January 5, 2013 |
Flyers forward Max Talbot returned from Europe and, for the first time since the lockout started 111 days ago, was practicing Friday at the team's facility in Voorhees. "I'm almost excited to see you guys," Talbot cracked to reporters after skating for an hour with some of his teammates. Talbot's return isn't necessarily because he thinks the work stoppage is almost over. "I bought a house right before I left for Finland and had a couple things to do in town," said Talbot, who purchased a Philadelphia townhouse.
July 4, 2012 |
The Flyers lost their top-line right winger, veteran Jaromir Jagr, to free agency Tuesday when the future Hall of Famer signed a one-year deal for $4.5 million with the Dallas Stars. In his only season with the Flyers, Jagr battled through groin injuries but still recorded 19 goals and 54 points, and his unmatched work ethic should leave a lasting impression on his former teammates. "The way he prepared for games and the way he practiced, it's good that the young guys got to witness that," general manager Paul Holmgren said.
April 29, 2012 |
Popular misconception: Defense and goaltending win Stanley Cups. Oh, they help, no question. And the Flyers wouldn't mind if goalie Ilya Bryzgalov somehow came close to matching his stunning regular-season numbers against New Jersey - a 0.29 goal-against average (gulp) and .987 save percentage (double gulp) - in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But for folks to dismiss the Flyers' Cup chances because their defense has been glaringly inconsistent this season, well, that would be foolish.
April 23, 2012 |
With his skates finally untied and his equipment shed, Max Talbot took an extra second to soak in the emotion and glory of eliminating the Penguins team he had spent the last six seasons with before a low-ball offer sent him to the Flyers last summer. All season, Talbot said he had a feeling the Flyers and Penguins would meet in the first round - an eventuality he was well-prepared to face. Talbot just missed wide on an empty-net goal in the final minutes that would have been sweet icing on an emphatic but emotionally draining series.
April 22, 2012 |
ABOUT 10 SECONDS before the puck dropped on Sunday afternoon, shortly after "my home sweet home" simultaneously slipped from the mouths of Kate Smith and Lauren Hart, Claude Giroux circled by Danny Briere at the Flyers' bench. "He came over to me and said, 'Watch the first shift,' " Briere said. In one 32-second burst, Giroux quelled the fears of a quiet, on-edge, capacity crowd at the Wells Fargo Center with a first shift out of a scene in the cult-classic flick "Slap Shot.
April 20, 2012 |
The getting-stranger-by-the-shift series between the Flyers and their cross-state pals from Pittsburgh has resembled a glorified men's league. Only most men's leagues likely have better goaltending. The playoffs are usually tight-checking, low-scoring goalie duels. Kind of like the admirable way the Flyers played in the last six weeks of the regular season. In the first four games of the Flyers-Penguins shootathon, the teams have combined for an astounding 45 goals.
April 16, 2012
Here is Inquirer staff writer Sam Carchidi's key to the game: Max Talbot's early shorthanded goal, a dribbler than got past Marc-Andre Fleury, tied the game at 1-1, took away the Pens' momentum, and started a horrendous afternoon for the goalie.
April 15, 2012 |
Twenty minutes after their Pittsburgh Comeback Tour was over, after the Flyers had pulled another escape that would have made Harry Houdini proud, Max Talbot was so exhausted he could barely move. The Flyers' hardworking forward had scored a shorthanded goal, assisted on another shorty, and compiled a career-best plus-5 rating - and he didn't have the energy to talk about it. His jersey drenched with sweat, Talbot sat in front of his locker after the Flyers' had-to-see-it-to- believe-it 8-5 win Friday over his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he was approached by a swarm of reporters.
April 13, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Holding court before a gaggle of reporters, Max Talbot said Game 1 played out on Wednesday night exactly the way he thought it would. No, Talbot wasn't talking about the Flyers' ridiculous three-goal comeback. But having donned the proud sweaters of both of the franchises in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal death match over the last two seasons, he knew better than to expect the overblown nastiness on Wednesday. "I heard some quotes, that it's going to be a bloodbath," Talbot said.
April 11, 2012 |
ED BARKOWITZ PETER LAVIOLETTE won't be the league's coach of the year, the Blues' Ken Hitchcock will. But Laviolette has done a remarkable job keeping the ice beneath the Flyers' skates from turning into water. His reward for leading the Flyers to 103 points is getting the Penguins (108 points) in the first round. What it lacks in fairness, it makes up for in wonderful intrigue. The Flyers have to stay out of the penalty box and physical defenseman Nick Grossmann, who missed the last week of the season with a knee injury, has to be at least 85 percent.