Oct 29, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT
We waited the entire remainder of the Sopranos series to find out what happened to the Russian who was lost in the woods, to no avail, as he never resurfaced. We only had to wait one game to see the Flyers own lost Russian re-emerge.
Oct 29, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT
Flyers captain Chris Pronger met with reporters during the first intermission of Saturday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, giving an update on his progress in healing after a scary eye injury during the week. Pronger was quick with the jokes, teasing at least two members of the media and throwing in a little Dirty Harry routine. It’s what he said first that concerned me though.
Oct 29, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT
It’s not quite the Mike Richards homecoming game of October 15, but the Flyers will host a former compatriot tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, with Brian Boucher getting the start in net for the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes of course are the club that current Flyers boss Peter Laviolette won a Stanley Cup with in 2006.
Cam Ward was on the ice when Carolina lifted that Cup, but he’ll get the night off after posting a 3-0 shutout of the Blackhawks last night. Boosh hasn’t found the win column in either of his two starts, giving up nine goals on 60 shots, five of which came in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday. His counterpart tonight knows something about getting whipped by the Jets…
Despite Ilya Bryzgalov struggling mightily behind a soft and leaky defense, proclaiming after his last appearance that he has no confidence in himself right now, that he’s “lost in the woods.” His head coach is showing at least some confidence in his ability to snap out of it sooner rather than later though, sending him back to the crease immediately.
Oct 27, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT
In the aftermath of the Flyers’ 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Ilya Bryzgalov—who didn’t even start the game—took full responsibility for his side not winning. Bryz was emotional, clearly upset with himself for failing to help his team complete a monumental comeback.
“I have zero confidence in myself right now. (Unintelligible) I am terrible. I will now apologize in front of the fans, in front of my teammates. I don’t know what’s going on. I have no answer for you guys. I thought in the last game against Montreal, that nothing worse was going to happen. Today was worse.”
Oct 27, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT
You won’t see a game with more profound shifts in momentum than the one the Flyers lost, 9-8, to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Confirmed? Eric Lindros Says He’ll Skate Again as a Flyer, Legion Of Doom Could Reunite for Winter Classic Alumni Game
Oct 26, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT
Eric Lindros says that he will return to Philadelphia to once again wear a Flyers uniform and skate with former linemates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg in the Alumni Game as part of the Winter Classic festivities at Citizens Bank Park.
Oct 24, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT
Entering Monday night’s tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs, two Flyers were notably goalless on the season. Both got off the schneid, with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr each tallying a brace to send the Flyers to a 4-2 victory. Unfortunately, the celebration is tempered by a scary eye injury to Chris Pronger.
Oct 24, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT
Chris Pronger is as tough as they come in the game of hockey, but even he couldn’t keep from screaming as he first lay on the ice, then skated off in extreme pain after the stick of Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski caught him in the face on the follow-through of a shot.
Pronger went down immediately, clutching a hand to his face and covering his right eye. He did not return to the game, but no updates are yet available. It certainly did not look good. We’ll update as we hear more.
Oct 24, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT
The Leafs come to town pretty hot, having started the season at a 5-1-1 clip. The Flyers, on the other hand, have cooled considerably after their first start, losing their last two games in rather convincing fashion.
Oct 22, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT
It was a pretty ugly night for the Flyers, but among the highlights for the home team was this de-skating of the Blues’ David Backes by Chris Pronger.
Oct 22, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT
Philly sports fans had just one game to tune in to or catch down at the complex this weekend, and after having watched it… I hope you had something better to do. If so, but you still want The Update, read on.
For the second straight game, the Flyers outshot their opponents yet lost convincingly. Despite coming off a night of rest when the Blues were playing for the second time in as many days, and had arrived in Philadelphia close to 4 AM, the Flyers were outplayed by St. Louis on Saturday night and lost by a 4-2 count.
Defensive miscues and poor communication between the blueliners and goaltender combined with some good bounces for the Blues to doom the Flyers, who had trouble with pucks and players close to their own net. Credit Blues goalie Brian Elliott for giving his team the opportunity to win this one, and his forwards for cashing in when the Flyers defense and goaltending failed to do the same. There was definitely plenty to talk about after this one, though a lot of it isn’t entirely pleasant. All that and some video highlights below.
Oct 22, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT
Tonight in South Philly, the Flyers will need to do something they haven’t had to do as a group yet—play on the heels of a sound beating. They took one at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, marking their first non-OT loss of the season, and while it’s nothing to worry about (really, nothing short of a major injury is cause for concern this early in the season), it will be interesting to see how the team responds.
Oct 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT
It was on this date, October 22, in 1939, that a pro football game was first televised. The Eagles played (and lost to) the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 23-14. More on the game and the ‘back’ who threw a TD for the Birds below.
Oct 16, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT
Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union is welcomed back by the River End
Oct 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT
It was a great feeling leaving PPL Park last night. Even though the Union only tied Toronto FC, 1-1, they won by earning the point they needed to clinch a playoff berth. In their second season, the U have already made it to the MLS’s exclusive postseason. That’s a tremendous source of pride for the team, from ownership to players, staff, and definitely us fans.
Oct 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT
The Flyers lost their first game of the season, done in by the efforts of a few former members of the team—Mike Richards, Justin Williams, and Simon Gagne, but also a great game by Quick.
Oct 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT
The Eagles will face the surprisingly 3-1 Washington Redskins this week. Here’s a look at what the Skins will field on the offensive side of the ball.
Oct 15, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT
We’ve already talked quite a bit about Mike Richards’ return to Philly tonight, both here and over at Puck Daddy this morning. Given how infrequently the Flyers play the Kings, it feels a bit odd to have the event happen so quickly. Four games into the season, the Flyers will have played the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, who bounced them last season, the rival Devils, and the Western Conference Champs, plus their former captain, who was dealt in one of the most shocking trades in franchise history this summer.
Fortunately for the front office, the early returns have been outstanding. Can you imagine what the past few days of coverage would have been like if the Flyers were winless rather than undefeated when Richards came to town?
Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT
Brayden Schenn notches a hat trick in his second game with the Adirondack Phantoms.
Oct 14, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT
Former Flyers scrapper Arron Asham threw down with non-pugilist Jay Beagle during last night’s 3-2 Capitals win over the Penguins, and man did he beat the poop out of him. Here’s video of the fight, but also what Asham regrets doing after the fight.
Oct 12, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT
The 2-0 Flyers play their first game of the season at the Wells Fargo Center tonight as they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30.
Oct 6, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT
The Flyers kick off the 2011-2012 season tonight up in Boston against a Bruins team that ended their season a year ago. But it’s a new era in Flyers hockey and it starts tonight.
Oct 6, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT
A look at the chain of events that sent the Flyers into perhaps their greatest off-season upheaval in franchise history, plus some thoughts on the finished product.
High Noon: Which Flyers Will Survive Yesterday’s Waives? Plus, Schenn Sent to Phantoms, Praise for Read
Oct 5, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT
With all the new faces at the Skate Zone this year, it’s been a pretty exciting camp for the Flyers. Amidst massive roster turnover came some interesting position battles, and a few weeks ago, it became clear that some good players would not make this team. Some would head to Glens Falls to at least begin the season playing for the Phantoms, while others would be gone entirely.
Oct 4, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT
The Union’s Sebastian Le Toux has emerged from a first half scoring draught in a huge way, racking up 8 goals in his last nine games after scoring just one from March until August. Seven of his goals came in the six matches the U played in September.
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