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PHILADELPHIA -- When the Calgary Flames visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night, the game will feature teams heading in opposite directions.The Flames (10-12-1) are riding the strong play of goaltender Chad Johnson and have won three of their last four games in the midst of a six-game trip.The guys are just doing a good job and Im getting results, Johnson said Friday after making 35 saves in a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. When you get results, your game gets some attention. When you lose, people always find things to look at.But Ive felt great all year. Thats my game. Simple. In position. Try to make it look easy and not scramble too much there and give the team confidence and make the saves Im supposed to.Johnson is 5-1 with a 1.17 goals against average in his last six games and is 7-3-1 on the season.I just think hes been fantastic, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. Hes making the first save, which you need, and hes giving us great goaltending there, and then our guys are limiting those second chances, and its a good combination right now.The Flyers (9-10-3) have lost three of four and have played a loose defensive game in front of goaltender Steve Mason, who saw his record drop to 5-8-3 and his save percentage dwindle to .892 in Fridays 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.Masons save percentage is third-worst among NHL goalies with 12 or more starts.You know, we made a couple costly mistakes where guys were left alone out front and we have to clean those up because it cost us the game, Mason said after stopping 20 of 23 shots Friday. Its definitely something we need to focus on a little bit.The Flyers had 78 shots (to 39 for the Rangers) in their loss on Friday but are looking for more offense from captain Claude Giroux, who was 16-for-24 in faceoffs on Friday but has gone eight games without a goal.Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau grew up right outside of Philadelphia in southern New Jersey, but will miss the Flames only trip to Philadelphia because of a broken finger.Former Flyer Kris Versteeg, day-to-day with a groin injury, might also miss the game.The Flames are 7-0-1 when leading after two periods.The Flyers have had 40 or more shots in a game five times this season and are 3-2 in those games, with two wins coming in a shootout and one in overtime.Flames forward Mark Jankowski was called up from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday but has not yet made his NHL debut.Flyers rookie forward Travis Konecny scored points with his teammates when he fought Rangers forward Brandon Pirri after teammate Brandon Manning was checked hard into the boards.Yeah, we talked about team toughness and making sure were sticking up for each other, Konecny said of his first NHL fight. When a guy gets hit like that, I was the one in position to do something about it and I did what I had to.Manning did not finish Fridays game and is questionable for Sunday nights game. Alex Avila Diamondbacks Jersey . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. Archie Bradley Jersey . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. http://www.diamondbackssale.com/ . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Eduardo Escobar Jersey . Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Steven Souza Diamondbacks Jersey . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont.The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move on the first day of free agency, committing a big-money, long-term contract to a player who provides a rare combination of goal-scoring and toughness. Numbers Game examines the Leafs signing David Clarkson. The Maple Leafs Get: RW David Clarkson. Clarkson, 29, was one of the most-coveted free agents on the market, having scored 45 goals and accruing 216 penalty minutes in 128 games over the last two seasons. Hes also had very strong puck possession stats over the last couple years too. An undrafted winger, who played for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League, Clarkson has fought his way into a significant NHL career, fighting 76 times in six NHL seasons (though only 13 in the last two years) and played a career-high 17:36 per game last season. Clarkson has also been durable. Aside from 2009-2010, when he missed 36 games with a broken fibula, he hasnt missed more than two games in any of his other five NHL seasons. If that durability is an indication that he might have the longevity to be productive into his mid-30s (and I have no idea if it is), that would work in the Leafs favour. In Toronto, Clarkson is getting paid to be a scorer. Sure, hell be expected to fight because that fits with the Leafs plan of attack under Carlyle, and with Clarksons track record, but at seven years and $36.75-million (a $5.25-million cap hit), Clarkson needs to be a productive offensive player. Clarkson did generate a career-best 3.75 shots on goal last season, which ranked eighth in the league, while playing primarily with Patrik Elias (and either Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique down the middle). His game isnt based on his creating chances by carrying the puck like, say, Phil Kessel, rathher Clarkson is a guy who gets his nose dirty and gets to the front of the net for his chances, so if hes going to make the most of his opportunity in Toronto, Clarkson would benefit from playing with players like Joffrey Lupul or Nazem Kadri, who handle the puck more frequently.dddddddddddd There could be real trouble if Clarkson doesnt have sufficient puckhandlers/playmakers skating with him. In the short-term, the Maple Leafs are better by adding Clarkson to their team, but the question is how long he can remain a productive offensive player. After all, Clarkson has scored more than 32 points just once in his career. The last three years or so of his contract, when hell be 33-to-35-years-old, are high risk because if Clarkson isnt scoring enough to be top-six forward at that point of his career, hell still be getting paid a premium rate; too much for just a physical presence. New Jersey, in response to losing Clarkson, signed Ryane Clowe, another forward who has toughness and offensive ability, giving the Devils have some options to round out their top six forwards. The Maple Leafs have set a certain identity under head coach Randy Carlyle and that is a physical team that will fight and score, so while Clarkson had appeal to many teams, he was obviously extra-appealing to a team that plays that style. Its hard to imagine the deal being good value in the long run, but if Clarkson is a fiery leader who scores 25 goals a season for the next four or five years, they may be able to live with a couple of years with less than ideal value at the end. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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