December 8, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
February 9, 2015 |
Five wins in seven games and at least a point in five consecutive contests mean little if the losses come against teams well ahead in the standings. Still nine points out of a playoff spot with only 30 games to play, the Flyers (22-22-8) on Sunday can't afford a repeat of Thursday night, when they squandered a two-goal, second-period lead against the Islanders and lost in a shootout. Their likelihood of playing postseason hockey is slim enough as is. Wins in regulation carry added importance against teams such as the Washington Capitals (28-15-10)
November 1, 2012 |
Eric Lindros has turned into a business entrepreneur and is getting married in November. But the years that made him famous in Philadelphia - as one of the most gifted and rugged players in Flyers history - are why he is returning to the area next week. Lindros will be one of the inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 8 at the Sheraton Society Hill. "It's a special thrill," Lindros, 39, said this week from Ontario. "It's definitely an honor, and I'm awfully proud to be going in with that company.
November 12, 2014 |
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
January 11, 2013 |
MATT READ waddled off the ice and into the Flyers dressing room on Thursday and snuck over to his stall in the only quiet corner. It's a space usually reserved for the Flyers' unnoticed players, with his locker located next to Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood. There, it would be easy to forget that the player unlacing his skates led all rookies in goals last season, topping rookie of the year Gabriel Landeskog and burgeoning Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Read, 26, was one of only two rookies to break the 20-goal pleateau, finishing with 24 - nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire total (264)
February 2, 2014 |
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - When Michael Raffl was bumped from the first to fourth line earlier this week, Flyers coach Craig Berube was careful to point out the move was not a demotion. "He's been a good player," Berube said then. "Wherever he goes, people seem to play good around him. It'll be a better fourth line with him on it. " Raffl, 25, has provided Berube with some unexpected flexibility in his first half season in the NHL. Originally considered a player with a top-end skill set, Raffl has demonstrated an ability to play the all-important "elevator" role - meaning he can move up and down the lineup with ease.
October 11, 2013 |
Flyers captain Claude Giroux says the golfing injury that caused him to have finger surgery in August has nothing to do with his slow start. Craig Berube, his new coach, agrees, and says Giroux, pointless in four games, is simply "trying too hard. " Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: The Flyers will not be a very good team this season unless Giroux - and some of his other talented teammates - get untracked. In four games, the Flyers have scored a total of five goals.
April 1, 2012 |
When he plays in Pittsburgh, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a certified Penguins killer. The Flyers hope that trend continues Sunday afternoon. They face the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center in what is likely a first-round playoff preview. With Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa, the Flyers inched to within three points of the fourth-seeded Penguins in the East. Both teams have four games left in the regular season. "We still control our own destiny," winger Wayne Simmonds said.
March 11, 2015 |
For the flawed Flyers, their Lost Weekend - an excruciating overtime defeat in Boston, a pitiful performance in New Jersey - was a microcosm of their inconsistent season. Their penalty kill, which was the worst in the league for most of the season's first half, deserted them in their most important shift of the year, allowing Boston to tie the game with 14.1 seconds left in regulation Saturday. Their offense, inconsistent all season, continued to lack a finishing touch and showed first-year general manager Ron Hextall he desperately needs to add a consistent top-six forward over the summer.
November 21, 2014 |
Growing up, Zac Rinaldo used to have Eric Lindros posters hanging all over his bedroom walls. As a youngster, Brayden Schenn always felt his hockey-card collection was special if it included cards of Lindros and John LeClair, and R.J. Umberger used to study the way LeClair controlled the front of the net and had "unbelievable hands" for a big guy. In other words, it won't just be an adoring sellout crowd that will understand the emotion that unravels...