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.
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.
February 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The Flyers entered the weekend with a chance to overtake the Rangers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, yet you wouldn't know that by the way they started both games. On Saturday, the Devils pounded in three first-period goals and added another two in the first 2 minutes of the second period. Yesterday, the Rangers beat Ilya Bryzgalov after just 64 seconds on a redirection by Artem Anisimov. It took the Flyers 9 minutes and 43 seconds to respond - not with a goal, but just a shot on Henrik Lundqvist.
March 21, 2012 |
The Flyers have been on a nice roll lately - 8-2-1 in their last 11 games - but that has masked the fact that they have struggled offensively. Part of that is because they have emphasized a defense-first mentality in the last few weeks, building a wall in front of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The defense and Bryzgalov have been superb, allowing just 14 goals in the last 10 games. Still, there is cause for concern down the other end. Consider the numbers: The Flyers have scored one goal or fewer in six of their last 14 games as opponents have gone into tight-checking, playoff mode.
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.
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.
January 13, 2015
FOR A MAN who swore he'd stick to the long-term vision that got him hired, Ron Hextall last week showed the same shortsightedness that has kept the Flyers coming up empty since 1975. Under no circumstances should Steve Mason have been in net on Thursday night, let alone Saturday. Alas, the allure of a last-gasp, miracle run to the Stanley Cup playoffs got the best of Hextall. Now, the Flyers are lucky Mason - one of just three pieces Hextall should be hellbent on building the future around - will miss only the next 2 weeks with a "lower-body" injury.
April 26, 2011
Looking ahead to Game 7 Tuesday night between the second-seeded Flyers and seventh-seeded Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center . . . and back to some key developments in the series. With Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras sidelined by injuries, the best reliever in Philadelphia might be Brian Boucher. In two relief appearances in the series, the 34-year-old goalie is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA, er, GAA, and a .957 save percentage (44 saves on 46 shots). It's the first time a goalie has had two relief wins in a playoff series since 1964, according to ESPN.
March 24, 2011 |
In another critical Eastern Conference test, the first-place Flyers will host a Pittsburgh team Thursday that has shown remarkable resilience despite playing without its two main cogs. Are they happy to face the Penguins without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? "Well, who wouldn't be?" Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen asked rhetorically after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "They're missing some guys. We're missing some guys. Obviously they're a little bit weaker because they're not there.