February 21, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has a special bond with his grandfather, Denis Brodeur, a Montreal native who moved to Florida when he was younger. It was his grandfather who bought him his first pair of skates when he was 3 years old, coached one of his youth teams, and used to bring him to the Florida Panthers games with his season tickets. So you could understand why "Ghost" felt a little nostalgic Friday to play his first NHL game in the city where his grandfather grew up. "I know he'll be watching [on TV]
February 20, 2016 |
Radko Gudas represents everything that the Flyers once were and should no longer aspire to be. He is supposed to be their intimidator, a defenseman who provides an all-important physical presence to a lineup that otherwise lacks it, someone who gives opponents pause before they consider coming after Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek or another of the team's truly indispensable members. He is supposed to be all those things. He has proved to be something else entirely: a cheap-shot aficionado, reckless, careless, damaging to the Flyers' chances of winning and to other athletes' health and safety, a player who can't be trusted by either his teammates or his opponents to play a tough, clean game.
February 10, 2016 |
Fifty years ago Tuesday, Ed Snider, Jerry Wolman and others brought an NHL expansion team to Philadelphia. The Snider-Wolman relationship didn't last long. The Flyers? Their relationship with fans grew as they became one of the league's elite franchises. You could look it up. Since their first season in 1967-68 - a year after the franchise was awarded - the Flyers have a 1,877-1,304-588 record, a winning percentage of .576. Only the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have a better winning percentage in that span (both at .601)
February 4, 2016 |
THE FIRST game won't make or break what the Flyers concede is their most important month of the season. The Flyers have their busiest month of the season with 15 games - the final being on Feb. 29 at home against the Calgary Flames. It is complicated by the fact that they'll have five straight games away from home from Feb. 14-23 because ventriloquist/standup comedian Jeff Dunham and then the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will play the Wells Fargo Center. That a ventriloquist with a bunch of puppets needs a venue the size of Wells Fargo is beyond me, but the lowest-priced ticket is $27. Nevertheless, the Flyers play at the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.
January 7, 2016 |
The Flyers' slumping special teams regrouped and played a major role in snapping a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn had three points, and Shayne Gostisbehere and the sizzling Sean Couturier each contributed a goal and an assist as the Flyers outlasted the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. The Flyers' much-maligned penalty kill was 4 for 4. The PK allowed six goals on 12 chances during the 0-3 West Coast trip. The power play, which has struggled recently, also got a goal from Wayne Simmonds.
January 6, 2016 |
The Flyers went to the film room Monday and predictably did not enjoy what they saw from an 0-3 West Coast trip. In losses to Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles, the Flyers allowed six power-play goals. Their work on special teams, especially with the recent slump of the penalty killing unit, needs major improvement. The Flyers entered Monday ranked 26th in penalty kill percentage. They have stopped 77.3 percent of opponents' power play chances. "The last few games we have gotten scored on [killing penalties]
November 16, 2014 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers' penalty-killing unit is, well, killing them. It happened for the second straight night, this time in a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the earsplitting Bell Centre on Saturday. Montreal scored on its only three power plays as it built a 3-0 lead en route to its fifth straight victory. "Simple things" are costing the Flyers on the penalty kill, winger Matt Read said after the loss. "We have opportunities to clear pucks, and we don't; we're not blocking shots, not moving the puck well, not reading [plays]
October 14, 2014 |
Flyers prospect Samuel Morin was hit in the face with a puck and suffered a broken jaw Sunday during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed that Morin would have surgery on Monday. The defenseman was playing for Rimouski Oceanic in a 5-2 loss to the host Quebec Remparts. Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports said that Morin, 19, was hit in the mouth and that there was a lot of blood on the ice. Morin was the Flyers' first-round draft pick (11th overall)
September 3, 2014 |
FORMER NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais , a six-time All-Star, has died. He was 68. The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal and 1972 with Boston. He also played for the California Golden Seals and New Jersey Devils. Vadnais had 169 goals and 587 points in 1,087 games.
May 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The New York Rangers, a team that looked beatable before outlasting the Flyers in the opening round, continued their improbable journey Thursday night at frenzied Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts, sparked by Dominic Moore's goal and Henrik Lundqvist's goaltending, defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, and won the Eastern Conference finals, four games to two. The victory sends New York to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since Mark Messier and Co. won the crown in 1994, ending the Rangers' 54-year drought.