April 10, 2015 |
THEY COULDN'T win on the road. They couldn't take a punch, at least at the start of the season, and later, when the fight seemed to be turning in their favor. Shootouts were another thing that seemed to have gotten in their collective heads, and when you roll it all together, it's kind of incredible the Flyers stayed as relevant in the local sports conversation as they did, all the way up to that lost weekend in early March. But that's the good news, if there is such a thing to this season, why they did for as long as they did. Over this long, arduous haul a few people have stepped up as leader types, in the room and on the ice, guys who had been riders in years past.
December 15, 2014 |
Sean Couturier tied a personal milestone on Saturday, and Scott Laughton created one. Together, these two young Flyers centers and former first-round draft choices have given the team a spark. Couturier scored just 53 seconds into the game, and Laughton, making his 18th NHL appearance, scored his first goal as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers have earned points in five consecutive games and are 2-0 in a four-game homestand that continues Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Couturier tied a career high by scoring a point in his sixth straight game.
April 15, 2014 |
It was a silly, impulsive mistake, one made all the sillier because Scott Hartnell committed it in a game that meant so little. He'd gotten himself in a tussle with the Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Bellemore in the third period Sunday. The Flyers had clinched a playoff spot, knew that their first-round opponent would be the New York Rangers, and understood they had nothing to gain and much to lose in their regular-season finale. They were on their way to a 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes, and, well, at least there were 10 goals and a shootout to entertain everyone.
April 11, 2014 |
UNION SOPHOMORE Nick Cruice still remembers where he was 4 years ago when it was decided the Frozen Four was coming to Philadelphia in 2014. "Me and my dad were driving over to Pennsauken for practice for Team Comcast on the day it was announced," said Cruice, who won a state title for La Salle High School. "We were talking about how cool of an experience it would be to play in Philly and to - hopefully - win a national championship here. Fortunately, I'm here and I'm just trying to make the most of it. " There are four teams with a hundred or so kids who have reached this year's Frozen Four.
January 24, 2014 |
YA GOTTA love this Metropolitan Division. It's like a poker game run by your mother. No matter what happens, there are no big winners and no big losers. Not yet anyway. With last night's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers have ended five of their last seven games on the losing end. Due to the miracle of hockey mathematics - where teams are rewarded for near misses - they still managed six points in that span, and managed to remain among the top three teams in the Met. But four of those games were against Met teams below them in the standings (at the time)
November 7, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers were 53 seconds away from having a modest two-game winning streak Tuesday, recording their second straight shutout, and finally building a little momentum after a disastrous first month. Instead, they had a late-game meltdown at PNC Arena and dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to an undermanned Carolina Hurricanes team that had been in free fall. The Flyers wasted another brilliant effort by goalie Steve Mason (36 saves) because Claude Giroux was late with his defensive coverage on Jordan Staal's tying goal with 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation, and because defenseman Mark Streit was checked off the puck in the neutral zone, leading to Manny Malhotra's breakaway game-winner with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in overtime.
October 6, 2013 |
FLYERS COACH Peter Laviolette recently filed a $3 million lawsuit alleging fraud against Bank of America. The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleges that Bank of America convinced Laviolette and his wife, Kristen, to mortgage three of his properties in an "investment scheme that would build great wealth with minimum risk. " The suit was first reported by Courthouse News. Through a Flyers spokesman, Laviolette declined to comment to the Daily News last night.
July 16, 2013 |
WHEN YOU THINK of the Flyers' young defense prospects, recent draft picks Sam Morin and Robert Hagg may be the first who come to mind. But before the two joined the Flyers, the team acquired Mark Alt from the Carolina Hurricanes. In January, Alt was acquired along with goaltender Brian Boucher in a three-team trade with Carolina that sent minor league center Luke Pither to the Hurricanes. In the wake of the move, the 21-year-old decided to skip his senior season with the University of Minnesota to sign an entry-level contract with the Flyers.
April 26, 2013 |
WITH TIME slipping away, the New York Rangers appeared destined for a long night by the television, hoping some other team would put them into the postseason. Then came one timely bounce off the boards, and another off a post. Just like that, the Rangers pushed themselves back into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and visiting New York rallied to clinch a third straight playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, last night.
April 24, 2013
The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C. With the point they received by reaching overtime, coupled with a loss by the Winnipeg Jets at Washington, the Islanders secured a place in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Kyle Okposo tied it with 1 minute, 1 second left in regulation and had an assist. Josh Bailey and Brad Boyes also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves for the Islanders.