Flyers Notes: Hartnell reaches 'special' milestone

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Flyers Notes: Hartnell reaches 'special' milestone

Monday night was extra special for Scott Hartnell.

Not only did the Flyers notch their ninth straight win at home to move into third place of the Metropolitan Division and a playoff spot (see story), but Hartnell also recorded his 500th career NHL point -- an assist on Luke Schenn’s goal in the first period (see highlights).

“It's special and pretty cool," Hartnell said. "Luke made a great shot."

The point also made the 31-year-old Flyer appreciate his profession that much more.

"It has been a great run so far," Hartnell said. "Playing in the NHL is the best job in the world.”

North American Frozen Cup
This tournament features 65 youth hockey teams from 11 different states and four teams from Hong Kong.

They will play a combined 128 games over four days at three Flyers Skate Zone locations in the Greater Philadelphia Region from Thursday through Sunday. The three Flyers Skate Zone locations are Voorhees, N.J., Pennsauken, N.J. and Northeast Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to partner with Selects Hockey and have this opportunity to showcase the city of Philadelphia as a hockey town at three of our facilities,” vice president of rink management and development for Flyers Skate Zone Pat Ferrill said. 

“We look forward to an outstanding weekend of hockey, one that will be a memorable one for all of the participants.”

The participants range in age from 7 to 16. The Team Comcast Youth Hockey Club will serve as the host organization for the Tier I divisions and the Flyers Youth Hockey Club will serve as the host organization for the Tier II divisions.

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

In a high-profile showdown of Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, Washington's captain also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goal that tied it in the third. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.

Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.

Game 2 is Saturday night (see full recap).

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.

It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.

Game 2 is Saturday.

Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.

Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round (see full recap).

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

It’s official now.
 
The Flyers signed Russian forward Mikhail Vorobyov to an entry-level contract and announced it Thursday afternoon two days after it had been reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports in Canada.
 
Vorobyov is the Flyers' fourth-round pick (104th overall) from the 2015 NHL Draft.
 
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound center from Ufa, Russia, played this past season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev and had 11 points (three goals) in 44 games.
 
The 20-year-old is expected to play for the Phantoms next fall.
 
Vorobyov played for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, where his country won the bronze medal. He had 10 assists in seven games. That tied him for third in overall team scoring.
 
Vorobyov recorded points in six of the seven games. He also added a shootout goal in the semifinals against the United States.