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Link Checks 3/21/2012

Last night the Flyers were looking to continue their success after a great weekend against tough opponents.  They were versing the Panthers, a team that they usually crush.  This wasn’t the case, though, as the Flyers lost 2-1 (TCLFlyers).  It was kind of a let down (CSNPhilly).  The Panthers kept the first spot in the Southeast Division, but the Capitals still aren’t giving up their pursuit to take first, just like many other teams on the bubble of the playoffs (Down Goes Brown).

Danny Briere, who is in a slump, knows the Flyers must fix their issues quickly before heading into the playoffs (CSNPhilly).  They definitely need to just get back to basics (  Even though they have a vast amount of offensive ability, there is still concerns regarding their play in the opposing team’s zone (The Inquirer).  However, right winger Jaromir Jagr has been stepping up his game, even if it isn’t showing on the scoreboard (Daily News).  

Giroux needs to get going again, and playing with Hartnell is a good idea, because he’s obviously had an amazing year.  He’s doing it all while donating to charity through the “#HartnellDown” foundation.  The creator of ‘Hartnell Down’ recently spoke about himself and the charity (Center Ice).

Offensive concerns are there, but on the defensive side there are few worries.  Kubina and Lilja were welcomed back to the lineup last night (The Inquirer) and they added a whole lot of size back there.  Talking about defense, Andrej Meszaros’ surgery was successful.  He will start rehab in a week (CSNPhilly).

Despite the loss, all the young Flyers gained valuable experience in a playoff-like game (TCLFlyers).  A real shining star was Eric Wellwood, who is making the most of his opportunity in the big leagues  (The Hockey Guys).

The Penguins, Islanders, and Devils all gained two points last night...

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The Devils were in Ottawa where they blanked the Senators 1-0.  Kovalchuk scored his 400th career goal in the win (

Meanwhile, the Islanders were in Toronto where they shredded the Maple Leafs 5-2 (TCL Isles).  Moulson led the way with two goals while Nabokov let just two past him.  The Penguins also won in dominating fashion, taking down the Jets by a final score of 8-4 (

The Rangers are the only division team playing tonight.  They’ll host the banged-up Red Wings (USA Today).


vs WSH  Thursday 3/22
vs MON  Saturday 3/24
vs TB  Monday 3/26
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