Flyers Punch Out Jets in Scott Hartnells Return

Flyers Punch Out Jets in Scott Hartnells Return

With their run of 19 games in 34 days behind them, the
Flyers got back on track Saturday, coming back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.
It was their first win of the season when trailing or tied after two periods.

The Flyers had to overcome another slow start, falling
behind 1-0 in the first period, then 3-1 in the second. Philadelphia’s power
play would eventually take advantage of the NHL’s worst penalty-killing unit,
converting on three-of-six chances including the game-tying and go-ahead goals.

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Claude Giroux cut the deficit to one with an absolute rocket
from the point during a 5-on-3 late in the second period. The captain also
picked up an assist on Brayden Schenn’s second goal of the afternoon, drawing
even with a sweet setup in the slot from Jakub Voracek. Brayden and Jake got
themselves into the box score again on the game winner, Schenn’s feed across
the goal mouth finding Wayne Simmonds left unattended in front of a wide-open
net.

Simmonds earned his second Gordie Howe hat trick of the week, picking
up the helper on Schenn’s first tally, and having a run-in with Chris Thorburn.
The goal was Simmer’s seventh, tying him with Voracek and Matt Read for the
clubhouse lead – Giroux and Schenn now have six. Voracek finished with a trio
of assists, pushing his team-high point total to 22.

Ilya Bryzgalov was called upon to make 34 saves. The win was
his ninth of the season, putting him one behind Montreal’s Carey Price and
Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleurry for the league lead.

Zac Rinaldo broke loose with the puck and tapped it into an
empty net literally as the final seconds ticked off the clock to make it a 5-3
final. He also punished the Jets with 12 hits in his first action since January 22.

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The game marked the return of Scott Hartnell, coming back a
few days earlier than expected from a broken left foot. Hartnell joined Giroux
and Voracek on the top line, looking like his old, mischievous self in just under
15 minutes of ice time. He finished a -1 with five shots and two trips to the
box in his first action since January 22.

The Flyers move to 7-4-1 since beginning the season 2-6.
They continue to look strong at home, improving their record to 5-2-1 at the
Wells Fargo Center. Both are a good sign with the Orange & Black
hosting Toronto on Tuesday.

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.