October 25, 2006 |
A seemingly insignificant game in late October might be the night the Pittsburgh Penguins first gave the NHL a glimpse of their new generation of stars, one that already has the look of being very special, very soon. No, the Penguins aren't Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr or Ron Francis. They're Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal. All are No. 1 or No. 2 draft picks, and they aren't taking long to show why. Malkin scored a goal in his fourth consecutive game to start his career, and fellow rookie Staal scored his third goal in two games as the Penguins beat the visiting New Jersey Devils, 4-2, last night.
March 12, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - It is no coincidence that the Flyers' improved defensive play started at around the time they acquired Nick Grossmann from Dallas on Feb. 16. It took the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossmann a couple of games to get acclimated to a new system, but he has provided a much-needed physical presence and kept the front of the net clear for Flyers goalies. Grossman was plus-5 in 10 games with the Flyers, entering Sunday. In his last eight games, the Flyers had allowed a total of just 12 goals.
April 2, 2013 |
Forward Max Talbot, arguably the Flyers' best penalty killer, left Sunday's game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The Flyers called it a "lower-body injury. " Based on comments the players made after their wild 5-4 overtime win over Washington, it's likely the veteran forward will be sidelined for a while. With a little more than a minute remaining in the second period, Talbot collided knee-on-knee with Mike Green. The players got tangled, and Green's skate appeared to hit the back of Talbot's leg. Talbot, who had scored his fifth goal earlier in the game, was carried to the locker room.
January 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Not only is the Flyers' schedule condensed early in the season, but six of their first eight games are on the road. The Flyers are 1-4 on the road after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. "Play home or away, it shouldn't change your game plan or the way you play," captain Claude Giroux said before the game. "You just have to go out there and make sure you show up. " Giroux acknowledged that didn't happen in the team's previous game, a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
February 28, 2014 |
Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, exhausted from the Olympics and the travel, will sit out Thursday's game against visiting San Jose to give him an extra day of rest after his return from Sochi, Russia. Coach Craig Berube said Timonen will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers. Timonen, who practiced with the Flyers Wednesday for the first time since returning from the Olympics, helped Finland win the bronze medal, which he displayed in the locker room.
February 8, 2014 |
Flyers center Claude Giroux was bypassed for Canada's Olympic team. Again. Tampa Bay's Marty St. Louis was named as a replacement Thursday for the injured Steven Stamkos. "Good for Marty," Giroux said after the Flyers' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's a tough decision for them to make. It's not easy [because] there are a lot of great players," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "We all feel bad for G. " Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, wasn't as understanding.
October 16, 2011
Flyers Notes Andreas Lilja , the least-heralded of the Flyers' highly regarded defensemen, had just finished doing a pregame interview Saturday night when teammate Max Talbot walked past him. "Great job," Talbot kidded. "I learned everything from watching you on 24/7 ," Lilja cracked, referring to the HBO series in which Talbot, a former Penguin, was one of the main "characters" leading to last January's Winter Classic. It's easy for Lilja to be upbeat.
July 25, 2012 |
The clock continues to tick for the Nashville Predators, who must decide by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday whether to match the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer to restricted free-agent Shea Weber. "We have no clue what's going to happen," Kevin Epp, one of Weber's agents, said Monday night. "We're all in a state of limbo. " Epp believes that the size of Nashville's ownership group - 10 people - may be slowing the process. "There's a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision," he said.
March 14, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - When he was sent back to the minors in 1998, defenseman Kimmo Timonen never thought he would one day be approaching an NHL milestone: playing in 1,000 career games. Timonen played in his 998th NHL game Wednesday when the Flyers faced the New Jersey Devils in a meeting of scuffling teams battling for playoff berths. "It's been a long journey, and I'm a couple games away," he said after Wednesday's morning skate. He added: "There's been all kind of ups and downs in the middle, but that's part of the game.
April 26, 2013 |
BOY, THE Flyers have used a lot of defenseman this year. Or have they? Did you see the six guys they had to use against the Bruins on Tuesday night? Kurtis Foster, Andreas Lilja, Luke Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen. Only Foster and Schenn were with the team on Opening Night. Just as remarkable is that the group played reasonably well in the 5-2 win. Heck, Lauridsen even got credit for the winning goal after his innocent dump-in was fumbled into the net with help from Boston's Zdeno Chara, who (by the way)