Points Given Away: Matt Carle Takes the Blame

Points Given Away: Matt Carle Takes the Blame

Two giveaways that led to easy goals, another defensive lapse that allowed one of the most dangerous players in the game in alone on Ilya Bryzgalov, and an opposing goalie who made stop after stop; It was not the Flyers night.

It's hard to knock Bryz for the Malone and St. Louis goals, but should he have been a little more vigilant on the awful turnover by Matt Carle? Steve Coates on the postgame seems to think Bryz needs to stay tight to the pipes until all is clear. Just a real bad couple of bounces.

Beautiful goals from Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read off of pretty assists from Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen respectively helped the Flyers fight back, and a Scott Hartnell slapper with just over a minute to play gave the Flyers a fighting chance, but old man Dwayne Roloson made some really tough saves to help the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning leave Philadelphia with a pair of points leaving the Flyers stuck in place.

The loss wasn't for a lack of effort, the Flyers outshot Tampa like crazy all game long, but a couple of really bad turnovers proved to be fatal.

After the game, Matt Carle stepped up and took the blame for the loss, even going so far as apologizing to his teammates and the fans. His late turnover was inexcusable, but it was just one play in a game with plenty of bad ones.

Props to Carle for shouldering this one, even if it obviously wasn't all on him. Perhaps it can be a positive takeaway to pull the team together.

Here are the full highlights complete with lowlights:

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.

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.”