November 13, 2011 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Even though the Florida Panthers have been a sad-sack team in recent years, they have been a difficult opponent for the Flyers to beat on the road. This season, the Panthers are even a bigger obstacle. Florida has been one of the NHL's biggest surprises in the season's first five weeks, putting together an 8-4-3 record, which includes points in its last six games. The Flyers, who have points in their last five games, will face the upstart Panthers at 5 p.m. Sunday.
October 6, 2011 |
BOSTON - In each of the last three seasons, the Flyers have lost in the playoffs to the team that eventually won the Stanley Cup. When they open the season Thursday night at TD Garden, they will face the latest of their playoff conquerors, the Boston Bruins, who will raise the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters in a pregame ceremony. "It's always kind of a shot in the groin when you're in the building for something like that," defenseman Matt Carle said. "We want to ruin their night, obviously," winger James van Riemsdyk said.
November 14, 2011
Flyers Notes SUNRISE, Fla. - Ever since the debacle against Winnipeg last month, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has played like the Flyers expected when they signed him to a nine-year, $51 million contract in the offseason. Bryzgalov (31 saves) was outstanding Sunday as the Flyers defeated Florida, 3-2. After a relief role in the 9-8 loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 27, Bryzgalov said he was "lost in the woods" and had "zero confidence. " "I never run from responsibility," Bryzgalov said after Sunday's win, referring to the blame he put on himself last month.
June 25, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The Flyers have made at least one trade at every NHL draft since 2000. Here's a list of notable draft-day trades in franchise history: June 26, 2009: To Anaheim: Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, first round 2009 (John Moore), first round 2010 To Flyers: Chris Pronger, Ryan Dingle June 20, 2008: To Columbus: Rights to R.J. Umberger, fourth round 2008 To Flyers: Colorado's first round 2008 (Luca Sbisa), third round 2008 (Marc-Andre Bourdon) July 30, 2005: To Phoenix: Anaheim's second round 2005 To Flyers: Columbus' fourth round 2005 (Jeremy Duchesne)
November 20, 2011
Flyers Notes WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Flyers will retire Mark Howe 's No. 2 jersey prior to their March 6 home game against the Detroit Red Wings, a club source said on Saturday. Howe, 56, was inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, triggering the Flyers' decision to retire his number. He played 10 seasons with the Flyers (1982-83 to 1991-92) and retired after spending the 1994-95 season with Detroit. "The past eight days has been an incredible ride for me," Howe said in an e-mail.
October 22, 2011 |
Maybe it's playing behind a new defense. Or maybe it's because he has faced mostly Eastern Conference teams and is unfamiliar with their tendencies. Whatever the reason, new Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov conceded he hasn't felt sharp in the early going. "I'm happy with the team overall, but not with my performance," Bryzgalov said after Friday's practice in Voorhees. "It's still not there. Some parts of my game, I'm still trying to find. " Specifically? "I just don't feel right," said Bryzgalov, who is expected to get the call Saturday against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
November 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - This is how bad things are going for the Flyers on the injury front: They lost another player - Andreas Nodl - when he collided with a teammate in Saturday afternoon's 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers at loud, sold-out Madison Square Garden. The Flyers, who were already missing three key players, were shut out for the first time this season. Henrik Lundqvist notched his 37th career shutout and fourth against the Flyers, who were missing injured wingers Jaromir Jagr and James van Riemsdyk, along with star defenseman Chris Pronger (virus)
November 27, 2011
Flyers Notes NEW YORK - The injury-riddled Flyers have five days between Saturday's 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers and their next game, Friday in Anaheim. The five days will give some of the injured and ill players - including Chris Pronger, Jaromir Jagr, and James van Riemsdyk - a chance to recover. "It's good timing," center Danny Briere said. On Saturday, the Flyers played their fourth game in six days, all with key players sidelined. "And guys leaving the bench during the game," said coach Peter Laviolette, whose team lost Andreas Nodl to an injury on Saturday.
November 28, 2011 |
Ron Howard, the actor and director, was among the loud crowd that watched the injury-plagued Flyers drop a 2-0 decision to the Rangers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. If Howard was making a movie about the Flyers' free-spirited Scott Hartnell, it might be called Misunderstood . Hartnell, who seems to fall down as much as anyone in the league, was an easy target for fans earlier this season as he went goalless in the first seven games. Left unsaid was the fact he was battling an undisclosed injury prior to camp and that it "hindered his conditioning program," according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
November 3, 2011 |
BUFFALO - Peter Laviolette whistled for his signature timeout with 14 minutes, 57 seconds remaining in the second period. Glancing up at the scoreboard in a nearly dead First Niagara Center, with his team holding a seemingly safe three-goal lead, Laviolette wasn't trying to rest his top players to take another run at an insurance goal. It was not a teaching moment. Laviolette wanted to stop the bleeding, only 5 minutes into the second period, sensing the fragility of his team's lead simply by noticing torn-up ice in the Flyers' end and a fresh sheet at the other end. "Marching up and down the bench," Laviolette said, "I wasn't too happy with the way we played the game.