Recognizing the chance to turn things around with a break in their schedule, the Flyers had a dominating start ultimately leading to their 3-1 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Jeff Carter scored twice while Danny Briere had a goal and an assist as Philly embarrassed the Oilers in the opening period keeping them to a single shot. The win ends a four game losing streak and improves Philly's record to 41-19-6.
Looking to take the early lead, the Flyers were briefly halted when Chris Pronger went to the box for hooking. For the minute and thirty-seven seconds the Flyers were shorthanded, they generated enough offensive pressure to force the Oilers into a penalty of their own.
Linus Omark sat in the sin bin for interfering with Darroll Powe. Philly was unable to net a goal with the eighty-three seconds of man advantage they experienced.
As Philly looked for a way to get through the neutral zone, Ville Leino dumped the puck back to Matt Carle in the defensive zone. Noticing Briere's position, Carle launched a pass from the top of the circles to Briere who caught the pass between a pair of Oilers' defenders on the Oilers' blue line. Going in alone on Devan Dubnyk, Briere placed a shot top right over the netminder's glove for his twenty-ninth goal and a 1-0 Flyers' lead.
A big break came for the Flyers thirteen minutes into the period. As Ladislav Smid went to the box for boarding Darroll Powe, the orange and black experienced a five minute powerplay since the penalty was a major.
Nearly wasting the opportunity, Carter tipped in a pass from Briere, who was standing in the corner to Dubnyk's right, with little time left on the man advantage. With Dubnyk unable to move right to left quickly enough, Carter scored his twenty-ninth goal with seventeen seconds left on the powerplay to make the Flyers lead two.
As Smid exited the sin bin, Sean O'Donnell decided to make a visit himself just twenty-eight seconds later. Given a minute and twenty-five seconds worth of a powerplay before the end of the period, the Oilers were able to take their first shot of the game with one minute and fourteen seconds remaining in the first.
Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Oilers from scoring on the powerplay for the rest of the first period as the Flyers entered the middle stanza with a 2-0 lead. More impressive than the score was the Flyers dominance in the shot differential. After twenty minutes, the Flyers out shot Edmonton 17-1.
Seven minutes into the second period, Carter became the first thirty goal scorer for the Flyers this season. Claude Giroux won a faceoff to Dubnyk's left, where James van Riemsdyk handled the faceoff win and passed it cross ice to a pinching Kimmo Timonen. Dubnyk moved to the right post in synch with Timonen allowing the Philly defender to pass it back to the slot, where Carter was waiting to dunk home his thirtieth goal on the year. Carter's goal extended the Flyers' lead to three with just over seven minutes gone in the second period.
Unwilling to dominate the game all the way through, the Oilers found their way onto the scoreboard fifty-five seconds later. Jean-Francois Jacques tipped a Smid shot from the point moving the puck from Bobrovsky's glove side to blocker side. Bob couldn't get a piece of the shot as it went in short side giving Jacques his fourth goal on the season and the Oilers a two-goal deficit.
A powerplay opportunity for each team, elbowing on Steve MacIntyre and interference on Kimmo Timonen, didn't result in a goal for either side as the rest of the second period went scoreless. Entering the final twenty minutes in regulation, the Flyers only had to hold onto a two-goal lead to end their four game losing streak.
Blair Betts added an empty net goal with forty-two seconds left in the game. Betts' fifth goal on the year made the final score 4-1. Bobrovsky made twenty-three out of a possible twenty-four saves in the win.
Missing two of the last three games, Carter rose to the occassion tonight scoring a pair for the orange and black. His game-winning goal in the first period as well as his goal in the second were both results of crashing the net. Carter's tally in the second period makes him the first thirty-goal scorer for the Flyers this season.
The Flyers' urgency was displayed early in the game when Philly had the first sixteen shots of the game. Unfortunately, their pure domination resulted in only a two-goal lead although it could have easily been three or four. The Oilers aren't the toughest team in the league, but a win will surely give the Flyers a lot of confidence heading into their busy stretch of games during the month of March.
