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.
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.
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.
December 29, 2008
VANCOUVER - The best thing about the Flyers' Western Conference swing is the chance to see teams not normally seen live in the East. I hope people are paying attention. While it's true that the Flyers had a day from travel hell, getting into Chicago late Friday and then getting stranded at the airport after that night's game because of weather, what happened to them didn't have as much to do with the elements as it did the Blackhawks. That is one young, fast, skilled team that will be a good bet to go deep in the playoffs.
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.
January 14, 2011 |
BOSTON - Since his arrival in Philadelphia prior to last season, Chris Pronger has helped no one on the Flyers' roster more than partner Matt Carle. And at the same time, Pronger has hurt no one more than Carle. Pronger, who has missed the last 10 games with a foot injury but will join the Flyers today in Atlanta for practice, has helped Carle become a more poised, well-rounded player as well as post his best all-around statistical season. Carle went from 24 points and a plus-2 rating in 2008-09, his first with the Flyers, to 35 points and a plus-19 rating last season alongside Pronger.
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.