Found November 11, 2011 on
The hockey world was abuzz after Tampa Bay's nationally televised game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, debating whether the Lightning's style of play is a buzz kill.

Three big disappointments so far this season

3. Ilya BryzgalovA .895 SP% certainly does not deserve a 9 year contract worth 51 million. Ilya Bryzgalov has been a big disappointment for the Philadelphia Flyers so far this season, who made major moves just to sign the goaltender in the off-season. Among goaltenders, Bryzgalov has the highest salary this season at 10 million. His cap hit ranks 6th in the goalie...

Flyers play waiting game vs. Lightning's 1-3-1 trap

The Philadelphia Flyers employed a curious tactic against the Tampa Bay Lightning's vaunted 1-3-1 defensive scheme on Wednesday. Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen and captain Chris Pronger elected to either remain stationary or skate in small circles while waiting for the closest Lightning member to break from his spot. A cascade of boos rained down as play was...

Lightning's 1-3-1 Works Against Flyers; May Have to Change

The Flyers are now 0-3 on the season in games that reach overtime or a shootout, this time dropping to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in overtime. This game, however, had a completely different feel from any other game that the Flyers have played this season. It was a well-thought, hard-fought chess match. It was a battle of two coaches that knew how to counter each other’s moves...

Jack Edwards References 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' in Attempt to Explain Flyers-Lightning Debacle

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, or perhaps more appropriately Peter Laviollete and Guy Boucher, had quite a standoff on Wednesday night. The Flyers, apparently fed up with the Lightning's 1-3-1 trap defense decided to just hold the puck in their own zone in an attempt to force the Lightning forechecker to make a move. The result was some awkward hockey to...

Flyers' Pronger returns to action from eye injury

Chris Pronger returned to the Flyers on Wednesday night after missing six games with an eye injury.

(Video) Watch Steve Downie Get His Clock Cleaned By Braydon Coburn

This brouhaha occurred during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-1 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and believe you me, it’s a doozy. One relevant piece of information which makes the fight even more compelling: Braydon Coburn is 6’5″, 220 pounds, a full six inches taller and twenty pounds heavier than his fellow pugilist. This Steve [...]

Trending Topics: The real reason Flyers are so mad at Tampa

Trending Topics is a new column that looks at the week in hockey according to Twitter. If you're only going to comment to say how stupid Twitter is, why not just go have a good cry for the slow, sad death of your dear internet instead? Here's a thought exercise: Pretend for a moment you're a coach in the National Hockey League. You like to play a conservative system...

Jagr received good advice from close friend

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Jaromir Jagr's impact in Philadelphia has been felt inside the dressing room, on the ice, and up and down the Flyers' lineup. Claude Giroux is off to the best start of his young career. Scott Ha...

That’s NOT Hockey

I realize that the name of this blog is Talk’n Hawks, and normally that is all that I do. However, while just watching the Tampa Bay Lightening against the Philadelphia Flyers, (on Versus) I saw something that made me sick. Tampa Bay went into a VERY passive 1-3-1 defense. By passive, I mean that the closest player was almost at center ice. To combat this, the Flyers defensemen...

Kerry Fraser’s problematic take on Flyers/Lightning stalemate

Everyone and their mother has had a take on the Philadelphia Flyers' stall tactics against Guy Boucher and the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-3-1 system, but there were two recent reactions that deserve a little more attention: Those of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and former NHL referee/hair model/lightning rod of angst Kerry Fraser. Bettman's take on his XM Home Ice radio show...

Flyers and Lightning played stall ball

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said Thursday that the Tampa Bay Lightning are pushing...

Flyers-Panthers Preview

Kris Versteeg wasn't a perfect fit after the Philadelphia Flyers traded for him during last season's stretch run. The Florida Panthers, though, couldn't be happier with how the left wing has meshed with his new teammates after acquiring him from the Flyers. Coming off his first career hat trick, Versteeg looks to help the Panthers post their first seven-game point streak...
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