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5 THINGS: MTL vs. PHI

Playoff push continues as Flyers look to draw within one of Habs

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (35-29-8, 78pts) vs. Montreal Canadiens (37-28-7, 81pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-1-0

All-Time Record: 195gp (77-81-30-7)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 76-pts, Giroux (20g-56a)

MTL: 62-pts, Domi (24g-38a)

 

METRO & WILD CARD RACE

M1 - NYI: 91 pts - 10 games remaining

M2 - WSH: 91 pts - 10 games remaining

M3 - PIT: 88 pts - 9 games remaining

WC1 - CAR: 85 pts - 11 games remaining

WC2 - CBJ: 84 pts - 10 games remaining 

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MTL: 81 pts - 10 games remaining 

PHI: 78 pts - 10 games remaining

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The Shoebox Project

Flyers and Flyers Charities are joining forces in support of The Shoebox Project.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @FlyersCharities

On March 23rd, Philadelphia Flyers and Flyers Charities are joining forces in support of The Shoebox Project, a 2019 Flyers Wives' initiative, to collect items that will fill decorated shoeboxes that will be gifted to the Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence.  

 

About The Shoebox Project:

The Shoebox Project for Women, collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across the US. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.  

For those giving gifts, The Shoebox Project is an opportunity to give back to someone in your community. It's a small gesture of kindness that has an immediate and positive impact on the woman who receives it. The act of creating Shoeboxes tends to bring people together and works to give a human face to the broad issues of poverty and homelessness.

For more information about the Project Shoebox click HERE (shoeboxprojectusa.org/Philadelphia)

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Inside the Moment: The Anatomy of (Another) comeback

Flyers contributor gives point-by-point detail on how the Flyers pulled it off

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

Twenty-three evenings after pulling out a remarkable 4-3 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2019 Stadium Series, the Flyers were in dire need of some more late-game magic. Once again, they were coming off back-to-back regulation losses and in grave danger of falling further out of the playoff chase in the Eastern Conference.

This time, at least, the Flyers didn't have to battle the elements of driving rain and badly deteriorating ice conditions nor did they need a multi-goal comeback in the final five minutes of regulation. However, the situation was every bit as urgent.

 

- POINT 1: THE GOALTENDER -

Carter Hart had played brilliantly in goal, stopping 35 of 36 shots. The only one he couldn't come up with was the tough-to-control rebound of a Phil Kessel shot, which was potted immediately by Teddy Blueger to break a scoreless deadlock at 2:07 of the third period. Otherwise, he was a brick wall all night.

"One of the things Carter does really well, most of his saves look the same," Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said. "That's because of his positioning and angles. He almost always give himself an opportunity to react to whatever [happens] around him."

Coming off a 5-2 home loss to Washington on Friday and a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat in Toronto the next night after leading 5-2 late in the second period, it would have been easy for the Flyers to fold their tents once trailing late in Pittsburgh. They threw lots of rubber at Penguins' goalie Matt Murray but had been turned aside on each of their first 29 shots.

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POSTGAME 5: Hart Stopper!

Hart, Flyers provide late-game heroics in 2-1 win at Pittsburgh

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Carter Hart stood on his head and Sean Couturier capped off an incredible comeback with just 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Flyers a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

With the team battling to a scoreless tie after 40 minutes, the Pens finally solved Hart with Teddy Blueger finding a rebound to give them a 1-0 lead two minutes into the period. James van Riemsdyk then finally solved Matt Murray with 19 seconds left to force overtime before Couturier's heroics.

Hart stopped 41 of 42 shots, including seven in overtime, to earn his first win since Feb. 17 while Murray stopped 36 of 38 in the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Carter Hart (41 sames)
2 - Sean Couturier (OT winner)
3 - Teddy Blueger (1g, +1)

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Drop the puck already: Flyers-Pens

Hart starts, Hartman back, Giroux sick and more before tonight's game

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The Flyers face off against the Pens for the final time this season and are hoping to take three out of the four meetings, holding a two games to one advantage, while also gaining ground in the wild card race against the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes, who are both idle tonight.

 

BAILEY BACK... AGAIN

* Justin Bailey is back... again with the Flyers after being recalled yesterday and the exact reason came to light today. Flyers captain Claude Giroux was missing during the morning skate and interim head coach, Scott Gordon stated that he is "under the weather". He'll be a game-time decision.

HARTMAN FEELING BETTER

Speaking of under the weather, Ryan Hartman missed the game at Toronto for that exact reason, but was out there for the skate and is expected to return to the lineup. He was on the third line with Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton.

JVR FEELING EVEN BETTER

One line that is clicking quite well is whatever line James van Riemsdyk is on. JVR has been on a goal-scoring tear lately, and were it not for an injury at the beginning of the season, he would be at the doorstep of another 30-goal season... which at this pace, he will reach regardless.

