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  • Former Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellemare flourishing in Vegas  On June 21, 2017, a new team came into the NHL and due to the format, the Philadelphia Flyers surrendered Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the expansion draft. The Vegas Golden Knights were that team coming into the league. The Flyers, a team that lacks good two-way players, lost one of its best. The 33-year-old former Flyer, Bellemare, was picked up by the in time for the 2014-15 season. Though his +/- wound up negative throughout his time in Philly, it did nothing to take away from his gritty edge. Bellemare played 81 games in his first season in the City of Brotherly Love and would finish that year at a -3. Unfortunately, he would stay in the negatives for his two remaining seasons. Change of Scenery Of course, a player who sticks in the negatives will not seem all too impressive, but Bellemare is different. How is he different? Well, he was and most likely always will be that gritty bottom-liner who always gives opposing stars a hard time. It is no secret that the Flyers are currently in need of such players. Current goaltender, Brian Elliot, may even agree. Throughout Bellemare’s time with the Vegas Golden Knights, he has set new personal bests. In the 2017-18 season, he played 72 games and managed a career-high 16 points. Also, to go along with that personal best, he went positive for the first time in his NHL career with a +5. https://youtu.be/o0loHv1bKms Though the Golden Knights as a unit have shocked the hockey world with their inaugural success, they finished third in the Western Conference and won the Pacific Division Title. Golden Misfits The former Flyer has suited up for 12 games this postseason with the Golden Knights. He has been quiet amongst stats, however, he...
  • The Philadelphia Flyers took to the ice for Game Three of their playoff matchup against their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two teams were knotted at one game apiece, so you would expect some close competition, correct? Wrong, the Penguins jumped all over the Flyers offensively. Without the back-breaking work of goaltender, Brian Elliot, the score could have been much worse. Despite surrendering five goals, he stopped 37 shots. Elliot’s play could have easily been the story of the night for them. If you want a positive story, it would be without question. But something bigger was going on throughout the contest and that was their inability to stay away from the penalty box. The Flyers took a total of seven penalties altogether, with Jakub Voracek finding himself sitting twice. They also found themselves down a man throughout the majority of the third period. Team Captain, Claude Giroux spoke on the troubles after the game.   With the penalty troubles, however, the Penguins only buried three power-play goals throughout the game. Though this kind of luck is not forever. If the Flyers do not clean up their act on the ice, the Penguins will eventually finish their chances. The Penguins have a very dangerous power play weapon in the form of Phil Kessel who is just waiting to breakout. The Flyers will have to clean themselves up and be more cautious with their sticks if they want to keep Kessel from breaking out. Watching that third period put many of Flyers fans on the edge. Credit to Elliot, the Pens only scored once in the third. Game Four is on Wednesday and will be played in The City of Brotherly Love. Puck drop will be at 7 pm. EST. If the Flyers fail at home again, they will head back...