Notes: This is the Flyers first win against Edmonton since a 4-2 win on 3/19/01 in Edmonton; their last win in Philly was a 2-0 win on 11/9/00. This was Jeff Carter's first two-goal game since 1/23 (a 4-1 win in Chicago). Carter's 30th goal came against the Maple Leafs last year on 3/7/10. Tonight was Bobrovsky's first one-goal game since his 1-0 loss to the Kings on 2/13; Bob's last one-goal game that resulted in a win was 1/23 against the Blackhawks. The Flyers went 1-0-0 against the Oilers in the 2010-2011 season and are now 3-1-1 against the Northwest division (VAN 0-1-0, CAL 0-0-1, MIN 1-0-0, COL 1-0-0, EDM 1-0-0).
In what was hands down their worst effort all year long, the Flyers were absolutely dominated by the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden by a 7-0 count, to extend their losing streak to a season-high four games.
A career-high four-goal game from Ryan Callahan, including the game-winning goal inside the first minute of play, helped in the embarrassment of the Eastern Conference leaders on a gloomy Sunday.
Mats Zuccarello added on two while Artem Anisimov had a goal as well, while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a twenty-four save shutout.
Unlike Saturday's matinee setback, the Flyers got off to a rough start today. As Brandon Dubinsky danced behind Philly's goal line, he eventually came out to Brian Boucher's right throwing a backhand to the crease. Callahan, standing at the top of the crease, was able to tip it past Boucher to give the Rangers a 1-0 advantage at 51 seconds and put the Flyers in an immediate hole.
Hoping to even the score after killing off a Jody Shelley tripping penalty, the Flyers had a power play of their own. As Ruslan Fedotenko sat in the box for holding, the Flyers had a well organized and dangerous power play chance. However, not a single shot, including a Mike Richards tip that just missed the net, was able to find a path past Lundqvist.
Attempting to get his team fired up, Shelley ramped up the physicality. Putting a heavy check on Matt Gilroy along the boards, Brian Boyle took exception to the hit and dropped his gloves with Shelley. Boyle ended up losing the fight and received an instigator for his actions.
After a series of bad calls for both teams, the Rangers found themselves on a shortened power-play opportunity.
Holding the puck at the bottom of the circle to Boucher's right, Callahan was able to roof the puck as Boucher had already dropped to a knee and the Flyers' defense gave him ample time and space to shoot. Callahan's eighteenth on the season and second on the day gave the Rangers a two-goal lead with just over seven minutes left in the first period.
Coming out angry about the first period, Richards dropped the gloves with Dubinsky after he had applied several good checks to multiple Rangers. Getting the worst of it, Richards went to the penalty box for five minutes with a cut above his nose.
Seemingly unmotivated by the leadership displayed, the Flyers almost gave the Rangers a three-goal lead. After a lazy clear attempt by Sean O'Donnell, the Rangers centered a pass to the slot where it was redirected past Boucher by Sean Avery. The goal was disallowed because replay showed that Avery blatantly kicked the puck out of mid-air.
After more pushing and shoving, end-to-end action ensued for several minutes ultimately leading to the Rangers' third goal. Coming in on a 2-on-1, Zuccarello lifted the puck just enough above Boucher's right leg pad and just inside his blocker from the right wing. The former Norwegian Olympian's fifth goal gave the Rangers a comfortable lead of 3-0 with fifteen minutes left in the middle period.
Not satisfied with a two-goal day, Callahan decided to make it a hat trick. As the puck hit people in front of the net, Kris Versteeg picked up the puck only to turn it over to Callahan who was walking into the slot. Naturally, the skilled winger put the puck top right corner past a startled Boucher for a four-goal edge. Callahan's third goal of the game forced Peter Laviolette to pull his embattled starting netminder after four goals on eighteen shots.
Sergei Bobrovsky made a couple huge leg pad saves to keep the Flyers in the game as the rest of the second period went without a goal and the Rangers entered the final twenty minutes with a four-goal lead.
The Flyers started off the third period with the first power play opportunity. As Artem Anisimov went to the sin bin for high-sticking, the Flyers' power play failed with a shortened chance as Danny Briere was sent off for interference.
