October 4, 2013 |
Outside, the unseasonably hot weather Wednesday made it feel like May, the time of the year when NHL teams are deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Inside, in the Flyers' season opener at the energized Wells Fargo Center, the home team was trying to start the long journey back to those playoffs. Things didn't begin on the right skate. Dave Bolland scored a pair of third-period goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs, ignited by goalie Jonathan Bernier's penalty-shot save late in the second period, gained a 3-1 comeback victory.
June 21, 2013 |
FORGET THE MONEY. That is the imperative here, as we begin another conversation about Ilya Bryzgalov. It is easy enough for all of us to say, seeing as how it isn't our half-a-hundred million, but it is the only way to make the correct decision here. The Flyers signed him for the big deal, and he still has 7 years and about $34 million left to run, and that is a number that cannot easily be ignored. Yet it must be. If you want to say that the Flyers have botched this goalie thing for 15 years, you will get no arguments here.
May 10, 2012 |
AND SO, THIS is how it ends, one of those only-in-Philadelphia nights. It is a story that we pass down through the hockey generations, like baldness. The Flyers lost a playoff series to the New Jersey Devils and this will be the enduring symbol from the final game: Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, trying to shoot a puck away from the front of his net, away to safety, instead seeing the puck picked out of the air by Devils forward David Clarkson and ricocheting behind him and into the goal.
April 19, 2012
CALLING . . . Michael Leighton. Maybe you missed it amid all the suspensions and buffoonery of the last few days, but the near-hero of the Flyers' 2010 Stanley Cup run cleared waivers this week and is available, if needed. And, well . . . What the hell are we waiting for? His team playing at home and on the verge of a sweep, Ilya Bryzgalov was lifted just 23 minutes and 7 seconds into Wednesday night's eye-shielding, 10-3 loss to the Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 16, 2012 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Ilya Bryzgalov may not view the universe the same as everyone else, but he is a realist. He knew his gleaming shutout streak would come to an end at some point. Like hitting in baseball, goaltending is - after all - usually nothing more than a thankless exercise in futility. "If you thought they weren't going to score another goal on me," Bryzgalov said, "you were mistaken. " Last night, Bryzgalov's flawless run in the Flyers' net finally came to a close.
March 15, 2012 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - With 8 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in the second period, the Flyers did not stand up on their bench at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night and bang their sticks on the boards in a salute of Ilya Bryzgalov. There was no pomp. No circumstance. Not even a break in the action. In fact, the casual fan sitting in the Coliseum's creaking, beer-stained seats wouldn't have had the faintest idea that Ilya Bryzgalov broke the Flyers' all-time record for consecutive shutout minutes at that very moment.
March 15, 2012 |
The Flyers are downplaying Ilya Bryzgalov's shot at setting a franchise record for consecutive shutouts Thursday night on Long Island. "It'd be pretty cool, but at the same time it's just details," center Claude Giroux said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "That kind of record is not really going to get us a Cup, so I think we just want to make sure we keep focus on the things we have to do out there. Our goal is to get better for the playoffs and kind of get on a streak here before the end of the season.
March 13, 2012 |
After being serenaded with "Bryz, Bryz, Byz" chants in the final minute, revived goalie Ilya Bryzgalov equaled a franchise record with his third consecutive shutout Tuesday night as the Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. Playing behind a team that put up a wall in front of him, Bryzgalov needed to make just 17 saves. He faced just one shot while the Devils had a four-minute power play in the third period. The 31-year-old goalie equaled a record set by John Vanbiesbrouck in 1999.
December 31, 2011 |
Saturday's forecast calls for warm weather, which isn't a good thing for the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park. So organizers have pushed the starting time back two hours to 3 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. "The objective is to make sure players and fans have both what they need - good ice and good entertainment - and we feel 3 o'clock sets up more optimally for game conditions than 1 o'clock based on [Saturday's]...
November 26, 2011
Flyers Notes The Flyers will soon get a break from the schedule as they recover from a rash of recent injuries. After Saturday's game in New York against the Rangers, the Flyers don't play until Friday at Anaheim. They clearly need the rest. Defenseman Andreas Lilja suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second period of Friday's 3-1 win over Montreal at the Wells Fargo Center, and general manager Paul Holmgren said he will be out for about six weeks. The three players who were scratched on Friday, Chris Pronger , James van Riemsdyk , and Jaromir Jagr , won't play Saturday, according to Holmgren.