Archive for the ‘Philadelphia Flyers’ Category

Broad Street Bullies: An Interesting Look at the 1970s Flyers

HBO’s documentary on the 1970s Flyers, BROAD STREET BULLIES, is great because it doesn’t apologize for them. It doesn’t reinvent them as misunderstood guys. It doesn’t act like the NHL ever really like the Flyers. Instead, the documentary is a celebration of the 1970s Flyers and what they meant to the city of Philadelphia and […]

Buffalo’s Lack of Power in Powerplay Bounces Them Out of First Round

I don’t remember a playoff round where special teams were such a huge factor. New Jersey got bounced out of the first round on the weakness of their powerplay. And last night, so did the Sabres. Buffalo did not have a first-round powerplay goal against the Bruins. Nashville has a weak 3.3% powerplay percentage and […]

Five Reasons Jacques Lemaire Failed the Devils in the Playoffs

The Devils season is over after last night’s loss to the Flyers. When a team implodes like the Devils did, it’s easy to blame the coach for the failings of the team, but in this case, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire needs to a lot of the blame for yet another early playoff exit for New […]

Ilya Kovalchuk’s Struggles Could Cost Him In Next Contract

It might be a bit early to wonder about this, but will going to the Devils wind up costing Ilya Kovalchuk money in the off-season? Kovalchuk has just two goals in the playoffs, including a powerplay goal in last night’s loss to Philadelphia. Daniel Carcillo, the Flyers fighter, has the same number of goals. So […]

Flyers Beat Devils with Defense; Devils Now Know What That Feels Like

So the Flyers are off to a strong start, huh? Last night’s 2-1 win over the Devils was fascinating. It was yet another strong game from Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Boucher has been solid in his recent starts, even doing a great job in very tight games, when it looks like the Flyers might not […]

Wild and Flyers Blame Olympics for Injuries

Some people really don’t like the NHL’s participation in the Olympics during its regular season. Apparently, Tim Panaccio and I are two of those guys. His Sunday column hypothesizes the Flyers recent struggles are at least partially linked to the amount of Olympians they had playing in Vancouver. I’m no fan of the Olympics, but […]

Goalie Brian Elliott is Hot at the Right Time for Ottawa

Ottawa’s Brian Elliott had his second shutout in a row last night, with a considerable assist given to Anton Volchenkov’s shot-blocking. It’s still a little early, but this is the time of year when you look for a goalie to get hot. Because a lot of times a hot goalie becomes a huge factor in […]

Three Goalies is the New Two Goalies

So I guess keeping three goalies on the roster is now officially a trend? The Flyers are keeping three goalies while Ray Emery prepares to return. The Flyers literally have nothing else to do with their cap space, so they may as well keep all three goalies. The Islanders are currently rolling three goalies, with […]

Laviolette Not Scared of Over-Coaching on New Gig

Peter Laviolette is settling into his new job as head coach of the Flyers and he already seems to be feeling the pressure of coaching a team that on paper should be very successful, but in reality is having some problems. Witness Sunday’s practice, as reported by Tim Panaccio: The Flyers did so many drills […]

Chris Pronger Commits Mutiny Against Mike Richards

I hadn’t realized this, but apparently Flyer fans are blaming some of the team’s struggles on Mike Richards captaincy skills (or supposed lack thereof). Certainly not helping things is Chris Pronger telling the media he wants to get involved in leading the team, but doesn’t “want to step on [Richards] toes.” I’m always shocked by […]