Callahan continued to torture the visitors, opening the scoring in the final stanza by redirecting a shot to give the Blueshirts a 5-0 advantage.
As Matt Gilroy had the puck at the top of the circle to Bobrovsky's left, he found Callahan at the top of the crease with a pass as the net, which was wide open to receive a skate-boot redirection while Bob was out of position.
Not finished scoring for the day, the Rangers added on yet another goal late in the third. Catching the Flyers in a line change, Anisimov found himself on a breakaway against Bobrovsky and made him look silly. Acting as if he was going to go glove side, Anisimov stopped and slid it past Bob's right leg pad for a six- goal Rangers' lead.
Still refusing to let up, Zuccarello found the back of the net for his second goal of the game coming with one minute and thirteen seconds left in regulation.
The Flyers were simply never a part of the game. From the opening seconds to the final moments, the Rangers dictated play and dominated the Flyers in every aspect of the game. Forechecking, physicality, and defensive were all aspects of the game owned by the Rangers.
You can't even come close to blaming this on a lack of firepower, because although Jeff Carter was a late scratch with the flu and Dan Carcillo also sat out as a precaution due to illness, plenty of other Philly sticks came up firing blanks.
It was the worst loss the Flyers have ever suffered at Madison Square Garden. The previous high was five goals, last coming in a 5-0 New York win on March 21, 2007.
Notes: The 7-goal loss was the Flyers first loss of that magnitude since October 17, 2006 (9-1 loss at Buffalo)...Callahan's four-goal game was the first four-goal game against the Flyers this season; it's the second four-goal game by a Ranger this year following Marian Gaborik against Toronto on January 19...Alex Kovalev was the last opposing player to tally four times against Philadelphia, on January 3, 2010 in a 7-4 Senators win in Ottawa...The Flyers are now 4-1-0 against the Rangers this season and 14-3-1 against Atlantic division teams (PIT 3-1-0, NYR 4-1-0, NJD 3-1-1, NYI 4-0-0).
The Flyers lost their third consecutive game on Saturday when the visiting Sabres won 5-3. Three goals in a span of three minutes and forty seconds in the second period turned a two-goal Flyers lead into a one-goal deficit. Jason Pominville put away the game-winner six minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the final period. The loss drops Philly to 40-18-6 on the season.
After an opening ten minutes that saw several chances, including a shot off the post by Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers finally capitalized on a powerplay later in the first period. As Shaone Morrisonn sat in the box for a delay of game call, Matt Carle found himself in the corner to the left of Ryan Miller with the puck. Carle centered the puck to Mike Richards who then tipped it to Kris Versteeg for an open net goal. Versteeg's eighteenth goal, and fourth as a Flyer, gave Philly the 1-0 lead with just over seven minutes left to play in the first.
In what was possibly his most skillful goal of the season, James van Riemsdyk added on his sixteenth goal to extend the Flyers' lead to two. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone, JVR was able to fight off Morrisonn for a 2-on-1 opportunity. As Jordan Leopald dropped to the ice to block the pass, JVR put the puck on his backhand and roofed a shot over Miller's glove. Coming with just two minutes and thirty-eight seconds left in the period, the Flyers then cruised into the second with the two-goal lead.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, a common trait of their game this season has been to dominate early and then allow the opposition back into the game with a brief lapse of discipline. A perfect example of that was in today's game when Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis, and Andrej Sekera scored in a three minute and forty second span early in the second period.
The first of the three goals came after the Flyers had just killed off a Chris Pronger tripping penalty. Unable to clear the zone, Braydon Coburn turned the puck over along the boards to Ennis who then passed it to Thomas Vanek behind the net to Sergei Bobrovsky's right. Passing it to the slot, Vanek was able to find Stafford who was able to lift it over Bob's shoulder after he had dropped to his knees too early. Stafford's twenty-fifth goal on the season broke up Bob's shutout and put the Sabres right back in the game.
