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Quick Hits: Myers to Worlds, Hart Gets the Start, 1985 Clincher and More

May 16, 2019, 7:34 AM ET [116 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: May 16, 2019

1) Injury attrition on Team Canada's blueline left the 2019 IIHF World Championship squad with only six available defensemen. On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced that Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers has been added to the Team Canada roster. Myers is the lineup for Canada despite not playing or practicing in a month.

2) Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, who earned a 12-save shutout of Great Britain in his World Championships debut game, will get the start in goal for Team Canada (2-1-0) against France on Thursday. The game will be televised on NHL Network. Teammate Sean Couturier has one goal through three games.

3) Team Sweden, featuring Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom (three goals in three games) and defenseman Robert Hägg, return to action on Thursday to take on winless Austria. Michael Raffl has scored one goal in three games. Tre Kronor is 2-1-0 to date.

4) Team Czech Republic (2-1-0), featuring Flyers right winger Jakub Voracek (four assists in three games) and defenseman Radko Gudas, are back in action on Thursday. They will play Latvia.

5) Team USA (3-1-0) played a terrible first period and got periodically sloppy thereafter as they defeated Great Britain, 6-3, on Thursday. Flyers left winger James van Riemsdyk scored the game's first goal, potting a Patrick Kane power play rebound, to give the Americans a 1-0 lead in the first period. The game went to the first intermission tied at 1-1. Team USA dominated puck possession most of the remaining 40 minutes but the Brits made several pushes of their own in what turned out to be a much tougher game than it should have been. One day earlier, Denmark crushed Britain, 9-0, and the GB team entered the game against the Americans with a combined 20-1 goal deficit for the tourney.

6) Today in Flyers History Pt. 1: On May 16, 1985, Pelle Lindbergh and the Flyers shut out the Quebec Nordiques, 3-0, to earn the fifth Stanley Cup Final trip in franchise history. The game was most famously highlighted by a 5-on-3 shorthanded breakaway goal by captain Dave Poulin, which opened a 2-0 lead at 2:01 of the second period. For more, click here.

7) Today in Flyers History Pt. 2: On May 16, 2010, the Flyers roared out to a one game to zero lead in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals behind a 6-0 home whitewashing of the Montreal Canadiens. Michael Leighton stops 28 shots, and the Flyers get goals from six different players, including power play goals by Braydon Coburn and Simon Gagne. James van Riemsdyk, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers.
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