April 30, 2013 |
TWO KEY FLYERS defensemen face an offseason of doubt, as both Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros try to bounce back from serious injuries. Meszaros is perhaps the biggest question mark moving forward, as he has played just 73 games over the last 18 months. Meszaros was at the Skate Zone on Sunday to conduct his exit interview and he was seen wearing a shoulder immobilizing device. He is 3 weeks removed from a surgery that both repaired and strengthened his left shoulder - something he injured on two separate occasions in this 48-game season.
April 10, 2011
Flyers Notes A year ago, center Claude Giroux had a so-so regular season with the Flyers, and defenseman Andrej Meszaros managed just 17 points and was minus-14 with Tampa Bay. It would have been difficult to foresee what transpired this season. Before Saturday night's season finale against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center, both were honored as the Flyers' top players. Giroux won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team's MVP, and Meszaros won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as its best defenseman in a vote by sportswriters and broadcasters.
January 21, 2013 |
Andrej Meszaros, whose health is one of the keys to the Flyers defense this season, passed his first test in Saturday's season-opening, 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Actually, I felt better than I thought I would feel, so that's a good sign," Meszaros said. "Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how I felt because we lost. " Meszaros had offseason Achilles ligament surgery, and the Flyers weren't sure until Saturday whether he would play in the opener. Used on the third pairing with newcomer Kurtis Foster, Meszaros logged 19 minutes, 54 seconds - Kimmo Timonen (23:52)
December 2, 2013 |
NASHVILLE - Outplayed by a depleted Nashville team that was missing its two best players, the Flyers used a late, game-tying goal from Sean Couturier and goalie Steve Mason's brilliance to steal two points at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night. They outlasted the Predators in a shootout, 3-2, to start their six-game, 6,801-mile road trip on a positive note. "It was an ugly win," said captain Claude Giroux, who scored the Flyers' first goal. "I think we know we can play better, but in the end, we got it done.
November 15, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Last week, when Luke Schenn was scratched by coach Craig Berube for three straight games, he had plenty of time to think about his game. His conclusion was that he'd like to do less thinking. "The old saying is, 'the more you think out there, the more you're going to get yourself in trouble,' " Schenn said. "Instead of going out there and thinking, you should just play. " Schenn wasn't complaining about his ice time, but thought that he was at his best when he played big minutes for the Flyers and their injury-riddled lineup last season.
May 5, 2011 |
1. DAVID KREJCI, Bruins: He has absolutely killed the Flyers this series, collecting 4 goals and 4 assists in the first 3 games. He has scored the game-winner in each of the last two games. 2. ZDENO CHARA, Bruins: His' top-shelf snipe only 30 seconds into the contest got the ball rolling for Boston. 3. TIM THOMAS, Bruins: Andrej Meszaros' goal was the first allowed by Thomas in 68 straight shots, and he kept the opposition at bay when one goal may have tipped last night's game the Flyers' way.
November 24, 2013 |
The Flyers have put together their six-game points streak ever since coach Craig Berube inserted Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson into the lineup as a defensive pair. A coincidence? "We're definitely not going to take credit," Schenn said with a laugh after Friday's practice in Voorhees. "We're just a piece of the puzzle, but it seems like everyone is kind of getting back on the same track now. " The Flyers (9-10-2) will try to extend their 5-0-1 run when they host the Islanders on Saturday night and attempt to get to .500 for the first time this season.
November 8, 2013 |
THE BUZZER sounded and the Flyers shuffled off the ice. After Jaromir Jagr willed his way to an empty-net goal, most of the thousand or so fans remaining in the Wells Fargo Center who didn't boo the Flyers' 3-0 loss to New Jersey just sat there. Their eyes had glazed over by that point. After all 20 players were accounted for, the doors to the Flyers' locker room shut. And stayed shut. A 10-minute, players-only meeting ensued. Craig Berube was not present. General manager Paul Holmgren, who already addressed the team during an intermission last week, did not participate.
December 25, 2011
The Flyers, enjoying a brief break, loaned forwards Tom Sestito and Ben Holmstrom back to the Phantoms because centers Sean Couturier (head injury) and Brayden Schenn (concussion) appear close to returning. The Flyers will resume practicing Monday in Voorhees at noon. Practices are free and open to the public. They play on Tuesday in Tampa against the Lightning. The Flyers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games, with both losses against the Rangers. Speaking of the Rangers, New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist had his home scoreless streak against the Flyers snapped at 193 minutes, 55 seconds - more than three games - when Andrej Meszaros scored in Friday's third period.
March 14, 2013 |
ERIK GUSTAFSSON had his head buried in a program during the first intermission on Sunday night, sitting in the press box at the Wells Fargo Center among the popcorn, soda, former Flyers and other healthy scratches. For any hockey player, the press box is the last place you want to be seen. It's where careers go to die. For Gustafsson, though, seeing the game seven levels above the ice surface provided a unique perspective. His only other trips to the press box were as an injured player, with little need to focus on the details of the game.