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POSTGAME 5: Jets down Flyers

Jets special teams sink Flyers, 7-1

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
After a close first period in which the Flyers led the pace, the Jets jumped on their opportunities and walked away with a 7-1 win in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Flyers fought back with a goal from Jake Voracek towards the end of the period to cut the lead in half. The Jets then tallied three straight goals, including power-play and shorthanded goals, in the second frame to take a 5-1 lead heading into the third.

Winnipeg added two more to get three-point games from Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey as goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 37 shots to earn the win. Anthony Stolarz came in relief, making 21 saves in the process, of starter Michal Neuvirth, who allowed three goals on 10 shots.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Connor Hellebuyck (36 saves on 37 shots)
2 - Josh Morrissey (1g-2a)
3 - Mark Scheifele (3a)

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. WPG

The Flyers and the Jets faceoff 3PM this afternoon in Winnipeg.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-3, 27pts) at Winnipeg Jets (17-9-2, 36pts)

at Bell MTS Place | Winnipeg, Manitoba

TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP+ |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2017-18): 1-0-1

All-Time Record: 17gp (10-4-0-3)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 36-pts, Giroux (11g-25a)

WPG: 36-pts, Wheeler (4g-32a)

 

1. PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

The Flyers enter today with points in three straight games, going 2-0-1 in December, and look for back-to-back wins as they enter games on back-to-back afternoons... They are 1-1-0 so far in "second games" and after yesterday, they own a 4-2-1 record in afternoon start times this season... The Flyers also begin their Canadian tour portion of the road trip - last season they went 3-0-1 on the road against these teams, sweeping Western Canada (CGY, EDM & VAN), but dropping a shootout decision (3-2) in Winnipeg.

 

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POSTGAME 5: Got a little Captain in ya!

Flyers rout Sabres with six straight goals for 6-2 win

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Claude Giroux posted four points and Anthony Stolarz made 28 saves as the Flyers tallied six unanswered goals en route to a 6-2 win at Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind 0-2 on a pair of goals from Jack Eichel, James van Riemsdyk got one back at the end of the first period and Ivan Provorov scored the lone goal in the second period to tie it back up.

Giroux then snapped the tie with a shorthanded goal early in the third, which was all the Flyers needed to walk away with the win. Stolarz stopped all 13 shots in the final two periods and Linus Ullmark stopped 35 of 41 shots in the loss.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Claude Giroux (1g-3a)
2 - James van Riemsdyk (1g-1a)
3 - Wayne Simmonds (1g)

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. BUF

The Flyers take on the Sabres this afternoon at the KeyBank Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-3, 25pts) at Buffalo Sabres (17-8-4, 38pts)

at KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TIME: 1:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 177gp (88-62-20-7)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 32-pts, Giroux (10g-22a)

BUF: 34-pts, Eichel (7g-27a)

 

1. TAKIN THE SHOW ON THE ROAD

The Flyers kick off a 10-day, five-game road trip today and finish with four Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver) spanning a total round-trip of 6,518 miles in the process... Today is also the first of an afternoon set of back-to-backs over the weekend... After playing just two back-to-back sessions in the first 26 games of the year, they will play four sets of back-to-backs in the next 13 contests... Of the next 13 games, 10 are on the road.

 

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Flyers recall forward Phil Varone from Phantoms

Phantoms leading scorer, AHL MVP to join Flyers in Buffalo

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have recalled forward Phil Varone from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Varone comes to the Flyers after leading the Phantoms in assists (17) and overall scoring with 28 points in 22 games. His 28 points also rank second overall in the AHL. More recently, Varone has posted seven goals and 12 points in his last nine games for Lehigh Valley, who sits in third place in the Atlantic Division with a 13-7-1-1 record and 28 points.

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Meet Rick Wilson

What you need to know about the Flyers new assistant coach

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

There aren't many still-active coaches around any level of hockey who can truthfully say they once dropped the gloves in an NHL game with Dave Schultz during "the Hammer's" Flyers heyday. Add in a subsequent American Hockey League season (1977-78) playing for the long-since defunct Philadelphia Firebirds, and 30+ years of National Hockey League coaching, and the list narrows down to a single man.

That man is Rick Wilson, the new Flyers assistant coach in charge of working with the team's defense corps. The Flyers officially announced Wilson's hiring on Tuesday of this week.

Asked to recount his playing days, which included NHL stints with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues (with whom he was a member when he fought Schultz in a game against the Flyers on Dec. 15, 1974) and Detroit Red Wings, the 68-year-old Wilson replied with typical self-deprecating humor.

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POSTGAME 5: Not Quite Enough

Flyers battle back to gain valuable point, but fall in OT 4-3 to Blue Jackets

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Despite another third-period comeback by the Flyers, Seth Jones scored his second goal of the night just 10 seconds into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

Claude Giroux kicked off the scoring, but Jones got it immediately back and Brandon Dubinsky scored late in the first period to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. After a scoreless second, Boone Jenner scored five minutes in the third before Travis Sanheim rallied the Flyers with back-to-back goals to force overtime.

Anthony Stolarz took the loss by stopping 26 shots, while Sergei Bobrovsky earned the win with 23 saves on 26 shots.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Seth Jones (2g & game winner)
2 - Travis Sanheim (2g)
3 - Brandon Dubinsky (1g-1a)

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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Blue Jackets

Stolarz vs. Bobrovsky and other notes to come out of the morning skate

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Having played just one game in the last eight nights, the Flyers have tried to stay sharp by putting in three practice days and a morning skate ahead of Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Here are some notes and news from the morning skate.

* Anthony Stolarz is slated to make the start in goal again after a string of solid performances against Toronto (in relief) and starts against Ottawa and Pittsburgh. 

* The Flyers lineup and line combinations from the 4-2 in Pittsburgh will likely remain intact against Columbus.

* Although van Riemsdyk has only scored one goal since his return to the lineup, he believes his process has been good, along with that of his linemates. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said after practice that JVR's 200-foot game has been sound and he is now trying to jump from "preseason" mode to mid-season form in terms of his offensive timing after getting injured in the second game of the regular season and being out until Nov. 15.

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5 THINGS: CBJ vs. PHI

Get ready for 90s Night with 5 Things

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-2, 24pts) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-10-2, 32pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 33gp (12-12-3-6)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 30-pts, Giroux (9g-21a)

CBJ: 30-pts, Atkinson (19g-11a)

 

1. IT'S BEEN A WHILE

The Flyers are finally back in action after four full days off of games with their last one coming on Saturday - a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh... Since the Flyers played three games in a four-night span from Nov. 21-24, tonight will be just the third game in a 12-day span Nov. 25-Dec. 6)... Due to the layoff, the Flyers have now played the fewest amount of games than any team in the NHL this season (25) and own at least two "games in hand" on three of the top four teams in the division.

 

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5 Key Takeaways: Fletcher's Press Conference

Among the many topics, here is what stood out as Flyers introduce new GM

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

Along with Comcast Spectacor CEO David Scott and Flyers president Paul Holmgren, new Flyers general manager and executive vice president Chuck Fletcher met with the media on Wednesday at an introductory press conference. 

Fletcher had the opportunity to expound upon some of the topics he addressed in a Monday conference call with reporters after his hiring was announced. Here are 5 takeaways from Tuesday's press conference.

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