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Playoff hockey?? Carcillo suspended for game two for gloved punch

In the NHL rulebook, it states that any player engaging in entertaining naughty activity in the final moments of a game can be suspended and the coach of the team be fined.  For the Flyers, it was Daniel Carcillo with the one-game layoff and coach John Stevens with the 10k fine.

In the final minutes of the final period in game one of the playoff series against the Penguins, Carcillo took a faceoff against Maxime Talbot.  Down 4-1 and frustrated, Carcillo’s right glove contacted Talbot’s head. Talbot fell to the ground like he was obliterated by the hammer of Thor.  No penalty was given, but a suspension followed.

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Philabright first round predicitions

Unlike my Aunt, who is a professional prognosticator for Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy, I received no such family ESP skill.  However, after following the 2008-09 NHL season from day one, I shall provide some predictions to how round one of the playoffs will play out.  Hopefully it goes better than my March Madness pool.

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Isles nab first overall selection in 2009 draft

Unlike the bad luck Flyers in 2007, the New York Islanders were the worst team in the NHL and justifiably received the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL entry draft.  The lottery selection went into action  Tuesday at Scotiabank place in Ottawa.

The Islanders were followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche, for number two and three.  New York is expected to take hyped up forward John Tavares, but knowing Islanders’ General Manager Garth Snow,  trading down is always an option.  One team very interested in moving up to get Tavares is Toronto, which holds the seventh pick.

“We’ll immediately attempt to move up,” said Leafs’ General Manager Brian Burke. in published reports. “We’re going to talk to everyone between us and the first pick and see what the landscape is.”

The rumor is that anyone on the Leafs’ roster besides defenseman Luke Schenn is on the table.

“No player is untradeable,” said Burke. “Wayne Gretzky got traded.”

If Toronto can’t move up to grab Tavares, it is very possible they will go after forward Brayden Schenn, the scrappy little brother of Luke.  Brayden is considered a possible top-5 pick.

But no matter how the draft plays out, one thing is for sure — the Isles will be getting better.

A entire list is as follows…

1 New York Islanders
2 Tampa Bay Lightning
3 Colorado Avalanche
4 Atlanta Thrashers
5 Los Angeles Kings
6 Phoenix Coyotes
7 Toronto Maple Leafs
8 Dallas Stars
9 Ottawa Senators
10 Edmonton Oilers
11 Nashville Predators
12 Minnesota Wild
13 Buffalo Sabres
14 Florida Panthers

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Flyers – Penguins preview

In the past 22 games of the season, the Flyers and Penguins were headed in different directions.  The Flyers finished the season going 11-10-1 and Pittsburgh went 16-3-3.  But when the rivals  take the ice Wednesday in Pittsburgh for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the contest should be oddly close.

Regular Season

Fifth seed: Philadelphia (Season series 2-2-2) – 44-27-11

Fourth seed: Pittsburgh (Season series 4-2-0) – 45-28-9

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Post season schedule set

The bad part about facing the Penguins without home ice advantage is playing in hostile Pittsburgh to start the series.  The good side is that the Flyers get to play possibly two afternoon game at home on NBC.  The series begins on Saturday in Pittsburgh, with game three, Sunday, April 19 and game six, Saturday, April 25, in Philadelphia on NBC.  The rest of the games will be on VS.

Game 1 – Wednesday, April 15 @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday, April 17 @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, April 19 @ Philadelphia – 3:00 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday, April 21 @ Philadelphia – 7:00 p.m.
*Game 5 – Thursday, April 23 @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 p.m.
*Game 6 – Saturday, April 25 @ Philadelphia – 3:00 p.m.
*Game 7 – Monday, April 27 @ Pittsburgh – TBD

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Flyers blow home ice, lose to Rangers 4-3

With the Flyers holding the 3-2 lead going into the final period, the visiting Rangers, with nothing to play for,  scored two unanswered third-period goals, to beat the Flyers, 4-3,  and drop them to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The loss gives the Penguins home-ice advantage for the first two games of the opening round of the playoffs against the Flyers, which will begin on Wednesday.

All the Flyers needed was one point to clinch the fourth spot, but were unable to hang on due to goals by Blair Betts and Sean Avery.  Philadelphia also gave up their first shorthanded goal of the season to Brandon Dubinsky, with 5:13 left in the first period.  They were attempting to be the first time in three decades to go an entire season without giving up a shorty.

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Flyers facing rival Pittsburgh in opening round

For most of March and all of April, it seemed as if the Flyers would be facing the Carolina Hurricanes in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The only variable being who would have home ice.  Well on the last game of the season for most teams in the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, to leap frog past the losing Hurricanes into the fifth spot,  directly into the warpath of the Flyers.

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Disappearing act: Flyers No Show in game five, Pens Headed to Cup Finals.

To win the uphill battle that would be game five, the Flyers needed big games from their big players and to come out like the season was on the line. What they got however, was a collection of listless play and a quick deficit that eventually led to embarrassing 6-0 loss, and the end the Flyers’ storybook season.

The Flyers hoped the surprise addition of Kimmo Timonen to the lineup would emotionally charge them to victory, but the Penguins had different plans. The Pens jumped to a quick 1-0 lead, 2:30 into the game, when Ryan Malone deflected a Sidney Crosby shot past a very average Marty Biron.

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Timonen in, Coburn out for game five

The Flyers’ mission to be the first team in 33 years in the NHL to come back from a 3-0 series deficit got a boost Sunday afternoon, when it was oficially declared that defensive captain Kimmo Timonen will be back in a lineup. The addition of Timonen should boost the Flyers’ confidence heading into the do-or-die affair, as well as improve special teams all around.

The same optimism can not be extended to budding star Braydon Coburn, who was officially scratched before game five, despite what was called a “very good practice” from the youngster Saturday morning.

After getting hit between the bridge of the nose and the orbital bone, causing a gash that needed 50 stiches in game three, Coburn’s eye was swollen shut for the next 72 hours, leaving him unable to play in game four. But the expectations that he would return once the swelling went down were dashed when it was hinted that Braydon was feeling some concussion symptoms, which is likely what has put him on the scratch sheet for game five.

Jaroslav Modry will be the odd man out, as Flyers coach John Stevens elected to go with 21 year old Ryan Parent, who has played respectably in his limited post season time.

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Blood Clot No More? Timonen to Skate? Gagne Return?

Days after being diagnosed with what was expected to be a season ending blood clot in his ankle, Flyers’ number-one defenseman Kimmo Timonen, has made a quicker than expected recovery and will test the severity of his foot numbness Friday. The veteran rearguard is being reported by hockeybuzz.com as HIGHLY probably for game five.

“I’m going to skate tomorrow. I met the [Dr. Ronald Fairman] today and we took another ultrasound. Based on that, the doctor said I have a green light to give it a try,” Timonen said. “That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to skate [Friday] and see how it feels.”

The surprising news came directly off the heels of a 4-2 Flyers victory over the Penguins, a win that set momentum in the Flyers direction for the first time all series. Along with their first win in the series, the return of Braydon Coburn in game five and potential return of Timonen in the near future, may give the Flyers more then just a glimmer of hope heading forward – they might have a legitimate chance to make history.

An interesting side note also on the injury front.

During the post game analysis on Comcast, Flyers analyst Jim Jackson hinted that concussed Flyers forward Simon Gagne could begin workouts to get back into game shape. Gagne missed the majority of the season with a concussion before attempting a return only to suffer another concussion. At that point the Flyers organization pulled the plug on the 40-goal scorer’s season, allowing only a slight probability that he could return if the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

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