February 16, 2015 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus winger Scott Hartnell no longer pores over the Flyers' stats like he did earlier in the season, and he finally feels that he has cut ties with his former team. But he will forever feel united with his ex-teammates, many of whom he had over to his house Thursday night for a dinner cooked by his mother and father. "Friends for life," Hartnell called many of his former Flyers teammates before he was honored in a pregame ceremony Friday for playing in his 1,000th career NHL game.
February 15, 2015 |
COLUMBUS - Technically, it was his 1,001st NHL game - but the Blue Jackets waited until last night to officially honor Scott Hartnell for hitting the millennium milestone against his former team. Before the game, Hartnell was presented with a silver stick, a Tiffany crystal, a shiny watch from his teammates and a commemorative painting depicting the three stops in his career: Nashville, Philadelphia and Columbus. His parents, Bill and Joy, joined him on the ice from Lloydminster, Alberta.
February 12, 2015 |
MONTREAL - The player who calls himself Stolie the Goalie on Twitter, Anthony Stolarz, took part in the Flyers' morning skate Tuesday and still couldn't believe he was in the NHL. "It's definitely a surreal moment for me," Stolarz said, "and one of the prouder moments of my life. " After Lehigh Valley's 5-4 win in Hershey on Sunday, Stolarz said he thought it was a joke when some of his teammates told him he was being called up by the Flyers. He realized it was official when Phantoms coach Terry Murray informed him he was being promoted because of Steve Mason's latest injury.
January 7, 2015 |
TELL ME if this sounds familiar. One star young prospect has sat out most of this season with a knee injury. Another was shipped out before the season began to get more seasoning, especially through international play. Still another player, the team's bonafide star and leader, is managing his recent injury ever-so-carefully, even at the risk of losses that will inch his team closer to a top pick in an upcoming draft that is top heavy in talent, and further from a playoff spot that is already highly improbable, if not impossible.
December 29, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who has missed the last four games with an apparent back injury, returned to practice Saturday and said he felt "close to 100 percent. " After taking shots from the team's extra players, Mason said he hopes to play Monday in Arizona. "My goal is to play against Arizona; today was a really good first step," Mason said after a 45-minute, on-ice workout in Nashville. "I think I got more work in than we had planned, which was a good sign. I was moving good, and my energy level was pretty good as well.
December 10, 2014 |
COLUMBUS - Before yesterday morning, the only time R.J. Umberger had spent in the visitors' locker room at Nationwide Arena came during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, when the Blue Jackets' locker room, obviously, wasn't accessible. "It's pretty weird," he noted after the Flyers practiced here yesterday. "It's a different feeling. " Though the Flyers (9-13-4) already have twice faced Scott Hartnell and the Blue Jackets (9-15-2), tonight's meeting is the first in Columbus. It's a meaningful one for Umberger, Philadelphia's oft-maligned third-line left wing.
November 17, 2014 |
EVER THE PEST, Scott Hartnell glided up the red line during warmups and playfully stole the puck from former teammate Claude Giroux. He also lofted a shot toward Steve Mason - which in the old days might have sparked an Ed Hospodar-style pregame donnybrook. Anything goes, Hartnell figured, if his antics could take the Flyers off their game and help Columbus rewrite a franchise record book filled with dubious marks. Whatever Hartnell did, it worked. The sluggish Flyers were held without an even-strength goal and fell to a Columbus roster littered with AHL fill-ins by a 4-3 score last night.
November 16, 2014 |
Columbus left winger Scott Hartnell returned to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, and he and his teammates interrupted the good mojo the Flyers had built recently in his old home. Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 3. To borrow a Richie Ashburn-ism: "Hard to believe, Harry. " Columbus was missing eight regulars - including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky - and had entered the night on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing skid. But Nick Foligno and James Wisniewski each scored a pair of goals, and Ryan Johansen had four assists as Columbus snapped the Flyers' three-game winning streak.
November 15, 2014 |
STARING at a crossroads last June, trying to decide whether to continue his career at age 39, Kimmo Timonen leaned on best friend Scott Hartnell for advice. If Timonen was going to keep playing, going to take one last shot at a Stanley Cup, he wanted to do it with Hartnell. The odd couple of friends - a rambunctious and goofy ginger from Lloydminster, Alberta, and a super serious Finn who started their NHL careers together in 2000 in Tennessee - mapped out a final voyage. They looked at the schedule.