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Carcillo gets four games for “sucker punch”

Whatever caused gritty Washington Capitals’ forward Matt Bradley to hesitate a split second to drop his gloves, has resulted in a hefty four-game suspension for Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo.

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Carcillo KO’s Matt Bradley

In the first period of a 1-1 deadlock between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo took exception to a high stick from gritty Capitals’ forward Matt Bradley.  Carcillo cross checked Bradley, then both squared off to fight.  But before Bradley’s gloves hit the ice, Carcillo got the jump and knocked out Bradley with a hard right cross that sent the Flyers’ home crowd into a frenzy for the first time in over two weeks.

Carcillo received 2-minutes for instigator, 2-minutes for cross checking, 5-minutes for fighting, 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct.  The penalties gave Washington a never-before-seen 9-minute power play, in which the Caps scored three times.  Matt Bradley did not return to the game.

Any game misconduct is reviewed by the league office and deserving or not, Carcillo will likely be suspended.  However, the referees, once again, rule by result, not intent.  Bradley squared off and was in the process of dropping his gloves, simply getting beat to the draw.  If Bradley eats the first punch and fights back, this becomes just another hockey fight.  Say what you want about Carcillo and his lack of composure, but he has a history of being an honorable fighter.

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Flyers win but lose two players

The Flyers earned a Pyrrhic victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, winning the game 5-4 in OT but losing forwards Blair Betts and James van Riemsdyk to injuries.

Betts separated his shoulder in the third period and was said by general manager Paul Holmgren to miss at least four weeks.

JVR got his “bell rung” in the second period according to Holmgren.  So sticking with their reputation of having players with severe brain problems, the Flyers sent him back to play in the third period.  JVR said he didn’t feel right and left the game for good in the third.  According to the Flyers, he will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

Barring a major line shake up,  Ian Laperriere will take over for Betts as fourth-line center.  The Flyers will activate Arron Asham and Riley Cote from the inactive list with Asham replacing JVR as third-line winger.

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Flyers – Capitals preview 10/06/09

Tonight at the Wachovia Center, two of the Eastern Conference’s hottest teams  meet  in an early-season heavyweight match up.  The Washington Capitals and the home-coming Flyers are 2-0 on the season, both smiting the early opposition in convincing fashion, putting the out-of-division rivals on a collision course.

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Boucher, Tollefsen back; Emery to start next three

Flyers’ backup goaltender Brian Boucher returned to the lineup on Monday after being forced to take a short stint on the IR due to a groin tweak suffered in the preseason.  Goalie Johan Backlund was returned to the Phantoms.

Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will also return to the lineup, but will remain inactive for Tuesday’s home opener.  Rookie defenseman MA Bourdon was returned to the Phantoms.

Despite Boucher’s return, the Flyers plan on starting Emery for the next three contests, Tuesday against Washington, Thursday against Pittsburgh and Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Van Riemsdyk makes statement in rookie game

The Flyers did not have to wait until the AHL season got underway for  James Van Riemsdyk to suddenly turn it on.

The former second-overall selection in the 2007 draft dominated in the third annual Flyers – Capitals rookie scrimmage, scoring four goals and assisting on one, as the Flyers walloped the Capitals, 7-3, Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

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Flyers rookies to take ice on Sept. 7

For one week, beginning on Sept. 7 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., 29 Flyers’ prospects will take the ice for the team’s annual rookie camp.  Among the attendees are former second-overall draft pick James van Riemsdyk, defenseman Kevin Marshall, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Patrick Maroon.

The Flyers’ prospects will conclude the camp with a scrimmage against the Washington Capitals’ prospects, held at the Skate Zone on Sept 11.

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