Dec 12, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT
It’s not often the Sixers make headlines over at Mashable, but over the weekend, an interesting story on their interaction with a pair of fans was posted. If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the two accounts that popped up just after the team announced its mascot ballot, one for each of Phil E. Moose and B. Franklin Dogg. Well, they weren’t opened by the Sixers, and the team wanted the handles, according to Jerry Rizzo and Hunter Coleman, who created them. The deal brokered between the team and the two fans isn’t bad…
Dec 10, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT
Excitement over the Flyers’ fifth straight win is tempered with the knowledge that Claude Giroux left the game in the second period after a collision saw Wayne Simmonds’ knee hit Giroux in the head. Giroux was low on the ice after a checking attempt, and Simmonds tried to avoid him by jumping over him, but his knee hit Giroux’s helmet pretty hard.
Giroux would leave the game and go up the tunnel, and he didn’t return. On Friday, the Flyers announced that Chris Pronger was out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms, and Brayden Schenn’s previously described upper body injury was updated to be a concussion as well. After Sidney Crosby missed nearly a year with concussion-related symptoms (and is once again being held out as a precaution), nothing could be scarier than a player having a possible concussion.
At least for now, Paul Holmgren is saying Giroux’s removal from the game was a precaution.
Dec 10, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT
The last meeting of the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning had the rare distinction of garnering league-wide attention for being boring. Peter Laviolette took it upon himself to make a statement that the Flyers weren’t going to play into Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 trap, employing a stall tactic whereby the Flyers just waded around in their zone while the Lightning refused to forecheck.
It may have been boring from a hockey standpoint, but it certainly isn’t what you see every night on the ice. The tactic worked in some respects, but ultimately it seemed a failure to me. The highest scoring team in the league scored just once and lost, 2-1, in overtime. All signs point to another game of Hockey Chess tonight at the Wells Fargo Center though. Wonder how the home crowd will respond.
Dec 9, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT
The past two Flyers games have seen some nastiness and play outside of the rules, which has resulted in one suspension so far with Ville Leino getting a one-game break from the league for his elbow on Matt Read. News of that suspension came during the Flyers-Penguins game last night, when Evgeni Malkin likely narrowly missed being issued a similar fate as a result of missing the head of Claude Giroux on an attempt away from the play.
Dec 9, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT
Fans were calling for some sort of justice, either on-ice or from the league, after former Flyer and current Buffalo Sabre Ville Leino threw an elbow at the head of current Flyers rookie Matt Read in Wednesday night’s game [Video]. The former may not have come to fruition, but the latter did on Thursday night, when dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan issued a one-game suspension to Leino. Here’s his video explaining why.
Dec 8, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT
It’s not just the best hashtag in the Flyers twitterverse, it’s also an effective offensive strategy. Scott Hartnell’s long been known for easily losing his balance, both on purpose and at times not as intentionally. He’s a magnet for the net and often the opposing goalie, and the player and some of his social media-savvy teammates have been embracing the #hartnelldown lately.
Tonight, just about everyone was up for some Hartnell Down, as #19 scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal while crashing into the left post in spectacular fashion.
Highlights and a bit more on the game below, including Hartnell’s shoutout to the hashtag.
Dec 8, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT
Last season, the very first game the Flyers played was against their current top rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. They helped to open a new arena in western PA, although not quite the way the home team would have wanted. This year, we’ve had to wait more than a quarter of the season to see Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot face their former club, which we’ll finally get to do tonight.
Dec 8, 2011, 12:42 AM EDT
Former Flyer Ville Leino throws an elbow at the head of current Flyers rookie Matt Read
Dec 7, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT
Highlights, notes, and video from the Philadelphia Flyers’ 5-4 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Dec 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT
A preview of the Philadelphia Flyers-Buffalo Sabres matchup.
