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.
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.
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?
April 12, 2012 |
Score: Flyers 4, Penguins 3 How it happened: Jake Voracek scored at 2:23 of overtime. The Flyers fell behind, 2-0, in the game's first 8 minutes and 3-0 after one period. This formula worked most of the season for the Flyers - defying hockey logic - and it worked again. Amazing. Hero: The last time Danny Briere skated at Consol Energy Center, he was blasted into next week by Joe Vitale. Briere sat out three games with an upper-body injury. He came back Wednesday night and scored two goals to give the Flyers life.
February 17, 2015 |
BUFFALO - Flyers coach Craig Berube kept his first line intact Sunday night in Buffalo, saying he wanted to give Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek a chance to snap out of their slump. The top line entered the night with one even-strength goal since Jan. 19 but had an opportunity for a breakout game against Buffalo, which had allowed a league-high 191 goals entering the contest. Michael Raffl returned to the lineup, and he could have been moved to left wing on Giroux's unit.
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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2014 |
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, is a big, small town. The type of town where everyone knows everyone - even more so among the small fraternity of hockey players from the prairie lucky enough to make it to the NHL. Journeyman forward Blair Jones is 3 years older than Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, a bit older still than Brayden Schenn. Their paths never would have crossed in minor hockey circuits or junior hockey. But when Jones signed with the Flyers after the free-agency period opened on July 1, his phone lit up with text messages from the Saskatoon connection.