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Link Checks 2/29/2012

One shot, one goal.

This is how Bryzgalov started out the night, letting in the first shot he faced.  The game then had all the makings of a ‘Bryz-aster,’ but it was far from it.  Despite the Flyers losing 1-0, Bryzgalov played one of his best games of the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots (TCLFlyers).

Bryzgalov shined, but as for the offense?  There was a humongous big lack of chemistry.  The lines were all mixed up and unusual that one might think the Flyers used the dividing of the sticks process to pick the lines.  Some days the Flyers have a great night, and then the next night it will be completely different (TCLFlyers). All this and more will be discussed on the latest Flyers Corner tonight at 11PM.

With the playoffs just around the corner, the chemistry of the lines needs to be fixed and be consistent (TCLFlyers).  Some consider them a “pretender” rather than a contender for the Cup (RLD Hockey), and at this point, they may be right.  They have their focus on the defense (CSNPhilly), but the offense needs a shake-up too.  The Flyers’ inconsistency isn’t making Jaromir Jagr a very happy man (Philly.com).  With 20 games left, the team will either be made or broken (Orange and Black Pack).  In the games, Matt Read will have to step up and get over the “rookie wall” (Philly.com).

In the 1-0 loss last night, forward Danny Briere avoided a potentially serious injury.  Late in the third, Sharks player Marc Vlasic shoved Briere head-first into the boards, and Briere was lucky he didn’t have his neck broken (CSNPhilly).  There was surprisingly no penalty, and their wasn’t any disciplinary action either (Orange and Black Pack).

A player who hasn’t shined out among the rest this year is Matt Carle.  There were a few rumors going around about him getting traded, but now the deadline is past and Carle is still a Flyer.  Now, GM Paul Holmgren has until July 1 to lock him up (Philly.com).

There was just one other Atlantic Division team playing last night.

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 61 86 40 15 6
2. Image preview 62 77 36 21 5
3. Image preview 62 75 34 21 7
4. Image preview 62 74 35 23 4
5. Image preview 63 61 24 28 9

The New York Islanders were in Washington and lost a heart-breaker to the Capitals (TCL Isles).

The Penguins will be the only division team playing tonight.  They’ll be in Dallas to battle the 33-26-4 Stars (NHL.com).  They will be the only Atlantic Division team not in action tomorrow night.

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs NYI  Thursday 3/1
@ WAS  Sunday 3/4
vs DET  Tuesday 3/6
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