February 6, 2014 |
SAN JOSE - One day before the Flyers packed their bags for a 6-hour flight to California, Claude Giroux said it - and his words produced a blank stare, maybe even a chuckle or two. Giroux predicted the Flyers would travel 2,500 miles and gain confidence playing against the redwoods of the NHL - three of the top six teams in the league. He wasn't lying. "Now, we go back home with a little more confidence than when we came on this trip," Giroux said after Monday night's 5-2 victory in San Jose.
October 18, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST 39 minutes and 58 seconds, it was less rivalry and more little brother Flyers swatting at big brother Penguins. Then, with the Flyers being outshot by a 29-13 margin, Wayne Simmonds redirected a power-play goal with 2 seconds remaining in the second period to flip the game on its head. Only Steve Mason kept the Flyers in a game they had no business being in. "It was pretty much as bad a second period as you could possibly have," Brayden Schenn said. "We got out-worked, out-muscled, out-battled.
April 29, 2012 |
FORWARDS Flyers: The Flyers scored an incredible 30 goals in the first round. It would be a mistake to think scoring at that extraordinary clip will continue against a scrappy New Jersey team. The Flyers have the playoffs' top scorer in Claude Giroux (14 points), but their scoring production from secondary players such as Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read was relatively quiet. Devils: New Jersey has a lethal triumvirate of their own in Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac.
October 31, 2013 |
THE BUZZER sounded and the boos rained down. Claude Giroux skated toward the Flyers' net and shattered his stick over the crossbar in sheer frustration. Another game, another blown third period. If the Flyers are not a part of the Stanley Cup playoffs when they begin 169 days from now on April 16, they can look back to collapses like last night's 3-2 loss to Anaheim and smash their sticks on themselves. "We had the game," Wayne Simmonds said. "We were up 2-0 and we just stopped playing.
April 4, 2014 |
BY THE TIME Steve Mason shuffled to the bench for an extra attacker, thousands of empty burgundy seats checkered the backdrop of the Flyers' third loss in a row. Last night, the Wells Fargo Center might as well have been Columbus, or Florida, or any other struggling hockey market - fans streaming for the exits with minutes to play and no hope of another brilliant comeback. When the final horn blasted, signaling the merciful end of the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, boos rained down from the few brave souls remaining.
May 5, 2014 |
Flyers fans feel frustrated, feel empty, as they watch the New York Rangers - the beatable team that eliminated the Orange and Black - face the beatable Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flyers, without a Stanley Cup since 1975, feel the same way after losing to the Rangers in seven opening-round games. "I still don't think they were the better team," winger Wayne Simmonds said. The Flyers, of course, have no one to blame but themselves.
June 26, 2014 |
RON HEXTALL made his first statement as the new Flyers general manager this week and this is what the trade of Scott Hartnell said: This thing is a bigger crow's nest than a novice's fishing reel, and it's going to take me a while to get out all the knots. Oh, he talked again yesterday about R.J. Umberger adding a little speed and versatility to a lineup that keeps losing, not adding, goal-scorers. He even said he wasn't wary of picking up a 32-year-old player who had fallen even more out of favor in Columbus than Hartnell had here because "R.J.
May 7, 2011
So, with the Flyers done for the season, who are the players fans can look to as the offensive stars of next season? James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux are the obvious answers. Here's why: Van Riemsdyk On Friday, he once again led the team in shots in the game, with five; had two hits; and played 25 shifts. He either led the Flyers or tied for the lead in shots in nine of the 11 playoff games. He finished the playoffs with a total of 70 shots over 11 games. He also had seven goals to rank among the playoff leaders.
May 6, 2011
Here is a look ahead to Game 4 Friday night as the third-seeded Boston Bruins try to end the second-seeded Flyers' season at TD Garden. Maybe the pressure really is on the Bruins, despite their three-games-to-none lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. At least it seems that way in some media circles. Take the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy, who wrote that the Bruins "will be the first team in the history of sports to face a 'must win' situation with a 3-0 series lead.
April 23, 2011
Here is what Flyers goalie Brian Boucher had to say about allowing three goals in the first period Friday: "Well, the first one I was anticipating a pass, and he shot it on net. The second one, aside from maybe coming out and playing the puck before that, I don't know if I would've played that any differently. I mean the guy banked it off me. But the first one was me anticipating a pass, and he threw it on net. " "I take full responsibility for it. I put my team behind the eight ball.