January 8, 2013 |
It was an unofficial practice because the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement still has to be signed, but the Flyers who skated in Voorhees on Monday seemed to have some extra zip during the one-hour session. It had everything to do with the tentative agreement that was forged between the league and the players' union on Sunday, ending the 113-day lockout. "It's been a long four months," said defensemen Kimmo Timonen, one of five Flyers who practiced Monday. "You kind of have to try to be in shape just in case this happens.
May 1, 2012 |
Danny Briere's flair for postseason heroics, and James van Riemsdyk's rekindling his playoff magic from last season were the main stories in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon. But several little things contributed mightily to the opening-game victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. Things such as rookie Eric Wellwood's using his speed to draw two New Jersey penalties. Or the Flyers winning 55 percent of the faceoffs, including Claude Giroux taking 13 of his last 19 draws - after going just 1 for 6 during his team's awful first period.
March 25, 2012 |
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson had a car waiting for him after the Adirondack Phantoms' 1-0 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night. The ride to Philadelphia is a familiar one for the 23-year-old defenseman, who was recalled to the Flyers before Saturday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Montreal Canadiens. Earlier this season, Gustafsson missed a little more than two months after undergoing wrist surgery. Since then he has been recalled three times by the Flyers, and the drill never gets old. "You get happy every time you get the call coming up and it is a confidence booster every time," Gustafsson said before the game.
March 21, 2012 |
The players on the Flyers' (black and) blue line got a lot bigger - and more experienced - on Tuesday night against Florida. In: Veterans Pavel Kubina (6-foot-4, 258 pounds) and Andreas Lilja (6-3, 220). Out: Rookies Erik Gustafsson (5-10, 180) and Brandon Manning (6-1, 195). The Flyers went for size over speed on defense as they tried to continue their domination of the Panthers. Kubina and Lilja returned from injuries; Gustafsson and Manning were sent to the AHL's Phantoms on Tuesday.
April 23, 2012
MARCH YOUR Penguins back home, Pittsburgh, and from your series loss to Philadelphia, take this lesson: Flightless birds shouldn't puck with the Flyers. From Claude Giroux's first goal just 32 seconds into the game to Brayden Schenn's final tally just seconds from the end, the orange and black clicked like clockwork on Sunday, even if the old ultraviolence seen earlier in the series was lacking. Flyers fans at the Wells Fargo Center worked like a well-oiled machine, too - pulsing in unison, chanting as one and blowing their lids when the team finally secured the opening round of the Eastern Conference in Game 6. "I am awesome!"
January 11, 2013 |
MATT READ waddled off the ice and into the Flyers dressing room on Thursday and snuck over to his stall in the only quiet corner. It's a space usually reserved for the Flyers' unnoticed players, with his locker located next to Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood. There, it would be easy to forget that the player unlacing his skates led all rookies in goals last season, topping rookie of the year Gabriel Landeskog and burgeoning Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Read, 26, was one of only two rookies to break the 20-goal pleateau, finishing with 24 - nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire total (264)
January 18, 2013 |
With the season opener just two days away, the Flyers' lines and defensive pairings are coming into focus. That's not an easy task when roster and lineup decisions have to be made without any exhibition games. "Right now, we're just evaluating them in practice, and that's all we've got," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said after the fourth day of training camp Wednesday in Voorhees. As for the young players battling for spots - such as Scott Laughton, and Eric Wellwood - Laviolette said his decisions would be influenced by what he observed while scouting junior and AHL games during the 113-day lockout.
March 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Minus two key defensemen, the Flyers were still a "plus" on Sunday night, defeating the Washington Capitals, 1-0, at the red-clad Verizon Center, and putting together their first winning streak in nearly two months. Credit Ilya Bryzgalov, who was outstanding in the nets. Credit young left winger Eric Wellwood, who scored his second NHL goal after being recalled from the AHL's Phantoms the previous day. Credit coach Peter Laviolette, who has a knack for getting the Flyers to respond after his timeout.
March 20, 2012 |
The Wells Fargo Center had all the electricity of a neighborhood funeral parlor for most of Tuesday's matchup against upstart Florida on Tuesday night. There were lots of empty red seats. Lots of sleepy play by the home team early in the game. Lots of missed Flyers chances on the power play. The Flyers, who two days earlier scored an epic overtime win with less than a second left, dropped a 2-1 decision to Florida before an announced sellout crowd. (Wink, wink.) The Flyers lost despite outshooting the Panthers, 36-13, and their season-best, five-game home winning streak came to an end. Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen made several saves in the closing seconds to hold off a Flyers flurry.
January 13, 2013
From Frequent Flyers, the Daily News' Flyers blog: Flyers forward Tom Sestito enjoyed his time playing in England during the lockout. Except, you know, for the inedible food . . . and the fact that he came down with a case of the mumps. "They did the blood work and I ended up with a disease from the 1930s. I felt like I was on the Oregon Trail," Sestito said, laughing it off on Friday. "Turns out, a teammate's wife had it. I was already back in the U.S. for 6 days. I woke up one morning, my glands were all swollen, and I looked like 'Hitch.' [Will Smith in movie of the same name, not former coach Ken Hitchcock]