November 7, 2015 |
CALGARY, Alberta - The Flyers got second-line center Sean Couturier back into the lineup Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, but it didn't stop their losing streak. Calgary 2, Flyers 1. Mikael Backlund scored on a rebound with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in overtime as the Flames won for just the second time in their last seven games. The puck bounced off Backlund's body after Michal Neuvirth stopped Johnny Gaudreau's shot. It was the sixth straight loss for the Flyers, who have lost all four games on a road trip that mercifully ends Saturday in Winnipeg.
November 3, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - The Flyers' special teams have not been very special lately, playing a major part in their tailspin. The Flyers, losers of three straight, are 0 for 10 on the power play in their last four games, and their penalty kill has allowed goals in five consecutive games. The team's power play finished third in the NHL with a 23.4 percent success rate last season. In the first 10 games this year, the Flyers are 24th in the league, clicking at 12.5 percent. "When things aren't going too well, we maybe just try to do too much," left winger Michael Raffl after Sunday's practice at the University of British Columbia.
October 30, 2015 |
THERE WAS a Halloween celebration inside Wells Fargo Center Thursday night. Fans were asked to come in costume to observe the holiday two days early, since the Flyers will be on the road for nine days starting Friday in Buffalo. Fans who weren't dressed as red, padded seats were treated to a show that needed no costumes to bare its identity. The Flyers and Devils dressed as themselves and played a typical Flyers-Devils affair. There wasn't much pace, not a lot of flair, and, as per usual, not a ton of scoring - at least not early.
October 23, 2015 |
BOSTON - The Flyers were 13 1/2 minutes away from skating out of TD Garden with their sixth straight defeat in the building. They were 13 1/2 minutes from losing games on consecutive nights. They were practically out on their feet given the events that occurred from the moment Zac Rinaldo decided to take too many strides into Sean Couturier and hit him with a flying elbow at the end of the first period. "There's no place for it," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said of the hit. Couturier and starting goalie Michal Neuvirth didn't return after the first period, each sidelined by an upper-body injury.
April 23, 2015 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden came to Philadelphia on a PECO power play yesterday, touring the utility's local offices in Center City and making a plea for a major, expensive overhaul of America's energy infrastructure. Little more than a stone's throw from the East Coast's largest oil refinery - which in 2012 was saved, along with about 850 union jobs, by a flood of fracked oil from North Dakota - Biden talked up the potential for even more hiring. "These are middle-class jobs, jobs that used to exist at the turn of the 20th century in the steel industry, in the automobile industry," the vice president told about 150 people at PECO Energy headquarters.
April 8, 2015 |
FIGURE THIS one out: Brayden Schenn has accumulated nearly 15 percent of his entire season's point total in the last three games. In the penultimate week of a non-playoff season. Add his recent performance to the list of perplexing items about this Flyers team, up there with the disparaging road record (10-20-11), Steve Mason's win total (17) despite a franchise-record save percentage (.929), and Craig Berube's depth charts. Schenn, 23, tied for the league lead in scoring last week with six points - three goals and three assists - in the Flyers' three games (2-0-1)
March 31, 2015 |
When the Pinelands Commission holds its monthly meeting on April 10, it won't be the same panel that deadlocked in trying to decide whether to disregard its own rules so a natural-gas pipeline could be buried within the Pinelands National Reserve. Gov. Christie failed to get the old commission to ignore the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, which would permit a pipeline within the forest management area only if it is "intended to primarily serve the needs of the Pinelands.
January 22, 2015 |
There were four fights, including the first of the season for the Flyers' Jake Voracek and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. There were scrums. Lots and lots of scrums. There were legal and illegal hits and nasty words after the whistles. In other words, it was a typical Flyers-Penguins matchup Tuesday night at the earsplitting Wells Fargo Center. "You could tell, game was on," Flyers winger R.J. Umberger said. Final: Flyers 3, Penguins 2, in overtime. Claude Giroux scored with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in overtime, knocking in a rebound to give the Flyers their sixth straight win over Pittsburgh since 2013.
January 18, 2015 |
David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre arrives at Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio 3 at just the right time. After a month when the world has been awash in horrors, this small backstage comedy gets back to basics and celebrates the people (two of them, anyway) who, for our escapist pleasure, make their lives out of make-believe. This play premiered in 1977, and you can practically feel the energy of Mamet's early successes, as he turns theater conventions inside out, all while working firmly within them.
January 8, 2015 |
Jake Voracek did a silly thing Tuesday night. He hasn't done many silly things this season. In fact, he's done fewer of them than just about anyone on the Flyers roster. But this was one. The Flyers were on a power play in the first period of their 2-1 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators, and Voracek followed the puck and Senators defenseman Eric Gryba behind the Ottawa net. The two of them came together and tangled, and Gryba knocked Voracek's helmet off by putting him in a headlock, and Voracek should have skated away but didn't.