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Link Checks 3/30/2012

Domination.

That is what occurred last night in Toronto, when the Flyers drubbed Toronto, 7-1 (TCL Flyers).  Nothing went right for the Leafs, starting before the first puck drop.  Their goaltender, Jonas Gustavsson, was injured in pre-game warmups (The 700 Level), forcing Jussi Rynnas to make his first NHL start.  It wasn’t exactly how he envisioned it, getting scored on seven times.

At the other end of the ice was Sergei Bobrovsky.  ‘BOB’ played a solid game in net, especially after not playing for such a long time. The one goal he let up was from a Mikhail Grabovski breakaway.

Four of the goals were from Flyers’ rookies, who are continuing to fuel the team’s success (CSNPhilly).  It’s good to know as a general manager that your team has so much depth that when players from the first team go down, you’re still flooded with options.  Newly acquired at the deadline, Matt Ford has been a win for the Phantoms and may see a call-up next year if needed (Post Star).  He is helping the Phantoms as they continue their playoff push against Syracuse (Post Star).

It was the Flyers eleventh win in fourteen games during March, a good omen heading into the playoffs (Frequent Flyers).  Most of their wins have been because of Bryzgalov’s stellar play in net.  Just like he did in the month of March, he’ll have to deliver in the playoffs (RLD Hockey).  He didn’t play last night but he did practice at the Wells Fargo Center today.  There is a possibility he could play when the Senators are in town Saturday night (Broad Street Bull).  

It’s more likely that he’ll wait until Sunday though when the Flyers vs the Penguins (@tpanotchCSN).  When asked about his injury, he replied “I’m tough and Russian (CSNPhilly),” and that he does want to play (@tpanotchCSN).

The Islanders completed a home-and-home sweep over the Penguins last night...

    DIV GP P W L OTL
1. X - NY Rangers ATL 77 105 49 21 7
2. * - Boston NE 77 94 45 28 4
3. * - Florida SE 77 89 37 24 16
4. X - Pittsburgh ATL 77 100 47 24 6
5. X - Philadelphia ATL 77 98 45 24 8
6. New Jersey ATL 78 94 44 28 6
7. Ottawa NE 77 88 39 28 10
8. Buffalo NE 77 86 38 29 10
               
9. Washington SE 78 86 39 31 8
10. Winnipeg SE 77 78 35 33 8
11. Tampa Bay SE 77 77 35 35 7
12. Carolina SE 77 77 31 31 15
13. NYIslanders ATL 77 77 33 33 11

X - Clinched Playoff Spot.............* - Division Leader

They won 5-3 as Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo overshadowed players like Malkin and Letang (TCL Isles).  The Flyers still have a good chance at finishing ahead of the Pens in the standings (CSNPhilly).

The Capitals are still fighting for a playoff spot, and their 3-2 defeat over the Bruins last night moved them two points closer (NHL.com).  Brooks Laich had the shootout winner and it was a beauty (YouTube).  Meanwhile, the Caps’ southeast-division rivals, the Lightning, were downed 6-4 by the Devils (NHL.com).  The division-leading Panthers also lost.  The Wild rallied from behind to beat them in overtime (NHL.com).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs OTT  Saturday 3/31
@ PIT  Sunday 4/1
vs NYR  Tuesday 4/3
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Kimmo Timo