October 26, 2015 |
In a scary-looking scene early in the second period Saturday night against the Rangers, Flyers top-line left winger Michael Raffl collapsed on the bench and had to be helped to the locker room. The Flyers would only call it an upper-body injury. Afterward, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall downplayed the injury. "He's fine. . . . He actually was cracking jokes," Hextall said. Hextall would not say whether Raffl had a concussion. On the shift before he had to leave the bench, Raffl was pursuing Jarret Stoll and inadvertently skated into the Ranger forward's left elbow, which appeared to hit him in the head.
April 27, 2016 |
When you score a total of five goals, excluding an empty-netter, in a six-game playoff series, you don't need to be Scotty Bowman to assess the Flyers' biggest off-season needs. Here's a look at the team and its wish list heading into next season: Center The Flyers need more scoring here. Put free-agent Steven Stamkos on the Orange and Black, and they would be golden down the middle. But that is probably a pipe dream. David Backes, who can play center or wing but has a bit of mileage on him, is an interesting 6-foot-3, 221-pound free agent who would bump Sean Couturier down to the third line and give the Flyers a quality top three of Claude Giroux, Backes and Couturier.
February 10, 2012 |
Flyers center Brayden Schenn continued his sizzling scoring and, in the process, netted the game-winner and got the best of his big brother on Thursday night at the charged-up Wells Fargo Center. Schenn scored his fourth goal in seven games, and Scott Hartnell had a "Gordie Howe hat trick" - a goal, an assist, and a fight - as the Flyers outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, and ended their losing streak at three games. With a little less than five minutes remaining in the second period, Schenn scored on a rebound to put the Flyers ahead, 4-2. He did it while his brother, Luke, was on the ice as a Toronto defenseman.
September 20, 2011 |
NOT LONG after Brayden Schenn was dealt to the Flyers in June, on the same day the NHL released its schedule matrix, he decided to circle an important game on the calendar. For most, it would be a matchup against a former team, like when the Los Angeles Kings come to town on Oct. 15. For Schenn, that date on the calendar is tonight, when he'll play his first preseason game as a Flyer. And it isn't just any preseason game. It's against his older brother, Maple Leafs defenseman Luke, in Toronto.
April 19, 2016 |
Alex Ovechkin is the most feared goal scorer in the NHL, and although he scored in Washington's 4-1 win on Saturday over the Flyers, he has made his biggest contribution in their playoff series by literally throwing his weight around. A major reason the Capitals hold a two-games-to-none lead in their best-of-seven series is that the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Ovechkin has been pounding the Flyers with some killer checks. Ovechkin knocked Sean Couturier out of the series with a clean but hard hit Thursday in the Caps' opening, 2-0 win over the Flyers.
April 16, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Flyers center Sean Couturier could do nothing but attempt to brace himself when he saw Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin barreling toward him. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound Ovechkin, a seven-time 50-goal scorer, can also pack some pop, and he leveled Couturier into the boards at the red line with 8 minutes, 49 seconds left in the second period. No penalty was called on what appeared to be a clean but awfully hard hit. That ended the evening for Couturier, who appeared to be seriously injured and went right to the dressing room.
April 9, 2016 |
Shayne Gostisbehere, the dynamic rookie who spent the first five weeks of the season in the minors, was named the Flyers' top defenseman Thursday, and Claude Giroux was selected as the team's MVP for the fourth time in the last six seasons. The media voted on the awards. Gostisbehere, 22, who is the youngest player to ever win the Barry Ashbee Trophy, is the second first-year player to earn the award. Norm Barnes won it in 1979-80. Giroux, the winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy, entered Thursday with a team-high 66 points.
January 2, 2014 |
CALGARY, Alberta - When the Flyers played the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, goalie Steve Mason was given the night off. He earned it. The Flyers had no business getting a point, let alone two points, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday. Yet they somehow skated off the ice with a 4-3 shootout victory over the talented Canucks. All because of Mason. Mason was spectacular, making 41 saves, stopping breakaways, two-on-ones, and point-blank shots. The 6-foot-4 goaltender also stopped all three shots in the shootout.
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.
March 8, 2013 |
When the Flyers and Penguins pass one another on the crowded street of an NHL season, someone usually sticks out his skate or jabs a stick into an opponent's abdomen. The teams came into the league together in 1967 and have had a healthy dislike for each other ever since. And after three playoff series since 2008, that dislike has blossomed into palpable hatred. Thursday, at the Wells Fargo Center, is the third of their four meetings this season. - How do these teams despise one another?