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Flyers 2, Canucks 1: Carter Hart's brilliance continues as win streak hits 8 games

Flyers 2, Canucks 1: Carter Hart's brilliance continues as win streak hits 8 games

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The Flyers have completely forgotten what it’s like to lose.

Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier scored the Flyers' only goals in a 2-1 win Monday night over the Canucks, extending the NHL’s longest winning streak to eight games.

The victory also marked No. 2,000 in the organization’s history.

Here are my observations from the Wells Fargo Center:

• Nolan Patrick was an absolute force in this game early on as he came out flying in the first period. Patrick played with a determination and found that “fifth gear” in the offensive zone.

Patrick’s zone entry led to the Flyers' first goal of the game as Travis Konecny fed Sean Couturier for the goal. Wisely, Patrick didn’t force the puck into traffic.

He also hit an early post and his line drew two first-period power-play opportunities.

• Uncharacteristically, Carter Hart was susceptible to rebounds in this game on shots that he typically gobbles up. However, to Hart’s credit, he was able to angle those rebounds away from danger or to a defenseman down low. Hart’s positioning was still on point as he denied Vancouver sniper Brock Boeser on a number of good looks and finished with a career-high 41 saves.

• Voracek has the ability to be a relentless power forward when he’s engaged and that was clearly the case when he powered his way to the net, beating Jacob Markstrom on a breakaway three minutes into the second period. That goal lit a fuse into Voracek as he completely undressed defenseman Derrick Pouliot, leading to another scoring opportunity.

With this goal, Voracek now has at least one point in eight of his last nine games (one goal, 10 assists).

• The Flyers could have put this game out of reach early in the second period when Konecny caught the Canucks in a line change with James van Riemsdyk and Patrick rushing up the ice. Konecny held on to the puck a little too long and by the time he decided what to do, it was too late.

• That sequence turned the momentum in the direction of the Canucks, who could have trailed, 3-0, but instead cut the deficit to 2-1 on a strange play in which Hart came out of his net to play the puck. However, the 20-year-old wound up sending a pass to Boeser, who stuffed it home. Definitely a momentum-killer and tough play for Hart. 

• For whatever reason, the Flyers have been scorched in the second period recently. They gave up another second-period goal in this game and have now surrendered 25 second-period goals over their last 15 games.

• A big blow on a scary play for Vancouver when defenseman Alexander Edler got his stick caught in Voracek’s skate. The force of Voracek’s speed flung Edler downward and his head slammed to the ice. Edler blacked out on the play and was taken off on a stretcher.

You could tell the home crowd was deeply concerned with fans in the lower bowl all standing to ensure Edler was OK. The Canucks had to make due without their No. 1 defenseman.

• The Carter Hart save of the night:

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Flyers Talk podcast: NHL hub cities, free agency, more

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On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze the team's decisions for free agency and the playoffs.

From roster talk to the latest on the 24-team tournament, let's dive in:

0:45 — The latest on where the Flyers might play

4:15 — July is much different this time around

7:00 — Will the Flyers re-sign Derek Grant and Justin Braun?

21:20 — Keep an eye on Morgan Frost

26:00 — What to expect from Nate Thompson

30:15 — Appreciating Sean Couturier's faceoff excellence

36:35 — Katie's birthday is Monday, July 6!

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A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

Alain Vigneault marveled at Oskar Lindblom's selflessness and strength.

Back in December, the Flyers' head coach told a story about Lindblom checking in on teammate Travis Konecny, who suffered a concussion that month from a hard hit.

Lindblom was in the middle of undergoing tests at the University of Pennsylvania.

"With everything that is going on, he texted T.K. to find out how his head was going because of the concussion," Vigneault said Dec. 17. "That’s just the type of young man that we have — strong, he’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

On Thursday, we saw a culmination of the strength and support. A little over six and a half months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones, Lindblom rung a bell on the 5th floor of the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital to signify the completion of his radiation treatments.

The Flyers' 23-year-old forward hugged his girlfriend Alma Lindqvist, who shared pictures on her Instagram account with the caption: "MY LOVE IS CANCER FREE."

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Lindblom, a humble native of Sweden with a bright smile, thanked all the medical professionals and gave them a signed jersey. He expressed his gratitude for everyone who has supported his fight.

From family to friends to fans, I can't even explain how much that meant to me," Lindblom said to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "Especially in the start, it was a rough time and I got all those kind words, it made me feel so much better and calm — it was a real help along the way, that's for sure.

"I can't even explain how I feel. It feels like I'm having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time. It just feels awesome to be done. I can't wait to just get back to normal life again and start to feel like I'm living.


I can't say enough about this young man. Everyone can see the talent and impact that Oskar has had for us on the ice, but he is an outstanding teammate in our locker room and a genuinely good person. His attitude and strength through all of this is a tremendous inspiration for us all. Today is a great day. Congrats to Oskar. We look forward to having him rejoin our team in the near future.

- Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher

Oskar Lindblom with nurses at Penn Medicine. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Oskar Lindblom with his head nurse Laetitia Simeral. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

The Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the entire hockey community has rallied behind Lindblom since his diagnosis in December. "Oskar Strong" shirts by Biscuit Tees have been worn around the world. During a game in January, Lindblom received a heartwarming standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center.

Everyone was standing for him as he rang that bell on Thursday. Lindblom was left smiling — and saying thank you.

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