February 10, 2014 |
Despite being in and out of the lineup all season, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has done a creditable job. Saturday was more of the same. Meszaros played solidly as the Flyers outlasted visiting Calgary, 2-1. He had an assist, blocked three shots, and was plus-2 in 21 minutes, 24 seconds before heading home and packing for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete for Slovakia in the Olympics. "I think he's improved throughout the year," said coach Craig Berube, who had been critical of Meszaros' defensive play a few weeks ago. ". . . He's been a good pro about being in and out of the lineup, and so has [Erik]
March 29, 2013 |
The Flyers came up with the usual words to characterize a loss to the New York Rangers that further buried them in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. But Scott Hartnell may have found the most accurate and fitting one. "Demoralizing," Hartnell said Wednesday after a short but intense practice at The Skate Zone in Voorhees. It had to be. The Flyers never led Tuesday night in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Rangers. After drawing to within 3-2 in the third period, the Flyers watched New York control the rest of the game and wound up falling seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with 16 games remaining.
January 13, 2014 |
IT HAS BEEN 65 days since an NHL team not from Pennsylvania won inside the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That date? Nov. 7 - when the Devils shut out the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers, who are shooting for their 11th consecutive regulation win at home this afternoon against Tampa Bay, who last beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Nov. 13. The Penguins have won 12 straight at home since their loss to the Flyers. They have lost only three times in Pittsburgh (19-3-0)
March 14, 2007 |
Guillaume Latendresse scored twice and Christopher Higgins got the go-ahead goal as the Montreal Canadiens overcame a pair of deficits for a 5-3 win over the visiting New York Islanders. Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the game with 4:19 left in the opening period with an apparent head injury after he collided with Canadiens forward Steve Begin. DiPietro was replaced by Mike Dunham. In other games: At New York, Andrej Meszaros' bank shot off the stick of Rangers defenseman Marek Malik snapped a third-period tie and lifted Ottawa to a 3-2 victory.
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 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Depleted by injuries, the Flyers' defense had a new look Sunday night against the Washington Capitals. Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Andreas Lilja were in the lineup and paired together. Gustafsson was recalled from Adirondack earlier Sunday. Lilja hadn't played since Feb. 16 - and had played just three times in February. Kimmo Timonen, who had played in 248 consecutive games, and Andrej Meszaros were sidelined because of what general manager Paul Holmgren called lower-body injuries.
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 25, 2011 |
BUFFALO - The day began for the Flyers with a Mystery Daily Double: 1) Who would play goaltender and, 2) Would Chris Pronger take the ice for the first time in the series? The correct responses, as we now know, are: 1) Everyone, and 2) Sort of. It was a limited role for Pronger in the Flyers' Game 6 victory over the Sabres, only five shifts, all on the power play. He took two shots, one of which missed the net. His total ice time was 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Along the way, Pronger was called for a slashing penalty while fencing with Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers in the crease in the first period.
February 9, 2013 |
Claude Giroux needs some help. The Flyers captain went into Thursday's game among the NHL leaders by being successful on 55.4 percent of his faceoffs. Despite his success, the Flyers had won just 46.5 percent of their draws, putting them 28th in the 30-team NHL. Put another way: If you take away Giroux, the rest of the Flyers had won just 40.9 percent of their faceoffs. As a result, the Flyers are getting less zone time and frequently seem to be on the defensive side of the puck.
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.