Better With Popcorn

Link Checks 3/5/2012

Shutout, a 1-0 game, and consecutive wins.

All three of these things are things that Flyers fans aren’t used to seeing from their team.  It was all accomplished last night though, when they shutout the Washington Capitals by a score of 1-0 (TCLFlyers).  Bryzgalov’s exceptional play, which showed a sign of potential (TCLFlyers), and a contribution (CSNPhilly) from call-up (TCLFlyers) Eric Wellwood was enough to give the Flyers their second win in a row.  It was the first time they won consecutive games since January 5th and 7th.  The Flyers made every minute count, something which needs to be done more often (TCLFlyers), especially with the Eastern Conference standings being as close as they are (CSNPhilly).

Andreas Lilja and Erik Gustafsson, along with the rest of the defense, stepped up in the face of adversity.  They were both in the lineup due to the injuries to Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros.  Both missed the morning skate on Sunday (@SBaickerCSN) and were pronounced out about an hour prior to the game.  They were both ruled out indefinitely with lower body injuries by GM Paul Holmgren (TCLFlyers).  Another defenseman who played a solid game was Pavel Kubina.  He unfortunately took a puck to the face, but like a real hockey player, got stitched up and was back out there.  He did say he’ll consider wearing a shield next year, though (CSNPhilly).

On Tuesday night, the two injured defensemen won’t be the ones who are talked about.  Instead, it will be retired defenseman Mark Howe.  Howe played for both the Red Wings and the Flyers, and was without a doubt a force on the Flyers blue line.  He will have his number hanging in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center come Tuesday (TCLFlyers), and it will be a great honor for him (Metro).

The Rangers faced the Bruins yesterday evening, and a play who sure stood out was Milan Lucic.  Could Tom Sestito possibly be the Flyers’ version of Milan Lucic (Orange and Black Pack)?

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The Rangers and Bruins game was one great example of fast-paced hockey, and it was physical.  The Rangers continuously struck back every time the Bruins scored, and won by a final of 4-3 (Rangers Report).

The Islanders and Devils faced off on Long Island, and the Islanders surprisingly won.  Anders Nilsson earned a shutout in the 1-0 victory over New Jersey (TCL Isles).

The Penguins didn’t play yesterday, but will be in action tonight when they host the Coyotes (


vs DET  Tuesday 3/6
vs FLA  Thursday 3/8
@ TOR  Saturday 3/10
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