Dec 5, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT
A look at the proposed new alignment of the NHL’s teams, a four-conference system that keeps the Flyers in familiar company, but adds the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes
Dec 4, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT
Here’s a bit of what we’re reading this fine December Philadelphia morning. Weigh in on some good reads and thought-provoking questions.
Dec 3, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT
Notes and video highlights from the Philadelphia Flyers overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Gotta see this Giroux goal…
Nov 30, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT
Dan Carcillo was a somewhat divisive player when he was with the Flyers, with many fans loving the double devil horns after a fight and others wondering why we couldn’t get a more versatile contributor to play those minutes and earn that money. He was a player that moved the needle, both on and off the ice, and that’s a quantity that has been sought in the entertainment industry since its inception.
So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Carcillo now has his own radio show on WGN in Chicago, called The Bomb Shelter…
Nov 29, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT
Placed on waivers by the Flyers yesterday, winger Andreas Nodl has been claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. The 24-year-old struggled to find ice time with the Flyers this year, and yesterday, Paul Holmgren said he was waived to gauge interest in him. Interest affirmed, Nodl is now property of the new Kirk Muller regime in Raleigh.
Nov 26, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT
A first look at HBO’s 24/7 coverage of the lead-up to the NHL’s Winter Classic, and how the show could affect our feelings about the Rangers.
Nov 26, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT
Previewing the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.
Nov 25, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT
Claude Giroux’s rise to NHL superstardom continued on Friday, when he scored a pair of second period goals and helped generate another as the Flyers came back to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1. G was simply jaw-dropping in the second and third periods, and Carey Price and the Habs defenders had no answer for him. With goals and moves like these, how could they?
Recap, video highlights, and some injury news
Nov 25, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT
We’ve been eager to find out which former Flyers would lace up the skates and once again don the winged P when the team’s alumni face off with the old men of the New York Rangers on New Year’s Eve. We knew Eric Lindros and John LeClair were scheduled to appear, but that Mikael Renberg wouldn’t be available to complete the Legion of Doom Voltron.
Today, the Flyers announced the full roster is it currently stands, with a nice cross-section of previous eras. Let’s take a look at the guys who will be there, as well as those we wish could be.
Nov 25, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT
Today at 3:00 p.m., the Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens, who have picked up some steam since a terrible start had them sitting at 1-5-2 in late October. Now 10-9-3, les Habs are still toward the bottom of their division, evenly trading wins with losses lately.
Nov 25, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT
I didn’t head out to Toys R Us or Target or Best Buy at midnight, but I am partaking in some of Black Friday’s madness. As I was placing a few orders, I thought maybe I should share with you just in case you wanted to get in on it too. Here’s a four-pack of deals for Philly sports fans, with options for any other fans you might know
Nov 24, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT
CSN’s Reuben Frank reports Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha hurt his knee at practice today and had to be carted off.
Nov 24, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT
The Flyers and Islanders got off to a fast start last night—historically fast in fact. Each team scored on its first shot, the score tied at 1 just 37 seconds in. Per Elias, that’s the fastest 1-1 tie in team history and second fastest in NHL history.
That being said, it basically sucked. All the elation of Andrej Meszaros scoring 18 seconds in was immediately erased by the Kyle Okposo equalizer. Worse yet was Okposo netting the go-ahead goal on a gorgeous display of Islanders passing 10 minutes later, then assisting on a third Isles goal with a minute and a half left in the period.
Fortunately, the Flyers would come all the way back. A look at the goals and more
Nov 23, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT
Coming off a pair of losses to two weaker NHL clubs, the Flyers get a crack at one of the absolute worst tonight up in Long Island. As is their custom, the Islanders are playing woefully bad hockey and currently sit in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with just 13 points on five wins.
Nov 23, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT
Among the regulars who were left exposed by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Expansion Draft was midfielder Justin Mapp. The Montreal Impact, joining the league in 2012, have selected Mapp with their third choice behind first pick Brian Ching (Dynamo) and Zarek Valentin (Chivas).
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