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Link Checks 2/22/2012

The Flyers wanted to start their road trip off the right way.  With 1:00 left in the game in Winnipeg, it didn’t look like that was going to be the case.  However, a Simmonds goal with nine seconds left and one more from Jagr in overtime gave the Flyers a 5-4 victory (TCL Flyers).  Ilya Bryzgalov, who didn’t mind the taunting from Winnipeg fans (CSNPhilly), was in net.  Although it wasn’t his best of games, the Flyers have no choice but to keep rolling with him (CSNPhilly).

James van Riemsdyk set up the tying goal late with a real hard-working, aggressive play.  He’s been on the trade rumor list for a while, and this is exactly the reason the Flyers are hesitant about moving him (TCL Flyers).  The man who was known as the hero at the end of it though was Jaromir Jagr, as he put the puck in the twine during overtime.  Fans should enjoy watching Jagr play while they can, because it most likely won’t be long before the 40 year-old has to hang up the skates (TCL Flyers).

A player who wasn’t on the score sheet last night was Brayden Schenn.  Despite an assists or point, Schenn still had a solid game, and is continuing to develop.  He has a ton of potential, and it’s exciting to see him grow into a better player right before our eyes (TCL Flyers).  Another exciting player to watch was Zac Rinaldo.  He made a return to the lineup last night, and was full of energy (CSNPhilly).

The Flyers weren’t involved in any trade talk yesterday, but there was a rare three-way deal that occurred between the Red Wings, Avalanche, and Lightning (Montreal Gazette).  With that trade out of the way, who are the top five remaining trade targets (RLD Hockey)?

While the first team made no changes, their AHL affiliate Phantoms signed Trenton forward Rob Bordson to an AHL contract yesterday afternoon (@PSPhantoms).  Him and other future Flyers  have been playing well (Flyers Faithful).

The Devils and Penguins are keeping pace with the Flyers and are making the Atlantic Division almost as close as the Southest Division (Crimespree Hockey):

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 58 81 38 15 5
2. Image preview 59 74 35 20 4
3. Image preview 59 73 33 19 7
4. Image preview 60 73 34 21 5
5. Image preview 60 58 24 26 8

In a 2-0 game, Fleury and the Penguins pleased the hometown crowd when they beat the Rangers (PensBurgh).  Both teams will have tonight and tomorrow off before getting back into action on Friday and Saturday.

The Devils also grabbed a couple of points, winning 4-3 in overtime.  Fayne had the game winning goal in the game vs the Leafs (The Checking Line).  Usually they’re quiet around the deadline each year, but do the Devils have anything in store this year (HockeyBuzz)?

After they were routed 6-0 by the Senators the night before, the Islanders lost a close, 2-1, game in Buffalo when they battled the Sabres (TCL Isles).  Of course they won’t be doing much this year in the playoffs.  This is one of their “rebuilding” seasons, and they’ll continue to get better year by year.  Keep an eye on their prospects, who will definitely come into play in the near future (TCL Isles).

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@ CAL  Saturday 2/25
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