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.
June 29, 2014
Position: Defenseman How acquired: No. 17 pick in the draft Height: 6-3. Weight: 181. Age: 18. Born: March 29, 1996. Team: Calgary Hitmen (Western Hockey League) Hometown: Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada. Last season: 67 games played, 5 goals, 24 assists, plus-25 . . . Hitmen won Central Division of the WHL Quick hitters: Somewhat of a surprise pick, given that he was 53rd among North American skaters, according to the NHL's predraft rankings . . . Enforces new general manager Ron Hextall's strategy of building the team through defensemen . . . Joins 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin, 2013 second-round pick Robert Haag, and Shayne Gostisbehere to form a core of blueliners for the future.
May 2, 2014 |
ON A SOLEMN DAY usually reserved for locker cleanout and one last team excursion to Atlantic City to drown a long season, Claude Giroux did one better yesterday. Giroux earned himself a trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Flyers' captain was announced as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, along with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. The winner will be announced June 24 at the Wynn Las Vegas. "To be nominated is a great honor," Giroux said in a statement.
April 28, 2014 |
Give the Flyers credit for gutting out a tense, 2-1 win over the speedier New York Rangers on Friday. Goalie Steve Mason, rust-free despite getting his first start in 13 days, was better than anyone could have expected after the long layoff, and the special teams were superb, enabling the Flyers to even the intriguing series at two games apiece. Now, as the series switches from Broad Street to Broadway on Sunday afternoon, the Flyers shouldn't get caught up in the euphoria of their Game 4 win. Fact is, they need to play much better than they did Friday if they are going to win what has turned into a three-game tug-of-war.
April 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was the best season no one talked about. Perhaps because it is expected with a player of his stature and skill, Sidney Crosby posted the NHL's third 100-point season since 2010, and even the most hardcore hockey observers did little more than shrug their shoulders. Free of drama or intrigue, adding to the malaise, Crosby had the scoring race locked up in December. This was Crosby's fifth career 100-point season in 9 years in the league. How impressive was it?
April 13, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - If the Flyers are going to make a Stanley Cup playoff run, they will have to end a puzzling late-season trend: fizzling in the third period. It's puzzling because the Flyers have been outstanding in the third period during most of the season; they have a club-record 11 wins in games in which they trailed in the final period. But in the last five games, they have been outscored, 11-3, in the last 20 minutes. That's the main reason they have fallen out of the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division, guaranteeing they will start next week's playoffs on the road.