April 14, 2014 |
EVEN AFTER 80 games, the Flyers' playoff picture remains ridiculously convoluted. Just about the only things we know are that the Flyers have clinched a berth - and that they will be opening on the road. Where? Your guess is as good as anyone. There are still 270 possible outcomes to determine the Flyers' first-round opponent. Out of those 270, approximately 105 scenarios have them opening at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The rest are split: 83 for Pittsburgh and 82 for Boston.
February 24, 2012 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - Any momentum the Flyers gained from their theatrical win in Winnipeg on Tuesday did not last long. The Edmonton Oilers, the second-worst NHL team based on points, defeated the floundering Flyers, 2-0, at Rexall Place on Thursday night and prevented the visitors from recording their first winning streak in six weeks. Devan Dubnyk, playing because of a groin injury to Nikolai Khabibulin, made 35 saves to register his first shutout of the season. He entered the night with just a 2.97 goals-against average but shut down a team that began Thursday leading the NHL in goals.
May 7, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Midway through the third period, with the Devils sitting on a comfortable lead that the Flyers barely threatened, the Prudential Center staff played a video montage of Rocky's most painful beatdowns. Unlike their favorite mythical character, Philadelphia's hockey team appears to be down for the count. Thanks to a late second-period goal by Dainius Zubrus, the Devils now have the Flyers on the ropes after a 4-2 win in Game 4 that was one of the most lopsided, yet deceivingly close, games of the season.
August 10, 2012 |
ONE DAY after losing defenseman Andrej Meszaros to a possible season-ending injury, the Flyers locked up one candidate to replace him in the lineup. The Flyers announced Wednesday that they have signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multiyear contract extension, in addition to signing first-round pick Scott Laughton to a 3-year entry-level deal. Bourdon, 22, appeared in 45 games for the Flyers last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer, after earning a prorated share of his $875,000 contract last season.
April 30, 2011 |
FORWARDS Flyers: It is impossible to overestimate how much the Flyers miss having Jeff Carter - their leading goal scorer in the regular season. Still, the Flyers have plenty of depth to outlast the Bruins. Against Buffalo, Ville Leino netted three goals, including one game-winner in OT, but had a relatively quiet series along with Scott Hartnell (four points). The Flyers scored 22 goals against Buffalo and 10 of them came from Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk.
May 28, 1987 |
Brad Marsh says that even though the tide already has begun to turn, plenty of seats on the Flyers' bandwagon still are available. "I think most people in Canada are rooting for us," the Flyers' defenseman said. "The Oilers are looked at kind of like the Dallas Cowboys. People root for them to lose. " But the Flyers, the People's Team? What kind of people? The Palestine Liberation Front? In light of Ron Hextall's whack of Kent Nilsson, the pregame Montreal brawl and Mike Keenan's less-than-subtle use of his heavyweights when his team has fallen behind, Flyer hating and baiting is back almost to 1974-75 levels.
March 21, 2012 |
PETER LAVIOLETTE loved his team's jump in the first period. Jaromir Jagr said the Flyers played the way they wanted. Rookie Eric Wellwood said they generated enough quality chances to win the game. Last night, the Flyers' locker room seemed to admire their shot total (36) and total attempts at the net (68) more than the final score. Unfortunately, the Flyers didn't really make Panthers backup goalie Scott Clemmensen sweat until Ilya Bryzgalov was safely on the bench in the final minute.
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.
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.