July 10, 2015 |
MY SINCERE wish is for Ivan Provorov to blossom into a bona fide NHL star, so successful that he someday wins the trophy awarded by the NHL each season to its most valuable Russian player. I like the Flyers' top pick, like his heady game and grit he displays for an 18-year-old. I like the poise with which he already conducts himself on and off the ice. But that's not really why I want him to win the award. It's the award's name: the Kharlamov Trophy. Yes, that Kharlamov.
May 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Among the past disappointments at this time of year, goaltending was almost always front and center. Even when the Flyers made the Stanley Cup finals four springs ago, their tag-team tandem of veteran goaltenders seemed a dam waiting to break, and when their luck ran out the following year, it ushered in what is now known as the Bryz error. The list is nearly inexhaustible. There was Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche and, if you want to go way back, Sean Burke, Garth Snow and, lest we forget, Jeff Hackett.
April 11, 2011
The last time the Flyers won a Stanley Cup, it came at the expense of the Buffalo Sabres. That was 1975. The teams have met seven times in the postseason since, with the next meeting set to begin Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Here is a rundown of the postseason history between the two teams: 1975: Stanley Cup finals, Flyers win, 4-2 The Flyers won their second consecutive Cup, finishing off the Sabres, 2-0, in Game 6 in Buffalo. Game 3 was the legendary Fog Game.
December 9, 2010 |
Glistening under the spotlight at center ice, Bernie Parent called it one last chance to wave and thank Flyers fans for their support. Last night, the Flyers presented Parent - their all-time leading goaltender in nearly every statistical category - with his banner that swayed in the rafters at the recently departed Spectrum since 1979. "It's with a little mixed feelings," Parent said. "It's a reward but at the same time, it's almost like you're moving on to the next phase.
November 5, 2010
Flyers Notes Goalie Michael Leighton continues to make progress as he rehabilitates from Oct. 11 surgery to repair a herniated disk. That development, coupled with Sergei Bobrovsky 's strong play, could give the Flyers some tough decisions in a few weeks. Such as: Who will be the No. 1 goalie? And which of the three goalies - Brian Boucher is the other man behind the mask - will be the odd man out? Coach Peter Laviolette and general manager Paul Holmgren downplayed the situation earlier this week, saying, in effect, why worry about something until decisions have to be made?
October 11, 2010
A little more than 12 months ago, after the Flyers opened their 2009-10 season with a methodical shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes, a relative unknown with big question marks left fans wondering if general manager Paul Holmgren found a diamond in the rough in Ray Emery. Many thought Emery, who was blacklisted from the NHL and sent to play in Russia after being run out of Ottawa because of boorish off-ice behavior, was the solution to the Flyers' goaltending conundrum. Emery was quick, acrobatic and effective.
May 12, 2010 |
It is one of the burdens of being a Flyers fan. The team you follow, that thrills you and sometimes drives you crazy, can't seem to get it right when it comes to the single most important position on the ice. There was Bernie Parent, who won two Stanley Cups. There was Pelle Lindbergh, who died on the cusp of greatness. There was Ron Hextall, who played brilliantly in almost winning a couple of Cups. And then there is the rest. Pete Peeters and Bob Froese. Ken Wregget and Chico Resch.
June 8, 2009
THE FIRST TIME I covered a Flyers playoff game, I was backing up Les Bowen, or more to the point, I was like the fourth wheel in a five-spoke set. About halfway through the game, the other four spokes would get together and divide up the stories or columns they wanted to write. After the game story, someone got "the other team," then the big goal scorer, the oddball moment, bad call, injury, whatever came up, and whatever needed to be written. At least two would debate who gets "the goalie.
February 23, 2009 |
The NHL trade deadline is next week and Flyers fans are shaking the team like a snow globe and wondering if there is enough inside to make a decent blizzard once the postseason arrives. Does the team need to add a big defenseman to help evict the rebound and deflection snipers from the crease? Is there a goaltender on the team suitable for the long haul of the playoffs? As for the latter question, Marty Biron did nothing to end the discussion Saturday when he made a poor decision at the end of the game against Pittsburgh and the Flyers took a 5-4 loss in front of the largest regular-season home crowd in team history.
October 18, 2007 |
It's been a long time since a Flyers goaltender ranked among the top 10 in goals-against average and save percentage. That's the difference Marty Biron makes. A major reason for the Flyers' success through five games has been Biron's composure in goal. "He plays very calm, very cool and very collected out there," teammate Derian Hatcher said. Unlike some previous Flyers goalies - Roman Cechmanek, for instance - Biron never seems to get flustered - even when chaos rages around him. "He's been a composed guy since the day we got him," Flyers coach John Stevens said.