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.
Apr 2, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT
There is no doubt the Flyers could’ve used Jaromir Jagr this season. Peter Laviolette is still searching for consistency from his top line on down, and the ageless one has looked pretty good particularly during a shortened season, posting 26 points through 34 games for the Dallas Stars.
Apr 1, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
With the trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Flyers are faced with one of life’s eternal questions: buy or sell? Currently just two points out of a playoff berth, it sounds like the front office is going shopping.
Video: Jake Voracek Pulls Steve Oleksys Sweater over His Head, Punches Away in Old-Timey Hockey Fight
Apr 1, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT
Until Sunday night Jakub Voracek’s NHL fighting experience was limited to a preseason scrum when he was just a pup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. With that piece of knowledge, you would think he might’ve got more than he bargained for when he tangled with Washington’s Steve Oleksy.
Well, yes and no.
Apr 1, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT
Jakub Voracek retaliated, and it nearly cost the Flyers, but Claude Giroux refused to let it. The captain led his team on a two-goal comeback in the third period to deliver a 5-4 victory — potentially a defining moment of sorts for G and the Bullies.
Mar 30, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT
Every hockey fan knows who Zdeno Chara is. At 6’9”, you can’t miss the Boston Bruins’ defenseman. Neither did Brayden Schenn on Saturday, chopping down the six-time All Star during a 3-1 Flyers’ victory.
Mar 30, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
It was just three weeks ago when we were enjoying T-shirt weather for the first time in 2013, but a key Flyers tilt with the Boston Bruins may have lured a few of us indoors. Well, the sun is finally shining again on this holiday weekend, and coincidentally it’s Flyers-Bruins once again, although this one feels a lot less meaningful.
Mar 29, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT
After Thursday night’s loss to the Islanders, all anybody really wanted to talk about was Claude Giroux’s sick shootout goal, but it was a different play involving G that grabbed our attention.
Mar 29, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT
a) Suffered an injury.
b) Blew a two-goal lead.
c) Experienced multiple defensive breakdowns.
d) Lost in a shootout.
e) All of the above.
Mar 28, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT
Hey, remember when we would all make fun of the New York Islanders? I mean, technically we still can. After all, the Flyers are 29-3-1 against their Atlantic Division “rivals” dating back to the ’07-08 season.
That being said, the Isles aren’t the ones bringing up the rear this season. In fact, they’re only two points back of a playoff spot.
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