June 6, 2016 |
Because of its sports teams' futility in the early 1970s, Philadelphia was known as the City of Losers. Rick MacLeish and the Flyers helped change that image and started a renaissance on the Philly sports scene with their unexpected march to the 1974 Stanley Cup. MacLeish, 66, died Monday after battling numerous medical problems that hospitalized him for about nine weeks. In Flyers history, the magnitude of MacLeish's impact is not appreciated until you talk to his teammates.
May 19, 2016
The Flyers announced their 2016 preseason schedule on Tuesday. It is highlighted by home games against the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Flyers 2016 Preseason Schedule Home games at the Wells Fargo Center SEPTEMBER 26 (split squad) at New Jersey, 7 p.m. and at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. 27 N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. 28 vs. New Jersey, PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. 7 p.m. OCTOBER 1 Boston, 7 p.m. 3 N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. 6 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. 8 at Boston, 5 p.m.
March 14, 2016 |
Wayne Simmonds has blossomed into one of the league's most consistent right wingers, but if it wasn't for a trailblazer named Willie O'Ree, the Flyers forward might never have dreamed of reaching the NHL. O'Ree, who in 1958 became the NHL's first black player, made Simmonds believe at a young age that playing pro hockey was a possibility. "He had an effect on every single player of color coming into this league," Simmonds said before a recent game. "Without him, we wouldn't even be in this league . . . so there's a lot of respect I have for Mr. O'Ree.
February 10, 2016 |
Fifty years ago Tuesday, Ed Snider, Jerry Wolman and others brought an NHL expansion team to Philadelphia. The Snider-Wolman relationship didn't last long. The Flyers? Their relationship with fans grew as they became one of the league's elite franchises. You could look it up. Since their first season in 1967-68 - a year after the franchise was awarded - the Flyers have a 1,877-1,304-588 record, a winning percentage of .576. Only the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have a better winning percentage in that span (both at .601)
January 15, 2016 |
For the Flyers, Operation Playoff Push is gaining momentum. Getting third-period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit, they recorded their fourth straight win Wednesday, jolting the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds and Streit scored on rebounds 1 minute, 22 seconds apart, lifting the Flyers to their sixth consecutive victory on home ice. The win moved them within two points of Boston in the crowded race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
January 14, 2016 |
The most alluring reason to watch the Flyers this season, the player who represents the best-case glimpse at their future, took the ice with his teammates at the Skate Zone for practice Tuesday. Seeing rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere skate during a brief and light workout was an indication that maybe his mysterious "lower-body injury" had healed enough for him to play Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. As it turned out, it had not. General manager Ron Hextall announced after practice that Gostisbehere - who has seven goals, including three in overtime, and 16 points in 23 games - would be out of the lineup against the Bruins.
November 18, 2015 |
THE TWO lasting memories of being a Flyer, in Simon Gagne's mind, are pretty fitting ones, mostly because of the way they bookend his significant time in Philadelphia. The first, he told reporters on a conference call Friday, was his rookie season. The 1999-2000 season, a year after the Flyers selected the Quebec native 22nd overall, saw the Flyers fall one game short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final. But Gagne scored 20 goals and tallied 28 assists that season, turning 20 in February.
September 17, 2015 |
FOR ALL intents and purposes, Simon Gagne's career was over in December, when he left the Boston Bruins to care for his late father, Pierre, who was losing his battle with liver cancer. His last game with the Bruins was Dec. 6. Fittingly, he scored a goal, one of just three he scored in his 23 games last season. He took a leave of absence following that game in Arizona and never returned to the Bruins after his father passed away the day after Christmas. Yesterday morning, Gagne officially decided to call it a career.
March 7, 2015 |
The Flyers might have trouble beating sub-.500 teams, but they continue to be competitive against playoff-bound squads. For the third game in a row, the Flyers earned points against a team in line for the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are four points behind the Boston Bruins for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. That brings added significance to Saturday's game in Boston. After falling to subpar teams Carolina and Toronto, the Flyers beat the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers, on Saturday, suffered an overtime loss to Calgary on Tuesday and beat the Blues, who are third in the Western Conference.
January 12, 2015 |
The Flyers lost more than a hockey game Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. A lot more. They lost the services of talented goalie Steve Mason for an undetermined amount of time. Mason, who took the league's fourth-best save percentage (.933) in even-strength situations into the game, suffered an apparent injury to his right knee in the opening period of the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the tight-checking Boston Bruins. The Flyers would say only that Mason suffered a lower-body injury and would be reevaluated Sunday.