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Travis Sanheim injury update: Promising Flyers defenseman dodges bullet, will miss only 1 week

Travis Sanheim injury update: Promising Flyers defenseman dodges bullet, will miss only 1 week

VOORHEES, N.J. — The injury to Travis Sanheim Sunday in New York wasn’t as serious as it first appeared.

According to general manager Ron Hextall, the Flyers' second-year defenseman will “probably be out for a week” with an upper-body injury after he was driven into the boards by Islanders forward Matt Martin.

Sanheim will be off the ice for several days before he resumes skating.

"We'll be cautious with it, but that's what we're looking at right now,” Hextall said to reporters Monday. 

With a one-week timetable, Sanheim could return to play in one or both of the Flyers’ final preseason games next week.

Hextall was also optimistic regarding the progress of defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who was slated to miss the first two-to-three weeks of the regular season with a lower-body injury he sustained in off-ice workouts. The Flyers' GM said MacDonald is a little bit ahead of the original six-week prognosis but it’s still unclear how many regular-season games he’ll miss to start the season. 

Hextall added he continues to monitor the free-agent market to see what’s available in the event the Flyers need some additional help on the blue line.

Forward Wayne Simmonds and goaltender Brian Elliott were both given maintenance days Monday. The Flyers have been cautious with both players as they recover from offseason rehab.

The Flyers have not made it clear when either will see their first preseason action.

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Flyers' Stanley Cup drought is taken to another level in Pittsburgh

Flyers' Stanley Cup drought is taken to another level in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Apparently, Sunday was still a day to celebrate for Penguins fans.

Regardless of another gut-wrenching, last-minute overtime loss for the Penguins to their hated cross-state rival, a certain radio talk show host wanted Pittsburgh fans to wallow in the Flyers' misery.

Mark Madden pointed out in his column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Sunday’s game against the Flyers marked the 16,000th day since the orange and black won their second Stanley Cup championship.

And for that, apparently Penguins fans should be in a celebratory mood, as he wrote, "But Sunday is a day to celebrate, not worry. The Philadelphia Flyers visit PPG Paints Arena, and it will be exactly 16,000 days since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup."

The 16,000-day drought inspired Penguins fans to unfurl a banner in the upper deck, and it even caught the attention of NBC play-by-play great Mike “Doc” Emrick, who referenced the 44-year drought during the second period of Sunday’s telecast.

But Madden’s personal vendetta with the Flyers and their followers caught the attention of Flyers radio host Jason Myrtetus, who exchanged Twitter jabs with the Pittsburgh shock jock.

The two radio hosts started their online feud a few hours prior to Sunday’s game (NSFW below).

Madden, who doesn’t hide his love for the Penguins, ended his column by saying, “That’s a lot of days. Many more will follow.”

Not if the Flyers keep beating the Penguins in overtime.

Not if Carter Hart plays like he did Sunday night at PPG Paints Arena. 

Perhaps Madden also needs to be reminded that Philadelphia’s Eagles and Phillies have both won championships much more recently than Pittsburgh’s Steelers and Pirates.

Then again, their misery doesn’t exactly register on Philly’s radar.

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How Flyers' Ivan Provorov 'saved the game' with the lunge of a lifetime

How Flyers' Ivan Provorov 'saved the game' with the lunge of a lifetime

PITTSBURGH — Standing in the visitor’s locker room at PPG Paints Arena, Ivan Provorov joked it’s the reason why he puts himself through such a rigorous offseason training regimen.

He may not be considered the fastest or most elusive skater, but Provorov’s effort with 1:18 remaining in regulation was arguably the best non-Carter Hart save of the season.

An empty-net goal would have given the Penguins a 2-0 lead and would have turned the lights out on the Flyers' postseason chances. 

Now, there’s a glimmer with the Flyers pulling within six points of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 2-1 overtime win Sunday night (see observations).

Provorov outraced Nick Bjugstad just in the nick of time, as well as Patric Hornqvist, as he was able to send the puck to the boards. 

“I had no doubt in my mind,” Provorov said. “At that point, you’re giving everything you have and for the team a lot of guys did that tonight.” 

Another element of that play that doesn’t get discussed is how Provorov maintained his balance following his lunging dive and didn’t lift the net off its pegs, which may have resulted in a penalty and/or a faceoff in the Flyers' end of the ice, resulting in Hart having to come back out onto the ice.

“He saved the game, he saved the game,” Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said. “I don’t know where he was in his shift, but it looked like [Bjugstad] had a little bit more jump in his step. He was able to get himself in position and swipe at it so they couldn’t get an opportunity.”

Thankfully for Provorov and the Flyers, he had just stepped out onto the ice just 10 seconds earlier, but nonetheless, an impressive game-saving play when the Flyers needed it most.

And perhaps even season-saving.

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