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POSTGAME 5: Flyin High

Flyers end road trip on winning note with 6-2 win over the Penguins

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers surrendered the first goal but rattled off six unanswered, including four in the third period, to walk away with a 6-2 win over the Penguins on Sunday.

The Penguins dominated the action early and got on the board first as a puck squeezed just past Steve Mason and Matt Cullen was able to poke it in, but the Flyers stuck with it and applied pressure late. After multiple scoring chances in the period, Jordan Weal eventually converted on a 2 on 1 by snapping a shot low glove to beat Matt Murray and tie it up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

The Flyers kept their momentum in the second, playing a tight game and capitalizing on a scramble in front as Valtteri Filppula cashed in on a loose puck in front of the net, putting it under Murray. The Pens challenged for goaltender interference, but it was quickly upheld as a good goal and the Flyers went into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after 2.

The third period was all Flyers. Dale Weise and Jakub Voracek added goals three and four, while Radko Gudas scored an empty-netter and Shayne Gostisbehere added a sixth goal late to cap off the victory. Mason stopped 25-27 shots en route to his 23rd victory of the year.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Penguins

The Flyers and the Penguins face off tonight 7:00PM, at the PPG Paints Arena.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 96 pts, 7 games remaining

  2. BOS: 84 pts, 7 games remaining

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  3. NYI: 82 pts, 8 games remaining

  4. TBL: 81 pts, 8 games remaining

  5. CAR: 79 pts, 9 games remaining

  6. FLA: 77 pts, 8 games remaining 

  7. PHI: 76 pts, 8 games remaining

 

1. SUNDAY FUN DAY

Both teams are playing their third game in a four-day span, but the Flyers are playing the second of games on back-to-back days to which they own an 8-5-2 mark in that scenario… This is the second straight Sunday the Flyers are playing and own an impressive 7-1-2 record on Sundays with seven of the 10 games decided by one goal, including five past regulation… The Pens come in having lost their last two games, both by way of a shootout, but have earned at least a point in five straight (3-0-2) and points in 11 of their last 12 games overall with a 8-1-3 record.

 

2. PAINTING A GOOD PICTURE

The Penguins have the best home winning percentage in the NHL at .838 and have the second-most wins at home with a 29-4-4 record at PPG Paints Arena - their last regulation loss at home came on Feb. 19 vs. Detroit… This is the first game in the Pens arena this season with the first meeting at Pittsburgh taking place at Heinz field for the Stadium Series game… The Flyers have had success at PPG Paints (formerly CONSOL) since it opened in 2010, going 10-4-0.

 

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POSTGAME 5: Edged by the Jackets

Flyers dominate in shots, but come up just short in 1-0 loss to Columbus

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers pelted Sergei Bobrovsky with 36 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Jackets held on for a 1-0 victory in Columbus on Saturday afternoon.

The teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first period with the Flyers owning a majority of the shots, 11-5, but just past the midway point of the second period, Columbus struck first on a goal from Alexander Wennberg, who deflected a shot from the point by Kyle Quincey. The goal would hold up by the end of the period giving the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The Flyers began the third period on a power-play but couldn't convert on that opportunity, as well as several chances in late in the third period with Michal Neuvirth pulled in search of the equalizer.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Blue Jackets

The Flyers and the Blue Jackets face off this afternoon 2PM, at the Nationwide Arena.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 94 pts, 8 games remaining

  2. NYI: 82 pts, 9 games remaining

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  3. BOS: 82 pts, 8 games remaining

  4. TBL: 81 pts, 8 games remaining

  5. CAR: 77 pts, 10 games remaining

  6. PHI: 76 pts, 9 games remaining

  7. FLA: 75 pts, 9 games remaining 

 

1. HELLO METRO

The Flyers play eight of their last nine games against the Metropolitan Division beginning with today's game in Columbus… They own an 8-12-2 mark against the Metro, winning two of their last three games… The Blue Jackets play the final game in a stretch of 5-of-7 games vs. the Metro and are 8-0-1 in their last nine games against division opponents, while posting an overall record of 17-6-2.

 

2. GOING THE DISTANCE

This is the third of four meetings and final game at Columbus with the Flyers going 0-1-1 in the season series… The last time they met in Columbus, Brayden Schenn scored with 17 seconds left to send it to overtime but Columbus prevailed, 2-1… The Flyers and Blue Jackets have played five straight games that have gone past regulation at Nationwide Arena dating back to December of 2014… The Flyers lost all five games, and have dropped nine straight when playing at Columbus, going 0-5-4… The last time the Flyers won at Nationwide Arena came on Dec. 13, 2005 by a score of 3-1.

 

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Prospect Update: Myers overcomes injuries this season

A look at defenseman Philippe Myers as he heads into the QMJHL Playoffs

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

From an injury standpoint, the 2016-17 season has not been an easy one for Flyers defense prospect Philippe Myers. However, from a performance and further development standpoint after a breakout campaign last season, Myers has excelled.

A stalwart two-way defenseman for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Myers has enjoyed a dominant season when he's been in the lineup. 

Offensively during the now-completed regular season, Myers averaged more than point per game (10 goals, 25 assists in 34 games). Defensively, he played in all game situations and routinely saw himself matched against opponents' top lines. 

