The 7 best photos of Wayne Simmonds forcing Game 7 with his first playoff hat trick

The 7 best photos of Wayne Simmonds forcing Game 7 with his first playoff hat trick

Your browser does not support iframes.Wayne Simmonds and Steve Mason. Wow, was that fun or what?

Simmer and Mase were everything you want from the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night as the orange and black defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 at the Wells Fargo Center to force a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

After a disheartening Game 5 in New York on Sunday in which the Rangers simply looked like the superior team, the exact opposite took place Tuesday in Philly. While the Flyers did come out a bit flat to start the game, Simmer's early score put them ahead and Steve Mason's spectacular work in net kept the Rags off the scoreboard until Amtrak tickets were already booked for Game 7.

There were 639 hats thrown on the ice after Simmer's third goal. Not a single person who tossed one will ever miss it.

Game 7. Tomorrow.

...much more on the Flyers 5-2 win in Game 6 coming... enjoy these 8 photos of Wayne Simmonds and friends in the meantime:

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Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.