Apr 19, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT
So it comes down to this. Since the Flyers managed to get blanked on Thursday night by a New Jersey Devils squad that hadn’t picked up a win in their previous 10 tries, they will need some remarkable luck to remain in playoff contention for much longer.
Apr 18, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
The Flyers handed out two-year contract extensions to Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill on Wednesday, securing two of the more physical presences on the roster for the next couple seasons. While it seems Rosehill is merely filling the tough-guy void left from Jody Shelley’s injury and impending departure in free agency, Rinaldo has carved out a significant role for himself on the club’s checking line.
Apr 17, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT
Take a break from the ugly Phillies game to enjoy this special moment from before the puck dropped for tonight’s Bruins game at the TD Garden in Boston. The entire crowd took over and sang the National Anthem.
Somewhat related: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia (which we’re a part of) teamed up with all of the local sports teams to erect the billboard you see below in both Philly and Massachussetes. It reads:
Apr 17, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT
A lot of bad jokes on Twitter today. Not Ilya Bryzgalov made me chuckle.
Apr 17, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT
Tempting as it might be to peek at the standings following their 4-2 win over Rangers on Tuesday, the reality is the Flyers still have a lot of ground to make up and precious little time left to do it. Turns out knocking off the eighth seed with a week and a half to go will only get you so far.
Apr 16, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT
It was just another example of how maddening it has been to follow the Orange & Black this season. On any given night we might be treated to hockey at or near its highest level, but too often only for a period or two at a time, and some nights not at all.
The ability is in there somewhere though, as evidenced in their 7-3 win over the Canadiens.
Apr 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT
Thoughts go out to the entire city of Boston after such a joyful day was marred by something so awful. Having spent my college years living in Chestnut Hill and Brighton, celebrating the Boston Marathon with the entire city was truly one of the best days of the year. Seeing today’s news was simply heart-wrenching.
Apr 13, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT
Since his call-up from Adirondack, Oliver Lauridsen has largely been able to hold his own through seven games in the NHL. That statement was put to the test on Saturday when the rookie defenseman found himself in his first big-league fight with universally reviled Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta.
Apr 12, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT
Time and time again this season the Flyers were welcomed back into the playoff mix with open arms by their Eastern Conference rivals when all hope appeared lost, and hey, the Orange & Black even responded on occasion. More often they did not however, and following a third consecutive loss to an opponent ahead of them in the standings on Thursday, with eight games remaining it finally feels safe to say Philadelphia will miss out on Stanley Cup fever for the first time since 2007.
Apr 11, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT
The situation is not promising. The Flyers are seven points back of a playoff spot with nine games to play, a seemingly insurmountable deficit. That said, there may be a window – perhaps more of a doggy door – into the playoffs yet, but only if they step up and the seize the opportunity now.
Apr 10, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT
As the playoffs continue to slip through their fingers, and speculation swirls around the future of Ilya Bryzgalov, I suppose it’s only natural for the witch hunt to intensify.
Apr 10, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT
There isn’t much to add to the sad tale of The Flyers Lose to the Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday Night, the title of which alone is probably more than most folks would care to read. We’ll simply caution in one small department: this wasn’t necessarily the end.
Apr 9, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT
Here we are, staring down yet another “must-win” game amid a season that’s felt like a never-ending string of them. Although time is running out, the truth is a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night wouldn’t necessarily be the final straw for the Flyers. If they do intend to sneak into the playoffs however, they will have to climb over the gatekeepers eventually.
Apr 9, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT
One game after he appeared in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers announced late Tuesday morning that Steve Mason will be in net tonight when his new team takes on the Islanders at 7 p.m.
Apr 9, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT
When you see that jorted fellow at the Molly Pitcher Service Area today be sure to give him an extra dirty look. Today’s a big day.
Apr 8, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Eric Wellwood has had a few cups of coffee with the Flyers over the past three years, but mostly the 23 year old has been toiling away with the Adirondack Phantoms, the club’s AHL affiliate. After suffering a bloody and “scary” cut on Sunday, it’s unlikely he’ll see any more action in the NHL this season, or anywhere else for that matter.
Apr 8, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT
As expected, the Flyers have agreed to a one-year contract extension with Steve Mason, the goaltender acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at last week’s trade deadline. If compensation is supposed to be any indication though, it’s still unclear why Ilya Bryzgalov should feel an imminent threat.
Apr 6, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT
Here’s your daily reminder that hockey players are tough as shit. Luke Schenn took a hockey puck to the face on Saturday afternoon in the Flyers ugly loss to the Jets. He was wearing a protective visor, but the impact appears to have caused quite a gash. His face was covered in blood as he skated off the ice. His day was finished. Just kidding! He came back to finish the game after cleaning himself up a bit.
Apr 5, 2013, 2:51 AM EDT
We’ve been doing these so-called “obligatory” check-ups on James van Riemsdyk all year long. Now let’s do one on Luke Schenn.
After all, he was only the Flyers’ most dominant defenseman on Thursday night – perhaps even the most important player on the ice in a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs that extended Philly’s improbable winning streak to four games.
Apr 4, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT
If the Flyers are looking to the future in their crease, they have a funny way of showing it. Despite trading for Steve Mason on Wednesday, Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start the second half of a back-to-back against the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing his streak of consecutive starts to 22.
Apr 4, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT
We’ve been checking in on James van Riemsdyk throughout the season, tracking his inevitable development into an All Star now that the Flyers have given up on him. This time however it appears JVR has stumbled across a road block.
Apr 4, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT
As Bill Clement likes to say, “Pick the part about hockey you like the most, and you’ll find it in this one.” That certainly was the case at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night where the Flyers launched their second third-period comeback in as many games to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3. Best of all, the victory puts the Orange & Black on their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Apr 3, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT
I don’t know about you, but if a hockey puck is headed directly at my head at a ridiculously fast speed, I’m ducking to get the hell out of the way of it. It’s not like I’m a trained professional who spent my entire life learning to stop hockey pucks.
Apr 3, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT
The Flyers lost out on Ryane Clowe, who wound up going to the New York Rangers. They sat on their hands as Jaromir Jagr was shipped off to the Boston Bruins. And according to reports, they were beat out for 26-year-old netminder Ben Bishop, who the Ottawa Senators wound up sending to the Tampa Bay Lightning instead.
The Flyers did not come away empty-handed at the trade deadline however, nor without a goalie, sending Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in 2015 to Columbus in exchange for Steve Mason. With that, it didn’t take very long for speculation to swirl over the future of one Ilya Bryzgalov, because of course it didn’t.
Apr 2, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT
While the Flyers are still believed to be exploring a trade for San Jose’s Ryan Clowe, Paul Holmgren has already pulled off one notable move before the deadline, sending Harry Zolnierczyk to Anaheim in exchange for Jay Rosehill. At first the move seemed like a bit of a head-scratcher, but there was most certainly a method to the madness.
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