Konecny Tallies Twice, Flyers Defeat Kings

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers made a change in the lineup before Saturday's game, opting to put Claude Giroux back at center between James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny. It was a move that paid dividends for all involved.

Konecny scored the first two goals of the game and van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists, helping to pace the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center. 

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Flyers-Kings: Game 49 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After a 4-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday, a few players noted that a letdown is usually possible after an emotional win. Head coach Alain Vigneault wasn't buying it. Vigneault stated that every game is worth the same two points and that the team needs to be ready to go and execute. 

The Flyers next game comes against another team outside of playoff position. The Los Angeles Kings come to town on Saturday night and it is a game the Flyers certainly feel the need to come away with a better result.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Vigneault Expresses Frustration Over Flyers Letdown Against Canadiens

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It seems like everything the Flyers do, nothing really makes sense. 

The Flyers went out West to start a six-game road trip and played three teams not in the playoff picture. They fought and clawed their way to an overtime win in one of them and lost the other two in blowouts. Then they played three current playoff teams and suffered a similar fate, perhaps only really having a true chance in the final game of the trip in Carolina that ended with an overtime loss.

Then the Flyers came home and played their next four games, including one on the road, against four teams in the Top 6 in league standings. They went 3-1-0 with the one loss being a 1-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning, at the time on a nine-game winning streak extended to 10 with that result.

The night after a dramatic win over the St. Louis Blues, the best team in the Western Conference standings, the Flyers had made it through a brutal four-game stretch with six points. When they returned to host Montreal, who had just two wins all month and had lost the night before, it felt like a game the Flyers should have taken. Instead, they continued to have the Jekyll and Hyde personalities of a team in flux, teetering on the line between playoff team and non-contender.

What's the reason?

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Kovalchuk Scores Twice as Flyers Fall to Canadiens

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

When the Flyers faced the Canadiens twice earlier in the season, it took overtime for the Flyers to find a way to win each game. For the third meeting between the two teams, there was one notable new face in the Canadiens lineup.

Ilya Kovalchuk entered the game with five points in six games with the Canadiens and added two more with a pair of goals as the Flyers were stymied by Carey Price and fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Canadiens: Game 48 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Two games this week for the Flyers have required extra time, but ended in thrilling fashion. A daunting schedule that included four teams in the Top 6 in the NHL standings ended with the Flyers posting a 3-1-0 record. 

Perhaps the bigger test for the Flyers now is maintaining that success at home against teams out of the playoff picture. Thursday night brings one of those challenges, as the Flyers take on the Montreal Canadiens.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Voracek Scores OT Winner as Flyers Down Blues

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers had the best team in the West on the ropes, up by two in a building where they had won nine straight games. Then the Blues flipped the switch, brought pressure and slowly picked their way back into the game.

For the second straight game, the Flyers went to overtime against one of the league's best, but they did not need the shootout this time. Jake Voracek scored the game-winning goal with 1:27 remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

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Flyers G Carter Hart Out 2-3 Weeks with Lower Abdominal Injury

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have lost perhaps the one player they couldn’t afford to lose. Carter Hart is going to miss time and it will go beyond the weekend.

Hart suffered a lower right abdominal injury in practice on Tuesday and will be out for two-to-three weeks. The Flyers have recalled goalie Alex Lyon on an emergency basis. In addition, the team sent down Joel Farabee to make room on the roster for Wednesday’s game while also placing Chris Stewart on waivers.

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Strangest of Endings Give Flyers a Win to Build On

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

You won’t find many endings quite like this one. Alain Vigneault said he had never seen a game end like this. In the fifth round of the shootout, the last hope for the Bruins was Brad Marchand, who has been a money man in shootouts.

Marchand skated toward center ice with speed, went to play the puck, and...missed it? In real time, that’s almost what it looked like. Marchand went by without the puck and turned back. Carter Hart started to come out to play his position and had to stop. False start, right? Except Marchand had actually played the puck, moving it a few inches forward as he whiffed on the attempt. By rule, the attempt counts and the Flyers had completed their comeback, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 win.

“You could see the puck move. It is pretty lucky,” Hart said, “but for us to battle back and play like that, we deserve to win.”

“Especially a guy like him,” Sean Couturier said of Marchand’s gaffe. “It is what it is. We’ll take the win.”

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Flyers Rally from 3 Down, Defeat Bruins in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Before the game could even get to a critical deciding moment, the Flyers had to mount a serious comeback against one of the NHL's best teams. Down 5-2 to the Bruins, asking for a three-goal comeback seemed like an impossible request.

The Flyers scored twice in the second period late to make it a game again, then got the tying goal with 7:02 left in the third, eventually forcing overtime.

In the shootout, the strangest of endings helped the Flyers get the 6-5 come-from-behind win to defeat the Bruins on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Bruins: Game 46 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers were handed just their third loss in regulation on home ice on Saturday. It also marked another first, the first time this season they have been shut out.

The team is currently playing through a very difficult schedule, facing the league's top team and hottest team in the last two games. Their first two games of this week come against teams that are now tied atop the NHL standings. First up are the Boston Bruins, who have put together a three-game winning streak entering Monday's game.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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