November 18, 1996 |
You win a few, lose a few and blow a few - such as Saturday's 2-2 tie with San Jose. The Flyers went into the third period with a 2-0 lead over the Sharks. They had been 4-0 this season when leading after two periods. Failing to win was a new wrinkle for a tired, struggling hockey team that has four days to recover before Eddie Johnston's Pittsburgh Penguins - a team in worse shape than Terry Murray's Flyers - limp into the CoreStates Center on Thursday night. Perhaps a trade is coming soon, too. Flyers general manager Bob Clarke has delayed making any "panic" deals, as he calls them, until he is confident that Eric Lindros will come back healthy.
March 1, 1995 |
They were terrific. They were terrible. They were terrific again. Good thing they didn't play a fourth period. The Flyers couldn't seem to make up their minds last night. After playing a strong, aggressive first period, the Flyers, except for goaltender Ron Hextall, went to sleep in the second period. Then they stormed back in the third and used a big goal by leftwinger Shjon Podein at 4 minutes, 43 seconds to beat the Washington Capitals, 4-2, at the Spectrum. The victory, their second straight and fifth in their last seven games, lifted the 8-8-2 Flyers to .500 for the first time this season.
March 23, 1998 |
Shjon Podein hasn't had the best of seasons for the Flyers. His goal production is down, his point production (16) is about half of what it was last season, and his ice time has dipped to as low as seven minutes a game. Last night, though, Podein made the difference. His second game-winner and ninth goal overall let the Flyers nip the New York Rangers, 5-4, in overtime at the CoreStates Center. "It's been a frustrating year . . . offensively," said Podein, who has played on the second, third and fourth lines this season.
March 2, 1996 |
Shjon Podein didn't mind playing an ugly hockey game against the Ottawa Senators last night. Ugly is his style. The Flyers winger committed an ugly penalty that led to a Senators goal in the second period. But he scored an ugly goal at 11 minutes, 44 seconds of the third period, which turned out to be the difference in the Flyers' 3-2 victory at the Corel Center. "It's nice, especially tonight," said Podein, who also scored the Flyers' first goal, in the second period.
March 17, 1996 |
You can argue that it was a game the Flyers should have won anyway. You can argue that they were due to win no matter whom they played. You certainly can't argue with how they did it. The Flyers broke their four-game winless streak last night with an impressive 3-0 blanking of the Winnipeg Jets at the Spectrum, and they did it by the numbers. Players who should score goals - John LeClair, Pat Falloon - did. A player they need to score goals - Shjon Podein - did. And goaltender Ron Hextall picked up his second shutout of the season, his seventh as a Flyer and the 12th of his career.
April 3, 1998 |
There are eight regular-season games remaining before the Stanley Cup playoffs, and Flyers coach Roger Neilson wants Sean Burke or Ron Hextall to make the decision for him when it comes time to choose a goalie. With Hextall nursing tendinitis in his left hip - his return is likely Wednesday - Burke has had the stage to himself this week in the audition to become the main stopper. Well, Burke took a step forward last night, pitching an unspectacular but solid shutout while the Flyers upped their modest winning streak to three games with a 3-0 decision over the Los Angeles Kings at the CoreStates Center.
July 17, 1996 |
Left winger Trent Klatt is expected to sign a new contract with the Flyers, possibly today. "We're close to signing," Klatt's agent, Jeff Solomon, said yesterday from Carlsbad, Calif. Solomon could have filed for arbitration Monday, but general manager Bob Clarke said yesterday that he thought Klatt would accept the new deal. Klatt earned $437,500 last season. Acquired in a mid-December trade with Dallas for Brent Fedyk, Klatt saw a lot of time on the club's third line with center Joel Otto and left wing Shjon Podein.
December 19, 1995 |
The New York Rangers dropped two straight on the road, but at home they remain unbeatable. Mark Messier had two goals and an assist last night as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-0, to extend their home unbeaten streak to 15 games. New York lost at Washington on Saturday. "You can see them feed off the fans and feed off each other. We didn't play badly, they just played better," Caps defenseman Sylvain Cote said. Messier's assist was the 901st of his career, tying him for seventh on the all-time list.
February 26, 1996 |
As the Mikael Renberg abdominal injury saga begins its sixth week, there is a new diagnosis. Renberg, who suffered what was then called a slight muscle strain on Jan. 22 in the Flyers' first game after the All-Star break, today is to see a new sports injury specialist, Dr. John McShane of the Rothman Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Renberg and a Flyers spokesman said that Flyers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Art Bartolozzi has determined Renberg has inflammation where the muscle is attached to the pubic bone, possibly caused by scar tissue from the original injury.
June 30, 1995 |
The Flyers signed left winger Brent Fedyk to a new contract yesterday, the terms of which were not disclosed. Fedyk said after the season ended this month that he expected to sign for a little under the NHL average salary of about $500,000 per season. An occasional favorite of Flyers coach Terry Murray, Fedyk ended his season on May 26 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers when he was sandwiched between two players and sustained a fracture of the first cervical vertebra.