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Flyers at Penguins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Penguins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers will be aiming for their first season series win over the Penguins since 2014-15, and at the same time, hoping to keep pace in the playoff chase.

After Saturday’s action, the Flyers are eight points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot. The Flyers haven't been that far back in since Feb. 15. 

Let's take a look at Sunday night's essentials:

• When: 7:30 p.m. ET
• Where: PPG Paints Arena
• Broadcast: NBCSN
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers are looking to put behind a devastating loss in Toronto, where they blew a three-goal lead to the Maple Leafs. It was their first regulation loss scoring six or more goals since a 9-8 loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 27, 2011.

The Flyers spent a large majority of the game in their end of the ice. The Leafs had 96 attempted shots (51 on net), which were the most the Flyers had allowed in a game since the league started tracking missed and blocked shots in 2002.

The Flyers are also riding a two-game losing streak for the first time since Feb. 21. They have not dropped three straight in regulation since Jan. 3.

• In the three previous matchups against Pittsburgh, the Flyers have had 10 power-play opportunities (2 for 10) to the Penguins' two chances (0 for 2).

• Jakub Voracek has six points (three goals, three assists) in three games against the Penguins this season. Voracek scored the game-tying goal in the Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23. 

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is riding a four-game point streak, his longest of the season, with a goal and five assists.

• Claude Giroux, who was a game-time decision because he's dealing with an illness, will play. He has not missed a game since the 2015-16 season.

With his three-assist night in Toronto, Giroux hit the 75-point mark for the fifth time in his career, tying him with Mark Recchi, Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Tim Kerr. Bobby Clarke and Brian Propp are the franchise leaders with eight 75-point seasons.

• Justin Bailey has been recalled from Lehigh Valley and could fill in for Ryan Hartman, who missed Friday’s game against Toronto with an illness.

• The Penguins could be without defenseman Kris Letang and winger Bryan Rust. Neither player suited up Saturday against St. Louis. Letang has not played since he was wrestled to the ice by Gostisbehere in the outdoor game. Rust has missed the past nine games with a lower-body injury.

Sidney Crosby has a seven-game point streak against the Flyers with five goals and 10 assists. Crosby has also scored a goal in four straight games against the Flyers.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan did not say who will start in net, but both goaltenders saw action Saturday against the Blues. Matt Murray was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots. In relief, Casey DeSmith stopped 12 of 13 shots.

The Pens will also be wearing their black Stadium Series sweaters for tonight’s game.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Jakub Voracek-Sean Couturier-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Michael Raffl
Phil Varone-Corban Knight-Justin Bailey

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

In the spring of 1997, Eric Lindros and company were steamrolled. Swept by the Detroit Red Wings for the first of three Stanley Cup titles in six years for the Motor City.

Fast forward 13 years. The Flyers are back in the Finals facing the same fate after losing the first two games in Chicago.

This Flyers team already completed one of the most improbable comebacks the NHL had ever seen. Down 3-0 to the Bruins in the series and then in Game 7, they shocked the world. The odds of this team completing the historic feat twice in the span of a month? Not great. That made Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final so important. If they are going to win the Cup, they have to win this game.

The night featured everything you love about playoff hockey. A game associated with the bitterness of winter played on a warm evening in June. The arena maxed out with twenty thousand people wearing orange, holding their breath with every scoring chance, every save, then erupting in unison when the goal horn ripped through your ear drums.

60 minutes would not be enough. Five minutes into overtime the fans jumped to their feet, releasing a burst of energy that could be felt down Broad Street. It would turn out to be a practice run for the euphoria to come. Replays of the puck behind goaltender Corey Crawford, sliding perfectly along the goal line, confirmed our worst fears. It’s not over.

The swing of emotions is what makes overtime playoff hockey so unique. The suddenness of it all is unmatched. Which is why none of us were expecting, less than one minute later, the building would shake. No need for a review. No need to regain our composure. Claude Giroux had won Game 3.

It was one of those moments when strangers were now family. Section 212 became my new neighborhood. I looked around to take in the moment, seeing smiles from ear to ear and even a few jubilant tears.

One week later, tears of a different kind were shed after Patrick Kane celebrated by himself on the same sheet of ice. Another Finals loss jumpstarted another dynasty with the Blackhawks claiming three Cups in six years. The hurt of that series loss was equalled only by the exhilaration of Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. The best game I ever saw live.

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

There are no more worries about the Flyers' college prospects.

Four days after Tanner Laczynski inked a deal with the organization, the Flyers signed Wade Allison to his two-year entry-level contract Friday.

Both college seniors had rights to the Flyers that were set to expire Aug. 15. Now the 2016 draft picks are officially in the fold for the future.

Allison, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger out of Western Michigan, will bring a craftiness around the net and powerful shot to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

“We are very happy to have Wade under contract,” Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement released by the team. “He possesses a great package of size, speed and skill, and we strongly believe he’ll be an NHL power forward moving forward.”

The second-round selection has battled injuries during his time with the Broncos, including a torn ACL his sophomore year. That season, Allison was on a torrid pace with 15 goals and 15 assists in 22 games before suffering the injury. As a senior in 2019-20, Allison put up 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-11 mark in 26 games.

Allison will turn 23 years old in October and his experience could help him climb quickly. Health will be vital, as well. There's a lot to like, though, with Allison's overall ability.

In the last 18 days, the Flyers have signed prospects Allison, Laczynski and Wyatte Wylie to entry-level deals.

Another college player to keep an eye on is Wyatt Kalynuk, who is coming off his junior season at Wisconsin. The defenseman can return to Madison for his senior year or turn pro in 2020-21 as his rights don't expire until the summer of 2021.

Meanwhile, the rights to prospects Linus Hogberg and David Bernhardt, two Swedish blueliners in the Flyers' system, expire June 1.



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