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Guest Post: In Opposition to Defenders of Fighting in Hockey, a Defense of Fighting in Hockey

Michael Baumann writes about baseball for Crashburn Alley and Grantland. He also writes about basketball for Liberty Ballers. He will be joining us occasionally on Flyers Faithful to share his thoughts on hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @MJ_Baumann. My relationship with hockey is dominated by emotion. I don’t have the “analyst” hat I’ve developed with baseball, where I have to put my childhood biases aside so I can wax poetic about Jason Heyward or Andrelton Simmons one moment, then turn around and hurl vitriol against his team, the Atlanta Braves, an organization I hate on a level that usually …

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Around the Net October 11, 2013: Flyers game night against Coyotes,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Kimmo trending down It’s been four games, but Kimmo Timonen is starting to regress: [The Hockey News] Wisdom of Bill Friend of the site, Bill Meltzer previews tonight’s game: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Mason looking strong  So far, so good with Steve Mason: [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] Hartnell sells cars More brilliance from @Hartsy19: [USA Today] Around the NHL The new thing in the NHL, scoring goals between your legs. [Puck Daddy] [Deadspin] Hockey season is here. Go see the new Flyers coach, …

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Bernier steals game for Leafs, Flyers can’t capitalize early in 3-1 loss

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their season opener tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs came in and stole a 3-1 victory. Jonathan Bernier bailed out the Maple Leafs several times during Toronto’s win, as he kept his team in it for the first two periods before Dave Bolland potted the game-winning goal early in the third period and put home the insurance tally with 22.5 seconds left for a two-goal game. Phil Kessel also scored for the Maple Leafs in the win. With a pass from Joffrey Lupul behind Steve Mason’s cage, the former Chicago …

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Hockey Hilarity: Phil Kenobi?

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Sunday night in Toronto, an incident occurred during a game, despite it being the preseason and not meaning a gosh darn thing, between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto forward Phil Kessel was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure for slashing Buffalo forward John Scott… With a deadly instrument. As the image below shows, Kessel and Scott are lined up across from one another for …

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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …