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     Zac Rinaldo delivered 5 hits and played even in 7 minutes of ice time on Tuesday.
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     Luke Schenn played even against the Lightning delivering 4 hits and a blocked shot in 19+ minutes of ice time.
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Lightning zap Flyers 3-1 in tight checking game, Simmonds scores 6th goal in 6 gm
   Wayne Simmonds scored a power play goal 19:19 into the first, tipping a Mark Streit point shot from straight away.  It was Wayne's 14th goal of the season.  He also would have 3 hits in 16 minutes of ice time.
    Steve Mason stopped 20 of 22 Lightning shots in the loss to the Lightning.
In case you missed it:  Flyers news from the summer time:
   May 7th - Ron Hextall replaces Paul Holmgren as GM.  Holmgren will now serve as the teams president.

Players in, players out: Off-season transactions and exits to the Flyers roster.
   8/26 -  Phantoms sign Ron Hextall's son, Brett,  to a one year contract.
   Aug. 29th - The Flyers decide to do away with the ice girls and their skimpy outfits.  Will change the ice girls to the ice team.  
   July 1st: Flyers re-sign Ray Emery to a 1 year deal.  Signed Rob Zepp (goaltender) to 1yr $600,000 contract.  Signed Center Blair Jones to 1 yr contract.   Released:  Adam Hall (signed with European team on 8/5),  Steve Downie (signed by Penguins), Hal Gill, and the oft injured Marc Andre Bourdon.
    5/16 - Erik Gustafsson signs with a team in the KHL.
   6/13 - Flyers re-sign Kimmo Timonen to 1 year contract.
   6/23 - Flyers re-sign Brayden Schenn to 2 year contract.  Flyers trade Scott Hartnell to Blue Jackets for RJ Umberger and 4th round draft pick.
    7/2 - Flyers re-sign Jason Akeson to a 1 year contract.  Sign Nick Schultz (D), Zach Stortini (RW), Andrew Gordon (RW), 
   7/4 - Flyers resign Chris VandeVelde to a 1 year deal.
8/5 - Flyers sign Michael Del Zotto (D) to fill the void of Kimmo Timonen's career threatening injury.
   8/7 - Flyers sign Ryan White to a 1 year contract.
   8/27 - Flyers re-sign Defensemen Brandon Manning
   9/2 - Flyers sign Zac Rinaldo  to a 2 year contract extension.
   8/5 - Kimmo Timonen treated in hospital for blood clot in right leg and both lungs making his return to the Flyers for one more year uncertain.  He will be sidelined for at least months, but his career may be at end.
   6/30- The Flyers announce a partnership with the ECHL's Reading Royals signing a 2 year agreement.  The Royals had won the ECHL's Championship this past season, The Kelly Cup.  The Royals had been partnered with the Capitals/ Bears in the last couple of years, and have played in Reading  since 2000-01 season.  The Flyers had been using the Greenville Road Runners as their  ECHL team last year.
   9/17 - Flyers and Phantoms will open the PPL center to hockey in Allentown with an exhibition game on Sept. 27th.
Results of last poll:
Who's your favorite Flyers player?

Claude Giroux 21.54% (14 votes)

Wayne Simmonds 21.54% (14 votes)

Love them all 21.54% (14 votes)

Jakub Voracek 13.85% (9 votes)

Other: View 9.23% (6 votes)
- Zac Rinaldo (2)
- Matt Read (1)
- Scott Laughton (1)
- Vinny Lecavalier (1)
- Eric Lindros (1)

Michael Raffl 3.08% (2 votes)

Sean Couturier 3.08% (2 votes)

Brayden Schenn 3.08% (2 votes)

Steve Mason 1.54% (1 votes)

Ray Emery 2% (1 votes)

Mark Streit 0% (0 votes)

     Interesting answers.  On most teams I think the goaltenders would get more votes.  Wayne Simmonds tenacious efforts make him the favorite that he is.  
Next game: 
    Michael Raffl had 4 hits and a blocked shot in 15 and half minutes of ice time against the Lightning.
     Steven Stamkos tied the game at 1 for the Lightning 2 minutes into the second period, then Tyler Johnson scored 5 minutes later to give them all the goals they would need.  Wayne Simmonds had scored a power play goal with just under 2 minutes to go in the 1st period.  The Lightning would add an empty net goal by Valtteri Filppula.
     Steve Mason kept the Flyers in the game with many spectacular saves.  
      The Flyers penalty killing, probably climbed out of the statistical basement no letting the Lightning score in 4 chances.
vs Panthers Thursday  7 pm