Better With Popcorn

Link Checks 3/19/2012

The Flyers went into the weekend looking for afternoon delight (TCLFlyers), and for the most part, they got it.  The first game was Saturday, when they were in Boston.  The Flyers were outplayed for most of the contest, but luckily, Bryzgalov stood tall and they were able to come from behind and score two goals, forcing a shootout.  The Bruins came out on top though and the Flyers managed just a point (TCLFlyers).

Sunday’s game was almost the exact same as Saturday’s.  The Flyers hosted the Penguins and rallied back from going down 2-0.  With 10 seconds left in overtime, it looked like there was going to be another shootout, but with just one tick left, Hartnell sniped Fleury, ending the game (TCLFlyers).  Snapping the Pens’ win streak gave the Flyers even more confidence (CSNPhilly).  Completely shutting down Crosby was a bit of an accomplishment, too, considering it’s very rare for the Flyers to do so (

The thrilling overtime goal was Hartnell’s second of the game.  He’s doing it all this year with his chippy play and goalscoring touch (SB Nation Philly).  He plays the role of agitator perfectly (The Inquirer).  Thinking of last year, it’s crazy that he has 35 goals this season (Broad Street Hockey).  Hartnell is even hurting his own players sometimes, but Zac Rinaldo is all in good spirits even after 10 stitches (The 700 Level).

Superstar Claude Giroux had the other Flyers goal.  Along with two assists, Giroux regained the league title for highest scorer and it’s a big goal of his to keep that (TCLFlyers).  Bryzgalov was once again stellar, and he’s now earned the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the second week in a row (TCLFlyers).   With now great goaltending and an all-around solid offense and defense, the Flyers are definitely Cup contenders, not pretenders (The Hockey Guys).

Don’t look now, but first place is back in sight again for the Flyers (CSNPhilly):

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The Rangers and Devils will face-off tonight in New York, and a Rangers loss could keep the Flyers just three points away from the lead with the two teams even in the amount of games played (

The Islanders aren’t technically out of the playoffs yet, but it’s very unlikely.  They’ll still want to finish out the season with a bang though, and they’ll look for a win tomorrow night in Toronto (


vs FLA  Tuesday 3/20
vs WSH  Thursday 3/22
vs MON  Saturday 3/24
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