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Samuel Morin recalled to Flyers, while Radko Gudas returns from 2-game suspension

Samuel Morin recalled to Flyers, while Radko Gudas returns from 2-game suspension

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers bolstered their blue line Monday and they didn’t have to complete a trade at the deadline to make it happen.

Defenseman Radko Gudas returned from a two-game suspension and 6-foot-7 Samuel Morin was recalled after playing two games with the Phantoms.

Gudas hasn’t played since performing a tomahawk chop over the helmet of Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov last Tuesday. Gudas was forced to miss Thursday’s game at Montreal and the Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh.

“I didn’t think [the two games] was unfair,” Gudas said. “It’s the league’s decision and I have a history. I barely had a hold of my stick and unfortunately I connected. It’s a fast game and I don’t really have an excuse for that. I didn’t think it was anything bad, just an accident. I explained that to the league, as well, and they gave me the two games.”

Gudas will be back in the lineup Tuesday against Buffalo and was paired with Shayne Gostisbehere during Monday’s practice. Morin practiced with his teammates but hasn’t been activated to the roster. He played two rehab games with the Phantoms and endured some cramping in his first game on Feb. 15.

“First period was awesome, but after that I was so tired and by the third period I couldn’t play anymore,” Morin said.

Morin’s second game came this past Friday against the Charlotte Checkers, a game in which he dropped the gloves with Checkers defenseman Josiah Didier.

“It was awesome,” Morin said. “I hadn’t dropped the gloves in a year and I was feeling good to get back at it. Obviously it was weird timing at the end of the game, but [Didier] was going hard at one of our best players. I was trying to defend him. That’s part of my job.”

It was Morin’s first game action since tearing his ACL in a playoff game last May.

At some point, interim head coach Scott Gordon will have to determine when to proceed with getting Morin and Philippe Myers into the Flyers' lineup. Both young defensemen are expected to be healthy scratches against the Sabres.

“The players are still looking at the playoffs. Whether we add a player or subtract a player, the goal hasn’t changed,” Gordon said. "It’s just a question of getting that experience here and where we’re at and what we do moving forward.”

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Morgan Frost provides a highlight but Flyers are left looking for more answers following 4th straight loss

Morgan Frost provides a highlight but Flyers are left looking for more answers following 4th straight loss

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Morgan Frost offered a snapshot of what the Flyers hope is a prosperous future for the skillful playmaker.

The present on Tuesday night did not depict as pretty of a picture.

The Flyers fell behind 4-1 during the second period, Carter Hart was yanked and a 5-2 loss to the Panthers at BB&T Center marked the final result.

Frost gave the Flyers a highlight on a night that didn't feature many for Alain Vigneault's club. The 2017 first-round pick deposited a dazzling goal in his NHL debut but the Flyers (10-7-4) dropped their fourth straight game, a losing skid that has come directly after a season-best four-game winning streak.

The Panthers (11-5-5) can score goals with the best teams in the NHL. They were also allowing 3.55 per game, fourth worst in the league, but kept the Flyers at bay.

• Hart had been so good in November. When he's not on his game, the Flyers can be exposed, which is exactly what happened against Florida.

The 21-year-old goalie entered 4-1-1 with a 1.77 goals-against average and .934 save percentage this month. He wasn't good Tuesday, the Flyers didn't help him and things unraveled.

The first period set the tone when the Panthers' first goal went off Andy Andreoff's stick. Then Hart allowed Brett Connolly to score from a crazy angle off the netminder's back.

Hart had allowed only one first-period goal over his previous five starts. Florida got him twice in the opening frame and ended his night midway through the second period with its fourth goal.

• The Flyers have now allowed more goals (61) than they've scored (60). During the four-game losing streak, they've scored 1.75 goals per game.

Vigneault continues to plead for more from his veterans. They simply have not answered his call and the Flyers are more than a quarter way into the season. The Flyers' record is very indicative of what they've received from their big boys.

Kevin Hayes recorded his first point in 10 games with a first-period assist on Travis Sanheim's goal. He played 19:01 minutes, four-plus at shorthanded. James van Riemsdyk went scoreless and played 12:56, his second-lowest ice time of the season. Jakub Voracek went scoreless, as well, in 15:31 minutes.

That trio has combined for 30 points in 21 games. The Flyers have to find a way to spark those three, along with Claude Giroux.

• Frost was a nice positive. He played with pace, he was active and was consistently a threat. His goal was very Frost-like.

Expect Vigneault to give him another game with Giroux and Travis Konecny.

• Joel Farabee made a costly turnover that led to Aleksander Barkov's second-period goal, which put the Flyers in a 3-1 hole. The Flyers were also slow to get back on the play. Bad all the way around (see highlights).

The 19-year-old was a minus-2 with three giveaways. He's a kid and there will be growing pains. Farabee snapped his stick in frustration when he went to the bench. Now it's a matter of seeing if he can play his way out of some struggles.

• Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen were a combined minus-5. Shayne Gostisbehere played only 14:33. While the Panthers pounced on mistakes, the Flyers couldn't fend them off or get much going at 5-on-5.

The Flyers went 0 for 2 on the power play.

• The Flyers stay on the road and visit the Hurricanes Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

 

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Flyers' Morgan Frost scores first career NHL goal in filthy fashion

Flyers' Morgan Frost scores first career NHL goal in filthy fashion

When he received the news on Sunday that he was being called up to the Flyers, Morgan Frost thought about the hard work it took to make the NHL.

The kid scored 106 goals and 310 points in 257 junior hockey games for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Over his final two seasons, he erupted for 221 points (79 goals, 142 assists) in 125 games.

That's a lot of scoring, which got him noticed.

“It’s obviously cliché, but it’s every kid’s dream, you dream about it growing up," Frost said Monday of being called up to make his NHL debut. "Honestly, after I got that call, I didn’t really know what to do for like an hour. So much joy, just so many things running through your head and everything you’ve worked for. Great feeling.”

Now he has the feeling of scoring his first career NHL goal. And, boy, did he show his skill while doing it Tuesday night against the Panthers at BB&T Center.

When the 20-year-old center gets in deep, he can make these types of plays on a goalie, even Sergei Bobrovsky.

Frost will always remember that one.

 

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