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.
October 10, 2014 |
BOSTON - An ineffective power play and a stagnant attack ruined the Flyers' season opener Wednesday night at TD Garden. So did Chris Kelly. With 1 minute, 51 seconds left in regulation, Kelly's goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win before a frenzied crowd. Adam McQuaid's shot appeared to graze goalie Steve Mason's blocker and fluttered into the air before dropping near the crease, where Kelly tapped it into the net to snap a 1-1 tie. "He broke his stick," Mason said of McQuaid's shot, "and it threw the timing off. The thing that threw me off the most, two guys skated in front and I lost sight of the puck . . . and it landed right in the crease and they were able to put it home.
October 9, 2014 |
BOSTON - The Flyers open their season Wednesday night by playing on the road against a Boston Bruins team that is favored to win the Eastern Conference. "It's a good measuring stick," defenseman Nick Grossmann said after practice Tuesday at TD Garden. The Bruins outscored the Flyers, 14-6, while sweeping all three games last season. "They've been one of the better teams in the league for a good five years now, and they present a good challenge for us," right winger Wayne Simmonds said.
July 24, 2014
THE FLYERS will be on national TV 16 times this season. The NHL and NBC announced yesterday the network's national broadcast schedule, with the Flyers set to be on the NBC Sports Network 13 times and twice on NBC. The season opener will be a part of a doubleheader on NBCSN when the Flyers face the Boston Bruins on Oct. 8. The Flyers will be featured on NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" broadcast seven times. On Friday, Nov. 28, NBC will televise the Flyers' the annual Black Friday matinee, which will be against the Rangers.
June 23, 2014
The Flyers will open their season on Oct. 8 on the road vs. the Boston Bruins, and their home opener will be the next night against the New Jersey Devils, the NHL announced on Saturday. The league listed the home openers for each team one day before it will announce the complete schedule.
May 16, 2014 |
DANNY BRIERE was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Montreal Canadiens' playoff series against the Boston Bruins. Let us begin there, because Briere is what everyone knows he is, including him - that is, nearing the end. Finally playing for the team that he loved as a kid, playing on the fourth line, a great career is winding down. Just for the record, here are Briere's ice times in games this post-season: 18:48, 11:04, 8:27 and 9:34 against Tampa Bay; 12:21, 9:07, 6:08, 8:02, DNP, 10:01 and 8:06 against the Bruins.
March 31, 2014 |
The Flyers will try to avenge one of their ugliest losses of the season Sunday afternoon when they host arguably the NHL's best team, the Boston Bruins. Boston is on a 14-0-1 run and hasn't lost a road game in regulation since Jan. 9, a 4-2 defeat in Los Angeles. The Bruins scored three power-play goals, chased starter Flyers goalie Steve Mason, and rolled to a 6-1 win when the teams met at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 25. "Obviously our last game against them wasn't as planned," captain Claude Giroux said.