In fact, Myers has not just been one of the top defensemen in the Quebec League this year, he's been one of the best junior-aged defensemen in Canada. The player, who did not turn 20 until January 25 of this year, was half of Team Canada's top defensive pairing at the World Junior Championships along with Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot.

Myers played very well throughout the preliminary round of the WJC tournament. Unfortunately, a high hit from Team USA forward Luke Kunin (a Minnesota Wild prospect) resulted in Myers sustaining an injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the WJC. 

He remained out of action until February and rejoined the Huskies' lineup on Feb. 15 and has not missed a game since. 

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POSTGAME 5: Five's Wild

Flyers take 3-1 win at Minnesota to extend winning streak over Wild to five straight games

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

After surrendering the first goal early, the Flyers scored the next two and hung on the rest of the way, eventually scoring an empty-netter, for a 3-1 win over the Wild on Thursday.

The Wild jumped out to an early lead, scoring 2:07 into the first as Steve Mason mishandled a bouncing puck and Zach Parise was in the right place to knock it in. Sean Couturier countered with a goal between the legs of Devan Dubnyk with just over two minutes to play sending the teams in the locker room with a 1-1 tie after 20.

Matt Read kept the Flyers momentum going by scoring in his second straight game, just 21 seconds into the period to give the Flyers a one-goal lead. The Flyers shut down the Wild for the rest of the period, including the NHL's best power play on home ice.

The Flyers held the Wild to just four shots in the third period, which included a minute's worth of power-play time, while Jakub Voracek scored an empty net goal to seal the win.

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OTF: Manning returns, Mason back in

News, Notes & Quotes from the morning skate in Minnesota.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

A light optional skate this morning at XCel Energy Center gave way to some lineup news for tonight's game.

The first of which was that defenseman Brandon Manning will re-enter the lineup after missing the last five games. Manning has 10 points (3g-7a) on the blueline this year while averaging 17:50 of ice time. 

"I'm feeling good. Feeling strong and I did some contact a few days ago so I'm not even thinking about that," said Manning on recovering from his upper-body injury.

Manning is also third on the team's defense in hits at 105, despite missing 15 games this season. He will be paired alongside Radko Gudas, who leads the team, and ranks third overall in the NHL, averaging 4.2 hits per-game. 

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Wild

The Flyers and the Wild face off tonight 8PM, at the Xcel Energy Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 94 pts, 8 games remaining

  2. BOS: 82 pts, 9 games remaining

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  3. NYI: 80 pts, 10 games remaining

  4. TBL: 77 pts, 10 games remaining

  5. CAR: 75 pts, 11 games remaining

  6. PHI: 74 pts, 10 games remaining

  7. FLA: 73 pts, 10 games remaining 

 

1. FAREWELL TO THE WEST

Tonight is the final game against the Western Conference for the Flyers, who own a 13-10-4 mark, as well as a 7-5-1 record against the Central Division… Last season, the Flyers posted a similar record against the West, going 14-11-3, but owned an 11-3-0 mark against the Central… This season against Western Conference opponents, Claude Giroux leads the team in assists (2g-19a), Wayne Simmonds leads in goals (15g-7a) and Jakub Voracek leads in overall points (6g-18a, 24pts).

 

2. A WILD MARCH

After going 41-14-6 through the first five months of the season, the Wild have stumbled in the month of March, going 3-8-0, and have dropped five of their last six games… On a per-game basis, the Wild averaged 3.33 goals-for and 2.33 goals-allowed from Oct-Feb, compared to 2.36 goals scored and 3.00 goals allowed in March thus far… Despite the fall, the Wild continue to rank second in the Western Conference and tied for fifth in the NHL standings with 94 points… The Wild also come into tonight's game looking to clinch a playoff berth with their magic number to clinch being two points.

 

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Practice Update: The Minnesota Shuffle

Wednesday's full team practice in Minnesota saw changes up and down the lineup

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

A full practice in between games saw a shuffle of lines by Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol on Wednesday at XCel Energy Center in Minnesota.

One of the biggest saw a pair of wingers bumped up to play alongside Claude Giroux - Matt Read and Jakub Voracek. Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds move on a line with Valtteri Filppula anchoring the second line, while Travis Konecny took rushes on the right side with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde.

"It's looking at different things coming off a road performance from yesterday," said Hakstol of the changes. "The lineup we had Tuesday, we played an excellent game at home two nights before and we're just looking at a way to inject a little bit more into our lineup for a real tough road game here tomorrow night."

TOP GUNS REUNITED?
The move, if implemented for Thursday night's game at Minnesota, sees a reunion of Voracek and Giroux, who have been a successful pair before, and are the top two leading scorers on the team with 55 points and 53 points respectively.

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Flyers Sign D Mark Friedman to Entry Level Contract

Flyers drafted Friedman 3rd round, 86th overall in 2014 NHL Draft

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed defenseman Mark Friedman, the club's 2014 third round draft pick (86th overall), to an entry-level contract for the 2017-18 season, according to GM Ron Hextall.

Additionally, Friedman will report to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Friedman spent the last three seasons in the NCAA at Bowling Green State University of the WCHA. Below are some news & notes:

MARK FRIEDMAN (FREED-man)

POSITION: Defense

DRAFTED: 3rd Round, 86th overall (2014)

TEAM/LEAGUE: Bowling Green State University (NCAA: WCHA)

AGE: 21 (12-25-1995)

BORN: Toronto, Ontario

VITALS: 5'11", 185 pounds

 

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