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.
November 21, 2013 |
THE WAY defenseman Nick Grossmann sees it, his game-turning kick save was the least he could do for Steve Mason. The goalie, who has been pulling the Flyers' hides out of the fire all season, was out of position in the third period of a tie game against the visiting Ottawa Senators last night. Kyle Turris was about to hammer home the go-ahead goal when Grossmann got in the way. The shot by Turris, who had an eventful third period, clanked off Grossmann's left skate before eventually dribbling harmlessly away as the Flyers dodged a bullet.
February 16, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The Flyers briskly exited the dressing room Friday night into a corridor and then to a waiting bus at the Prudential Center, a walk that included a familiar feeling in this venue. Their 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils was the Flyers' sixth consecutive to the Devils, a skid that includes the 2012 postseason. Four of those defeats came in New Jersey, and the Flyers have not won on the Devils' ice in their last five attempts. Friday offered a chance to halt the drought, especially when the Flyers jumped to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.
March 26, 2014 |
MARK STREIT held the puck on his stick at the blue line and tried to dance around a defender. Seemingly all 19,876 inside the Wells Fargo Center were screaming "Shooooot!" in unison - with 7, then 6, then 5 seconds on the clock - yet none of the Flyers on the ice seemed to hear them. Streit dished to Jake Voracek on his right, who tried to sidestep one sliding Los Angeles King, before threading a cross-ice needle to the waiting stick of Claude Giroux. Sensing that time was running out, Giroux shoveled a half-hearted attempt at Jonathan Quick.
April 13, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Right next to the word resilient in your favorite online dictionary, there should be a team photo of the Flyers. Re-sil-ient: Adj. Marked by the ability to recover. See the wildly entertaining hockey team from Philadelphia. Frequently falls behind. Frequently battles back to win. See first two games of the hard-to-believe Eastern Conference quarterfinals in Pittsburgh. The Flyers fell behind the Penguins on Friday night, 2-0 and 3-1. They tied it at 4-4 in the closing seconds of the second period before allowing a goal 64 seconds into the third.
May 14, 2010 |
Glenn "Chico" Resch has the good life. He and his wife own a summer home on 80 acres next to a northern Minnesota lake. "I'm very, very fortunate," Resch said on Thursday. His good fortune started when he led the New York Islanders to one of the most remarkable comebacks in NHL history, a feat that the resilient Flyers are trying to duplicate Friday night in Boston. In 1975, as a rookie goaltender with the New York Islanders, Resch replaced veteran Billy Smith at the start of Game 4 in their quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
April 30, 2013 |
SINCE 1967, exactly 74 teams in the NHL have finished a regular season ranked in the top five in both the power play and penalty kill. Only three of those teams have failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs - as the Flyers did this year despite finishing third in the power play (21.6 percent) and fifth in penalty kill (85.9 percent). General manager Paul Holmgren said the reason for the Flyers joining that dubious company was their even-strength play. The Flyers finished 25th in five-on-five goals-for/goals-against ratio, at 0.86 goals-per-game, meaning they gave up 0.14 more goals at even strength than they scored.
July 3, 2013 |
THE NHL'S 82-game schedule will not be announced until it is decided whether the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix or relocate to Seattle and an agreement is in place to send NHL players to Sochi, Russia, next summer for the Olympics. That didn't stop the Flyers from releasing their preseason schedule. The Flyers will open their seven-game exhibition skate on Sept. 15 in London, Ontario, against Toronto at Budweiser Gardens. They'll be in Toronto the next night at Air Canada Centre for a split-squad game, while half the team is at home facing Washington.