April 26, 2016 |
The end is never easy even when you think it might actually be the start of something good. And so a half hour after his team's season concluded Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss against the more talented Washington Capitals, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol was reluctant to look too far ahead. "I'm disappointed . . . that we're not preparing for Game 7," Hakstol said following his team's six-game elimination by the Caps. "That's the overriding feeling that I have right now. I've been proud of this group all the way through.
April 14, 2016 |
EASTERN CONFERENCE Flyers vs. Washington Capitals Records: Flyers, 41-27-14, 96 points; Capitals, 56-18-8, 120 points. Coaches: Flyers, Dave Hakstol, 1st season, 41-27-14; Washington, Barry Trotz, 2nd season, 101-44-19, overall 658-523-60T-119. Season series: 2-2. Last season: The Flyers didn't qualify for the playoffs; Washington lost in the second round to the New York Rangers. Key players: Flyers, C Claude Giroux (22 goals, 45 assists); RW Wayne Simmonds (32 G, 28 A)
March 11, 2016 |
The Flyers and Penguins will play outdoor games against each other in 2017 and 2019, a source close to the situation confirmed. "It's always fun games against Pittsburgh, and I know for a fact that fans love when we play Pittsburgh, so it's going to make it even more fun," captain Claude Giroux said. Next season's game will be played on Feb. 18 at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Flyers and Penguins in the NHL. Penn State was explored as a possible site, but the cost was too high, the source said.
February 17, 2016 |
The Flyers, losers of five of their last six games, are in danger of fading out of the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt unless they make a major turnaround on their five-game road trip. "Our goal is to make the playoffs," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the Flyers fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Sunday night. "Nothing is going to change until we get there. It's how we respond now. We have to turn some negatives into positives. " Gostisbehere, arguably the team's MVP even though he was not recalled from the minors until mid-November, has done his part.
February 16, 2016 |
NEW YORK - It's beginning to look as though the Flyers will be sellers at the Feb. 29 trade deadline. They suffered their fifth loss in six games Sunday night, falling to the New York Rangers, 3-1, and dropping six points behind in the wild-card race. Derek Stepan scored a pair of third-period goals as the Rangers extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1). Brayden Schenn snapped the shutout with a power-play goal with 9.7 seconds left. Shayne Gostisbehere got an assist, extending his points streak to 12 games and increasing his NHL record for rookie defensemen.
February 8, 2016 |
Despite earning a point, this one will sting for the Flyers. Appearing headed for two points, the Flyers allowed a Keith Yandle goal with 12.9 seconds left in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, the Flyers were blanked, 2-0, in the shootout during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. It snapped a three-game win streak. The teams have played three, 3-2 shootouts, with the Rangers winning two of them. "Every time you give up a goal in the last minute, it definitely stings a little," said rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who was brilliant with a goal and an assist.
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 26, 2016 |
NEW YORK - I went to Brooklyn to cover a game and ended up covering a practice. I mean, we're talking about a practice. The original assignment: the Flyers vs. the New York Islanders Saturday night at the Barclays Center. As tasks go, this did not rank up there with covering the America's Cup in Australia, which The Inquirer did once during the golden age of newspapers and United States yacht racing. Still, I was looking forward to seeing Brooklyn's relatively new arena for the first time.
January 18, 2016 |
Jake Voracek slowly skated past the visitors' bench on Saturday afternoon while the New York Rangers emptied onto the ice. Voracek's shootout attempt had sailed wide of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, bouncing off of the boards and sending the Rangers into celebration after a 3-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers' valiant effort - which included a tying goal in the third period - was for naught after they were held scoreless in the shootout. Shayne Gostisbehere, Claude Giroux, and Voracek each missed their chances without barely testing Lundqvist.
January 17, 2016 |
The Flyers will try to extend their winning streak to five games - which would be a season's best - and continue their playoff push when they host the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Shayne Gostisbehere, who says he is at 100 percent, will return to the lineup after missing two games with a suspected groin injury. The speedy rookie defenseman will go back to quarterbacking the first power-play unit. "He's ready to go, for sure," coach Dave Hakstol said after Friday's practice in Voorhees.