March 23, 2013 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek looked outside the locker room and pointed toward the league standings that hung on the opposite wall. The playoffs are still in reach, said Voracek, who noted that the Flyers were just five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot Thursday. That's a rather positive outlook for a Flyers team that has dropped five of its last seven games. Three of the losses came to division opponents. In the midst of a five-day break before they face the Penguins Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers displayed a new look at Thursday's two-hour practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
March 15, 2013
The NHL suspended Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry for four games without pay for a high, late check on Minnesota's Jason Zucker. Zucker was leveled Tuesday by a violent hit from Perry nearly a full second after he passed the puck. Montreal wins shootout Shootout goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller lifted the Montreal Canadiens to their fourth consecutive win Wednesday night, a 4-3 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Eller also scored in the first period, and Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban added power-play goals in the second for Montreal.
February 28, 2013 |
The Flyers again went to their past in an attempt to improve their future. They acquired veteran left winger Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2013 fourth-round draft pick that was acquired from Phoenix. If the Flyers make the playoffs, the Kings will receive a third-round pick. "I'm going back to a place I'm really familiar with," said Gagne, who spent 10 years with the Flyers, "and I'm really excited to get back to Philly. " "He improves our depth up front automatically," said general manager Paul Holmgren, revealing that winger Tye McGinn suffered a broken orbital bone in a fight with Toronto's Mike Brown on Monday and will miss at least two weeks.
February 24, 2013 |
The Flyers' inconsistent early season was demonstrated clearly by the results within a 24-hour period earlier this week. After posting one of their most impressive and surely one of the most exciting performances of the season in a 6-5 win on Wednesday at Pittsburgh, the Flyers laid a giant egg in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center. One great performance followed by a clunker. That pretty much has described the Flyers' season, which is why they are 8-10-1.
February 23, 2013 |
The Flyers continue to be stung by injuries to key players. Top-line winger Matt Read, who led the Flyers with seven goals entering Thursday's game, will miss six weeks with a muscle tear in his ribs, the club announced. Read was hurt late in the first period of Wednesday's 6-5 win in Pittsburgh. Rookie Tye McGinn replaced Read in Thursday's lineup against Florida. "You never like to see an injury," McGinn said before the game. "It's unfortunate, but I'm just going to go out and do my best.
February 14, 2013 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Flyers recalled left winger Harry Zolnierczyk from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms and put him into the lineup Tuesday night in Winnipeg, hoping he can awaken a sleepy offense. Zolnierczyk isn't exactly a prolific scorer, but he brings some much-needed quickness to a team that, entering Tuesday, had produced a total of nine goals in its six road losses. A year ago, Zolnierczyk collected six points in 37 games with the Flyers. He had nine goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Phantoms this season.
February 7, 2013 |
For one night, at least, bruising Flyers winger Tom Sestito imitated Eric Lindros. He hit. He scored. He hit. He scored again. Sestito, known for his fists more than his scoring, netted the third and fourth goals of his career - and his first two as a Flyer - to spark a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. "It's great to contribute like that and not just by fighting all the time," Sestito said. "I've got one [move] and hopefully no goalies catch on. " Zac Rinaldo, another feisty Flyers winger, also helped set the tone by decisively winning a first-period fight against winger B.J. Crombeen, who went to the locker room for repairs and did not return for precautionary reasons.
February 4, 2013 |
Is it too early for the Flyers to start targeting players who would upgrade their sad-sack offense? In a normal 82-game season, probably. In a lockout-shortened 48-game season, no. The Flyers have played only nine games, but that accounts for almost 20 percent of the abbreviated season. Heading into Saturday night's game against Carolina, the Flyers had two goals or fewer in seven of their first eight games. They had a total of seven in their six losses. Several unrestricted free agents this summer will draw the Flyers' attention, but those same players may be available in trades before then.
January 27, 2013 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers center Danny Briere, who missed the first four games because of a hairline fracture of his left wrist, made his first appearance of the year Saturday night. Before the game, Briere said he had no problems shooting the puck, but faceoffs still gave him difficulties. He began the night at left wing. Earlier in the day, general manager Paul Holmgren said Briere was "probably a no-go" for Saturday, but Briere apparently talked his way into the lineup. Briere played on a line with center Sean Couturier and right winger Jake Voracek.
January 25, 2013 |
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will miss four to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, general manager Paul Holmgren announced in a grim tone before Thursday's game against the New York Rangers. About an hour later, he was more upbeat, announcing that the Flyers were bringing back 40-year-old winger Mike Knuble, an unrestricted free agent, to fill Hartnell's roster spot. Hartnell, who led the Flyers with a career-high 37 goals last season, suffered the injury when inadvertently hit by a shot taken by teammate Kimmo Timonen in New Jersey on Tuesday.