April 21, 2010 |
If the Flyers get to the second round of the playoffs, coach Peter Laviolette may have a tough goalie decision. Michael Leighton, who rescued the Flyers' season after he was claimed from Carolina on reentry waivers Dec. 15, continues to make progress from a severe high-ankle sprain, and there is a chance he could be ready to play in two or three weeks. Without Leighton, Brian Boucher has played solidly in the net. Entering Tuesday, Boucher had a 1.87 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in his last eight games.
March 20, 2010 |
Much to the chagrin of Flyers Nation, general manager Paul Holmgren did not add any scoring punch at the March 3 trade deadline. Yet, the Flyers' offense has received a considerable jolt that started around the time that the deadline passed. Simon Gagne's resurgence is the reason. The veteran left winger has scored eight goals in his last 10 games and has resembled the player who netted 34 goals last season. Getting back into game shape after such a long layoff, Gagne said, is the main reason for his revival.
May 13, 2010 |
Unlike the previous game, the Boston Bruins were not passive in Game 6 Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center. But the Flyers took the Bruins' best shots, literally, and turned them aside as they defeated Boston, 2-1, and evened their made-for-theater Eastern Conference semifinals at three games apiece. Boston fired 79 shots (31 on goal) compared to the Flyers' 43 (27 on goal). But the Flyers blocked a staggering 30 shots - 20 more than the Bruins. "The last couple games, we've done a lot better job of just getting out in shooting lanes, forcing them either to shoot it wide or dump it back in behind," defenseman Chris Pronger said.
May 20, 2010 |
For the first time in the franchise's 42-season history, the Flyers have started a playoff series with consecutive shutouts. Goalie Michael Leighton has done the honors, but he has received lots of support from defensemen Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Lukas Krajicek, and Ryan Parent, along with the backchecking forwards. "It's kind of twofold," Pronger said. "One, it's goaltending. Obviously, [Leighton is] doing a great job of making the first save.
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.
December 24, 2008 |
The Flyers, thanks to last night's draining 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators at the sold-out Wachovia Center, head into the Christmas break in a content mood. A 15-2-4 record in their last 21 games will do that to a team. Simon Gagne's bizarre goal from the left circle - it deflected off two former Flyers defensemen - snapped a 4-4 tie with 5 minutes, 30 seconds remaining. The shot caromed off the skates of both Alexandre Picard and Jason Smith. On a night when nearly every goal was scored on a strange carom, Gagne's score seemed fitting.
December 13, 2008 |
On the day after the Greatest Late-Game Comeback Win in the franchise's 41-season history, the Flyers said they know they will need more than one-plus solid period to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in this afternoon's matinee at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers were missing in action in the first two periods of Thursday's riveting, 6-5, shoot-out triumph over dazed Carolina. Pittsburgh is different from Carolina. "There aren't many times in this league where you can play 20 minutes and win a game, but we were able to sneak one out," winger Scott Hartnell said after yesterday's practice in Voorhees.
December 3, 2008 |
The Flyers withstood another injury to Danny Briere, a game-misconduct penalty to Scottie Upshall in the first period and a thrown glove by Scott Hartnell that led to a penalty shot in the closing seconds of regulation. The result? A wild 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night at the Wachovia Center. Oh, they also withstood goals by three former Flyers: Mark Recchi, Vinny Prospal and Steve Downie. They survived because Marty Biron stopped Ryan Malone on a breakaway and a penalty shot with the score tied at 3 and 16.3 seconds left in regulation.
December 29, 2008 |
Remember the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and how everything went wrong for the Griswold family? Well, the Flyers can relate. So far, their longest Tour Across North America of the season has had a similar feel to it. In two games, they have been outscored by a combined 8-1 and outshot by 71-38. They have committed 19 penalties to their opponents' 10, and suffered injuries to defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Matt Carle. Oh, and weather-related travel problems - they were low on fuel as they circled a Chicago airport - have also been part of the misadventure.
December 28, 2008 |
Plane delays caused by weather problems. Practices canceled because of plane delays. Key players getting injured. For the Flyers, the first two legs of their six-city, 12-day trip haven't gone exactly the way coach John Stevens had planned. Ken Hitchcock's lowly Columbus Blue Jackets outplayed the Flyers in almost every category last night as they scored a 3-0 win at Nationwide Arena. Steve Mason, a 20-year-old rookie, made 20 saves and notched his third career shutout as Columbus recorded its first win over the Flyers in eight tries.