September 18, 2013 |
TORONTO - With less than a minute remaining in a tied, meaningless exhibition game, one Flyer flew into the offensive zone and laid a hit on an unsuspecting Toronto defenseman. He stole the puck and tried to create a scoring chance as if it were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Rudy Ruettiger would have been proud. Except, unlike Rudy, this player was not a longshot doing everything he could to catch the coach's eye. It was Max Talbot. "I was excited tonight like it was a regular-season game," said Talbot, who played in his first NHL game since March 31. "I think I was a little rusty in the first period, but after that, I thought I was a little better.
September 16, 2013 |
For Flyers forward Max Talbot, the last few months have been eventful: He learned his fiancée will deliver their first child in February, and his left leg has completely healed after it was broken in a collision with Washington's Mike Green last March 31. "All is good," said Talbot, sporting a new-look, short haircut. Talbot is one of the Flyers veterans who will make the trip for the team's first exhibition game, at 6 p.m. Sunday against the Maple Leafs in London, Ontario. The Flyers will then play in a split-squad game Monday in Toronto, while the other members of the team will meet Washington at the Wells Fargo Center on the same night.
July 25, 2013 |
ASIDE FROM the chewing gum and timely timeouts, it is the indelible image of Peter Laviolette's tenure with the Flyers. April 1, 2012. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Game No. 79. Laviolette, walking the tightrope that is the dasherboards between benches, climbed past the protective Plexiglas separating the Flyers and Penguins and shattered Max Talbot's stick in frustration in the direction of Penguins coach Dan Bylsma - on national television. Standing in the way was Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato.
May 9, 2013 |
First in a series THE FIRST order of business for Paul Holmgren this summer is determining which unit was more a cause of concern for the Flyers: the offense or the defense. For me, it's a clear answer. Even if they remained completely healthy all season, the Flyers' biggest weakness remained on the back end, where they entered the season one or two solid pieces away from even being considered a true contender. Yes, the Flyers scored nearly a half-goal less per game during the shortened season, but they also gave up more than they scored.
April 2, 2013 |
Forward Max Talbot, arguably the Flyers' best penalty killer, left Sunday's game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The Flyers called it a "lower-body injury. " Based on comments the players made after their wild 5-4 overtime win over Washington, it's likely the veteran forward will be sidelined for a while. With a little more than a minute remaining in the second period, Talbot collided knee-on-knee with Mike Green. The players got tangled, and Green's skate appeared to hit the back of Talbot's leg. Talbot, who had scored his fifth goal earlier in the game, was carried to the locker room.
March 26, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - About 7 minutes. That's all the Flyers needed to hang on. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Flyers were 7 minutes away from kicking off their playoff push with an important two points. Seven minutes away from ending Pittsburgh's precious 11-game winning streak for the third season in a row. Seven minutes away from surviving a hellacious third-period onslaught against a team that is now tied for the league lead in wins when trailing after two periods this season.
February 5, 2013 |
IN AN attempt to project this season's offensive output, the Flyers' brass needed to rely on a handful of players continuing to exceed expectations in order to increase last season's 264 goals. Matt Read, Jake Voracek, Max Talbot and Wayne Simmonds all posted career highs in their first season with the Flyers. Not all of them have pulled their weight this season, which partially explains the Flyers' 25th-ranked offense (2.33 goals per-game) after finishing third last season. Talbot, coming off a year in which he posted career-highs in goals (19)
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.