February 26, 2014 |
With the possibility that Kimmo Timonen retires after the season and Andrej Meszaros signs a free-agent contract elsewhere this summer, the Flyers' defense could have a lot of changes next year. The good news is that the Flyers have the rights to some talented young defensemen who are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, or playing for junior, European or college teams. "Everybody has to find their identity or what's going to enable them to make it to the next level," Chris Pryor, the Flyers' ever-traveling director of scouting, said recently.
March 6, 2014 |
FOR THE second time in 3 years, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a splash to shore up his defense in the days leading up to the NHL's trade deadline. The Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders yesterday afternoon in exchange for a 2014 third-round pick, 2015 second-round pick and AHL forward Matt Mangene. The deal was first reported by Newsday. MacDonald, 27, was one of the most sought-after "rental" defensemen on the market. He leads the NHL in blocked shots (198)
January 21, 2014 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren believes defense wins championships, especially blue lines anchored by big, physical players who play with an edge. That explains why he acquired Chris Pronger in 2009 and signed an offer sheet for Shea Weber in 2012. Holmgren also thought Luke Schenn had the potential to be a first-pair defenseman, so he dealt the gifted James van Riemsdyk to Toronto 19 months ago. Pronger helped will the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, but he suffered a career-ending concussion in 2011.
February 28, 2014 |
THE CONSENSUS among Flyers players was that it would take maybe a period of play to get out any of the cobwebs that grew during the 3-week Olympic break. They were right. Sort of. It was the Sharks who needed 20 minutes to shake off the rust, because in the second period San Jose took advantage of numerous Flyers mistakes - some forced, many not - and rolled to a 7-3 win last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The only thing that went right for the Flyers in the second stanza was the horn sounding that ended it. "A couple simple penalties, turnovers that led to odd-man rushes and we were soft in front of our own net," said Scott Hartnell, a minus-3 on the night.
March 1, 2014 |
The Flyers, playing their first game in 19 days because of the Olympic break, hit the reset button Thursday night and found it was jammed. Jammed by perhaps their worst 20 minutes of the season, a 5-0 second-period collapse in which San Jose chased goalie Steve Mason en route to a 7-3 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. Jammed by Joe Pavelski's second career hat trick. Jammed by two returnees to the Sharks' gifted lineup, Logan Couture and Raffi Torres, each of whom scored two goals.
April 21, 2011
Shutouts have been rare for the Flyers in the playoffs, but not against the Sabres this year. Consider: The 1-0 shutout Wednesday was the first time in franchise history that the Flyers have been shut out, 1-0, twice in the same series. The two shutouts are just the third and fourth 1-0 shutout losses in the playoffs in franchise history. The Flyers had not been shut out twice in a series since the 2002 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, when they were shut out in Games 2, 3 and 4 by Ottawa.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Maybe the Flyers should be called Team Vampire. They like coming back from the dead. Trailing by two goals with a little over eight minutes left in regulation, the Flyers overcame all the odds on Sunday afternoon. Again. They stunned the Washington Capitals, 5-4, on Vinny Lecavalier's goal with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in overtime at the Verizon Center. It gave them 11 wins in which they have trailed in the third period this season, a franchise record. Lecavalier, who notched his 900th career point on the goal, scored on a left-circle shot that appeared to deflect off Washington defender Karl Alzner.
November 25, 2008
FLYERS 4, STARS 3 SCORE BY PERIODSSHOTS ON GOAL Dallas. . . 1 2 0 - 0Dallas. . . 5 12 8 - 25 Flyers. . . 2 1 1 - 4Flyers. . . 14 4 7 - 25 SCORING First Period No. TeamPlayerAssistAssistTimeS-F 1. FlyersUpshall (3)Lupul (2)-3:170-1 2. StarsWilson (1)Sydor (2)-11:331-1 3. FlyersKnuble (9)Gagne (15)-16:001-2 Second Period 4. StarsModano (7)Eriksson (5)Parrish (2)2:302-2 5. FlyersCarter (15)Hartnell (6)-14:222-3 6. StarsModano (8)
May 19, 2010 |
The Flyers have scored 13 unanswered goals in these playoffs. The last NHL team to do that was the Anaheim Ducks in 2006. This is the fourth time the Flyers have scored 10 or more unanswered goals in the playoffs: 13: 2010, Bruins & Canadiens 12: 1980, North Stars 11: 1987, Rangers & Islanders 10: 1974, Flames & Rangers
May 4, 2012 |
INSIDE JAROMIR Jagr's locker stall, in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center and any arena where the Flyers play, a small memento is wrapped in blue felt. It is a trifold, no more than 6 inches in length. It sits next to Jagr's hockey tape, stick wax, and various weights and braces and training contraptions. It does not stand out, except for the shine reflecting off the gilded hand-painted faces of the Eastern Orthodox Church's Holy Trinity, and the fact that religious icons in hockey dressing rooms are rarer than Stanley Cup-clinching goals.