Just under two minutes later, a lucky goal coming off of an awkward play erased Philly's lead. As Ennis entered the zone, he moved down into the corner to Bob's right and centered a pass to the slot. With Bob hugging the right post and Patrick Kaleta sliding into the open part of the net, the puck somehow found it's way from the corner past the goal-line to tie the game at two. Ennis picked up his fourteenth goal and the Sabres picked up a new chance for victory.
Before the Flyers could even realize what was happening, Sekera found his way onto the scoresheet by scoring on a wrap around as a result of a broken play. After initially being stuffed by Bobrovsky's left leg pad on a backhand attempt while moving from right to left across the top of the crease, Sekera regained possession of the puck behind the goal and wrapped around the net to the right post sliding a shot under a diving Coburn. Sekera's third was also the Sabres' third in the game.
Addressing the need to stop Buffalo's offensive explosion, the Flyers answered quickly with a goal of their own. With Versteeg in the sin bin for slashing, Coburn and Kimmo Timonen put on an offensive show starting with a 2-on-1. After that had failed, the puck was about to leave the zone before Coburn picked it up and lifted a pass to Timonen. Gloving the puck to the ice, Timonen took a second to line up a shot and put it top right corner to tie the game at three. Timonen's shorthanded goal was his fourth on the season.
The rest of Versteeg's penalty was killed off successfully as the rest of the middle stanza saw no more scoring from either side. The chance for Philly to grab two points from a praying-for-the-playoffs hungry Buffalo team was still possible with just twenty minutes left in regulation.
Six minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the third period, Pominville tipped a shot passed Bob to give the Sabres all they needed to win. Vanek skated into the zone along the benches and stopped at the top of the circle to Bob's right. As he dumped the puck to the slot, a hustling Pominville was able to put a stick on it and put it over the glove of a sprawled out Bobrovsky.
A Miller delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass couldn't help the Flyers at all as Nathan Gerbe added on an empty net goal just before the last minute of play to make the final score 5-3.
Playing back-to-back teams who are fighting for a playoff spot while they sit atop the conference could be a good reason as to why the Flyers have been getting outplayed lately. Add in players missing starts due to the flu and there's no need to get worked up over the Flyers' losing streak.
However, every game has importance and the easiest road to the Stanley Cup comes from being the top seed. As the Bruins and other teams gain momentum going into the final stretch of the season, the Flyers need to buckle down and wake up before it's too late.
Notes: Timonen's goal in the second was his 100th career goal. This is only the Flyers' second three-game losing streak of the season; first was October 14th- October 21st. The last team the Flyers have beaten in regulation is the Rangers, who they play tomorrow in New York. The Flyers are now 2-1-0 against the Sabres on the season and 10-6-0 against the Northeast division (BOS 1-2-0, MTL 3-1-0, BUF 2-1-0, TOR 2-1-0, OTT 2-1-0).
Facing a team hungry for a playoff spot, the Flyers lacked urgency late in the third period leading to their 3-2 defeat against the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening.
In a play resulting from hard work in the corner, Darryl Boyce scored the game-winning goal for Toronto with under five minutes to play in regulation.
Kris Versteeg netted a pair of goals in a losing effort for the Flyers, while Mike Richards assisted on both tallies. The loss drops Philly to 40-17-6.
The Flyers were able to strike first after dominating the early play. Chris Pronger -- who returned from a week's absence due to a hand injury -- handed the puck to Richards at the top of the circle to James Reimer's left who then danced around the inside of the same circle. Richards passed it cross ice to an open Versteeg who ripped it home in the opposing circle. Versteeg's 16th on the season gave Philly the 1-0 lead just before the six-minute mark.
The thrill of taking the early lead lasted all of twenty-one seconds. In an attempt to move the puck out of the defensive zone, Scott Hartnell essentially set up Clarke MacArthur in the slot for a wide open shot. Nikolai Kulemin found a way to touch the puck at the top of the crease and get it past Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the game at one. The score was Kulemin's 24th goal on the season.
