April 20, 2016 |
THINK BACK to the go-ahead goal. This is, admittedly, a bit of a chore, because the go-ahead goal occurred midway through the second period, well before Game 3 devolved into a hailstorm of fists, wristbands and power-play goals that left the Flyers and their fans one game away from elimination thanks to a 6-1 loss. But it is there where the story of the series really lies. Not the sliver of daylight between Steve Mason's glove and the post, nor the emphatic fist pump from the all-time great watching his wrister rattle around the back of the net, but the giveaway that ignited the pivotal sequence.
April 15, 2016 |
Every spring is supposed to be the spring for Alexander Ovechkin. It never is. For the last nine years, nobody in the NHL has piled up individual achievements and collective letdowns like Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. He's led the league in goals six times, been named its most valuable player three times, and led the Capitals to six division titles and eight playoff appearances. Not once have they advanced past the tournament's second round. In the race for the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are always the hare, never the tortoise.
April 12, 2016 |
NEW YORK - There were a lot of relieved and excited players in the Flyers' locker room after they completed a second-half surge - they climbed past four teams - and clinched a playoff berth Saturday. None seemed more satisfied than Sam Gagner, the winger who will be going to the postseason for the first time in his nine-year career. "It's why you play hockey - to play in meaningful games and play in the playoffs," Gagner said. The Flyers will face Alex Ovechkin and powerful Washington in the opening round.
April 10, 2016 |
With his team's playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Flyers rookie coach Dave Hakstol has a difficult decision: Does he start weary goalie Steve Mason in Saturday afternoon's critical game against visiting Pittsburgh or give the nod to the rested Michal Neuvirth and hope he isn't rusty from a 23-day layoff? Decisions, decisions. Mason, who has made 11 straight starts because Neuvirth was recovering from a knee injury, is 0-3 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .897 save percentage against the Penguins this season.
March 4, 2016 |
HERE ARE some notable opposing players and their Philadelphia debuts. None of them won the game. * Wayne Gretzky, Nov. 15, 1979: Had two assists and was stopped on a first-period breakaway by Flyers goalie Phil Myre as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak with a 5-3 win. They eventually stretched it to a record 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties). * Mark Messier, Nov. 15, 1979: Didn't register a point, but did get into a fight in the third period with John Paddock. * Mario Lemieux, Oct. 21, 1984: Registered an assist during a 4-2 Flyers win, but was described as "largely invisible" by Daily News beat writer Jay Greenberg.
January 23, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers scored the game's first two goals, both on the power play, and you could almost hear the home fans moaning Thursday night that the Orange and Black were still in the Penguins' collective heads. But a strange thing happened to the Flyers as they aimed for their ninth straight win over their hated archrivals: They found a way to lose. The Flyers' uncanny dominance of the Penguins came to a halt, 4-3, before the 400th straight sellout crowd at the electric Consol Energy Center.
January 22, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - The names were hard to hate, mostly because you'd never heard of them before. It had been 291 days since the Flyers had upped their winning streak against the Penguins to eight, and the indifference that names such as Olli Maatta, Ben Dumoulin and Bryan Rust evoked when the teams finally met Thursday night was not overwhelmed by any plays or shenanigans of their more recognized and despised stars. Yes, Sidney Crosby scored an impossible wide-angle goal that harkened to his Olympic gold-medal winner and Evgeni Malkin did his puck-possession magic at times, despite Scott Laughton and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare doing their best to fill in for injured Sean Couturier - Malkin's regular blanket since these teams last met in a playoff game nearly four years ago. And Phil Kessel, another old Olympic hero, brought Pittsburgh all the way back from a 2-0, first-period hole, knocking in a loose puck during one of an endless string of power plays to grab the lead, scoring an even-strength 2-on-1 in the third period for the deciding goal of a 4-3, defense-to-the-wind Penguins victory.
January 8, 2016 |
Center Claude Giroux, who leads the Flyers with 29 points in 38 games, was named to his fourth NHL All-Star team on Wednesday. "It's a great honor," he said after an optional practice in Voorhees. "We have a lot of good players on this team, and to be the one going, there's a lot of pride and I'm pretty excited to go. " Someone asked Giroux if he had seen the all-star jerseys and told him the colors resemble those of the Flyers' archrivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Oh, that's great," Giroux said sourly, sarcasm dripping The all-star tournament will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 31. It will consist of three games played in a three-on-three format.
June 26, 2015
FOR THOSE who live to boo Sidney Crosby, the announcement of the Flyers' 2015-16 schedule yesterday came with a message: patience. The Flyers and Penguins play four times, as per usual, but Crosby and the Pens will not be visiting the Wells Fargo Center until March 19. The first chance to boo him on television isn't until Jan. 21. As was announced on Wednesday, the Flyers open the season at Tampa Bay on Oct. 8, followed by a game at Florida on Oct...
April 3, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - This is not an April Fools' Day joke: Flyers goalie Steve Mason recorded a road victory and Vinny Lecavalier scored a goal Wednesday night. Both were a long time in the making. The Flyers, with Brayden Schenn scoring a pair of goals, registered a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center, their first road win since Feb. 15 in Buffalo. Lecavalier scored his first goal since Jan. 3, and Mason recorded just his second road victory this season.