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.
December 31, 2008 |
The Flyers began their six-city, 12-day trip lurking on the heels of the first-place New York Rangers. Two ugly losses later, they needed a win last night to steady themselves and prevent a potential free fall. They got one. Incensed by a blindside hit that sidelined winger Simon Gagne in the opening seconds, the Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, at General Motors Place. Jeff Carter scored his league-best 27th goal and added an assist for the Flyers, who continued their uncanny mastery over the Canucks in Vancouver.
September 14, 2009 |
Maybe it was because Chris Pronger and Ray Emery - two of the NHL's most ballyhooed players - were making their first on-ice appearances as Flyers. Maybe it was the fact that Comcast SportsNet was taping a "Meet the Flyers" segment and had invited fans to be part of the live audience. Or maybe, quite simply, it was because of the great expectations that are attached to the team. Whatever the reason, a few thousands fans crammed into the Skate Zone in Voorhees yesterday as the Flyers opened their training camp.
October 4, 2009 |
Goalie Ray Emery, back from a one-year exile to Russia, nearly matched a Hall of Famer's feat as the Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, last night at the Prudential Center and ruined the home team's season opener in front of an unhappy sellout crowd. The Flyers, off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the Roger Neilson-coached 1998-99 team, got goals from Jeff Carter, Ian Laperriere, Mike Richards, Darroll Powe, and Matt Carle. Each line had a goal for the well-balanced Flyers.