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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 7:39 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Tonight is the 10th anniversary of one of the most memorable games in Flyers history in my mind.

Here is a copy of the story I wrote that night, back when I was just a freelance writer for ComcastSportsNet.com, which is now CSNPhilly.com

What a night.

Feisty Flyers Beat Up Senators

3/5/04

Anthony J. SanFilippo

ComcastSportsNet.com Contributor

Martin Havlat has no one to blame but himself.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 5:03 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – There were a lot of rumors, a lot of rumblings, names, packages, debates… you know, the typical trade deadline fare.

In the end there was Andrew MacDonald coming to Philadelphia and Andrej Meszaros leaving for Boston.

That was it for the Flyers.

From their perspective, it was an upgrade of the third pairing on defense that also brought financial savings and at an affordable price.

It also was an opportunity to improve the team without parting with any of the prospects that have re-filled the organizational cupboard in recent years and set up the Flyers to be in a good spot with cap space and assets heading into the offseason.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.4.2014 / 4:43 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The first move for the Flyers at the trade deadline was to acquire New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald in exchange for a third round pick in the 2014 draft, a second round pick in the 2015 draft and Phantoms forward Matt Mangene.

The immediate reaction on social media was split. Some people thought it was a great move. Others thought it was not-so-great.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s probably somewhere in between and one that will require time to determine an ultimate evaluation.

What’s to like about the deal?

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.2.2014 / 4:50 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The first time I heard the saying “Hard work beats skill when skill doesn’t work hard” I was sitting in the press box at the Spectrum.

The guy who said it was sitting next to me, watching his team practice with the assistant coaches below.

It was John Stevens, then head coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms, now an assistant on the Los Angeles Kings.

He wasn’t happy with the way his team had played in the previous few games and wanted to watch them practice from somewhere other than on the ice.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.1.2014 / 5:26 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – Not to drag up demons from the past – especially after a huge 4-2 win over the New York Rangers Saturday - but if I had to list the 10 worst losses of the year by the Flyers chronologically they would be as follows:

Nov. 1 vs. Washington, lost 7-0

Nov 7. Vs. New Jersey, lost 3-0

Dec. 7 at Dallas, lost 5-1

Dec. 11 at Chicago, lost 7-2

Dec. 21 at Columbus, lost 6-3

Jan. 11 vs. Tampa Bay, lost 6-3

Jan. 12 at New York Rangers, lost 4-1

Jan. 23 at Columbus, lost 5-2

Jan. 25 vs. Boston, lost 6-1

Feb. 27 vs. San Jose, lost 7-3

Why mention them? Why bring those games up in which the Flyers collectively lost 56-16?

Because here’s what they did the very next game after each:

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 2:23 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers have the longest active winning streak in the NHL – and they want to keep it that way.

However, doing it against the San Jose Sharks is going to be a tall order, especially without Kimmo Timonen, who will rest tonight and return to the lineup Saturday against the New York Rangers after a long trek back and forth to Sochi where he won a bronze medal with team Finland.

Erik Gustafsson returns to the lineup...

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.17.2014 / 1:32 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

I try to stay out of the hockey prediction business, I really do.

It’s mostly because I invariably make a fool of myself when my predictions are wrong (which is often the case) and when I’m right, it’s usually shrugged off as, “he should be right, he works in the sport.”

Yet, I can’t tell you how often I throw out predictions privately, whether it’s in the office to my co-workers here at the Flyers, or to my family at home, or my friends at the bar on the rare off night.

Yet, as much as I try, I can’t help but always go back to my sooth-saying ways.

I chalk it up to some kind of narcissistic defect where I feel the need to make bold prognostications just to get a rise out of people.

Or maybe I’m just like Joe Carroll in “The Following” in the fact that “I am inevitable.”

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for how the Olympic Men’s hockey tournament will play out now that I watched parts of 16-of-18 preliminary games (yes, I could have found better uses for my time, I know.)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 7:28 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

It was riveting - from opening puck drop to the shootout that went five rounds longer than usual. And even though a shootout was hardly the way to decide a game of this magnitude, the way it turned out was a story line all on its own.

It was USA vs. Russia. It lived up to the hype. And if the Americans win a gold medal, T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues will be remembered as an American Olympic hero.

Oshie took six turns in the shootout – you read that right. International l rules allow for players to repeat as shooters in the breakaway competition as often as necessary. And he beat Russian goalie (and former Flyer) Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) four times to ensure a thrilling 3-2 win for Team USA.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 4:20 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

The Swedish team is beat up, missing their captain Henrik Zetterberg and offensively gifted talents Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.

And yet, they became the first of four teams to clinch a bye to the Quarterfinals.

That’s because 41-year old Daniel Alfredsson banged home a loose puck with less than eight minutes to play to give Tre Kronor a 1-0 win over an upstart Swiss squad that doesn’t give you much in the way of room.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 4:26 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

While being snowed in and stuck on your couch in the Philadelphia area kind of stinks, having 12 hours of Olympic hockey at your disposal kind of softens the blow.

In case you were too busy sleeping in, shoveling out from under another 10 inches of snow, or both, I was able to tune in for all four games (what a way to spend a birthday) and here is a recap with a Flyers angle to each game, if there was one.

The marquee game for most of us was Team USA completely dismantling Slovakia 7-1 in what was the most impressive performance by any team in their opening game.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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