Shortly after the game-tying goal, Andrej Meszaros went to the box for slashing. The Maple Leafs weren't able to score, but Tyler Bozak found his way into the slot and rang a shot off the inside of the right post. Pressure was constantly applied by Toronto eventually leading to another Meszaros penalty. His cross-checking call occurred three minutes and eight seconds after his previous infraction didn't result in a Toronto goal.
Not learning from his pairing partner, Sean O'Donnell soon found his way to the sin bin a matter of minutes later for holding. If he hadn't bailed out his teammates enough, Bobrovsky made several big saves within the two minute span including a Nikolai Kulemin wristshot from the slot.
A penalty-filled first period ended in a 1-1 tie. After a strong opening, the Flyers started to fade behind penalties and lack of chemistry among non-regulars later in the period leading to several opportunites for Toronto to take the lead. Fortunately for Philly, Bob didn't see another puck pass the goal-line.
To start off the middle period, Keith Aulie decided to introduce himself to Hartnell with a fight. Pushing and shoving in the corner to Reimer's left led to a fight that saw Hartnell land a punch early, but Aulie finished the fight by knocking his opponent to his knees.
Cycling upon cycling resulted in another Richards to Versteeg connection as well as another one-goal lead for the Flyers early in the second period.
With the benefit of Jody Shelley's hard work, Richards, who had been slashed on the hand earlier in the play by Mike Komisarek, received a pass in the corner to Reimer's left from Matt Carle, who was standing at the point. A quick pass cross ice to Versteeg yet again resulted in his 17th goal this year and a 2-1 Flyers lead at the 7:07 mark.
Since the Flyers repeated the Richards to Versteeg idea, they thought why not repeat a "giving up the lead within the same minute" mentality. Shortly after Versteeg's second goal on the night, the Flyers almost gave up their second lead of the night when Brett Lebda had back-to-back shots on Bob from the slot. Neither of Lebda's shots went in keeping the Flyers' lead at one.
Meszaros started feeling funny because he hadn't been in the penalty box for a while, so he decided to get a roughing minor eight minutes and thirty-one seconds into the period. Phil Kessel just missed tying the game up as he sent a rolling puck high from the doorstep despite staring at a half-open net. The Maple Leafs watched the remaining time on their fifth power-play opportunity run out as they failed to score yet again.
Late in the second period, the Flyers started applying pressure before Kessel eventually went to the box for tripping. Unable to produce a single high-quality chance, Philly's power play was shortened due to a too many men on the ice call.
Seemingly revived from the Flyers' too many men on the ice call, Dion Phaneuf found a way to tie the game up before the waning seconds in the second stanza had ticked off the clock.
A shot wide of the net was recovered by Mikhail Grabovski just to the left of the slot and worked to Kulemin who put a shot on Bob from the right hash marks. As the rebound from Kulemin's shot landed to Bob's right, Phaneuf put the puck past the goal-line with 10.5 seconds left in the period to tie the game at two. Since the goal was at during a 4-on-4 situation, the Maple Leafs started out the final period on the power play.
Killing off the remainder of the too many men on the ice call, the Flyers found themselves on the advantage due to Bozak clearing the puck over the glass early in the third period to draw a delay-of-game call.
Ironically, the closest chance for a goal came on a short-handed breakaway attempt from Tim Brent. As he went in on Bobrovsky alone, Pronger caught up to the Maple Leaf forcing him off the puck as the play resulted in nothing more than a missed opportunity.
James van Riemsdyk almost gave the Flyers a one-goal lead halfway through the final period as a slapshot from the top of the circle to Reimer's right popped up in the air and trickled just to the left of the left goal post as the goaltender knelt frozen on the right side of the crease confused as to where the puck had gone.
Midway through the third period, a Ville Leino tripping call gave the Maple Leafs their seventh power-play opportunity of the game.
Nearing the end of the man advantage, Bob gave Flyers' fans a scare after he bobbled an easy glove stop resulting in Toronto possessing the puck again. Nothing came of the Maple Leaf's extra opportunity and the game remained tied at two as nine minutes remained in regulation.
