June 22, 2015 |
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
April 8, 2014 |
The Flyers can exhale. Finally. Sparked by Brayden Schenn's two goals and Mark Streit's three assists, they ended a four-game losing streak Sunday by cruising past the woeful Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, at the Wells Fargo Center and moving to within two points of the second-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers, who stayed two points ahead of fourth-place Columbus, have four games left; the Rangers have three. "The big thing is we stuck to team defense, especially the first two periods, and didn't give them much," Schenn said after he became the team's sixth 20-goal scorer.
March 13, 2014 |
It was a game the Flyers could not afford to lose, and a lot of people dressed in orange and black left the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday convinced that they had not lost it. That didn't matter, of course, because referee Tom Kowal was convinced something was not kosher about what looked like Scott Hartnell's game-tying goal with 40 seconds remaining. The men behind the replay curtains up in Toronto washed their hands of the entire issue, claiming what Kowal called on the ice is not reviewable in Canada or any other country.
November 22, 2013 |
Third-year center Sean Couturier is known as a solid two-way player, but for the longest time, he was having trouble finding one of those ways. During a 5-2 Flyers win over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Couturier scored his first goal of the season, ending a 25-game scoreless streak. His last goal had come April 15 against Montreal. Couturier is among the top defensive players on the Flyers. In the plus/minus category, he leads the forwards at plus-2. Only defenseman Kimmo Timonen (plus-3)
October 22, 2013 |
THE FLYERS have a full-blown identity crisis. For the first time in a long time, the Flyers are stuck in neutral: Not only are they not exactly sure what kind of team they are as currently assembled, but they don't seem to be quite sure of where they are going. That is unusual. Think about it. If nothing else, the Flyers always could rely on being one of the toughest teams to play against in the NHL. But the days of the Broad Street Bullies are over. The Flyers are eighth in the NHL in fighting majors with six. They are also eighth in the league in hits with 223. They aren't going to intimidate anyone.
October 18, 2013 |
The offensive-challenged Flyers need to add a sniper. Badly. Paging Thomas Vanek. Paging Thomas Vanek. The Buffalo Sabres winger and the Flyers seem like a perfect match. The Flyers have scored a total of 10 goals - their lowest seven-game total to begin a season in franchise history - and they are off to an unsightly 1-6 start. Their general manager's fate may be hanging in the balance. Make a move that triggers a turnaround and Paul Holmgren's job could be secure.
April 27, 2013
Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker to give the host Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. Miller, playing in his 500th game with the Sabres, sealed the win when he stopped John Tavares' shot in the third round of the shootout. The Islanders moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference and lead the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators by one point, but the Rangers have one game left and Ottawa has two remaining this weekend.
April 23, 2013 |
ANTTI MIETTINEN scored with 7:36 left to keep the surging Winnipeg Jets in the playoff race with a 2-1 win over the host Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left to preserve the victory. Winnipeg (24-19-3) improved 6-0-1 in its past seven and moved within a point of the idle New York Rangers, who hold the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot in the final week of the season. Just as important, the Jets also crept to within a point of Southeast Division-leading Washington.
April 21, 2013
The New York Rangers scored five times in a span of less than three minutes and Brad Richards notched his first NHL hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the host Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The five-goal spurt at the end of the opening period and the beginning of the second was part of a 6-0 outburst to start the game. Richards scored two of the first five goals, and then completed the hat trick in the third period as the win kept the Rangers in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
April 16, 2013
Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots in helping the host Buffalo Sabres keep up their late-season playoff push with a 3-1 win over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Tyler Ennis, with his first goal in 12 games, scored for Buffalo (18-19-6), which took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference - four points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers. Hawks blank Blues Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over host St. Louis, ending Blues goalie Brian Elliott's shutout streak at three games.