March 19, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - Aside from maybe the New York Rangers, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs because of it in 2010, no team in the NHL has hated the shootout more than the Flyers. Now, after a decade of torture, the rest of the other 28 teams have had enough. At the NHL's general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday, the 30 executives voted to recommend a change to overtime to include three-on-three play as a way to reduce the number of shootouts deciding games. Last March, the GMs tried a different tweak - switching ends to induce a long line change in the hope of ending games - but it resulted in only 0.8 percent fewer shootouts this season.
March 11, 2015 |
For the flawed Flyers, their Lost Weekend - an excruciating overtime defeat in Boston, a pitiful performance in New Jersey - was a microcosm of their inconsistent season. Their penalty kill, which was the worst in the league for most of the season's first half, deserted them in their most important shift of the year, allowing Boston to tie the game with 14.1 seconds left in regulation Saturday. Their offense, inconsistent all season, continued to lack a finishing touch and showed first-year general manager Ron Hextall he desperately needs to add a consistent top-six forward over the summer.
March 3, 2015 |
Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann, injured Saturday in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers, said he will find out Monday if he suffered a concussion. Grossmann was injured when a second-period shot by the Rangers' Rick Nash struck his left shoulder and head. He underwent testing and will be reevaluated Monday, when he will learn if he is cleared to play Tuesday against visiting Calgary. "It's too soon to tell," Grossmann said Sunday while he participated in the Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 2, 2015 |
In three previous games against the New York Rangers this season, the Flyers were 0-3 and were outscored by 10-2. In their final regular-season meeting, the Flyers reversed course with the help of an unusual occurrence - a shorthanded goal. Former Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the Flyers' second shorthanded goal of the season early in the third period of a 4-2 win over the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. That left the Flyers six points behind the Boston Bruins for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
March 1, 2015 |
TORONTO - The Flyers were in a surprisingly upbeat mood after another loss to a sad-sack team beneath them in the standings. Their playoff hopes are in grave danger after a 3-2 loss Thursday to a Toronto team that had just three wins in nearly two months. Yet the prevailing theory around the Flyers' locker room was this: If we continue to play like we did Thursday, we're going to win a lot of games. The problem with that theory, however, is that it isn't always true. Problem No. 2: The Flyers are running out of time.
February 19, 2015 |
The Flyers players tapped their sticks on the ice as a tribute Tuesday morning and Kimmo Timonen skated in a loop and raised his stick triumphantly. After nearly 10 months of uncertainty, of trying to figure out if his career was worth resuming while he took medication for blood clots, Timonen was back with his teammates at their Voorhees practice facility. For the first time since April 30, in Game 7 of the playoffs against the New York Rangers, Timonen practiced with his teammates.
January 15, 2015 |
After being a healthy scratch for the last 26 games, veteran Carlo Colaiacovo will return to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday in Washington. Colaiacovo, a puck-moving defenseman, will replace Braydon Coburn, who will be sidelined for four weeks with what is believed to be a broken left foot. Colaiacovo, who turns 32 on Jan. 27, sounded almost giddy about returning to the lineup. "I can't even describe how I feel right now," he said. "I'm just really looking forward to getting back.
December 18, 2014 |
None of the Flyers has come down with the mumps, but it's too soon to breathe a sigh of relief. So far, about 20 players on six NHL teams definitely or probably have gotten the viral illness, despite a flurry of vaccinations throughout the league. Among those afflicted is the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the league's most valuable player, who tested positive for the disease Dec. 13. The Flyers have played three affected teams - the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and New Jersey Devils - within the incubation period of 16 to 18 days.
December 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Flyers continued their free fall Saturday afternoon, suffering their eighth loss in nine games, a 5-2 defeat to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was their seventh straight road loss and their 10th consecutive regular-season defeat at the Garden. Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off. Derick Brassard finished off a three-on-two by whipping a shot over Ray Emery's right shoulder to the short side, putting the Rangers ahead, 3-2, with 16 minutes, 53 seconds left.
November 29, 2014 |
DETROIT - Another road loss, another postgame outburst. For the Flyers, the wheels are falling off, prompting speculation that if things don't improve, general manager Ron Hextall will shake things up with a trade or two. The latest loss - by 5-2 to the Red Wings on Wednesday night - was the Flyers' sixth consecutive defeat on the road, where they are 2-7-1 and have scored a total of two goals in their last three games. After the game, there was a players-only meeting. The players had a chance to "air everything out," winger Wayne Simmonds said.