Feb 5, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT
Earlier in the day, we wrote in our post “Can the Tampa Bay Lightning Be Stopped,” that if the Flyers were going to beat the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning this evening in South Philadelphia, they’d have get a big-time offensive effort out of Tom Sestito. That’s exactly what transpired in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Lightning.
Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT
Zac Rinaldo put an absolute beating on Tampa Bay Lightning’s B.J. Crombeen. Rinaldo landed a direct blow to the face that left Crombeen wobbley, then he landed a couple more. It was brutal. Crombeen was taken to the locker room but apparently he’s okay and will return to action tonight.
Feb 5, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT
The most dangerous club in the National Hockey League will be at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night – and no, we’re not talking about the home team.
Little has changed for the Lighting since the Flyers did battle against them in Tampa Bay 10 days ago. They maintain a firm grasp on first place in the Southeast Division by virtue of their 12 points off of a 6-2 record. They also continue to exhibit the most explosive offense in the NHL, only while the rest of the league has come back down to earth, the Bolts are still setting an absolutely ludicrous pace.
Feb 5, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT
One of the major storylines for the Flyers entering this season was that one or multiple of the club’s second-year players could enjoy a breakout year. So far, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier have had relatively quiet campaigns, at least as far as the scoreboard is concerned.
Feb 4, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT
Fallout from John Erskine’s flying elbow to the face of Wayne Simmonds, potential trade targets to jump start the Flyers’ offense, and a closer look at some of the club’s depth on the blue line.
Feb 2, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT
Go to the tallest building you can find, stand at the base, and gaze skyward at the top. That’s the kind of view the Flyers will have to get used to if they don’t start winning some games fast.
Feb 2, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
Late in the first period during last night’s 3-2 Flyers loss, Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine knocked Wayne Simmonds out of the game with what Keith Jones described as the flying elbow. It was clearly an illegal play, and Puck Daddy speculates Erskine will wind up receiving a few-games ban, although the officials amazingly did not have Simmonds’ back with any type of penalty call on the play.
Feb 2, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT
Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Wing Bowl 21 from the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. Enjoy.
Feb 2, 2013, 4:47 AM EDT
The other day I asked why people are so negative about the Phillies this offseason, and somebody suggested it was because of the pessimism created by the Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers. Seeing as many fans are so specific with their criticisms of the Phillies, I tend to think there is more to it than that (although why you all hate Delmon Young so much is beyond me). The point that the overall vibe surrounding Philadelphia sports is depressed right now is legit however.
Feb 1, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT
If the Flyers are ever going to get their offense back on track – and their season for that matter – this weekend would be a great time to start laying the groundwork.
After two days off, the Bullies are in our nation’s capital on Friday night to face off against the Washington Capitals, who reside at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with three points, and have allowed the fourth-most goals per game in the NHL at 3.57. Then the Flyers return home on Saturday for a clash with the Carolina Hurricanes, a club that’s not much better off with their four points and third-highest 3.60 goals against average.
Feb 1, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT
Bernie Parent wants you to “stay horny.” You read that correctly. In an article on Philly.com entitled, “Unleash your hidden wolf on Valentine’s Day,” Flyers Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent is dispensing advice on the matters of love.
Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT
This guy just looks thrilled.
The above photo is probably my favorite from our Wing Bowl 21 Photo Gallery, but you can click over to see 60 or so more shots from this morning’s festivities right here.
All photos taken by Aaron Talasnik. Thanks, pal.
Jan 31, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
The Flyers are having some well-documented issues slipping the biscuit past the heavily armored man standing in front of a goal that must look awfully tiny right now. Head coach Peter Laviolette hopes the answer is pairing the club’s two purest scorers on a line together.
Jan 30, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT
And the Flyers fall to last place in the Atlantic division with last night’s loss to the Rangers. While the Flyers have half as many points as the Devils, they’re still just four points behind the division leaders after 15% of the season has been completed.
Jan 29, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT
The Flyers exorcised some demons last Thursday, defeating the New York Rangers for the first time in nine tries over nearly two full calendar years. Now they must find a way to repeat their effort, or they risk slipping into sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Division.
