February 27, 2015 |
TORONTO - Despite their inexplicable ineptness against teams beneath them in the standings, the Flyers have inched back into the Eastern Conference playoff race by collecting points in 12 of their last 14 games. The team's improved play has coincided with the insertion of Ryan White into the lineup. The big boss, Ed Snider, has noticed. "We've got a lot of nice new pieces. I think this White has added a lot to our team," Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said last week.
February 2, 2015 |
Playing against a team in the midst of another collapsing season, the Flyers were outshot by 12 attempts. All-stars Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux, two of the NHL's top scorers, combined to muster only one shot. But the Flyers exited the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night with their first 1-0 victory of the season because of Steve Mason. The 26-year-old goaltender turned away each of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 30 shots en route to his 25th NHL shutout. "Without him, I don't think we would've won the game," defenseman Luke Schenn said.
December 22, 2014 |
TORONTO - The Flyers started an eight-game road trip with an inspiring comeback and their best offensive performance of the season Saturday night. Claude Giroux had two goals and a pair of assists, Jake Voracek dealt four assists and took over the NHL scoring lead, and the Flyers overcame an early 2-0 deficit and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-4, at the Air Canada Centre. "It was fun because we were playing the right way the whole game, and we played 60 minutes," said Giroux, whose team had a 42-25 advantage in shots.
November 4, 2014 |
Veteran defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who signed with the Flyers on Friday, says he feels well prepared to make his debut with his latest team on Tuesday against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. During practice Monday at the Skate Zone, Colaiacovo was paired with Luke Schenn, a former Toronto Maple Leafs teammate for part of the 2008-09 season. Colaiacovo also worked on the second power-play unit. "I have been putting in a lot of work the last few days, making sure my legs feel good, my body feels good," Colaiacovo, 31, said after practice.
October 9, 2014 |
BOSTON - He has a seat on the Flyers' chartered plane. He attends every practice - even the two in Cape Cod last weekend - and usually sits alone. He doesn't spend much time around the locker room. He is always sharply dressed, wearing a suit, and his strawberry blond hair is neatly coiffed. He is not a coach. He is not part of the medical or public relations staff. He does not carry equipment bags or massage players' sore shoulders. In fact, the only hint that he works for the team is that he carries a computer bag emblazoned with the Flyers logo.
March 31, 2014 |
WAYNE SIMMONDS could tell something was a different with Claude Giroux yesterday. He was a little more quiet than usual. After being conspicuously absent during Wednesday's romp by the Rangers, save for a last-minute assist that only prevented another Henrik Lundqvist shutout, Giroux was just a tad more focused than he's been during this concentrated turnaround. With the Toronto Maple Leafs as a perfect reminder of what could happen when two losses turns to three, Giroux wanted to right the ship.
March 30, 2014 |
A day of rest recharged the Flyers, especially on the power play Friday night. One night after coach Craig Berube gave his weary team a day off, the Flyers responded and, led by captain Claude Giroux, ended a two-game losing streak, outlasting the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. Giroux, who climbed into third place in the NHL scoring race with 78 points, had a goal and two assists as the Flyers moved to within a point of the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, as New York lost, 4-3, in Calgary.
March 19, 2014 |
TORONTO - Walking rapidly toward the entrance of the Air Canada Centre, fans wearing blue and white Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys - van Riemsdyk, Clarkson, and Phaneuf were among the players' names on their backs - curiously eyed an oddly dressed couple that strolled alongside them. To Toronto fans, the couple looked strange because they were wearing orange, black, and white. Flyers colors. The colors of the enemy. Finally, a man stopped the couple. "What are you doing wearing those jerseys?"
November 26, 2013 |
IS JON BON JOVI jumping from the AFL to the NFL? It's a possibility, according to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. La Canfora, citing "numerous sources with knowledge of the situation," reported that Bon Jovi is interested in becoming the principal owner of the Buffalo Bills when the team becomes available. The Bills are owned by 95-year-old Ralph Wilson. It is believed Wilson's family will put the team up for sale after he passes. Bon Jovi, of course, was part-owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, from 2004-08.
October 4, 2013 |
FORTY-FOUR seconds into last night's opener, three Toronto Maple Leafs crossed the Flyers blue line in an odd-man rush, their second already of the young game. The noise in the Wells Fargo Center, deafening in the minutes leading up to the faceoff, quickly devolved into a collective gasp as the first minute of the 2013-14 season mimicked the months that ended the previous one. This time, though, the goalie did not react unpredictably or with any sense of panic, even when one of those forwards took a pass at the tip of his crease.