Meszaros almost redeemed himself for the multiple penalties he took within the game by nearly scoring a late game-winning goal. Moving from the blueline to the top of the right circle to the slot, Meszaros let a shot rip that Reimer kept from crossing the goal line to keep the game tied.
As the game inched closer and closer to the end, hard work by Toronto led to a garbage goal. Colby Armstrong fought for the puck in the corner eventually moving the puck to Darryl Boyce along the boards behind the left part of the net. Moving the puck to the goal mouth, Boyce was untouched as he slammed the puck past Bobrovsky's right side to give Toronto a 3-2 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
Despite several minutes of pressure to finish the game, the Flyers couldn't tie it up resulting in a 3-2 defeat at home to the Maple Leafs. Danny Briere had the home team's best chance to tie with under 21 seconds to go, as his point-blank wrister ticked off Reimer's glove, popped in the air, settled on top of the net then fell right back into Reimer's mitt as bodies moved into the crease.
After making key saves near the end of the first period and all through the second period, Bobrovsky ultimately allowed a rather soft goal to give the Flyers the loss. Bob does deserve credit in helping to keep Toronto from registering a power-play goal despite having eight opportunities, but goals, especially easily avoidable ones, cannot happen in the final minutes of regulation.
The Flyers struggled with Jeff Carter, Darroll Powe, and Daniel Carcillo sitting out with a sudden case of the flu that has made its way through the club. Van Riemsdyk, dealing with a groin injury, along with Nikolay Zherdev and Ben Holmstrom, who was making his NHL debut, stepped in to fill the vacant spots in the lineup. All three lacked any kind of production on the night as they didn't see a single point.
Versteeg, in his eighth game as a Flyer, finally had a goal with the opposing goalie on the ice. In fact, Versteeg had a pair of goals as he was the only Flyer to post a goal this evening.
Notes: The Leafs snapped a four-game losing streak to the Flyers, and posted their first win in Philadelphia since March 12, 2008...Tonight was Versteeg's first multi-goal game since November 16, 2010 (2 goals against Nashville) while with Toronto...Kulemin's goal in the first period was originally awarded to Clarke MacArthur...The Flyers are now 2-1-0 against the Maple Leafs this season and 10-5-0 against the Northeast division (BOS 1-2-0, MTL 3-1-0, BUF 2-0-0, TOR 2-1-0, OTT 2-1-0).
Despite playing two pathetic games, the Flyers still found a way to come out with a win at the end of the week. After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, Andrej Meszaros was able to save the Flyers from embarrassment by scoring in overtime on Thursday finalizing the score at 4-3.
Thanks to several hectic events on Saturday (Chris Pronger and Oskars Bartulis injured, Erik Gustafsson making his NHL debut, and James van Riemsdyk briefly being sent down to the Phantoms), the Flyers were beat by a team that shouldn't even be in the same league as them. The Ottawa Senators capitalized on only being down by a Scott Hartnell goal after the opening period despite being out shot 15-3. Keeping the Flyers off the scoreboard for the next two periods, the Sens scored a pair in both the second and third periods winning the game 4-1. Erik Condra netted two goals, including his first goal in the NHL, while Chris Phillips scored his first on the season.
With his team sitting atop the Eastern Conference, Flyers' GM Paul Holmgren found no reason to shake things up. "I wasn't going to disrupt things," said Holmgren, "I like our team, so I actually felt good about (no moves)."
That being said, the Flyers will be welcoming some new faces to the club. Veteran defense man Nick Boynton was picked up off waivers from Chicago on Saturday due to the news Oskars Bartulis will be out for the remainder of the season. In addition to this move, the orange and black also picked up Tom Sestito from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Adirondack's Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.
Here's a look at how other teams in the Atlantic did throughout the week and what deals went done.
Pittsburgh Penguins: 1-1-1. Still looking for ways to win without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins lone win on the week was edging out the Maple Leafs on Saturday 6-5 in a shootout. An overtime loss to the surging Sharks 3-2 on Wednesday and being completely dominated by the Hurricanes on Friday 4-1 filled out the rest of Pitt's schedule this week.