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. PIT

Flyers face off against rival Pens in rematch of Stadium Series

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (34-29-8, 76pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-24-9, 87pts)

at PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

TIME: 7:30 p.m. |  TV: NBCSN |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 2-1-0

All-Time Record: 288gp (155-93-30-10)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 76-pts, Giroux (20g-56a)

PIT: 92-pts, Crosby (33g-59a)

 

METRO & WILD CARD RACE

M1 - WSH: 91 pts - 10 games remaining

M2 - NYI: 89 pts - 11 games remaining 

M3 - PIT: 87 pts - 10 games remaining

WC1 - CAR: 85 pts - 11 games remaining

WC2 - CBJ: 84 pts - 10 games remaining 

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MTL: 81 pts - 10 games remaining 

PHI: 76 pts - 11 games remaining

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PROSPECT UPDATE: College Tourney Time

Farabee, Allison and more updates from Flyers in the college ranks

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The countdown to the Frozen Four is underway in NCAA hockey. Here is a look at where Flyers' prospects and their respective teams stand in their conference tournaments. 

HOCKEY EAST

Joel Farabee (Boston University, LW): BU got off to a terrible start this season (0-4-1) and also hit a six-game winless skid in late January to mid-February. As a result, the team finished with a 15-16-4 overall record but was 12-9-3 within the conference. On Friday, the Terriers blanked UMass Lowell, 3-0. A win for BU on Saturday would enable the team to advance to the Hockey East semifinals.

Individually, Farabee was one of the best freshmen nationwide after his return from the World Junior Championships. On Friday, he had a goal, an assist and seven shots on goal against UMass Lowell. Overall, he has 33 points (14g-19a) in 35 games.

Jay O'Brien (Providence, RW/C): The Friars posted a 22-9-6 overall record, including a 14-7-3 mark in conference games. On Friday, Providence prevailed in overtime, 5-4, over Boston College. A win by Providence on Saturday would clinch a spot in the Hockey East semis. 

O'Brien has had a rough, injury-plagued freshman season. An upper-body injury kept him out against BC on Friday. Overall, the Flyers second of two first-round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft has posted just five points (2g-3a) in 25 games. He has missed a combined 12 games due to injury and Team USA obligations for the World Juniors team.

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POSTGAME 5: Unlucky 13

Flyers fall short in wild game as Leafs take 7-6 victory in Toronto

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

A total of 13 goals were scored on 80 shots, but it was the Maple Leafs edging the Flyers, 7-6, at Scotiabank Place in Toronto on Friday night.

The Flyers and Leafs traded first-period goals with Jake Voracek and Patrick Marleau providing the tallies. The next seven goals were all scored in the second period, which included a pair from James van Riemsdyk to give the Flyers a 5-2 lead, but Jake Muzzin's two goals helped the Maple Leafs crawl back in to make it a 5-4 deficit after 40 minutes.

Toronto kept their momentum going to tie it early in the third and eventually took a 7-5 lead off a pair of goals from Auston Matthews. van Riemsdyk would complete the hat trick to pull the Flyers within one in the final minute, but the Leafs held on.

Frederik Anderson allowed six goals on 29 shots, while Brian Elliott faced 51 shots, making 44 saves in the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Auston Matthews (2g, GWG)
2 - James van Riemsdyk (hat trick, +5)
3 - Jake Muzzin (2g-1g)

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Flyers Celebrate 40 Years of the Flyers Scholastic Championship

Full day of final round games set for Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Throughout March, 52 of the best high school hockey teams in the Greater Philadelphia Region have been competing in the 40th Annual Flyers Cup Scholastic Championships, presented by Toyota. Teams have been battling through preliminary rounds since March 4 in the hopes of making it to the championship final Sunday, March 17. For the first time in Flyers Cup history, all five Championship games will take place at the Wells Fargo Center.

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. TOR

Flyers get right back at it when they take on Maple Leafs in Toronto

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (34-28-8, 76pts) at Toronto Maple Leafs (42-23-5, 89pts)

at Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ONT

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP+ |  RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 181gp (97-58-22-4)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 73-pts, Giroux (20g-53a)

TOR: 84-pts, Marner (24g-60a)

 

METRO & WILD CARD RACE

M1 - WSH: 91 pts - 11 games remaining

M2 - NYI: 89 pts - 12 games remaining 

M3 - PIT: 87 pts - 11 games remaining

WC1 - CAR: 83 pts - 13 games remaining

WC2 - CBJ: 81 pts - 12 games remaining 

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MTL: 81 pts - 11 games remaining 

PHI: 76 pts - 12 games remaining

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