February 17, 2016 |
The Flyers, losers of five of their last six games, are in danger of fading out of the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt unless they make a major turnaround on their five-game road trip. "Our goal is to make the playoffs," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the Flyers fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Sunday night. "Nothing is going to change until we get there. It's how we respond now. We have to turn some negatives into positives. " Gostisbehere, arguably the team's MVP even though he was not recalled from the minors until mid-November, has done his part.
March 21, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Max Talbot was the Flyers' best player on Monday night against the Lightning. And the previous game. And two games before that. As well as he's playing, Talbot is not going to carry the Flyers to the Stanley Cup playoffs - and that's not a knock on him. The only route to the playoffs - if they still are a realistic possibility - is through production from their top line. And Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux have been on a milk carton for serious stretches of eight straight games.
April 23, 2009
Game 4 can be summarized in three words: Marc-Andre Fleury. This was a classic case of a hot goalie stealing his team a game. The Pens goalkeeper was phenomenal, making 45 saves in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win. After a shaky performance in Game Three, Fleury was clearly the difference in sending the Penguins home with a three-games-to-one series lead. The Flyers came out hard in the first ten minutes of the game and had three power plays and plenty of quality scoring chances, in the first period, but could not crack the former No. 1 overall pick.
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.
April 16, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - At 4:55 p.m. Thursday, Dave Hakstol polished off a pregame briefing with the Flyers' radio and TV crews, emerged from a curtained-off corner of the Verizon Center, and did the strangest thing: He smiled. Gone was the knifing glare that he often wields to a referee who has wronged his team, a player who has made an inexcusable mistake, a reporter who has asked a question that Hakstol didn't care to answer. His first playoff game as an NHL coach was little more than two hours away, and he appeared at ease, and he said the Flyers were, too. "I'd probably be the first one to tell you: I think our group started to feel a little bit of pressure as we came down the stretch," Hakstol said.
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 22, 2016 |
TORONTO - Maybe they should rename Flyers' overtime games Ghosttime . Twenty-nine seconds into overtime, Shayne Gostisbehere's goal lifted the Flyers to an important 5-4 win over Toronto at the Air Canada Center on Saturday night. It was the speedy defenseman's fourth overtime goal this season, the most in NHL history by a rookie. "Ghost," right winger Wayne Simmonds said, "is an overtime killer. " "He's unbelievable. He's extremely confident and he always wants the puck out there," Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers moved to within three points of a playoff spot.