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.
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 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.
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.
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.