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Flyers Notes: Coburn shuts down Nash in Game 4

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Flyers Notes: Coburn shuts down Nash in Game 4

Braydon Coburn was one of the unsung heroes of Game 4 Friday night for the Flyers in their 2-1 win over the Rangers (see game story).

He played 25:27 grueling minutes against Rangers superstar Rick Nash and shut him down -- a small reason why the Flyers tied the series, 2-2, with Game 5 Sunday in New York.

Nash played 17:11 with five shots and was a minus-1.

“I think we’re doing it mostly by committee,” Coburn said. “They roll four lines pretty well, so we’re trying to roll three sets of D.

“Obviously, [Nash] is a big, strong player. You want to keep him to the outside as much as you can.”

Wasn’t he a focus?

“I don’t know,” Coburn said. “Just because ... they had some points and stuff, but honestly they’ve got four even lines that they use and you always are aware when there are great players like Nash and his linemates [Martin] St. Louis and [Derek] Stepan.

“But you know it’s playoffs and it’s four lines coming at you all the time. These guys are good players and you’ve just got to make sure you’re ready every shift against them.”

Flyers head coach Craig Berube lauded Coburn’s play.

“Great job, I thought he had a great game,” Berube said. “He skated, really skated and was strong on the puck and strong on his breakout plays.

“He did a great job down low against Nash. That is not an easy guy to check. That whole line is not easy to check with St. Louis and Stepan, a good line. Our D as a whole did a good job.”

The Flyers’ defense went more than half the game with five defenders after Nicklas Grossmann left in the second period with a lower-body injury.

“It was a heavy game,” Nash said. “It was a physical battle and it was a playoff-type game.”

And Coburn was all over Nash all game.

“I thought he’d been playing like that all series,” Nash said. “All their D-men have been finishing their checks, playing physical. We’ve got to hold onto pucks and bump off them.”

Shots
The Flyers won despite being outshot, 38-25. The losing team has outshot the winning team by at least eight shots in Games 2, 3 and 4.

Blocks
Andrew MacDonald recorded five blocked shots in Game 4. He led the NHL with 242 blocked shots in the regular season.

Game 4
The Flyers are now 34-35 all time in Game 4 of a seven-game playoff series. They’re strong in Game 5’s, winning 34, losing 25. When winning Game 4, the Flyers are 24-9 all time. When tied 2-2, the Flyers are 14-7 all time and 12-9 all time in Game 5 when tied 2-2.

Banked shot
The Flyers’ first goal of the game saw Jason Akeson rip a deliberate shot off the backboards with the carom coming out to Matt Read at the right post.

It was a set play, both players admitted after the game, though Akeson said he was first tempted to shoot the puck on net.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist got a small piece of Read’s one-timer, but not enough to stop it from going into the net. Read’s goal made it a 1-1 game.

“I didn’t expect it to come out that fast and on his stick he came faster, so it was hard for me to get across,” Lundqvist said.

“Your reaction is to kind of turn to your right first and then you realize it’s coming out of your left side. It was close that I got it, but it was not enough.”

Radko Gudas suspended 10 games for slash to Mathieu Perreault

Radko Gudas suspended 10 games for slash to Mathieu Perreault

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended 10 games Sunday night by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his slashing penalty to the back of the neck of Jets forward Mathieu Perreault.​

The incident occurred 9:50 in the first period of the Winnipeg game that saw Gudas receive a five-minute major and a 10-game misconduct as a result of the play.

Gudas has already served one game of that suspension, as he sat out Saturday’s home game against the Calgary Flames awaiting Sunday morning’s phone hearing.

Gudas will forfeit just over $408,000 as a result of his actions. The Flyers defenseman won’t be eligible to return to the lineup until Dec. 12 when the Flyers host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This marks the longest suspension of Gudas’ career. He was slapped with a six-game suspension for his blow to Bruins forward Austin Czarnik in a 2016 preseason game. His first suspension in a Flyers sweater came back on Dec. 2, 2015, when he received three games for an illegal check to the head of Senators center Mika Zibanejad.

The suspension may ultimately help Gudas, who has appeared to be favoring his shoulder in recent games, limiting his ability to deliver his typical bone-jarring hits.

Flyers to host Penguins at Linc in 2019

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Flyers to host Penguins at Linc in 2019

The Flyers will host the Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019, as part of the ongoing Stadium Series, the NHL announced Sunday night.

The 2019 “Battle of Pennsylvania” is a renewal of the first outdoor game between the two divisional rivals that saw the Penguins beat the Flyers, 4-2, at Heinz Field on Feb. 25, 2017.

“On behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers, we are thrilled to host the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said.

“Lincoln Financial Field will provide a perfect setting for these cross-state opponents and their passionate fan bases,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

For a Flyers franchise in search of its first win outdoors, the 2019 game will mark the fourth outdoor game in team history. The Flyers played the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Winter Classic, losing 2-1. In 2012, the Flyers hosted their very first Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in a game that saw the New York Rangers win, 3-2.

With seven Stanley Cups between the two storied franchises, the Flyers and Penguins have produced some of the game’s greatest players, and details are still being worked out for an alumni event that will likely be held in Pittsburgh after a similar game was played at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 14, 2017, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

A Comcast Spectacor executive said other games, such as a Penn State collegiate game or an AHL event involving the Phantoms, could eventually be played prior to the Flyers-Penguins game, but those specifics still have to be worked out. 

“There is no doubt that the Penguins and Flyers will put on a great show for the passionate fans in Philadelphia, and those watching at home, adding to the history between these two teams,” Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA special assistant to the executive director, said.

On Saturday, the NHL announced the Chicago Blackhawks would host the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, at Notre Dame Stadium.