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Flying Pucks: The Search for Identity, Schenn’s Non-Concussion, Lecavalier’s Return

Welcome to Flying Pucks, a hodgepodge of thoughts regarding the Flyers storylines of the past week. Lack of identity The Flyers are sorely missing something to define themselves by this year. They lack consistency game in and game out. We’ve watched them get off to painfully slow starts, and yet we’ve seen them score early. First-period struggles in one game will be third-period struggles in the next. And they can give up 4-goal leads just as easily as they can get them, if not even moreso. The offense struggles sometimes, and the defense struggles sometimes. The one constant has been …

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Simmonds’ three-point night helps Flyers win ninth straight at home

The Philadelphia Flyers extended their home winning streak to nine games tonight, as they beat a shorthanded Minnesota Wild club by the score of 4-1. Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist in the win, while Jakub Voracek produced two assists and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for the Orange and Black. Only Mikael Granlund beat Steve Mason in the win, as the Flyers’ netminder denied 26 shots. Scott Hartnell also notched his 500th career point in the NHL. The visitors were without the services of Josh Harding, Clayton Stoner, and Zach Parise, but they still managed …

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Flight Plan: One at Home, Six On The Road

The Philadelphia Flyers ended up with five of a possible eight points last week in two home-and-home sets with new divisional rivals the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers scored a total of 17 goals last week, and scored north of two goals in all four contests. Unfortunately, they also allowed 17 goals, eight of which came in third periods over the course of the week. In games where both teams have a chance to win going into the third period, the best teams find ways to win games in the final frame. That trait has eluded …

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Wilson’s major allows Flyers to trounce Caps, 5-2 win in Philly

The Philadelphia Flyers were in a close contest until Tom Wilson charged Brayden Schenn in the second period, as the Orange and Black beat the visiting Washington Capitals 5-2. Jakub Voracek had two goals and Kimmo Timonen had two assists, while Matt Read had one of each in the Flyers’ big win at home. Steve Mason registered the win tonight with 23 saves on 25 shots against, as only Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr were the only Caps to deposit the puck in the cage. Braden Holtby had a rough tilt, as he allowed five goals on 35 shots against. …

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Flyers fall short in Ottawa, grab point in 5-4 shootout

The Philadelphia Flyers failed to hold on to a lead in the third period, as they fell to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout by the count of 5-4 tonight. Jason Spezza was the lone skater to convert in the shootout, while he and Bobby Ryan both had two-assist games in the win. Clarke MacArthur had a two-goal game for Ottawa, as Craig Anderson stopped 25 of 29 for the decision. For the Flyers, the trio of Michael Raffl, Kimmo Timonen, and Luke Schenn each had a goal and an assist, while Wayne Simmonds recorded a pair of helpers in …

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