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Titans Ward Off Walleye, 5-3

It was a back and forth game between the Trenton Titans and Toledo Walleye Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center. The first two periods ended with Titan goals in the final minute setting the stage for an exciting final stanza.

Toledo (10-13-0-1-21) jumped into the lead when Barry Rufenach put a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net.

Titan’s defenseman Jordon Southorn, returning from loan from the AHL Rochester Americans, made his presence felt when he received a deflection in front of the net and scored with one tenth of a second left in the first period.

“You always want to end the period on a high note,” Southorn said. “We wanted to get out earlier. Having [the goal] at the end being confirmed gave the guys a boost.”

Randy Rowe threw the puck into the middle of the crease and after a couple of missed opportunities Southorn was able to connect the puck with the back of the net. The goal went under review as fans began to throw hundreds of stuffed animals onto the ice. The Titans (10-12-2-1-23) were able to leave the first period with a tied scored and the momentum.

Grinder Threads

Delay of Game Penalty needs to Change

In Saturday afternoon's game against the Bruins, Braydon Coburn fired a puck 200 feet and was called for delay of game because he was in the defensive zone. Matt Brigidi analyzes Rule 63 and explains why the rule needs to be revised.

Injury Update on Sean Couturier

When it rains in Philadelphia, it pours.

At least that’s the way the 2011-12 season has seemed for Philadelphia Flyers fans.

Coming into Saturday afternoon’s matinee match-up against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers had already lost a combined total of 100 man-games due to injury or illness.

Following an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the Bruins, it appears as though the number will only continue to grow in the coming weeks.

Rookie forward, Sean Couturier was struck in the side of the head with a shot from the point during one of the Flyers power play opportunities at the end of the first period.

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.

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.’