer commercial now that highlights that. I had never, never been superstitious until I became a hockey fan. Then, there was this thing with wearing a certain Flyers shirt, sitting a certain way, etc. and so on. I concluded that despite its silliness, it’s just our way (the fans) of trying to control the situation; the game that we have absolutely no control over (isn’t this season so far enough of a testament to that?). It’s just one of the …

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Around the Net 02.01.13

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… Jon Sim is still playing hockey: [The Checking Line] [Poststar.com] Claude Giroux is in a slump and Danny Briere is moving to the top line to help: [Philly.com] [The 700 Level] Flyers vs. Capitals preview: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] [Metro.us] Thomas Vanek is on fire: [Puck Daddy] The mess that is the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes continues: [ESPN] [Puck Daddy] [USA Today] Need tickets? Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next …

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Crashing the Crease: BryzNasty

Two weeks ago, I laid out my expectations for Ilya Bryzgalov’s season. In short, I expected him to start well thanks to his keeping the engine warmed up over in Russia, but my fear was the Flyers’ lacking defensive corps would take its toll on him and lead a to a mid-season slump. I felt that a .920-or-higher save percentage wasn’t too likely by season’s end. Early on, he’s fighting to prove me wrong, posting a pretty stellar .924 save percentage and a goals-against average of 2.19, especially given the support he’s had thus far. Right now, it isn’t that …

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Atlantic Watch: 1/23-1/29

The Philadelphia Flyers started the week with a pair of wins, but a pair of lackadaisical efforts led to two losses where they were outscored 7-2. The Orange and Black find themselves at the bottom of the division with a trio of meetings against Southeast Division opponents over the next seven days. With a record of 0-3-0 and playing a team they went 0-6-0 against in 2011-2012, the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers wasn’t expected on Thursday night. After a scoreless opening stanza, the tandem of Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek registered their first goals of …

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College Hockey Roundup: Maine sweeps BC; Cornell’s Bardreau out for the season; Blasi earns 300th win

On paper it looked like a mismatch. Then No. 3 Boston College, who sit atop Hockey East with a 14-7-2 overall record, versus Maine, who is dead last in the conference with a 7-14-4 overall record. Don’t tell that to the Black Bears who swept the road series against the Eagles. Maine spoiled the return of BC head coach Jerry York to the bench Friday night by beating the Eagles 4-1 in Chestnut Hill. Junior goalie Martin Ouellette (CLB ’10, 184th overall)  was stellar in goal stopping 34 of 35 shots including 20 in the second period where BC had …