Link Checks 1/25/2012
The Flyers are heading into the All-Star break happy.
In their first shootout win of the season, the Flyers and Bobrovsky took down the Panthers 3-2 (TCLFlyers). Bobrovsky came up big as he has almost all year, and it's quite clear that he is the best goaltender on the team (TCLFlyers). Where Bryzgalov just couldn't win, Bobrovsky shined, stopping all three shots in the shootout (Fanadelphia). He was so excited to win the game that he even did a dance (CSNPhilly).
Jakub Voracek has shown this year his skill and has shined in certain areas of the game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have room for improvement (TCLFlyers). With his size, intelligence, and skating ability, he could easily become a power forward.
Scott Hartnell is sure having a monster year. Compared to previous years, there's a substantial difference in the way he's been playing (The Sports Fan Journal). Very few penalties, and he's finally showing off the skill that has always been there.
The NHL doesn't like to call it an "epidemic," but the concussion problem does seem like it. Sports Illustrated gave their opinion on the matter (S.I.), and the Flyers were the center of attention (SBNation Philly).
Heading over to the AHL, the Phantoms are looking for others to fill the void left by key players (Post Star). The Flyers took Tom Sestito and Ben Holmstrom from them over the weekend. The pair are definitely better offensive players, combining for 38 points in 46 games with the Phantoms.
The Flyers have handled the first half of the season pretty well, but will they be able to keep on going? The season will only get harder from here (CSNPhilly). Head coach Peter Laviolette wants the team to get even better in the second half (CSNPhilly).
They'll have to get better if they want to catch the first place Rangers...
...while also keeping the Pittsburgh Penguins off their tails.
The Rangers shutout the Jets last night, tallying a total of three goals (BlueShirt Banter).
The Penguins just can't be beat as of late, as they have won seven straight. Their most recent win came in the shootout last night. It was a final score of 3-2 (PensBurgh).
The Devils and Islanders were both overtime losers. The Devils went to a shootout and lost to the Sabres, 2-1 (In Lou We Trust). The Islanders on the other hand lost it in overtime 4-3 (TCL Isles). It was their second loss in the home-and-home vs the Leafs.