Jagr, Hartnell Open Accounts as Flyers Beat Leafs, But Pronger Hurt

Jagr, Hartnell Open Accounts as Flyers Beat Leafs, But Pronger Hurt

Entering Monday night's tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs, two Flyers were notably goalless on the season. Both got off the schneid, with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr each tallying a brace to send the Flyers to a 4-2 victory.

Lavvy skated the two together on a line with Claude Giroux, and the group dominated the Leafs' defense, narrowly missing on some other opportunities in addition to their four goals. Jagr's tallies each came on breakaways, and both were just gorgeous, vintage 68. Harts crashed the net for his first, pushing home a nice feed from Danny Briere. His second came on a great backhand pass from Giroux, and Harts put a brilliant snap one-timer up under the crossbar.

Unfortunately, the celebration is tempered by a scary eye injury to Chris Pronger. [Update below]

Video of all the gorgeous-goal highlights below, plus some notes in brief.

Notes:
Sergei Bobrovsky, getting the start for a frustrated Ilya Bryzgalov, turned in a great performance to best his backup counterpart, Jonas Gustavsson. Both goalies made some huge saves under pressure. Bob didn't have a chance on either goal, both coming off some junky bounces.

Briere's assist was his 600th NHL point. Hartnell scored two goals for the 22nd time in his career; Jagr did so for the 114th time in his.

Read what Flyers Goal Scored By wrote earlier today about Hartnell…

Jagr narrowly missed a third goal, also on a clean breakaway. The Monster came up with a great save to stop it though.

Phil Kessel is a machine, potting his ninth goal in eight games.

High sticks were en vogue tonight, with Toronto whacking away at Flyer faces seemingly at will. It cost them a few power plays, but it cost the Flyers Pronger. Hard to fault Mikhail Grobovski as his follow-through on a shot got into Pronger's eye though. Somewhat surprising there weren't a few gloves thrown down with all the stick work.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's video of Pronger getting hit in the face. His screaming is indicative of just how bad the pain was. Howard Eskin reports he could be out up to two weeks. Right now we're just hoping he doesn't lose any vision. 

UPDATE: Paul Holmgren is hoping
Pronger can re-join the team in the next 10 days to 2 weeks in a skating capacity. He has a
lot of swelling around his eye, and he'll be on bed rest for 4 days.
He lost some vision temporarily but is said to have regained it. Homer also said, "When Chris comes back, he'll be wearing a visor."

Photo: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P