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Panthers ensnare Flyers in trap game, win 5-2

After a heart-stopping finish to Wednesday’s one-goal win over Pittsburgh where every move seemed to be the right one, Murphy’s Law caught up with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday as they kicked off a five-game homestand. Peter Mueller, Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period — the former two in a 29-second span and the latter on a penalty shot, fueling the Florida Panthers’ 5-2 victory. Mueller and Huberdeau both ended with a pair of scores, and the latter ended up with a career-high four points, while Scott Clemmensen improved to 5-1-1 lifetime against the Orange and …

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At least it’s not a concussion: Read out 6 weeks with rib muscle injury

Matt Read left Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 win over the Penguins with an upper-body injury and did not return. Speculation ran rampant that this might have been one of those euphemisms for the dreaded “concussion.” But no. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren stated before the end of that contest that Read was hit in the chest with a puck, and that’s at least more of a creative use of the truth than the actual truth. The actual truth, from Holmgren prior to Thursday’s game against Florida, is that Read is expected to miss the next six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. …

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Crashing the Crease: Know Your Enemy! Who are the best shootout forwards?

Last night, Patrick Kane scored yet another shootout goal that displayed a huge amount of finesse and once again reminded Flyers fans that the draft lottery is the devil. Even though Schneider got his pad on Kane’s attempt and initially appeared to stop it, the puck bounced off of him and in the net, adding yet another tally to Kane’s career numbers. It wasn’t as fancy as his numerous SO goals, but it got me thinking aloud: is Kane the most dangerous shootout forward for a goaltender to face? The immediate counter argument that sprang up was “no, Datsyuk is.” …

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Voracek’s Hat Trick Puts Flyers Past Penguins in Pittsburgh

The Philadelphia Flyers edged out a 6-5 win at the CONSOL Energy Center tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a ridiculous contest between the Atlantic Division opponents. Jakub Voracek recorded a hat trick and Wayne Simmonds had a three-point night, as well as a Gordie Howe hat trick, in a wild one-goal win on the road. Ilya Bryzgalov had 27 saves and Tomas Vokoun registered 26 saves, as the pair struggled in the 32 shots they saw apiece. Paul Martin had a three-assist evening, while Evgeni Malkin and James Neal each had a goal and an assist in the emotional defeat. …

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The Gagarin Cup Playoffs: KHL Postseason Starts Today

The KHL playoffs start today, as 16 of the league’s 26 clubs compete for the Gagarin Cup. Since the NHL and KHL are huge competitors, it’s interesting to look at the players on the current KHL playoff teams to see just how many are former Philadelphia Flyers or NHLers. On top of that, some clubs’ prospects are in the 16-team field. It’s also worth noting some of the teams that received help from current NHL players who played a good chunk of the season with a certain KHL season before the lockout concluded. With that being said, here are the previews …