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Link Checks 3/14/2012

It was a rare occasion in the Wells Fargo Center last night.

The Flyers didn’t just have offense or defense.  They had a perfect combination of both in their 3-0 win over the Devils (TCLFlyers).  Ilya Bryzgalov once again performed to the best of his ability and continued his streak.  The victory marked his third straight shutout, and his recent success has Flyers fans breathing a sigh of relief (TCLFlyers).  Defenseman Kimmo Timonen believes he’s playing well simply because he’s happy (CSNPhilly).  

Another good sign coming from the win were Timonen’s and Voracek’s solid play just back from injury (TCLFlyers).  Also, Briere finally ended his goal drought (CSNPhilly).  It was his first goal since January 7th.  He’s hoping it’s a sign of things to come (SB Nation Philly).

There are many different rule changes being discussed in the league around this time (Crimespree Hockey).  One which is being discussed is bringing back the red line, but that isn’t the best of ideas as that would be reactionary (SB Nation Philly).    One reason for bringing back the red line may be to slow the game down and help prevent big hits leading to concussions.  

Jaromir Jagr, who has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy (CSNPhilly), probably doesn’t agree with bringing this rule back.  He doesn’t agree with the diagnosis of concussions now-a-days (@RandyJMiller).  While bringing back the red line rule may not be a good idea, introducing a “ringette” line may be (Puck Daddy).

The Islanders and Rangers had different outcomes to their games last night...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 69 96 44 18 7
2. Image preview 68 89 42 21 5
3. Image preview 69 87 40 22 7
4. Image preview 70 85 40 25 5
5. Image preview 70 67 28 31 11

The Isles hosted the Washington Capitals.  Despite being up by three goals, the Islanders lost in the shootout by a final score of 5-4 (TCL Isles).

The Rangers on the other hand grabbed two points, topping the Hurricanes by a 4-2 score (NHL.com).  They’ll be home again on Thursday night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

@ NYI  Thursday 3/15
@ BOS  Saturday 3/17
vs PIT  Sunday 3/18
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