Flyers Notes

Joffrey Lupul's

two hat tricks last week caught the attention of the league office. Yesterday, the NHL named the Flyers winger one of its Three Stars of the Week.

Lupul also racked up four assists, giving him 10 points in four games. His first hat trick came in an 8-2 rout of Pittsburgh last Tuesday. He scored another three goals Saturday in a 6-5 shoot-out loss to Carolina.


Jarome Iginla

was named the first star of the week for scoring a league high of seven goals and adding three assists as the Flames won four straight road games.

Dallas defenseman

Sergei Zubov

received the second star after picking up a goal and seven assists in three victories.

Loose pucks

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to tonight's game against Phoenix at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers and CW57 are teaming up for the 19th annual Joy of Sharing toy drive. The Flyers said 7,000 toys were collected last week for needy children in the area. . . . Recovering from back stiffness, defenseman

Kimmo Timonen

was said to be feeling better yesterday and could play tonight. General manager

Paul Holmgren

said winger

Simon Gagne

continued to make progress in his recovery from a concussion. There was no timetable for Gagne's return; it was not likely to happen until after Christmas.

- Tim Panaccio