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Fewer power plays at the end

The Sports Xchange

--With time winding down in the season, referees are making fewer penalty calls. That especially helps the Flyers, who lead the league in penalty minutes.

"There (are) not many power plays," said Jaromir Jagr, who had seen six of his 17 goals come on the man advantage entering Tuesday night's game against Detroit. "And there (are) a lot more hooks. I feel it myself; I'm losing the puck I got hooked. Maybe the first five games, 10 games they would go (to the penalty box), but not anymore. It happens to both teams. They let it go.

"I think that's why the scoring's gonna go down. It's kinda tough to score 5 on 5, but that's the way it goes."

--Banner nights are rare in the NHL, especially for the Flyers, who retired only their fifth number on Tuesday night. Mark Howe's No. 2 went up to the Wells Fargo Center rafters, never to be worn again, but that doesn't mean the number didn't show itself on Tuesday night. Howe is the first Flyer that isn't a member of the Stanley Cup-winning teams to have his number retired.

"As I said at my Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech in November, when I first came to Philadelphia back in 1982, it was as if I was born to be a Flyer," Howe said. "The orange and black began to flow through my veins and instantly consumed my heart. The memories of playing for the Flyers will be a part of me forever."

It was an emotional time for Howe, who made a big speech for the second time this season with his dad, Gordie, in the front row.

"I watched 15 seconds of it and I just stood back and said, 'I don't wanna watch it.' I'll enjoy it later. It's important to me to get my speech across the way I wanted to."

"I wanted to puke. You see someone lying on the ice like that -- I haven't seen the replay of the hit. I don't know if the head was targeted or if it was a clean check. It's still not fun to see when you're on the ice and you see someone lying there shaking. It was a bad feeling in everyone's stomach." -- C Danny Briere on the hit RW Jakub Voracek took in the second period.

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