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Watch Simon Gagne score in his return to Philly

Feb 27, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

It’s become an unscientific trend that former Los Angeles Kings forwards start putting up better numbers once they put on another uniform.

Normally, it’s younger guys like Wayne Simmonds, Teddy Purcell and even Andrei Loktionov so far. It’s way too early to say that Simon Gagne is one of those guys – albeit an older one – but he scored a goal in his return to the Philly fold on Wednesday:

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As NBC’s Liam McHugh points out, this ends a 32-game goalless streak for the 32-year-old winger (which includes the playoffs). Not too surprisingly, that’s the longest run of his nice NHL career.

The Flyers would be delighted if this is a sign of more good things to come.

  1. mancave001 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Really glad to have him back. Always thought he was underrated.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      Sorry, but how can a guy be described as “underrated”, when he made $33m+ in his latest two contracts?
      How underrated are YOU at work?
      I hate this inflationary used term “underrated”. Interestingly enough it’s almost always being used by the non-biased “homer” fan section.

      • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Probably meant under-utilized, as I believe he was a 3rd liner in LA who didnt get as many minutes as he can handle.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        yeah i dont think anyone questions his ability, i think he had 200? goals in his time in philly which is worthy of a decent paycheck – no one is out there calling him the equivalent of anyone better so i dont think he was ever under rated, just maybe underwhelming in LA?

  2. miketoasty - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Not to take anything away from Gagne here, but that was one hell of a pass from Schenn. Jesus, what a play and what a finish. (Pretty hard thing to say as a Pens fan but must give credit where it is due)

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    That was a great play, Simon with the finish should break some rust off him and help him produce more : ) glad he got his number back

  4. phillyphannn83 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I’d like to be the first to thank those in the NHL scheduling office for throwing us the most games played in the league thus far with the least days off(Really?? 2 games more than ANY other team?? Some teams have only played 17 games and Boston’s only played 16!!! That’s absolutely pathetic scheduling!! Were the only team that’s played more than 20 and we’ve played 22!!!). At least they had a little pity with this next stretch…3 of the next 4 games against 3 of the top 5 in the East. At least we finally get two days off in a row(we have the least of those, btw) The Flyers have had 2 days off in a row exactly 3 times. They’ve never had 3 days off in a row. Boston, for example, has had 2 or more days off in a row 6 times and 3 days off in a row 3 times!!!

    But hey, don’t look now, were right there battling through injuries and a horrible schedule to-date, taking over sole possession of 8th in the East, 5 pts out of 1st in the Atlantic. Anyone who thinks were out if it is crazy…or in the case of Pens fans, scared! You KNOW they’d rather face ANYONE but the Flyers in the playoffs!

    I can’t wait for the responses…commenters here don’t like to see facts and numbers, makes ’em feel like Bryz in the woods with bears.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Flyers have already played as many back to backs as the Pens play all season. In a little more than a month! And people say the NHL office doesn’t favor Pittsburgh… Thank god the Flyers are through their toughest stretch of the season. More rest for us, finally.

      • phillyphannn83 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Oooo missed that stat. Thanks for pointing that out. Thumbs-up from me for that and a different finger for the scheduling committee!

      • bobhpine - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        I was wondering what the excuse would be for winning 10 of 22 games. Glad we have that ready to go. You see, each one of the past 38 years have had separate reasons as to why the Flyers didn’t win the cup, and it has everything to do with scheduling and the NHL being out to get the Flyers. Otherwise this teams would be perennial cup team…hahaha…right. Oh I can hear the chorus now…

        …but the Flyers have made the playoffs more than the Penguins and won more total games…

        The penguins went bankrupt I tell ya! The Flyers have better TV ratings! The flyers have more sell outs!





        3-2. Choke on it losers.

      • phillyphannn83 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        **sniff** **sniff**…

        you smell that Bob pine???

        we do…its the fear and panic seeping through your keyboard!!!
        and way to play right in to what I said…when presented with facts you go straight to the past as if it has any impact on this year. not only that, you try to cherry-pick the only aspect of the past that YOU think matters. sorry troll, the rest of us aren’t blinded like you are by your bias.

