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.
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.
January 11, 2014 |
It wasn't too long ago that Flyers fans were routinely booing the home team and chanting for the general manager to be fired. Remember? Ah, that was in October and early November, back when the Flyers won just two of their first nine games at the mostly quiet Wells Fargo Center. Since then, they are 10-0 at home, with all of the victories in regulation. The fans are cheering again. "The energy at home is unbelievable right now," winger Zac Rinaldo said. "We're just taking advantage of an intimidating building to play in," said goalie Steve Mason, whose team will host dangerous Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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.
May 19, 1987 |
The performances of the marquee players on the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night indicated that they plan to make life as miserable as possible for the Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. It can't be a comforting thought for the Flyers, down by 1-0 in the best- of-seven series that resumes tomorrow night at Northlands Coliseum, that Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr all appeared to be near the top of their games in the Oilers' 4-2 victory.
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.
December 19, 1987 |
Most of the present Flyers were on the team that in 1984-85 trailed first- place Washington by 11 points on Feb. 8 and still won the Patrick Division by 12 points. So there's lot of time left for a lot of things to happen, regardless of whether the Flyers complete a sweep of a home-and-home series with the division-leading Islanders tonight at the Nassau Coliseum (Channel 57, 7 o'clock). A victory would cut a lead that was 14 points on Nov. 22 to three. If the Islanders win, it's back to seven, with two games in hand.