Alex Kovalev made his mark in a Pens' uniform scoring the opening goal in Saturday's game along with scoring the only goal in the shootout to give the Pens the win. Mark Letestu also made his presence felt in Saturday's game by scoring a power-play goal in the second period as well as assisting on Mike Rupp's game-tying goal in the third period.
The Penguins didn't make any moves on deadline day, but they did acquire Kovalev from the Senators for a conditional draft pick in the 2011 draft earlier in the week.
New York Rangers: 1-2-0. After demolishing the Capitals 6-0 on Friday, the Rangers lost back-to-back one-goal games giving them two out of the six points possible this week. Losses at home on Sunday to Tampa Bay 3-2 and last night against Buffalo 3-2 dropped the Rangers even further behind the second place Penguins.
Erik Christensen had a five point week registering three goals and two assists over the three game span. His biggest game of the week was the Caps game, where he scored two goals and assisted on both of the Rangers' third period goals. Christensen also scored a goal last night against Buffalo for his ninth on the season.
Former Flyer Martin Biron is most likely out for the remainder of the season with a fractured collarbone. Biron suffered the injury after taking a shot to the collarbone during practice on Monday. Cam Talbot has been called up to fill in for Biron.
The Rangers were busy around the deadline as they made two different deals. On February 25th, the Rangers gave the Florida Panthers Tim Kennedy and a third round pick in the 2011 draft in exchange for defense man Bryan McCabe. The veteran defense man tallied his first point for the Blueshirts last night assisting on Christensen's second period power-play goal.
In addition to McCabe, the Rangers also added forward John Mitchell from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft. Mitchell had two goals and one assist in twenty-three games this season for Toronto.
New Jersey Devils: 1-1-0. The Devils were able to beat the Panthers 2-1 on Sunday in what appears to be Jason Arnott's last game in a Devils' uniform. Dropping their first game of the week 2-1 to the the Lightning on Friday, the Devils ended up going .500 on the week.
Not a single Devil this week registered more than a point. Brian Rolston had the only game-winning goal of the week scoring on the powerplay halfway through the first period on Sunday.
Although he lost his lone start of the week on Friday, Johan Hedberg's ability to step up while Martin Brodeur was injured did not go unnoticed. Hedberg was named the NHL's third star of the month for February posting a record of 7-1-1 with two shutouts over the ten game span.
The Devils took part in one of the biggest moves on deadline day. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the deal. Accepting David Steckel and a second round pick in the 2012 draft in return from Washington, the Devils shipped Jason Arnott to the nation's capital. Steckel is regarded as one of the best faceoff men in the league, but Arnott's effect on the Capitals will surely have a greater result than Steckel's effect to the Devils.
New York Islanders: 0-1-2. The only winless team within the division this week, the Islanders still found a way to gain two points forcing two of their games into overtime. Meszaros scored in overtime on Thursday for Philly, while Alex Ovechkin scored last night to keep the Isles from winning within the week.
The Isles handed the Caps two wins this week after blowing a pair of third period leads. Heading into the final period on Saturday, the Islanders were up 2-1 before both Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin found the net before the six minute mark. Semin's goal turned out to be the game-winner as the Caps hung on for a 3-2 win on Long Island.
Not learning their lesson, the Islanders had a 1-0 lead over the Caps heading into the third period again in Washington last night. Brooks Laich scored with forty-eight seconds left in the game sending it to overtime where Ovechkin went coast-to-coast allowing the Isles to choke away another late game lead.
Matt Martin isn't known as a goal scorer, but he stepped up on Thursday to give his team a chance. Shortly after Jeff Carter had just put Philly up 3-1 in the third period, Martin responded with his third goal of the season a minute and twenty-six seconds later. In the final minute of play, Martin was able to get off a shot from the slot while being checked to score his second goal in the period and his fourth goal on the season. The Isles were unable to utilize Martin's goal with twenty-eight seconds left in regulation as they watched Meszaros and the Flyers celebrate an overtime victory.
The Islanders didn't make any moves near the trade deadline.