October 15, 2010
Flyers Notes Blair Betts ' surgically repaired left knee could be troublesome all season, but the Flyers are hopeful that, by reducing his practice time, he won't have to come out of the lineup. Betts, the Flyers' penalty-killing whiz and fourth-line center, sat out most of the last two practices but was in the lineup Thursday when the Flyers hosted rejuvenated Tampa Bay. "It's bugging me a little bit. It's sore and there's some swelling, so we're just trying to give it some rest as much as we can now," Betts said before the game.
October 6, 2010 |
1. Can the Flyers be more consistent? A lack of consistency nearly cost the Flyers a shot at the playoffs, coming as close as a shootout win over the Rangers on the final day of the regular season to not even making the playoffs. Since Peter Laviolette took over on Dec. 4, the Flyers went through a five-game win streak, a four-game win streak, a five-game losing streak and a three-game losing skid. For a long stretch they alternated between winning two games and losing two games.
November 25, 2010 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - After being rested for two games, rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was scheduled to returnto the Flyers' lineup Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Before sitting, Bobrovsky had started 12 straight games and established himself as the team's No. 1 goalie. Brian Boucher had started the previous two games - a 5-4 shoot-out win in Washington and a 3-2 victory over Montreal. Bobrovsky took an 11-3-1 record into Wednesday, along with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
February 20, 2011 |
The last time the Flyers played the Rangers at Madison Square Garden a little more than a month ago, they left with a 3-2 victory and steam coming from their ears, strongly suggesting that a violation of hockey's unspoken code of justice would be rectified next time the two clubs met. Well, next time has arrived. The Flyers and Rangers go at it Sunday in a matinee that will be shown on NBC10 at 12:30 p.m. In the second period of that Jan. 16 night, Sean Avery decided to use Matt Carle's face as a punching bag. Avery dropped Carle to the ice and continued pounding him when the defenseman was down.
June 5, 2010 |
MAYBE YOU HAD a strong feeling it was going to be the Flyers' night when Matt Carle scored. Carle hadn't scored a goal in the playoffs, despite a dozen assists, but he gave the Flyers their first two-goal lead of the series with 5 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first period of last night's 5-3 Game 4 Stanley Cup finals victory over the Blackhawks, which evened the series, 2-2, going back to Chicago. It was Carle's first goal since April 11, which, by now, must seem like sometime last year.
January 3, 2009 |
For the Flyers, the first game of the new year ended with a new spot in the Atlantic Division standings. A tie for first place with the New York Rangers, who were 12 points ahead of Philadelphia in mid-November. The Flyers received rare offensive contributions from Ossi Vaananen, Josh Gratton and Braydon Coburn - three players who had a combined three goals before last night - as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4, in a shoot-out in front of a franchise-record crowd of 17,597 at the Honda Center last night.
January 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Except for a brief stop home to collect two points at the expense of the New Jersey Devils and pick up a change of clothes, the Flyers have been on the road so long they'll probably be asked for IDs when they return to the Wells Fargo Center. But this deep, well-balanced team never lost its way. The Flyers Sunday night concluded a 10-game stretch during which nine were played on hostile ice with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was a grueling stretch of the schedule that could have easily left the Flyers worse off than when it began.
May 28, 2010 |
Mike Richards has been Captain Clutch during the playoffs. Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, already popular with the Flyers faithful, gained further recognition for their post-injury heroics during this magical run. Goalie Michael Leighton has captured fans' hearts as a spectacular fill-in for Brian Boucher. There is also Chris Pronger, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman; winger Scott Hartnell, easily recognized by his long locks; and the battered-but-far-from-out Ian Laperriere. Scoring ace Danny Briere, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen, and up-and-coming winger Claude Giroux are also among the mix of players who will be front and center for the Flyers when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
October 27, 2009 |
WHEN THERE'S smoke, there's usually fire. Simon Gagne said last week that he didn't feel right on the ice. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Gagne - who was battling through his longest start to a season without a goal - would be fine once he scored. Gagne did that on Saturday, breaking his seven-game drought. But he still didn't feel right on Sunday, telling the Flyers that he felt he didn't have the "power" to skate. Gagne skated just one shift in the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Jose and missed practice yesterday.
June 22, 2012 |
CHRIS PRONGER'S name came up again on Monday, at Paul Holmgren's predraft media availability, the same way it always comes up. Those asking about him seek an update, maybe in search of a sliver of hope that Pronger's career might be able to resume following concussionlike symptoms that began after he took a stick to the eye last October. The only problem is that Holmgren — like any doctor who has treated concussionlike symptoms — has no firm answer. No person, not even Pronger, has an answer as to his status for next season.