October 13, 2012
The NHL lockout could not prevent the Flyers from opening the 2012-13 season with a riveting, 4-3 win over the visiting Boston Bruins on Thursday night. OK, it was a Strat-O-Matic simulated game, but it's all we've got. The NHL season, which was supposed to start Thursday, has gone dark as the owners and players are locked in an ugly labor dispute. In the simulated game, Brayden Schenn scored with 1 minute, 14 seconds left to key the comeback victory. Bruno Gervais (!), Danny Briere, and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers In real life, eight Flyers are playing in Europe, nine who spent time with the team last season are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, and a handful of others are training on their own - and maybe even playing some Strat-O-Matic hockey.
October 4, 2013 |
THIRTY-FOUR seconds in, Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell tag-teamed Dion Phaneuf in the corner and sent the Maple Leafs' captain flying, inducing a roar that hasn't echoed in South Philadelphia for months. The Flyers are back. After a furious first period of forechecking, which produced three power-play chances, the Flyers ran out of gas in a 3-1, home-opening loss last night in front of 19,872 fans. The only problem was that it came against a Toronto team that played less than 24 hours earlier - in a different country, no less.
July 22, 2013
Sean Couturier, expected to be the Flyers' third-line center, agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday that will pay him a total of $3.5 million - a $1.75 million cap hit per season. Couturier, 20, could have become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. After a solid rookie year (13 goals, 27 points, plus-18 rating) Couturier went through a sophomore slump in 2013, when he had just four goals, 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. Before joining the Flyers after the lockout ended, he had 28 points in 31 games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms last season.
April 16, 2012 |
The NHL's discipline department has been busy thus far in the playoffs, and the hearings will continue. The league has scheduled two separate hearings Tuesday with Penguins forward James Neal and another with forward Arron Asham for their actions in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Flyers. Both players could face suspensions. The series resumes Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center with the Flyers leading three games to none. Neal faces discipline for hits on Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.
October 7, 2013 |
MONTREAL - For the second straight game, Brayden Schenn started on the Flyers' top line and Jake Voracek was on the third unit. Schenn was with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell as the Flyers faced Montreal on Saturday night, while Voracek - a top-line winger for most of last season - was with Sean Couturier and Max Talbot. "They're two totally different players, obviously," said Hartnell, comparing Schenn and Voracek. "No offense to Brayden, but Jake is quicker, he gets to loose pucks.
September 27, 2014 |
Even though they are without injured captain Claude Giroux, the Flyers' power play has been frighteningly effective in the preseason. Especially at home. First-period power-play goals by Brayden Schenn, Vinny Lecavalier, and hotshot rookie Shayne Gostisbehere propelled the Flyers to a 4-0 exhibition win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. That made the Flyers (2-1-1) 7 for 10 on the power play in their two games at the Wells Fargo Center. "We're moving the puck well and getting good shots," Lecavalier said after his second goal of the preseason.
January 10, 2012 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - It seemed fitting that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette reached a milestone Tuesday in his old stomping grounds. Coaching in the arena where he guided Carolina to the 2006 Stanley Cup, Laviolette notched his 100th win as the Flyers' coach in a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center. Rookie Sean Couturier snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring early in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky - who has won four of his last five starts - was solid in the nets as the Flyers rebounded from Sunday's disastrous finish in Ottawa.
March 29, 2012 |
TORONTO - The Flyers invaded Canada with a new, unforeseen worry in their crease, with Sergei Bobrovsky set to replace the injured Ilya Bryzgalov for at least one game. They just didn't expect to face a Maple Leafs team with a bigger question mark in net. Toronto starter Jonas Gustavsson went down with an injury during warmups, relegating him to the locker room for the first period before warming the bench. Gustavsson's injury paved the way for the Maple Leafs' fourth-string goaltender, Jussi Rynnas, to make his first career NHL start.
January 24, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Just a few seconds after he hung up with his parents in Ontario on Sunday night, Tye McGinn phoned his older brother, Jamie, halfway across the country in Denver. He could barely contain his excitement, explaining to his brother - who plays for the Colorado Avalance - as clearly as possible that he was being recalled by the Flyers. "It was probably one of the best feelings I've ever had," Tye McGinn said. "I was probably even happier to tell him, because he's already been through it all. We talk everyday.
April 5, 2013 |
TORONTO - Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier have suffered through sophomore slumps, but they played major roles Thursday as the resilient Flyers outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, at the Air Canada Centre and increased their season-best winning streak to four games. "We're both trying to step up," Schenn said after the Flyers climbed to within two points of the eighth-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference. "We're getting the opportunity, playing on the power play and playing with good players.