May 5, 2014 |
Flyers fans feel frustrated, feel empty, as they watch the New York Rangers - the beatable team that eliminated the Orange and Black - face the beatable Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flyers, without a Stanley Cup since 1975, feel the same way after losing to the Rangers in seven opening-round games. "I still don't think they were the better team," winger Wayne Simmonds said. The Flyers, of course, have no one to blame but themselves.
October 10, 2014 |
BOSTON - An ineffective power play and a stagnant attack ruined the Flyers' season opener Wednesday night at TD Garden. So did Chris Kelly. With 1 minute, 51 seconds left in regulation, Kelly's goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win before a frenzied crowd. Adam McQuaid's shot appeared to graze goalie Steve Mason's blocker and fluttered into the air before dropping near the crease, where Kelly tapped it into the net to snap a 1-1 tie. "He broke his stick," Mason said of McQuaid's shot, "and it threw the timing off. The thing that threw me off the most, two guys skated in front and I lost sight of the puck . . . and it landed right in the crease and they were able to put it home.
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]
September 21, 2014 |
As star center Claude Giroux took a long, slow walk to the locker room Friday morning, you couldn't blame the Flyers if their season passed in front of their eyes. Fifteen minutes into their first day of camp in Voorhees, Giroux, the team's high-scoring captain, left the ice because of what the team later called a lower-body injury. New general manager Ron Hextall said Giroux would be sidelined for about two weeks. Giroux missed most of last year's camp after a bizarre golf injury in which he splintered his right index finger, requiring tendon surgery.
April 5, 2014 |
After he was named the game's second star Thursday night, former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky skated onto the Wells Fargo Center ice, waved his stick to the fans, and saluted them by clapping his hands and pointing. "I appreciate this organization and the fans - it was a huge two years here for me," Bobrovsky said after leading close-checking Columbus to a critical 2-0 win over the Flyers. "I wanted to thank them. " Since the Flyers sent him to Columbus two seasons ago, Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie and starred for Russia in this year's Olympics.
September 20, 2013 |
WHO KEEPS SENDING Comcast SportsNet's Sarah Baicker dinosaur T-shirts? Baicker certainly doesn't know. For the past couple of years, the Flyers reporter has received T-shirts with dinosaurs printed on them from anonymous senders. In the past year, the arrival of T-shirts has ramped up. During her recent birthday week alone, she got two Ts. She estimates she's gotten about 10 since they started arriving in the mail without prompting. The first one had a pink brontosaurus emblazoned on the front, but, for the most part, she receives Tyrannosaurus rex Ts. "People have learned [T-rexes]
September 23, 2014 |
When the Flyers open their preseason schedule with a split-squad game Monday night against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center, they will showcase what appears to be their new No. 1 defensive pairing: Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald, 28, is looking forward to getting more chances to shut down opponents' top lines this season. "You want to be out there in all the high-level situations, the important ones, and help your team win," said MacDonald, who led the NHL with 242 blocked shots last season while playing for the Islanders and Flyers.
April 14, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - In the postgame showers, Hal Gill, the hulking Flyers defenseman who played Saturday for the first time since Dec. 21, was singing "New York, New York. " The Flyers are headed to Broadway. Continuing their uncanny dominance in Pittsburgh, the Flyers scored a wild, 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday afternoon, ensuring that they will face the New York Rangers in the playoffs. But the victory, which clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division, was tempered by an injury to goalie Steve Mason, who left the game after the second period with what the Flyers called an upper-body injury.
April 10, 2014 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - The team that had the worst start in franchise history clinched a playoff berth Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. Captain Claude Giroux, who guaranteed the Flyers would make the playoffs when they had a 1-7 record, scored a pair of goals, sparking a 5-2 victory over lowly Florida and assuring that they will be playing in the postseason after being spectators last year. "I just believed in this team," Giroux said of his early-season prediction. "Last year, not making the playoffs was unacceptable.
January 29, 2012 |
OTTAWA - One is the son of a military man and someone who lived all over North America during his formative years. The other is the son of a former NHL player and someone who was a certified rink rat - always trailing after his dad - as a youngster. But the different career paths of speedy winger Matt Read - he's the son of the military lifer - and unflappable center Sean Couturier intersected with the Flyers this season and took them to Ottawa this weekend, where they were recognized as two of the NHL's elite rookies.