April 13, 2010 |
Kerry Fraser thrust his arms outward Sunday afternoon to signal Brian Boucher's playoff-clinching save against the New York Rangers. As the crowd erupted, exultant Flyers poured onto the ice. And Fraser headed off to a small dressing room in the bowels of the Wachovia Center to pack up his skates one last time. After 30 years as an NHL referee, he was hanging it up. "What a hockey game," said the Hammonton, N.J., resident, wiping the sweat from his face with a towel. "What a finish.
April 12, 2010 |
After 1,901 games, the most ever by a National Hockey League referee, Kerry Fraser retired after yesterday's game between the Flyers and the Rangers. The man has worked a dozen Stanley Cup Final series, the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and the Winter Olympics in 1998, but he had never been a part of anything like this: Flyers 2, Rangers 1, shootout, postseason on the line. "It was a Hollywood script," he said. "Games like that, somebody has to lose, unfortunately. Down to a shootout with the same teams, where one of them comes in [to the playoffs]
January 31, 2010 |
A disputed call led to a two-goal swing in the New York Islanders' favor yesterday, but it couldn't prevent the Isles from being the Flyers' proverbial punching bag. Again. Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell ended scoring droughts as the Flyers outlasted the Islanders, 2-1, and snapped a two-game losing streak at the Wachovia Center. It was the Flyers' 14th straight win over the Islanders, the longest current streak by any NHL team over an opponent. The victory also equaled the Flyers' longest winning streak against any team.
January 30, 2008 |
The Flyers almost gave in to human nature last night. After a series of intense matchups against Eastern Conference rivals, followed by four days off during a weekend break for the All-Star Game, the Flyers might have been a little too happy to have the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Kings come to town looking like a soft spot on their schedule. So things were in place for the Flyers to be caught off guard. But teams on a roll often find ways to win on nights when the gears aren't meshing.
May 16, 2003 |
Now that Jay Pandolfo has found his scoring touch, it's time to work on his celebration technique. The New Jersey Devils overcame the strangest no-goal of the playoffs to grab the lead in the Eastern Conference finals. The Ottawa Senators had top defenseman Wade Redden in the lineup and some luck on their side, but that wasn't enough as they lost, 1-0, last night. Sergei Brylin scored on a masterful deflection, his first goal of the playoffs for the Devils, who lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is tomorrow afternoon in New Jersey.
February 9, 2001 |
He was trying to look happy, but when you've just been pounded, 9-4, by the Pittsburgh Penguins, it's hard to look that way. So Flyers winger Kent Manderville offered a tepid smile and explained, "I'm just relieved. " Manderville's long scoring drought finally ended Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. He had gone 122 games and fired 181 shots on net before tallying the goal, his first as a Flyer. Fittingly, it was a shorthanded attempt, with Manderville taking Paul Ranheim's outlet pass through the neutral zone for a breakaway against Garth Snow.
March 18, 1999 |
Reporters stepped a bit gingerly into the cramped coaching office at the Flyers' practice facility yesterday afternoon, until they determined Roger Neilson was unarmed. The Flyers' coach was his old, genial self, even though he awaits a conference call this morning with NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell that could result in his suspension, even though his team just set a franchise record by going 12 successive games without a victory, even though unemployed coach Barry Melrose went on ESPN Tuesday night and hinted darkly at Neilson's demise, with barely concealed glee.
June 6, 1997 |
The Flyers trailed by only a goal last night when referee Kerry Fraser handed them a get-well-soon card, and a nicely wrapped gift with it. He gave them a two-man advantage for one minute and 20 seconds. For the first two games, the Flyers had lamented bad bounces as much as their bad play. After their second loss, their coach started complaining about obstruction penalties. Terry Murray's complaints seemed to be mostly baseless, coming a day after the second loss, but Fraser acted in the first period as if he had listened.
May 7, 1997 |
Cocky Flyers fans who claim they want the New York Rangers in the next round of the playoffs might want to rethink that position. To hear the New Jersey Devils tell it, fighting it out with New York is like fighting city hall. The Rangers have these players, see, whose stuff already makes up about half of hockey's Hall of Fame. And that status, say the Devils, gives them privileges mere muck-and-grinders, like Bill Guerin, wouldn't even dream of. Last night at Madison Square Garden, the Devils lost a game-tying, third-period goal when a replay showed Guerin's skate to be just inside the crease as Doug Gilmour scored.
October 28, 1996 |
The Florida Panthers don't change. They came into last night's game at the CoreStates Center as the NHL's only unbeaten team. They came out of it the same way. In fact, at 7-0-3 after a 3-2 decision over the Flyers that was not as close as the final score, the Panthers are the only NHL team without at least two losses. The main reason can be found in the "goals against" column of the standings, where their total of 17 in 10 games is the league's lowest. Defense, they say, is the one thing you can always rely on - scoring luck comes and goes, but strong defense gives you a chance to win every night.