January 10, 2014 |
You know things are going well when winger Zac Rinaldo - who is known for his feistiness, not his goal-scoring ability - backhands a shot that caroms off an opponent's stick and into the net. You know things are going well when one of your defensemen, Andrej Meszaros, collects his third assist of the night before the game is half over. You know things are going well when your team hasn't lost at home in more than two months. Welcome to Flyers hockey. The Flyers won their 10th straight home game Wednesday night, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, and continuing their amazing climb from the abyss.
January 8, 2014 |
EIGHT YEARS AGO, Vinny Lecavalier was basking in the glory of being selected to Canada's Olympic hockey team to play in Torino, Italy. He was nearly a point-per-game player in the prime of his career with the Lightning. Today, Lecavalier is in a much different position. He is trying to work himself back into a scoring mode with the Flyers while overcoming another difficult injury. Lecavalier, 33, is mired in a slump rarely seen in his 1,066-game career. Since quickly returning from a nondisplaced fracture in his lower back, Lecavalier has notched two assists in seven games.
January 6, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Injured wingers Michael Raffl and Matt Read did not play Saturday night against Phoenix, causing coach Craig Berube to juggle his lines. Read, who was apparently hit in the head in Calgary, skated briefly in the morning practice but was not feeling well and left the ice. Raffl (concussion) skated and said he is almost ready to return. Both could be in the lineup Tuesday in New Jersey. "I felt good, actually. I didn't expect to feel that good," Raffl said.
January 4, 2014 |
DENVER - In the land of legalized marijuana, the Flyers got stoned by Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov on Thursday night. Varlamov made 29 saves as the Avalanche defeated the Flyers, 2-1, at the Pepsi Center. The 25-year-old goalie was especially effective when his team was shorthanded, making nine saves while the Flyers were on the power play. "Sometimes you run into a hot goalie and can't do anything about it," winger Scott Hartnell said. The Flyers, who lost rookie winger Michael Raffl to a concussion late in the first period, had their season-best four-game winning streak snapped.
January 2, 2014
Thanks to goalie Steve Mason, the Flyers have improved in shootouts this season. Here are Mason's shootout numbers, compared with Ilya Bryzgalov's in his two years with the Flyers. Rec. Shots GA Save % Steve Mason (2013-14) 3-3 20 6 .700 Ilya Bryzgalov (2011-13) 4-7 34 18 .471 Shooters' statistics The Flyers' statistics this season: Shots Goals Shooting % Claude Giroux.
December 31, 2013 |
VANCOUVER - Some mornings, like yesterday at the team hotel overlooking Coal Harbour, Scott Hartnell is envious of Sean Couturier. It's not that Hartnell wishes he was was a decade younger. His body just feels the destruction his rambunctious style of play has wreaked. "I was looking at Couturier today in the locker room. He gets to sit there, relax, watch the football games and put on his skates to go practice," Hartnell said. "I wake up, my shoulders are tight, my hips are sore.
December 23, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier made a surprise return Saturday night in Columbus, added to the lineup because of an injury to Steve Downie. Lecavalier, sidelined since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his lower back against Nashville on Nov. 30, had been expected to be out until next Saturday in Edmonton. "A guy like Vinny has been around a long time, and you have to trust his judgment that he's ready to go," general manager Paul Holmgren said before the game.
December 19, 2013 |
WHEN CRAIG BERUBE plugged Scott Hartnell to play alongside Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn last week, the critics came out of the woodwork to point out that it's a line full of similar playing styles. Berube does not deny that. In fact, that's what he likes about his newest combination. Last night, against the Capitals, they also happened to be one of the Flyers' best lines - until Schenn left the game late in the second period after a nasty charge from Tom Wilson. "It's a big line," Berube said.
December 18, 2013 |
ON PAPER, Sean Couturier and the Flyers failed. Couturier had one assignment: to prevent the NHL's most lethal Russian from scoring as best as humanly possible. Since Alex Ovechkin - who has more career game-tying goals (seven) in the final minute of regulation than anyone - scored with 47.9 seconds left to tie the game, the Flyers must have had a breakdown, right? They did. But that's not where the breakdown came in. Really, the game never should have gotten to that vomit-inducing finish - and would never have been in question if the Flyers didn't surrender two other goals in the previous 8 minutes.
December 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin hopped over the boards for the 26th time yesterday afternoon and Sean Couturier was on the ice waiting for him. There were 56 seconds left. Steve Mason had the puck on his stick behind the net, ready to rim it around the boards. "I didn't get much on it," Mason said. "A bad mistake. " His weak clearing attempt was pounced on by the Capitals' Joel Ward, who looked to pass to a waiting Mike Green at the point. By that time, Ovechkin raced in from the Capitals' bench at the far end of the ice and crossed the blue line.