April 2, 2015 |
Flyers center Sean Couturier knows he can help teammate Jake Voracek by shutting down Sidney Crosby when he's matched against the Penguins superstar Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Entering Tuesday, Voracek was third in the NHL scoring race with 76 points, trailing Crosby (79) and the Islanders' John Tavares (77). "I just try to do my job and do whatever I can do to help the team win," said Couturier, a defensive specialist who is frequently matched against Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
March 31, 2015 |
With the Flyers staying home for the second postseason in the last three years, one interesting aspect of their final six regular-season games is whether they can crown the first scoring champion in franchise history. The Flyers were eliminated from the playoff race Sunday when the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in overtime. Winger Jake Voracek trails Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby by three points in the scoring race. Voracek has 21 goals and 55 assists for 76 points.
March 30, 2015 |
When the epitaph on the Flyers' frustrating season is written, it will read: Fell out of contention because they could not beat non-playoff teams late in the season . It happened again Saturday afternoon as San Jose, which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003, scored a 3-2 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center. Brent Burns won it on a backhander in the fifth shootout round. The Flyers have lost 10 straight (0-6-4) against teams not in a playoff spot when they met. "I don't think we put enough pucks on the net today," said Jake Voracek, who had two assists but fell two points behind Sidney Crosby (78 points)
March 17, 2015 |
OTTAWA - Jake Voracek slowed to a crawl, worming his way in on Andrew Hammond in the shootout. He beat the "Hamburglar," the hottest goaltender in the NHL, but was robbed by the post. Nine times out of 10, his shot - which hit the inside of the post - would have clanked into the net. On this night, it clanked out - and Voracek could do little more than look toward the Canadian Tire Centre rafters in disbelief. It's just been that type of season for Voracek. When he scores, the Flyers lose.
January 22, 2015 |
JAKE VORACEK joked that he ran into Dave Schultz before the game and he needed to show "The Hammer" he could fight, too. After the NHL's leading scorer was caught with a clean hip check along the boards, Voracek grabbed Rob Scuderi and dropped the gloves. Scuderi covered up and hung on for dear life in his first career fight. At the other end of the ice, Michael Raffl fought Zach Sill. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare pounded Ivy League graduate and professional puncher Bobby Farnham.
December 2, 2014 |
SAN JOSE - With rumors swirling that their roster is nearing a foundation-rattling shakeup, the Flyers limped to the West Coast riding a 1-7-1 slide in the standings. Now, already past the quarter pole of the season, is an important time to take inventory through quarterly report cards: FORWARDS Jake Voracek Grade: A+ Key stat: One point back of Sidney Crosby for league scoring lead. Remarks: Where would the Flyers be without Voracek's consistency?
October 24, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - You could excuse the Flyers if they consider the Consol Energy Center their favorite NHL arena. They own the building. R.J. Umberger, a 32-year-year-old winger who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, scored his first goal in his second stint with the Flyers, sparking a 5-3 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night. Since the arena opened in 2010-11, the Flyers are an amazing 10-1-1 in regular-season games here. Umberger, who also contributed an assist and a first-period fight, snapped a 2-2 tie with 13 minutes left as he converted a pass from Claude Giroux (two assists)
October 23, 2014
PENGUINS star Sidney Crosby admitted yesterday he donned a Rocky Balboa costume for his team's Halloween party last weekend. So, was Sid trying to stir the pot for tonight's nationally televised "Wednesday Night Rivalry" matchup, or did he just happen to be a fan of his least favorite city's cultural icon? "Am I not allowed to be Rocky?" Crosby asked reporters yesterday. "I like the movie, too. I was Maverick from 'Top Gun' last year. Maybe [Philly fans] will soften up on me because I picked that.
October 23, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Flyers winger R.J. Umberger is returning home Wednesday to Pittsburgh, excited to renew the heated rivalry with the team he adored in his childhood, the high-scoring Penguins. "It's going to mean a little more coming back and being a Flyer again," Umberger said before Tuesday's game in Chicago. "It's something I'm anxious to be part of again, like earlier in my career. " Umberger, who grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum Borough, spent the first three years of his NHL career with the Flyers before being dealt to Columbus and playing six seasons with the Blue Jackets.
October 17, 2014 |
CRAIG BERUBE acknowledged he does not lose sleep over the shootout - despite the fact that his club has given up more points to opponents through breakaways than any other team since 2005. "I don't think about it," Berube said yesterday. "For me to stress over it, for me to stress my team over it, it doesn't do anything. " Stress might not be good, but two wins (of any kind) instead of two more shootout losses through the first few games would have relieved a lot of his team's mental burden.