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This Week in Flyers History: Week ending November 29

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November 28, 1981

The Flyers were in Bloomington, Minnesota to take on Bobby Smith, Dino Ciccarelli and the Minnesota North Stars at The Met Center, one of the tougher places to play in the NHL. On this night, the Flyers would lose to Minnesota 5-3 , however the fireworks that came after the final whistle were just as entertaining as the game itself.

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Injuries and lack of leadership holding Eagles back

With another embarrassing loss on Thanksgiving Day, the Philadelphia Eagles sank lower than they have all season.

This marks the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia has lost a game on Thanksgiving. It is also their third straight loss after winning a close game with the Dallas Cowboys.

It’s safe to say this team is in shambles and nobody seems to know where to go at this point.

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By the Numbers: Depth comes through to end Flyers losing streak in New York

This afternoon game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers started pretty evenly. Halfway through the first, however, Nick Schultz absorbed a very hard hit and was forced to leave the game. This hit set the table for the rest of the game.

After Luke Schenn started a fight to stand up for Schultz, the Flyers found themselves without two of their heavily rotated top-four defensemen for an extended period. The Rangers carried the play thereafter, but the Flyers weathered the storm.

Eventually the Flyers found their footing, and when the Couturier line finally got the goal they have been deserving, the game looked very different. Ultimately the Flyers can credit their depth, both in forward scoring and defensemen adjusting on the fly to bigger roles, with ending their 10 game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.

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Phantoms Fall Flat Against Providence


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For most of this season, you could say that despite a loss, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave a complete effort.

Not tonight.

Brandon DeFazio, Seth Griffith and Anton Blidh scored goals, while Malcolm Subban made 18 saves for the shutout. That led to the Providence Bruins winning, 3-0, Saturday night at PPL Center.

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Postgame Perspective: Flyers starting to build momentum

When the Flyers last met the New York Rangers on Oct. 24, they turned in their best effort of the season and managed to best the Rangers in a shootout by a 3-2 final.

That pulled their record to 4-2-1 through seven games of the season. Things turned south in a hurry from there.

But after their latest win, a 3-0 shutout win at Madison Square Garden in an effort that quite possibly bests the one in October's shootout win, perhaps the Flyers are gaining the momentum back.

In four games this week, the Flyers have taken a 6-9-5 record and improved to 9-10-5, earning six out of a possible eight points. Not a bad way to close out a November to forget.

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Wayne Simmonds nets 2 as Flyers snap MSG skid

At long last, the streak is over.

Since the 2010-11 season, Madison Square Garden has been a house of horrors for the Flyers (9-10-5). They broke their dismal 10-game losing streak at the building on Saturday in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers -- their first win at the Garden since the 2014 playoffs, and first regular-season win since Feb. 20, 2011.

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Heartbreak at the Toyota Center as Sixers lose 116-114

While all Sixers fans know there are no moral victories, not all losses are created equal. For the fourth time in as many games the Sixers played hard and held a fourth quarter lead only to see it taken away in the final minutes. On a night where the Sixers set the new record for longest losing streak by a major north american sports team with 27 straight, the Sixers came out competitive and gave the Houston Rockets trouble for most of the second half.

The Sixers lost a heartbreaker of a game to James Harden and the Houston Rockets 116-114. After a sloppy first half for the Sixers, they came back to take the lead 97-96 in the fourth quarter. Houston's late game missed free throws, turnovers, and missed shots allowed the Sixers to have hope all the way to their last possession. 

With Nerlens Noel out with knee soreness and the video surfacing of Jahlil Okafor involved in a dispute outside of a Boston nightclub, the team looked to be in some disarray.

Philadelphia once again got off to a slow start, scoring 19 points in the first quarter to Houston's 30. After Jahlil Okafor's jumper from the right baseline, the Sixer's offense struggled for the rest of the first half. Often the Sixers struggled to get into their offensive sets leading to rushed shots with the shot clock running down. Without Nerlens Noel's presence, Robert Covington was the Sixers defensive star of the first half  with six steals and a block in the first half. 

After the break the Sixers came out and showed more of the same, never letting the Rockets get too far ahead but never getting over the hump. A great defensive effort at the end of the third quarter spilled over into the fourth and two key threes by Nik Stauskas and Hollis Thompson cut the Rocket's lead to two. The Sixer's first lead of the night came shortly after on a TJ McConnell jumper over Dwight Howard to make the score 97-96 Sixers. The largest lead of the night was 104-97 on Jerami Grant's thundering dunk off of a McConnell steal.  

However James Harden would not allow Houston to give away a game to Philadelphia finishing with 50 points, one shy of his career high of 51. Although a few ill-timed missed free throws brought the game into question, Harden's late game performance at the stripe and 3-point line allowed Houston to pull out the win. 

The Sixers did a good job of keeping Harden off the foul line early but found him there much more often in the second half only missing four of his 20 foul shots for the game. 

Jahlil Okafor was largely ineffective for most of the game, finding himself on the bench for most of the second half. The highlight of his four minutes of the fourth quarter was a timely bucket over Dwight Howard to keep the Sixers competitive. He finished with 11 points on 4-12 shooting and six rebounds. 

Philadelphia looks to avoid tying a NBA record 0-18 start of the 2009-2010 New Jersey Nets when they are back in action in Memphis on Sunday Nov. 29th against Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies.

By the Numbers: Gostisbehere delivers again for Flyers

By most statistics, the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators were evenly matched in their matchup yesterday afternoon. The difference in the game came down to a few players stepping up and making a play.

The Flyers top nine forwards did not provide any goals, but team defensemen and an AHL call-up scored the big goals. The 3-2 win moves the Flyers in the right direction, although some questions linger about these particular forward combinations.

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