February 21, 2012 |
Pavel Kubina is happy to be a Flyer. After his first practice on Monday at Voorhees following his acquisition Saturday from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kubina talked about how eager he is to get things started with his new team. An unrestricted free agent after the season, he also discussed his desire for a relationship with the Flyers beyond the season and his anticipation about playing before the home fans. As is life in the NHL, Kubina won't have much time to settle in. Following practice the Flyers traveled to Winnipeg, where they begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday.
March 2, 2002 |
Buffalo defenseman Rhett Warrener sheepishly let everyone in on a secret in describing his game-winning goal against Boston last night. Warrener's shot from the right circle, which deflected in off an opponent's stick and dribbled through goaltender Byron Dafoe's legs, was intended to be a pass. "Oh, yeah," Warrener said. "Am I not supposed to admit that? Oops. " Warrener's goal, scored with 3 1/2 minutes left, gave the Sabres a 4-3 victory against the visiting Bruins, who squandered two one-goal, third-period leads.
December 1, 2005 |
The struggling Boston Bruins traded captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks last night in exchange for three players. The Bruins get forwards Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart for Thornton, who signed a $20 million, 3-year contract with Boston in August and was once thought to be the future of the franchise. Noteworthy Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer had another abnormal heartbeat this week and returned to the hospital for treatment. He was released yesterday and is to undergo further testing, the team said.
February 23, 2012 |
EDMONTON - Before Tuesday night's win in Winnipeg, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette warned his troops about the lethal weapon on the Jets' blue line in the form of Dustin Byfuglien's slap shot. Byfuglien ended up burning the Flyers in the first period with one of those blasts. But Laviolette also realized that he may now have a similar threat in newly acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina - and it's one that the Flyers haven't had in nearly a decade: a righthanded shot from the point.
October 22, 2003 |
Eric Lindros will be out 2 to 4 weeks after injuring his left shoulder during the New York Rangers' victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Lindros has a sprain in the area where the shoulder and collarbone meet the chest, the Rangers said yesterday. An X-ray Monday night was negative. Lindros did not speak with reporters after Monday night's game and was unavailable for comment yesterday. New York coach and general manager Glen Sather wasn't precisely sure when Lindros was hurt, except he knew the center played after the injury.
November 30, 2001 |
Ivan Hlinka, fired as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach following an 0-4 start, has hired two lawyers and is threatening to sue the team for breach of contract. Hlinka claims the Penguins have not paid him $800,000 he is owed on a three-year contract that runs through June 2003. Hlinka was fired less than two weeks into his second season in Pittsburgh. General manager Craig Patrick indicated he would be offered a scouting position or some other job in Europe, but that apparently has not occurred.
April 9, 2011
Penguins get shootout win over Islanders Chris Kunitz scored the only goal in the shootout and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders, 4-3, on Friday night to avenge a record-setting, fight-filled 9-3 loss on Feb. 11. The Penguins seemed to have things well in hand until Travis Hamonic got the Islanders even at 3 with just 35 seconds left in regulation after New York pulled goalie Al Montoya for an extra skater....
February 19, 2012 |
In the span of three days, the Flyers acquired two massive defensemen - Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina - and received some harsh criticism in the Twitterverse from folks saying they have no chance to win the Stanley Cup this year - and should be stockpiling draft picks, not dealing them. Don't blame general manager Paul Holmgren. Holmgren was forced into a corner because his $51 million investment, Ilya Bryzgalov, has been woefully inconsistent in goal. If Bryzgalov had been playing like Phoenix Bryz, there wouldn't have been the need to deal valuable draft picks - two second- rounders, a third, and a fourth - and a minor-leaguer.
December 31, 2008 |
Marc Savard scored a power-play goal, then set up Boston's next two goals, and the Bruins ran their longest winning streak in nearly 26 years to nine games by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 last night. Savard had his usual big game in Pittsburgh, and Dennis Wideman had a goal and two assists as the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins improved to 23-2-1 in their last 26 games, outscoring opponents by 106-51. Boston, which barely made the playoffs last season, hasn't had a run like this since the Barry Pederson-Ray Bourque-led 1982-83 team won nine in a row in January, tied one, then won their next five.
January 31, 2001 |
Todd Warriner and the Tampa Bay Lightning broke out of lengthy slumps. Warriner snapped a 25-game goal-scoring drought with a pair of third-period goals as the host Lightning stopped a 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. "You don't want to go too long, you start thinking you can't do it any more," Warriner said. "It's difficult. I've been getting chances as of late, so I had confidence it would eventually pay off. I tried to stay positive, shoot the puck and I knew it would come to an end. " Warriner twice gave the Lightning two-goal leads in the third period.