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.
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.
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 8, 2010 |
BEFORE LAST NIGHT, you could almost see their knuckles whiten through their gloves when the bounces went the other way. And a lot of bounces went the Bruins' way en route to the Flyers' 3-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Pucks bounced off Flyers players' shoulders and onto the tape of the opponent. They flew from behind the goal, over three Flyers and to the feet of a Boston shooter. The bounces continued to favor Boston last night . . . but the knuckles didn't whiten.
May 25, 2010 |
Montreal won't soon forget the second-period road scorchings it endured at the hands of the new Broad Street Bullies. The Canadiens, in a win-or-pack-up-for-good predicament, sent an early message Monday night to the Flyers, with forward Brian Gionta beating red-hot netminder Michael Leighton just 59 seconds into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. By early in the second period, after the hosts had notched a pair of goals in head-spinning fashion, things were back to normal at the Wachovia Center.
June 3, 2010 |
THE FLYERS wanted to get in Antti Niemi's kitchen. They wanted to harass the Chicago goaltender, make him more uncomfortable than a stranded motorist on the Schuylkill on a steamy summer day. They sent everybody at the net. Even the guy sounding the horn at the Wachovia Center got involved. The ploy eventually worked. Claude Giroux redirected a Matt Carle slap pass at 5:59 into overtime that found its way past Niemi and gave the Flyers a 4-3 win. All of a sudden, we have a series; a very strange and already memorable series.
April 17, 2010 |
Maybe it was a case of a player reaching a certain age and feeling he no longer had to be as cautious with his words, but plenty of eyebrows were raised when Arron Asham said on the eve of the Flyers-Devils first-round playoff series that there was a flaw in Martin Brodeur's game. "He has some trouble with his footwork, so you shoot the puck low and from bad angles," the Flyers' 32-year-old winger said. "It seems, this year, that's how we got the majority of our goals. " In a sport in which the culture is to take special care not to light a match under the opponent, it was a surprising comment, especially since it was an earnest role player taking aim at a future Hall of Famer.