March 7, 2014 |
The night will be remembered for an all-out, first-period brawl that had the fans on their feet and blood dripping off some of the players' jerseys. It should be remembered for another Claude Giroux showstopper. Giroux scored two goals and added an assist as the surging Flyers outlasted Washington, 6-4, at the Wells Fargo Center and registered their seventh win in their last eight games. That gave Giroux consecutive three-point games in wins over the Capitals, including Sunday's 5-4 comeback victory in Washington.
March 3, 2014 |
Frustrated, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist slammed his stick to the ice late in Saturday afternoon's intense, entertaining matchup against the Flyers. Seconds earlier, defenseman Luke Schenn had slammed away the Rangers' comeback hopes, scoring on a rebound with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left to close out the Flyers' 4-2 victory at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers, rebounding from a 7-3 loss to San Jose two nights earlier, notched their fifth win in their last six games.
February 10, 2014 |
Despite being in and out of the lineup all season, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has done a creditable job. Saturday was more of the same. Meszaros played solidly as the Flyers outlasted visiting Calgary, 2-1. He had an assist, blocked three shots, and was plus-2 in 21 minutes, 24 seconds before heading home and packing for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete for Slovakia in the Olympics. "I think he's improved throughout the year," said coach Craig Berube, who had been critical of Meszaros' defensive play a few weeks ago. ". . . He's been a good pro about being in and out of the lineup, and so has [Erik]
February 8, 2014 |
The Flyers, playing with the same sense of urgency they displayed on their successful West Coast trip, won their third straight game Thursday night behind Steve Mason's 38-save performance. Mason continued his outstanding play, and Mark Streit and rookie Michael Raffl scored goals for the second straight game as the Flyers defeated Colorado, 3-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. "The saves he made tonight were pretty impressive, especially at the end there with two minutes left, when he came across and made that save," said Claude Giroux, who iced the victory by depositing an empty-net goal with 19.8 seconds left.
February 2, 2014 |
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Jeff Carter and Mike Richards say they have both moved way beyond the Day That Shook the Flyers Franchise to the Core. The star forwards and best friends were the faces of the Flyers - Carter as a 30-to-40 goal scorer, Richards as the captain who played both ends of the ice with equal tenacity - when they were dealt in separate trades on June 23, 2011. They eventually became teammates in Los Angeles, won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012, and Saturday afternoon will face the visiting Flyers together for the first time since the monumental deals.
January 30, 2014 |
After he was a healthy scratch in the previous game, winger Steve Downie returned to the lineup Tuesday against Detroit and was placed on the third line for the first time since Jan. 11. Downie was reunited with Sean Couturier and Matt Read, a highly effective trio for most of December. "I'm looking for him to be an intense hockey player," coach Craig Berube said after Tuesday's morning skate. "The Steve Downie I know wins one-on-one battles in the corner, comes up with loose pucks, is strong on the puck, and has a heavy stick.
January 18, 2014 |
The Flyers again came back from the dead with a late goal, but it wasn't enough Thursday night. They salvaged a point but dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Nashville at the percolating Wells Fargo Center. Nashville won it in the seventh round of the shootout on a goal by Roman Josi. The Predators had a 3-2 edge in the shootout, and twice the Flyers took the lead before Nashville beat goalie Steve Mason to keep its chances alive. The Predators scored on their final three shootout attempts after failing on their first four.
January 17, 2014 |
NASHVILLE PREDATORS coach Barry Trotz was out of options. His team had not won a shootout this season (0-5). The traditionally low-scoring Predators had produced just one goal on 19 shootout attempts. And after Sean Couturier beat Carter Hutton for his first career shootout goal in an all-hands-on-deck skills competition, Trotz turned to a defenseman to keep Nashville alive. It worked. Both Couturier and Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers an opportunity to grab two full points, to walk away with their ninth third-period comeback win of the season, and their second in as many nights.
January 14, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Sean Couturier skated toward the net on a mission. With the puck already inside - a helpless and deflated Ray Emery sprawled out to his right - Couturier shattered his stick over the cross bar in frustration. Gone was the Flyers' streak of 26 consecutive cleanly killed penalties. Long gone was the Flyers' entire weekend by that point - the Rangers' power-play goal that made it 4-0 was simply salt rubbed in a wound that was 10 goals deep in just 88 minutes and 45 seconds of action.
January 11, 2014 |
It wasn't too long ago that Flyers fans were routinely booing the home team and chanting for the general manager to be fired. Remember? Ah, that was in October and early November, back when the Flyers won just two of their first nine games at the mostly quiet Wells Fargo Center. Since then, they are 10-0 at home, with all of the victories in regulation. The fans are cheering again. "The energy at home is unbelievable right now," winger Zac Rinaldo said. "We're just taking advantage of an intimidating building to play in," said goalie Steve Mason, whose team will host dangerous Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday.