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.
October 11, 2009 |
Teemu Selanne ruined Chris Pronger's 35th birthday celebration last night as the Flyers coughed up a late 2-0 lead and lost to Anaheim in a shoot-out, 3-2, before a stunned sellout crowd at the Wachovia Center. Selanne, the Ducks' youthful 39-year-old right winger, scored two goals in the final 6 minutes, 44 seconds of regulation, including the equalizer with the goalie pulled and 16 seconds left. He then scored the only goal in the shoot-out, putting a shot inside the left post to beat Ray Emery.
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.
March 10, 2011 |
TORONTO - After the Flyers ended a four-game losing streak with an uneven 4-1 win over lowly Edmonton on Tuesday, defenseman Matt Carle compared his team's plight to the sport Arnold Palmer helped make famous. "I think the whole season is a work in progress," Carle said. "It's kind of like a golf game. You never are going to be perfect. There is always some aspect of the game that you want to try to work on. " In their previous four games, the Flyers went double-bogey (loss to Ottawa, the East's worst team)
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)