January 2, 2015 |
DENVER - The Flyers' New Year's resolution should be this: Re-think the penalty-killing coverage because the current setup is not working. The Flyers allowed a late Colorado power-play goal to tie the score Wednesday, then got beaten, 4-3, on Ryan O'Reilly's overtime tally with 19.9 seconds left at the Pepsi Center. "I thought we played a pretty good game, but we're finding ways to lose games," coach Craig Berube said after the Flyers' third straight defeat. "I thought we battled hard and had the better of the play.
November 10, 2014 |
The Flyers continued their winning ways during their homestand, but it wasn't easy in their 4-3 win Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center. The power-play unit scored three times and looked healthy, which is more than can be said about the organization's defensemen. A 4-0 lead, with three goals coming on the power play, also looked healthy before Colorado scored three unanswered goals and put some serious late-game pressure on goalie Steve Mason. It was the Flyers' third straight win, all at home.
November 8, 2014 |
Flyers coach Craig Berube said he will decide after Saturday's morning skate if veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn returns to the lineup that night against visiting Colorado. On one hand, Berube knows Coburn would give the Flyers a defenseman who can keep up with the speedy Avs. On the other hand, if Coburn sits, he will have six more days before the Flyers play again, giving him more time to make sure his injured left foot is ready. Decisions, decisions. "Part of it will be his decision, too," Berube said after three Flyers - Coburn, Andrew MacDonald and Blair Jones - took part in an optional skate Friday at the team's Voorhees practice facility.
February 7, 2014 |
STEVE MASON sat in his stall, still dripping sweat, with a wet, blue towel draped over the back of his neck to provide some relief. His teammates had long since left the locker room, some had already conducted their postgame interviews. Mason barely had enough energy to untie his skates, his face flushed and pale as the ice on which he just earned the Flyers another two points. Even after taking a second to relax, Mason walked out of the Flyers' training room and said he felt as if his heart was racing "100 miles a minute.
January 4, 2014 |
DENVER - In the land of legalized marijuana, the Flyers got stoned by Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov on Thursday night. Varlamov made 29 saves as the Avalanche defeated the Flyers, 2-1, at the Pepsi Center. The 25-year-old goalie was especially effective when his team was shorthanded, making nine saves while the Flyers were on the power play. "Sometimes you run into a hot goalie and can't do anything about it," winger Scott Hartnell said. The Flyers, who lost rookie winger Michael Raffl to a concussion late in the first period, had their season-best four-game winning streak snapped.
January 3, 2014 |
DENVER - When the Flyers acquired former first-round pick Steve Downie back from the Avalanche for Max Talbot on Halloween, many around the hockey community threw up their hands in question. Colorado was 10-1-0 at the time. Why did the Avalanche believe that was the time to trade a player skating on its first line for a player best suited for the penalty kill? Soon after, multiple reports surfaced saying that Avalanche brass made the decision to move Downie after a questionable incident in training camp.
November 2, 2013 |
The Flyers bolstered their sagging offense and weakened their penalty-killing unit Thursday, reacquiring feisty right winger Steve Downie by sending forward Max Talbot to Colorado. "We needed something to stir the pot," said general manager Paul Holmgren, whose 3-8 team has scored two goals or fewer in 10 of the first 11 games. Downie, 26, likes to stir things. A physical player, he has been suspended twice in his NHL career, and he is known as one of the league's top agitators.
November 1, 2013 |
STEVE DOWNIE saw the writing on the wall. Entering training camp, Downie had a feeling he might not make it through training camp with the Avalanche. "You look at Colorado, with how many young players they've got there and a lot of money invested in them, I might be moved just because of my contract situation," Downie said. To be packing 11 games into the season, especially when your team is 10-1 and you're a member of the first line, is still a surprise. But when Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told Downie he would be heading back to Philadelphia, any lingering shock turned to excitement.
July 2, 2013 |
NATHAN MACKINNON and Sidney Crosby now share more than a hometown. They've both been No. 1 picks in the NHL draft. The Colorado Avalanche made the 17-year-old MacKinnon the first pick of the draft yesterday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The Avalanche won the draft lottery for the first time in team history and Joe Sakic, the man put in charge of Colorado's rebuilding project, had made it clear that MacKinnon was going to be the...
May 1, 2013 |
THE COLORADO Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery last night. The Florida Panthers own the second pick for the June 30 draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning has the third selection. The Flyers will get the 11th pick. Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference. The Panthers, who finished last in the NHL with a 15-27-6 mark, had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent but had to settle for the No. 2 pick.