Jan 29, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT
Philadelphia can be hard on star athletes, especially those perceived as being vastly overpaid. So when the Flyers traded for Ilya Bryzgalov’s rights and signed him to a nine-year contract at $51 million in the summer of 2011 – a whopping $5.67 per year – naturally many fans became incensed before he ever played a game in Orange & Black.
Jan 29, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT
With their game in New York this evening, a number of the Flyers took the time last night to enjoy Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. One of the highlights of the show was when Jimmy, Brian Williams, and the Roots slow-jammed the news. [video below]
Jan 28, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT
The Flyers were dispatched by a final of 5-1 on Sunday night, but that didn’t stop Luke Schenn from bashing away at Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier’s face.
Jan 27, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT
Now that the Flyers found their sea legs, they’ll be putting their defenses to the test against one of the hottest offenses in the league. The Tampa Bay Lightning are out to an early lead in goals scored in the Eastern Conference, and are tied with the San Jose Sharks for first in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 4.75.
Jan 27, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT
Matt Read netted his first career hat trick [video below], Tye McGinn scored his first NHL goal, and Luke Schenn lit the lamp for the first time while wearing Orange & Black in a Flyers’ rout over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. There was nothing fluky about their 7-1 victory on Saturday night, either – the switch is officially flipped to the on position.
Flyers Try to Keep the Momentum Alive in Sunshine State Battle of the Shorthanded (Plus: The Return of Briere!)
Jan 26, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT
Wins such as the one the Flyers scored over the New York Rangers on Thursday night can sometimes serve as the turning point for an entire season. Granted we are only through four games of this year’s slate, but the fellas in Orange & Black were beginning to gain an identity for being soft after the first three, all losses. They were anything but that while pummeling the Rags into submission, finishing their rivals off with a series of potentially defining penalty kills in the third period.
The opening week of the schedule did not come without its costs however. Scott Hartnell and Andrej Meszaros were both lost to injury for a month or more, joining Zac Rindaldo on the ever-growing list of injured. Now the shorthanded Flyers must embark on a four-game road trip amid hopes they can not only survive these misfortunes, but continue to excel in the process.
Jan 25, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT
For a guy who scored 20-plus goals in eight consecutive NHL seasons, Mike Knuble’s production fell off of a cliff with the Washington Capitals last season, and his playing time went along with it. In 72 games, Knoob found twine just six times with only 12 helpers while posting a career-worst -15. Now the Flyers are hoping to squeeze whatever ability is left out of the 40 year old winger while Scott Hartnell is on the mend.
Jan 25, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT
Last night’s Philadelphia Flyers win over the New York Rangers had everything you’d want out of a hockey game: a successful power play, bruising hits, fights, great goalie work, tremendous penalty kill. Some might want to call it Flyers Hockey. Ilya Bryzgalov was asked after the game if that’s what Flyers Hockey is in his mind. His answer? I don’t know what this Flyers Hockey you speak of is exactly, but that was some damn good hockey.
Jan 25, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT
Jrue Holiday celebrated his first selection to an NBA All-Star Game by taking in a 2-1 Flyers victory over the hated New York Rangers last night at the Wells Fargo Center. He didn’t have the same Flyers’ head-wear selection as teammate Evan Turner did two years ago when he rocked an orange helmet with a puck jammed into it, but Jrue did show his support for the Fly guys by rocking a nice knit hat. Dei Lynam caught up with Jrue to ask him how it felt to be given the honor of NBA All-Star. His phone was blowing up! [video below]
Jan 24, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT
A win! A dearly needed win. And over the New York Rangers no less. There were a ton of positives in Thursday night’s Flyers 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers, from the power play finally clicking to the 5-on-3 penalty kill late in the third. The effort from the Flyers tonight was fantastic, capped off by Jake Voracek working hard to pound in what turned out to be the game winner. While we’re just taking a quick look at this enjoyable win, Nik Grossman’s huge hit on Marian Gaborik (above) and youngster Tye McGinn showing he isn’t afraid to mix things up as well. It really helped with the Flyers keeping the energy late. [videos ATJ]
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