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Bruins beatdown Flyers in 6-0 Rout

All good things must come to an end.

This was painfully obvious Saturday afternoon when the Philadelphia Flyers suffered their first loss in nearly three weeks at the hands of the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins.

Prior to meeting Boston, the Flyers had been on a dream-like run, winning seven consecutive games and going 9-1-0 in their last ten.

Saturday proved to be a rude awakening.

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Flyers and Bruins Battle for First Place

On Wednesday night, HBO premiered their first installment of the award-winning series “24/7” profiling the road to this year’s Winter Classic.

The show’s introduction concentrated on the up-and-downs of the long NHL season and acknowledged how turbulent the grueling 82-game marathon can be.

Saturday afternoon’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins is a perfect example of how true that statement is.

A Look At The 'New Guys': Columbus Gets Carter, The Flyers Get...

The third installment of Kim Pollock's look at the new guys.

In this piece, Pollock focuses on Jakub Voracek, acquired in the Jeff Carter trade, and Sean Couturier, drafted by the Flyers after they acquired a first-round pick from Columbus in that trade.

Talbot Shines in Seventh-Straight Win

With many beginning to question whether the Flyers will be able to remain competitive without the aide of their best players, it has become crucial for the team to prove that the sum is more important than their parts.

However, it is also important that individual role players step up and help carry the load.

On Thursday night, Max Talbot was one of those players.

Flyers win seven straight without Pronger, Giroux

Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.

With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.

The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.

It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.

BREAKING: Pronger out for season

The Flyers have announced that captain defenseman Chris Pronger will sit out the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with severe post concussion symptoms.

It was reported a week ago that Pronger had a concussion and would be out indefinitely.

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement. "It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

Holmgren also said Pronger will continue to receive treatment and that they are hopeful this won't affect Pronger's career.

Projecting the 2011-12 Flyers: Regressing to the Mean at the 33% Mark

Before Tuesday’s game with Washington, the Flyers were on top of the Eastern Conference having played 33% of the season.

Sadly, injuries have hit the Flyers and the team will be running several AHL call-ups for at least the time being.

So far, these players have played well and the team has kept on winning. The goaltending seems to be a strength, as Ilya Bryzgalov seems to have found his way out of ‘the woods.’

Flyers On A Roll; Looking For Lucky 7 in Montreal

The Philadelphia Flyers (19-7-3) survived a huge test Tuesday night in Washington when they trounced the Capitals 5-1, doing so without their most recent injured star, Claude Giroux.

Tonight the Flyers will head to Montreal to face the Canadiens (13-11-7) for the third time this season.

They split their two previous matchups with both teams winning at home and the visiting managing just one goal.

Part I of '24/7'; This is gonna be good

Since 2008, the Winter Classic has proven to be one of the most anticipated events of the NHL calendar year.

However, a newer component to the Classic has emerged, one that may actually be just as exciting as the game itself.

HBO’s all-access series, “24/7” began it’s coverage of the Winter Classic last season when it filmed the build-up to the outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

This season’s series will do the same, except this time the focus will be upon the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers as the two teams gear-up for their outdoor event at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on January 2.

The series made its premiere on Wednesday night and did not disappoint.

Making Due; Flyers Injuries Affect Titans

For fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, the beginning of the 2011-12 season has been bittersweet.

Coming into the year, many questioned whether the team was capable of producing enough offense to win games. There were also doubts about whether the team was going to be able to compete in the Eastern Conference.

To this point, those questions have been answered to the fans' delight.

Through 29 games, the team sits atop the Eastern Conference and holds a two-point lead over their closest competitor. They also lead the league in ‘goals for’ with a total of 106.

It’s been a pleasant surprise to see the team excelling at such a high level. Largely due to the stellar play of Claude Giroux and a laundry list of young players, the young guns movement in Philadelphia has been in full swing for the majority of the season.