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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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Is It Time to Change the NHL’s Suspension Policy?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of the Flyers, Canucks, or the Penguins. If you watch hockey on a regular basis, you’ve seen the inconsistency that comes from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Run by former player and Hall-of-Famer Brendan Shanahan, veteran of over 1,500 games played and well aware of the violence hockey contains, and formerly Colin Campbell, the department has allowed players like the Flyers’ own Zac Rinaldo, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, Steve Ott and John Scott to run amuck with little fear of consequence. Kaleta has had enough phone calls and meetings with Player Safety …

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Fake Hockey Help: Howard’s struggles, Ryan Johansen’s production, Sean Couturier’s offensive burst

As Philadelphia Flyers’ fans saw on Wednesday night, Jimmy Howard hasn’t been at the top of his game lately. Before he allowed five goals on 33 shots against to the Orange and Black, Howard was able to provide a 29-save shutout against the lowly New York Islanders. However, the candidate for the American Olympic team endured a seven-game losing streak where he allowed four goals against or more three times and allowed three goals against or more an additional two times. His highest save percentage total in that span for a single game was .920. Obviously, you shouldn’t drop Howard, …

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Seguin and Nichushkin destroy Flyers, Stars win big in Dallas

After putting forward a strong first period, the Philadelphia Flyers were absolutely abused up and down the ice during the second period, as the Dallas Stars produced an impressive 5-1 effort at home. Tyler Seguin had a hat trick in a four-point performance and Valeri Nichushkin provided three assists in his four-point performance, as Dan Ellis was barely tested in a 27-save effort for the win. Steve Mason finally allowed four goals in a game as a Flyer, as he stopped 22 of 26 shots in his two periods of action today. Andrej Meszaros had the visitors’ lone goal. It …

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Hockey Hilarity: Luongo Looking Out For Lundqvist

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! This week, one of the biggest stories in the NHL was the New York Rangers‘ signing of impending unrestricted free agent goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist has played every single game of his career in the NHL with the Rangers and made it clear that he wanted to stay in New York. The two sides came to terms on a 7-year deal worth a reported $59.5 million dollars. That’s a lot of …