April 22, 2016 |
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
April 20, 2016 |
THINK BACK to the go-ahead goal. This is, admittedly, a bit of a chore, because the go-ahead goal occurred midway through the second period, well before Game 3 devolved into a hailstorm of fists, wristbands and power-play goals that left the Flyers and their fans one game away from elimination thanks to a 6-1 loss. But it is there where the story of the series really lies. Not the sliver of daylight between Steve Mason's glove and the post, nor the emphatic fist pump from the all-time great watching his wrister rattle around the back of the net, but the giveaway that ignited the pivotal sequence.
April 16, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere conceded there was a stretch when he felt some fatigue creeping into his game, but he said he felt refreshed and ready for a grueling series with Washington. If the Flyers have any hope at an upset, they need Gostisbehere playing at his best. "I see him back at a high level," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said before Game 1 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Hakstol said that Gostisbehere was "on the upswing as we came down the latter part of the stretch" and that playing a long, grinding season was part of the experience.
April 14, 2016 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - Mike Richards once was among the bright young athletes in Philadelphia, a Stanley Cup finalist with the Flyers in 2010, an Olympic gold medalist with Canada earlier that year. After a trade and Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 with the Los Angeles Kings, Richards saw his life unravel last year, first with a demotion to the minor leagues and then an arrest at a Canadian border stop in June, after which he was charged with possession of the controlled substance oxycodone.
February 29, 2016 |
Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn are more than brothers. They are best friends, and both say they miss being Flyers teammates. Funny thing is, they have elevated their play - especially Brayden - since being separated Jan. 6, the day the Flyers dealt Luke Schenn to Los Angeles. In the 23 games since the trade, Brayden Schenn has looked noticeably more confident and had nine goals and 10 assists - his best streak of the season. Brayden Schenn was asked if he was more productive because he was taking on more responsibility with his brother not around.
January 29, 2016 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - He was smiling. He was joking. On the ice, in the dressing room, with teammates, and, yes, even with media - even with me. Mike Richards is happy to be back in hockey, so happy that he could greet an old critic with a welcoming smile and a long conversation about the status of his game, even as he still faces an oh-so-uncertain path to his future. "My legs are good," he said after a brief pregame skate at the Washington Capitals' practice facility before Wednesday night's game against the Flyers.
January 28, 2016 |
Former Flyers captain Mike Richards downplayed facing his ex-team Wednesday at the Verizon Center. It will be the first time Richards has played against the Flyers since he signed a free-agent contract with Washington earlier this month. Richards spent six seasons with the Flyers before being dealt to Los Angeles in 2011. "It was a long time ago," Richards, Washington's fourth-line center, told reporters after the Capitals' practice Tuesday in Arlington, Va. "Four, five years ago now. There might be one player left on the team that I played with, so it really doesn't make much of a difference to me anymore.
January 9, 2016 |
NEW YORK - From a white-walled hallway on the bottom floor of the Barclays Center on Thursday night, a member of the Washington Capitals public-relations staff extended his hand to guide Mike Richards into an expansive room. Less than two hours before Washington's 4-1 victory against the Islanders, a red Capitals curtain, draped from a portable rod, marked the spot where Richards would stand and carry out a task that he always considered a chore when he was the Flyers' captain: answering questions from the media.
December 31, 2015 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After sitting out 19 games following pubic-plate detachment surgery, Mark Streit returned to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday night in San Jose. Streit was paired with Nick Schultz, and was also the quarterback on the second power-play unit. "It's great to be back and I'm really excited," Streit said before the game, "but it's going to take a little time to feel comfortable and get used to the speed and the timing. " Streit played his first game since Nov. 12. "He's a veteran and brings a lot of leadership in our lineup," center Sean Couturier said.
November 19, 2015 |
In hindsight, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown said, he and his teammates wore blinders in the Mike Richards situation. "I guess the first instincts are his play dipped, but you don't equate that to being on drugs," Brown said after the Kings' practiced Tuesday's morning at the Wells Fargo Center, preparing for tonight's game against the Flyers. "Guys go through spurts in their careers where they're not on top of their game and I think collectively we probably all could have [done something to help him]