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Atlantic Watch: 3/21-3/27

In their three home games this week, the Flyers were able to clinch a playoff spot with a pair of wins over teams currently sitting outside the postseason scenario. Unfortunately, Ilya Bryzgalov suffered a chip fracture in his right foot. Hopefully for Philly, Bryzgalov will be back by the end of next week when the club takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers as part of their four-game schedule over the next few days. On Thursday, the Orange and Black earned two points against the Washington Capitals with a 2-1 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center. Wayne Simmonds potted …

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VIP: Very Impressed Person

On March 5, 2012, at about 11:15 PM, at the Flyers Faithful Pub Quiz benefitting the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF), this number was called: 388838. A scream was heard, high-fives were given all around, and the words, “Please claim your prize!” was repeated. I am number 388838. My prize? Four club box tickets to the Flyers March 13 home game against the New Jersey Devils and a private VIP tour led by ESYHF Chief Operating Officer Jim Britt. First, let me tell you about Mr. Britt. He has been the COO of ESYHF — as well as their …

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Atlantic Watch: 3/14-3/20

A dominant win over the New York Islanders and a pair of comebacks helped the Flyers gain five crucial points in the standings this week, as Philly still has a slim chance to win the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, the only game in which the Flyers didn’t earn a point may have been their most impressive performance, as they posted 23 more shots than the Panthers in their one-goal game loss last night. Three games against three clubs that are lower in the conference standings should help the Flyers a lot over the next couple days, as the Orange and Black hope to clinch a …

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Minor League Update: 3/12-3/18

    The Phantoms dropped all three of their games this week, as they currently sit three points out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Although they sit 13th in the conference with 63 points, the Phantoms are still within striking distance of the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate), a team Adirondack lost to twice in the last seven days. The Phantoms’ first loss to the Crunch came on Wednesday in a 2-1 defeat at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Denis Hamel’s 19th goal of the season, which came on a 5-on-3 advantage due to an interference minor …

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Dr. No: Bryzgalov keeps shutout streak alive by blanking Devils

Maybe Ilya Bryzgalov was prescient back in January, pointing the way out of the woods and forward into the thick of a playoff race whose pulse he seemingly controls. On Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center, the $51 million man joined some elite goaltending company by stopping all 17 shots he faced as the  Philadelphia Flyers silenced the  New Jersey Devils, 3-0. It was one of the easiest games he’s had as a professional and he took it all in stride, as if it was an eventuality. Bryzgalov notched his sixth whitewash of the season and his third in as …