November 30, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - When their mini-road trip started, the Flyers were on a seven-game points streak, on the verge of climbing above .500, and within reach of third place in the Metropolitan Division. But Florida was not sunny for them. On Wednesday, the Flyers were listless in the first two periods against the Tampa Bay Lightning - just like they were two nights earlier aginst the Florida Panthers - and it led to another loss. They dropped a 4-2 decision to the depleted Lightning, which was missing five injured regulars, including superstar center Steven Stamkos.
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 30, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - For the Flyers, the last five weeks haven't been a thud-to-earth crash. More like slow-motion torture, filled with some good periods, some listless ones, a point here, a loss there. But the lethargic stretch, which followed 41/2 months of consistency that spawned Stanley Cup talk, forced them into desperation mode Tuesday night for the first time in, well, the entire season. The desperation remedied their listlessness. Snapped to attention by their shrinking first-place lead, the Flyers, aided by Ville Leino's two third-period goals, responded with a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.
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.
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 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.
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 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.