October 7, 2009 |
Mike Richards and Matt Carle had record-setting performances, and Danny Briere celebrated his 32d birthday with an overtime goal as the Flyers outlasted the Washington Capitals, 6-5, in their wildly entertaining home opener last night. With a sellout crowd watching at the reverberating Wachovia Center, Briere scored on a rebound with 1 minute, 8 seconds left in overtime, giving the Flyers a 3-0 record for the first time since 1998. "They're fun once in a while," Briere said about a game that was scoreless entering the second period before turning into a shoot-out.
February 5, 2009 |
Never mind that the Boston Bruins carried the NHL's highest point total into last night's game at the sold-out Wachovia Center. The Flyers welcomed the challenge. This was a game, they hoped, that would demonstrate that they could play with the league's elite, a game that would snap them out of a five-week span of mediocrity. So much for that theory. After being outplayed in the opening period, the Bruins took control and used deflected third-period goals 35 seconds apart to snap a 1-1 tie and outlast the shorthanded Flyers, 3-1. "That's a textbook way to grind out hockey games," Flyers coach John Stevens said.
October 31, 2009 |
When defenseman Matt Carle says teammate Blair Betts, the Flyers' fourth-line center and penalty-killing whiz, "adds another defensive dimension," he is not overdosing on hyperbole. With Betts in the lineup, the Flyers are 3-0; without him, they are 2-4-1. So it is with open arms that the Flyers will welcome Betts for today's 1 p.m. game against visiting Carolina. The Blair Betts Project will be back in session. Betts has missed the last seven games with a dislocated right shoulder.
May 20, 2010 |
MONTREAL - 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.
November 8, 2008 |
Attempting to boost their sagging defense, the Flyers last night acquired Matt Carle in a deal that sent forward Steve Downie and defenseman Steve Eminger to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coincidentally, the Flyers play host to Tampa Bay tonight. In addition to Carle, the Flyers will get San Jose's third-round draft selection (which had been traded to Tampa) in 2009, while the Lightning will get a fourth-round pick. The deal leaves the Flyers with 49 players on the 50-man roster and opens a spot for potentially signing free-agent winger Brendan Shanahan, though it will become trickier because the Flyers are near the league's $56.7 million cap. Eminger ($1.2 million)
November 21, 2009 |
Flyers defensive partners Matt Carle and Chris Pronger entered last night ranked Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, in the NHL's plus-minus ratings. Carle was at plus-18, Pronger at plus-14. "It's kind of a weird statistic," Carle said. "Obviously, you look at guys that have been in the league a long time, and it's consistent with them. Sometimes it's just being at the right place at the right time. I've been fortunate to be with a guy like Pronger, and we've been clicking pretty well.
March 16, 2009 |
Yappy winger Sean Avery is known as one of the game's great agitators. Yesterday, in the New York Rangers' 4-1 thumping of the Flyers at Madison Square Garden, he also became - surprise, surprise - an offensive force. Avery scored two of New York's three power-play goals before a national-television audience and the Rangers' 150th consecutive home sellout. The penalty-hindered Flyers were denied their second win in as many days against the Rangers. The Rangers, who entered the game ranked 28th out of 30 NHL teams on the power play, were 3 for 9 with the extra skater.
August 3, 2012 |
Three trips to the playoffs in three seasons have earned Peter Laviolette a contract extension, the Flyers announced Wednesday. Laviolette agreed to a deal that will keep him head coach here for another two seasons after his current contract expires at the completion of the coming season. The announcement is far from a surprise. "Peter and I have a strong relationship," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "We talked about it briefly at the end of the year, and we had our own business to work through with the draft July 1, and all the other stuff that goes on. There was never a question that this wasn't going to get done.
June 19, 2010 |
During their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers were reluctant to use their third defensive pairing. So, in his first move of the off-season, general manager Paul Holmgren made a deal Saturday that significantly upgrades that unit, acquiring defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in 2011 from Nashville for Ryan Parent, a little-used and frequently injured defenseman. Now the Flyers have 11 days to sign the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Hamhuis (pronounced HAM-HOOS)
May 21, 2010 |
MONTREAL - Michael Leighton had his first playoff experience in hockey's hallowed city Thursday, and considering the Flyers began the night with a lead of two games to none in the Eastern Conference finals, he expected to get the full treatment. He did. Desperate as a result of their circumstances and emboldened by perhaps the loudest home crowd in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens were a dramatically different team at the Bell Centre. They played with an edge, and they pounced on rebounds, two aspects of their game that were largely missing in Philadelphia.