The Flyers lose 5-2 to the Rangers. Voracek scored two goals in the third period, but it was too little too late as the Rangers dominated the game from the start of the second period on. Mason made 23 saves on 27 shots. The Flyers have now lost 5 straight and are 1-5-2 since the ten game winning streak came to an end against the Dallas Stars. They have an off day today, and will resume practice tomorrow.
Neuvirth back in the lineup. The Flyers activated Michal Neuvirth from the injured reserve on Tuesday, and loaned Anthony Stoalrz to the Phantoms. Neuvirth has missed time since November due to a knee injury. Mason still got the start, despite Neuvirth’s return, and has now started 22 of the last 24 games.
Streit close to returning from injury, gives Flyers cap concerns. Mark Streit has been out since December 12 with a left shoulder injury and will be activated possibly as soon as this weekend. The combination of his and Neuvirth’s return will leave the Flyers about $119,000 over the salary cap. The Flyers will have to make another move before Streit’s first game back in order to be in compliance.
World Juniors final set, seven Flyers prospects still in the hunt for a medal. The World Junior Championships final round has been determined, and seven of the Flyers’ nine prospects attending the tournament are still fighting for a medal. Carter Hart and Philippe Myers (CAN), and Tanner Laczynski (USA) are all guaranteed medals, as they will play each other in the gold medal game. Felix Sandstrom and David Bernhardt (SWE) and German Rubtsov and Mikhail Vorobyov (RUS) will play each other for the bronze.
Canada won their semifinal game in convincing fashion, 5-2 over Sweden. Carter Hart was put into the game in relief during the first period after the two Sweden goals and didn’t allow anything else. He was named the player of the game. Philippe Myers has not played since New Year’s Eve when he suffered a concussion in the game against team USA. Myers had been Canada’s top defenseman before his injury. Felix Sandstrom made 38 saves on 42 shots in the loss, and kept the game close with a few big saves.
Team USA had a harder time winning their semifinal game, as they ended regulation against Russia in a tie. After ten minutes of overtime, the game went into an 8-round shootout. Vorobyov had the lone assist on Russia’s first goal of the game, and scored on his only attempt in the shootout. Anaheim Ducks prospect Troy Terry was the American hero of the game, scoring in all three of his shootout attempts, including the game-winner. Laczynski did not play due to illness, and Rubtsov did not play due to a concussion.
Sweden and Russia will play at 3:30 this afternoon, and Canada and USA will play at 7:30 tonight.