March 11, 2012 |
TORONTO - Thanks to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's revival, most of the attention lately has revolved around the Flyers' improved defense. Rightfully so. The Flyers, despite numerous injuries to defensemen, began Saturday having allowed a total of six goals in their last five games. That's their best five-game stretch of the season. Byzgalov has his groove on. The defense, even though shorthanded, has made strides. And the offense has been the most productive in the NHL. Put it all together and - dare we say it?
June 26, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH — Paul Holmgren said before flying to Pittsburgh that the Flyers would stick to their list in the 2012 draft. He really meant it. According to the Flyers' brass, nearly every player they seemed to target in certain rounds was still available by the time they picked. For some teams, that would be a scary proposition, perhaps a sign that you may value players differently than the rest. The Flyers remained confident in their selections, believing they left the Steel City on Saturday with a healthy selection of new prospects to build around.
April 26, 2012
Because the NHL reseeds the remaining four teams before the second round of the playoffs, the Flyers could play virtually any of the survivors. Here is what each combination of results means for the Flyers: If the Rangers, Capitals, and Panthers win, the Flyers play the Panthers. They have not met in the playoffs since 1996, and the Panthers are the third seed only by virtue of winning their division, the weakest in the conference. If the Rangers, Capitals, and Devils win, the Flyers play the Devils.
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 1, 1989 |
Of all the places the Flyers might find themselves on the crucial final weekend of the regular season, this is about the worst. The Flyers' slim hopes of finishing third in the Patrick Division will be put on the ice tonight (Channel 57, 8:05) at the Montreal Forum, where the Canadiens should not lack for motivation in the final game of their regular season. The Habs, the Adams Division champions, are neck-and-neck with the Calgary Flames in the race for the NHL's best record.
May 22, 2012 |
The Flyers signed two prospects - forwards Derek Mathers and Andrew Johnston - to entry-level deals on Monday. Mathers, 18, was the Flyers' last draft pick in 2011, 206th overall in the sixth round. He collected an astounding 348 penalty minutes over the last two seasons, including 49 fighting majors, with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-3 bruiser added two more fights in nine games with the AHL's Phantoms this spring on an amateur tryout contract once his OHL season was finished.
April 27, 2012
For the fifth-seeded Flyers, the wait is over. They learned late Thursday night they will face sixth-seeded New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers will have home-ice advantage in the series, which starts Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. During the regular season, the teams split the six games, with each winning twice on the road. Ilya Bryzgalov was 3-0 with a 0.29 goals-against decision and .987 save percentage - and two shutouts - against the Devils this season.
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.
May 2, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell The Flyers' leading scorer through the regular season with 37 goals has just two tallies in seven playoff games this spring. Hartnell's tireless work in the helped produce Claude Giroux's 15-point run, but it's time for Hartnell to get back on the score sheet. DEVILS: Ilya Kovalchuk He was held without a shot in Game 1 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2011. Kovalchuk was not available to meet the media on Monday.