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)
December 13, 2010 |
Having survived an overtime thriller that oozed with playoff-like intensity in Boston, the Flyers have a more-daunting challenge Tuesday - trying to end the Pittsburgh Penguins' 12-game winning streak. The bitter cross-state rivals will meet at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Penguins will be aiming for a franchise-record eighth straight road win. For the Flyers, it's Part II in a difficult four-game stretch - starting with Saturday's 2-1, overtime win over the Bruins - that includes matchups against Montreal (Wednesday)
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.
April 10, 2010 |
NEW YORK - For Marian Gaborik, it was one of those what-goes-around-comes-around nights at Madison Square Garden. Gaborik is the gifted right winger who is helping the Rangers try to complete a dramatic last-minute charge into the playoffs. But in four previous games against the Flyers this season, he became most notable for eating several right crosses from the Flyers Dan Carcillo. It was a fight that infuriated Rangers coach John Tortorella, who questioned Carcillo's character for taking on a skilled player who gets paid to score goals, not knockouts, even though Gaborik was quick to drop his gloves.