April 7, 2008 |
When Alexander Ovechkin comes sailing down the wing, his skates trailing blue sparks, the best advice is to step aside or risk ending up pancaked like Wile E. Coyote in those old Roadrunner cartoons. That won't be an option for the Flyers. Possessing the NHL's most devastating combination of speed, power, skill and exuberance, Ovechkin will be a major headache for the Flyers when they play the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It will be the NHL playoff debut for the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Ovechkin, so he's likely to show more interest in winning than Pittsburgh did yesterday during the Flyers' 2-0 victory in the regular-season finale at the Wachovia Center.
October 10, 2010
New Jersey 2 0 0 ? 2 First period: 1, New Jersey, Arnott 2 (Langenbrunner, Elias), 1:49. 2, Washington, Carlson 1, 2:24. 3, New Jersey, Tallinder 1 (Zubrus, Zajac), 13:44 (sh). Penalties: Zubrus, NJ (hooking), 6:26; Semin, Was (interference), 11:29; Parise, NJ (tripping), 13:06. Second period: 4, Washington, Fleischmann 1 (Semin, Carlson), 1:59. 5, Washington, Ovechkin 1 (Knuble, Carlson), 14:31. 6, Washington, Chimera 1 (Fleischmann), 18:25. 7, Washington, Ovechkin 2 (penalty shot)
October 4, 2008 |
Even though they have only one more NHL exhibition game before they start the regular season, the Flyers still are playing a lot of youngsters who aren't expected to be on the 23-man roster. Maybe that explains why the Flyers (4-3) looked so outclassed in last night's 5-1 preseason loss to the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The Flyers' lineup included defensemen Danny Syvret and Luca Sbisa, and forwards Darroll Powe, Andreas Nodl and Frederik Cabana.
December 20, 2008 |
Josh Gratton was promoted. Andreas Nodl was demoted. And goalie Marty Biron was still feeling ill. Those were the Flyers' developments yesterday. Gratton, a hard-nosed winger, was recalled from the AHL Phantoms and will play on the fourth line today against the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals in a 1 p.m. matinee at the Wachovia Center. Nodl, a winger who had three assists and no goals (but several near-misses) in 24 games with the Flyers, was sent down to the Phantoms.
January 28, 2010 |
When the Flyers meet Atlanta tonight at the Wachovia Center, they will be a different team from the one that was blanked by the Thrashers, 1-0, in their last meeting. That Nov. 28 contest in Atlanta was during a stretch when the team's offense had vanished. The Flyers were also shut out by Vancouver in their next game, and coach John Stevens was sent packing. Fast-forward two months, and the Flyers' offense has been revived. Ditto their season. Tonight when they host the Thrashers, they will be riding an 11-4-1 wave in which they have averaged 3.6 goals per game.
April 28, 2008 |
When it got back to R.J. Umberger that he was going to start the playoffs on the Flyers' fourth line, he made it clear he was not overjoyed. In hockey parlance, fourth lines are frequently referred to as energy lines. Their role is to do the grunt work. Go out there, throw your body around, and make certain the other team doesn't score. Get some momentum going. Keep your scoring mentality in check. Don't take chances. Umberger thought he had more to give, and he said so. "I think I was just excited that the playoffs were starting, and I wanted to have a bigger role," Umberger said yesterday.
January 14, 2008 |
The Flyers have no goalie controversy, coach John Stevens insists. Instead, Stevens feels he has the luxury of choosing between two fine stoppers - Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki. Whatever it's called, Stevens knows this much: His decision on which goalie to start has become more difficult in the last 10 days. "It's not always easy to get both of them as much playing time as they'd like," Stevens said yesterday after a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals. "It helps to have both guys playing well, but it does become difficult at times.
May 2, 2008 |
Be honest: You did not expect the Flyers to be leading by three games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Many people had the Montreal Canadiens winning the playoff series in six games. That's not going to happen. The Flyers are in command. It will take seven games for Montreal to win this series, which continues tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. But there are two days off between games, and that could affect the Flyers' momentum. "To me, it does not matter in a playoff situation because both teams are faced with the same schedule," Flyers coach John Stevens said yesterday.
April 30, 2010
FOR THE second year in a row, an eighth-seeded team toppled a first-seeded team in the NHL playoffs. The seventh-seeded Flyers upset the second-seeded Devils, and the sixth-seeded Bruins stunned the third-seeded Sabres. So, you ask, why do these big upsets seem to happen in hockey more than any other professional sport? Only the NCAA Tournament has less predictability than your typical NHL postseason, which is a big part of its remaining relevance to American sports fans. You don't have to understand a neutral-zone trap or the nuances of Peter Laviolette's forecheck to understand how stunning Washington's early exit was. Conversely, understanding that trap or forecheck, or any other hockey nuance, doesn't always offer any more insight into how and why these things happen.
January 20, 2011 |
Flyers center Danny Briere is no longer out of the all-star mix. Bypassed by the NHL when it named 36 all-stars last week, Briere was added Wednesday to replace Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who will miss the game for personal reasons. Briere said he felt he was originally overlooked because of "politics" but added that he held no grudge - and that he was thrilled to be added to the team because he can bring his three boys to the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C. "I'm really excited for the chance to take my kids to it," said Briere, whose sons are 9, 11, and 12. "They're at a prime age for these types of things.