Flyers Beat 1 st Place Boston / Acquire 2 Players at Deadline
The Flyers used three third period goals, including two from Simon Gagne, to break open a 1-1 tie and hand the Boston Bruins a rare home ice regulation loss 4-2. The win was their sixth in the last nine games, and gave them a three point cushion over fifth seed Montreal. The Flyers now start a five game home stand, which includes three games against Eastern Conference foes Buffalo, Washington, and the Rangers. The Flyers also recalled forward Claude Giroux from the Phantoms and reassigned Nate Guenin and Jared Ross.
Also in the news, the 2009 NHL trade deadline came and passed today at 3 p.m., however you would be hard pressed to call the Flyers a big winner. Scottie Upshall and a 2009 second round pick were sent to Phoenix for rugged forward Daniel Carcillo. The Flyers also acquired veteran defenseman Kyle McLaren from San Jose in exchange for a 2009 sixth round pick. Carcillo, who leads the NHL in penalty minutes with 174, also has three goals and ten points. Carcillo seemed elated to be joining the Flyers, a team he says “was his favorite growing up.” The Broad Street Bullies, who have never been known to shy away from a physical player, picked up an extremely tough customer in Carcillo.
McLaren was assigned to the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.
The overall roster to this point is almost what they envisioned coming out of training camp. Danny Briere is back and should be in regular season mode come playoff time. Ryan Parent is playing with confidence after his injury, and Andrew Alberts seems to have a chip on his big shoulders, which all Flyers fans love to see. The team has three solid scoring lines now, which hasn’t been the case since December. The rotation in goal could turn out to be a positive one since neither one will be completely overworked. If the Flyers can come away with some valuable points in this home stretch, it will go a long way to solidifying a top four seed and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If not, there will be fans questioning the lack of trade deadline moves.
By Patrick Lacey
ProHockey-fans.com Philadelphia Flyers Correspondent
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