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Flyers welcome back Read, Grossmann

Mar 7, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are closer to rolling out their full lineup than just about anyone expected against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

As speculated earlier, Matt Read is indeed back far sooner than anticipated. Read, 26, seemed poised to return from his rib injury closer to April.

Tonight’s game will be a good test to see if he’s really fit for such a hasty comeback, but the true key might be in future contests (after that first game back adrenaline wears off).

Read is the biggest surprise, but the team also must be happy to see defenseman Nicklas Grossmann in the lineup tonight. He left Tuesday’s contest and didn’t return from a lower-body injury, yet he’s in action so far against Pittsburgh.

Excluding Chris Pronger, the Flyers have almost everyone back in the mix, aside from Andrej Meszaros. Still, judging by the discomfort Read and others seem to be playing with, calling them “100 percent” might be going too far.

  1. philly4lyfe - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    nice to see the cheap shot artists are out in force already in the first between neal attempting to head hunt giroux followed by that blatant slewfoot on schenn because crybaby niskanen can’t take a hit.

    • pens5829 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      If you really believe any of those penalties were legit, then you should be embarrassed to call yourselves the Broad Street Bullies. More like Broad Street P@ssies. What a joke the refs have made the league this year?

    • walleye9000 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Hey with any more luck we can get some more ping pong lucky bounce goals.Go Flyers, and please don’t hit us any more are vaginas are swollen.

    • upyoursnfu - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      It’s not fun seeing you team blow a 3 goal lead. So on that, dry your eyes and take it like a man. Your mom’s basement is probably flooding from all the crying you are doing.

  2. philly4lyfe - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    oh and neals sucker punch and then turtling behind the linesman was cute too

  3. 5hole26 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    im suprised farsmell didnt cry about someone pulling his ginger pube hair. fraud girioux looking like a bust as usual.

  4. mclovinhockey - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Wow, are our fan bases full of 12 year olds???

    • handsofsweed - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM


  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Missed the first. Doubt neals “elbow” was anything bad though. As soon as you read it was against Girouxe, you know it was a crosby-esque dive. Lol

    • ibieiniid - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      not the best call… but you’re assumption is wrong. G didn’t even hit the ice. go back to waiting for your Sharks to blow another game.

      • pens5829 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        Barely even farted on him and the ref called elbowing. Joke!

  6. flyeredup - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Pens are great! As good a first period as I have ever witnessed! Lets get FLYERED UP!

  7. flyeredup - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    @pens5829: keep crying! Waaaaaaaa

    • pens5829 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Just stating facts

    • pens5829 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Flyers won’t make playoffs anyway, so this is all meaningless.

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I’m sorry but giroux isn’t really a diver and Neal has been suspended for his head hunting before.

  9. philly4lyfe - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    you hope

  10. steelers88 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    All the Pens fans just shut up! Stop crying about all the dumb penalties. The Flyers are kick our ass right now get over it and grow up. Let’s just move on to Toronto on Saturday.

  11. mclovinhockey - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Steeler, while I love how you are not making excuses and are showing guts against your fan base, I have to say, don’t give up. Anything can happen.

  12. sjsharks66 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Like i said, i did not see the first. I was joking about the elbow. Just getting the trash talk started! 😉 4-4 good game!

  13. steelers88 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Why can’t we ever have a 2-1 penguins/flyers game? This is getting very tiring both teams need to start playing defense against each other.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      EA’s NHL13 had predicted a Flyer 2-1 victory, why, I don’t know, as it is always a war and a wild last shot wins contest when these teams meet.

  14. 5hole26 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    what a game the flyers suck hahahahhah

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