JVR's First NHL Hat Trick Leads 4-1 Win, Flyers Earn Another 100-Point Season

JVR's First NHL Hat Trick Leads 4-1 Win, Flyers Earn Another 100-Point Season

Jeff Carter opened up the scoring for the Flyers, and James van
Riemsdyk followed up with three goals of his own to beat the Islanders
4-1. It was only the Isles, but it was definitely a relief to see the
Flyers steamroll someone after four straight games going into a
shootout. The team now has two hat tricks against Rick DiPietro this
season, with Scott Hartnell tallying the first one in January.

The team shared a great stat after last night's game—in earning 100
points for the season, the Flyers now have 18 100-point seasons, which
ties them with the Bruins for most 100-point seasons in NHL history.
Considering the Flyers joined the league in 1967 and the Bruins—an
Original Six team (in existence since 1924)—that's a testament to the
quality of hockey we've had in Philadelphia. In the modern era, the
Flyers have almost always been competitive. A third Stanley Cup would
really serve as the ultimate reminder, but the milestone is certainly
worth noting on its own. (Pic via the Flyers)

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

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Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.