      • ml3939 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        Bobhpiningforattention strikes again

    • 28giroux28 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Such is the curse of being owned by Comcast. NBC and Comcast are pushing the Flyers all over national TV and cramming their games together all over the schedule to make the most revenue off their favorite team. But don’t worry, they looked strong tonight, and a good run through this next gauntlet and we’re back on track.

    • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      No schedule will be perfect. Some may be better than others. To compare a few teams schedules…

      Once March comes around for the Bruins they have 2 days in a row off once until the playoffs start. You could argue that the league hates the bruins because they will be tired from playing every other day for 2 months going into the playoffs.

      Have to imagine that the teams that have the 3-day breaks between games will also have the most back-to-back games.

      Blackhawks have the best record in the league.
      2 games in a row: 9 times (happened to them 4 times so far and they have won them all)
      2 day or longer breaks: 9 times

      So 18 of their 48, or more than 1/3 of their games in a shortened season they have to worry about playing 2 days in a row.

      2 games in a row: 7 times.
      2 day or longer breaks: 9 times.

      2 games in a row: 9 times (happened 7 times so far, only 2 more to go the whole season)
      2 day or longer breaks: 11 times, and one of them is a 5 day break in march.

      Phanatic77 Im not hating. Just rationalizing. Youre right we have played as many back-to-back as the pens have played all season. happens.

      Its all gona even out as the season goes on.

      • supercoop8 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        well put

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      would you rather have this schedule now or later in the season? everyone in the league is gonna have tough stretches. at least your not a jets fan. dont want to hear philly, ny, nj, pitt complain about schedule where over half their games are played within 250 miles of home

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Gags @ it again. Well done sir.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Plenty of ppl were saying Gagne is another over the hill, Flyer retread who wasn’t going to bring much to the Flyers lineup (mostly Jack Bauer) but I think tonight he showed there’s a little something left in those 32-year old legs. Obviously he’s not gonna score every game but the dude was solid defensively and a consistent player in the offensive zone. I think we can expect leadership, consistent effort, and an occasional goal from Simon. Doubters will be eating crow as #12 contributes to a Flyers turnaround. 60 minute effort tonight! Keep it up.

    • phillyphannn83 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      According to those like Bauer, 32 is apparently the new 40.

  7. flyers22 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Awesome game they just need to keep the hammer down and start a winning streak here. The season is going to come down to the final week for a lot of teams to make the playoffs I like the way our roster stands now we are one of the deepest teams in the league the problem is just them playing consistent some nights they look like the best in the east and the next they look like the worst if we can stay healthy and then meszaros and read come back before playoffs this team will be extremely dangerous oh and no chance Briere gets traded teams may be calling about him but one thing about the flyers is they never give up on a season and if we want to win a cup Danny is going to be a huge part of that.

  8. blomfeld - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    YOU’RE VERY WELCOME ! … LA Kings Nation :)

    We Kings fans are very happy to see Gagne have a “happy landing” back home there in Philadelphia and we wish you people well in going forward. Nonetheless, we do suggest that you guys do yourselves a favor and replace that “quack” goaltender of yours asap. Bryzi may be even more of a liability to you than Ovi is to the Capitals? Trade him, put him on waivers, arrange a “mishap” or whatever … just get rid of him as soon as possible and you guys will be back in a big way !

    Here’s an example of what Flyer’s goal tending is supposed to be like …

    • phillyphannn83 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      You shouldn’t make comments based off last year. He’s been our best player this year hands down.

    • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      What do you mean you people? JK

  9. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    big deal he scored a goal…. its one game …. dont start printing the playoff tickets quite yet.

    • wicky888 - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Every time I read one of your posts, I can hear the 24 clock ticking down in my head

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        one of the best tv shows of all time

  10. orangeandblack67 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Bobhpine, I’m surprised you were able to get out of your boyfriends lap to comment after that horrible loss to the panthers. Lets see what you have to say after your pens get past up by the flyers.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      what a short memory you have…last week you guys lost to fla by 3…pens lose by 2 and you’re talking smack? great win beating the second worst team in the league last night though, you should be REAL excited

  11. bradkaz96 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    About one more inch and were talking save of the year instead…

  12. kingsforever - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Gagne-Schenn-Simmonds should be a line
    Kings East line

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