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Wednesday links: Flyers top Caps, Ruslan Fedotenko still buzzin, Coyotes visit Mellon

  • First off, what a game on Versus last night.  Were you able to catch any of it?  Whenever the Flyers and Caps play I wish ties still existed.  It's kinda like watching two of your most hated enemies meeting on the playground after school.  On the surface it's fun to see them smack the hell out of each other - until you realize that ultimately one of them has to win.  That team just happened to be the Flyers who sealed it in OT by the score of 6-5 thanks to a Danny Briere goal.  Niklas Backstrom picked up three assists (he's really racking them up so far this season), while Mike RIchards picked up a hat trick in the second period.  Check out Broad Street Hockey and Japers' Rink to see what the fans are buzzing about.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko sat out practice on Monday after still feeling the effects of that hit Brendan Witt laid on him on Saturday in Long Island.  You may recall he sent himself off to the dressing room (along with Jay McKee who stood up for his new teammate) before returning to the ice to score the game-tying goal.  Luckily Feds isn't expected to miss any game time, but let this be evidence to what these guys put themselves through.  [Trib-Review]
  • Tonight the Phoenix Coyotes come to town.  In the only meeting last season Sidney Crosby left the ice with one of those "undisclosed injuries" and the Yotes went on to win it 4-1.  Here's to hoping the Pens get out of this one relatively pain free, considering they have to follow up tomorrow night with another one in Philadelphia.  More on Phoenix later.
  • Also worth noting in that Trib article regarding Feds, the Penguins will break out the (bad luck?) blue sweaters on October 17 against the Lightning.  You may remember last season that the Penguins decided to cash them in early when superstition suggested they weren't fairing too well in the blue.  Record in the third jersey?  3-5-2