March 10, 2013 |
As out of sync as the Flyers appeared when Pittsburgh pounded them with four unanswered goals on Thursday, they were similarly disorganized at practice on Friday. At one end of the ice, Scott Hartnell was banging, slashing and whacking in an attempt to jolt his teammates - since the only thing they hit over the final 40 minutes on Thursday was the snooze bar. Hartnell was one of the last players off the ice, skating nearly an hour when his teammates capped their ice time at 25 minutes.
March 6, 2013 |
In Business Keep the champange on ice. Mike Armstrong isn't celebrating. A11.
February 26, 2013 |
TAKE A LOOK at the scoresheet from the Flyers' 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Saturday and one thing stands out. It wasn't Jake Voracek's three assists. Or Claude Giroux' 33 faceoffs. Or Brayden Schenn's three points. It wasn't even Zac Rinaldo's game-high 12 hits, 11 of which he was credited for in the first two periods. But how about Rinaldo's ice time? He skated a career-high 14:08, and punched in an empty-netter with 1 second remaining in regulation to ice - a pure hustle play that started with sound defense and ended in exultation.
February 19, 2013 |
A MAKESHIFT SIGN on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch computer printout greets you on the far right door of Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, N.J. It reads: WELCOME TO THE HOME OF 'JOHNNY HOCKEY' A certain buzz now surrounds this rink, where locals of all ages have laced up the skates since 1992. Everyone knows South Jersey's own John Gaudreau, the 19-year-old Boston College standout who starred in the recent world junior hockey championships. Now, the kids walk around in their USA hockey jerseys.
February 16, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Scott Hartnell skated Friday, but there is no change to the timetable for the injured left winger. Hartnell suffered a broken bone in his left foot Jan. 22 and was expected to miss four to eight weeks. Three weeks have passed since Hartnell underwent surgery. He met with a doctor Friday. Hartnell led the Flyers with a career-high 37 goals last season, and his absence has been felt this month as scoring has become an issue for the team. "He's a big part of our locker room.
February 10, 2013 |
When the NHL's 119-day lockout finally died last month, it took with it a potential rule change that hit home for Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster. Granted, Foster would rather be playing than pushing for new league policy. Still, Foster couldn't help but shake his head when asked about the AHL - the minor hockey league often used as the NHL's proving ground for potential changes - abandoning its experiment with hybrid icing once the lockout ended. Foster, 31, nearly lost his leg and almost had his career cut short because of the NHL's dangerous icing regulations, which require players to touch the puck after it has been iced by the opposing team.
February 7, 2013 |
GROUNDHOG DAY was last Saturday. For Bruno Gervais, it had to feel like the start of the Flyers' season again. Gervais was a new face in a new place, yet he still began the year the same way he did last season: in the press box. As a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, the defenseman was scratched for nearly the first 40 games, before impressing Guy Boucher's staff and finishing on a strong note as a regular. Gervais, 28, was scratched for the Flyers' first two games, passed over in favor of fellow newcomer Kurtis Foster.
January 30, 2013 |
FOLLOWING in the creamy tradition of the "SNL" "Schweddy Balls," Stephen Colbert's "AmeriCone Dream" and Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night Snack," Ben & Jerry's will commemorate the end of "30 Rock" with a new ice-cream flavor, rumored to be tied to Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon. Maybe "Liz Lemon Meringue"? Or might they go in another direction with: "Kenneth's Possum Crunch"? "Tracy Leches"? "Jack and the Vanilla Bean Stalk"? "Chocolate-Peanut Butter Toofer"? The flavor will be in Ben & Jerry's ice-cream shops next month and available in still-16-ounce pints soon thereafter.
January 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Ask Flyers sophomore Sean Couturier about his start this season and he will shake his head before offering a gap-toothed grin. Couturier, 20, can't seem to avoid being on the ice when opponents score. Of the 20 goals the Flyers have given up in the first seven games, Couturier has been on the ice for 15 of them. "Everything seems to be going in when I'm out there," Couturier said. "Right now, the bounces aren't going my way. " He continued that trend at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, racing to the point as Michael Del Zotto's shot slipped past Ilya Bryzgalov to give New York a 1-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game, and being on the ice for Ryan Callahan's second-period power-play goal.