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The only bright spot on the Flyers right now is goaltender Steve Mason.
In fact this is the first time in quite a while you could point to the Flyers and make the statement that while everything else might be up for grabs there is no issue in goal.
Mason has a 2.37 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He’s given the Flyers a chance in every game he’s played and deserves better than a 1-5 record.
“He’s been everything to us this year” Wayne Simmonds said. “He’s standing on his head every single game keeping us in the game making every single save he can make and it sucks for him because we’re not supporting him on the other end.”
Six times the Flyers have gone into the third period trailing by a goal. That means the game was right there for the taking.
In four of those games Mason has been the goaltender. In each case the Flyers lost and another solid effort was wasted.
Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh was yet another example.
Mason is no stranger to poor records t...
BEST OF MAXIM
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
More and more, the Flyers' start this season looks less like a funk than a gross miscalculation.
They tried their butts off last night.
They're just not good.
They don't go to the net, they miss easy bunnies like the empty net Brayden Schenn managed to avoid last night, they cough up pucks behind their...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Out of shape, out of practice, and already out of the playoff picture. That describes a Philadelphia team that is naked, searching for a blanket that can only come from two places this early in a season: within, or from some other flailing franchise like Buffalo and Edmonton. And that’s where the fun begins.
You have to go back, like, 25...
After posting a .925 SP in five games with Zug this season, Brian Boucher has been released in favour of 28 year old Finnish stopper Eero Kilpeläinen. For Boucher, his NHL journeyman career ended on a disappointing note, posting a .891 save percentage and 2.50 GAA in four games playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013. Boucher was sent down in March [...]
I like to write career retrospectives when players that I think will make the Hockey Hall of Fame retire. In today`s case, Chris Pronger isn`t actually officially retired but he is almost certain to never play another game in his career. His general manager Paul Holmgren is on record saying that Pronger is very unlikely to ever play again. Today I am deciding to treat him as...
Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Flyers lose again, get a vacation This is getting old already: [The Checking Line] [Philly.com] Wisdom of Bill Bill breaks down the Flyers as I simply break down and cry: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] This team stinks. Hockey season is here. Get your Philadelphia Flyers...
WHEN WILL GIROUX BREAK OUT OF EARLY SEASON DOLDRUMS?
The Philadelphia Flyers would undoubtedly have a better record right now, perhaps even a .500 start through eight games, if they were scoring at even a modestly higher pace. No matter what other flaws there are to dissect, no team is going to win more than a game or two when it scores just 11 times in eight games.
Look for Vinny Lecavalier back in the Flyers lineup Thursday when their schedule resumes against the Rangers.
Don't look for Scott Hartnell. He sounds as if he is still a week away and that is on target as part of his 2-4 week recovery.
They skated Sunday for the first time at Skate Zone. Both were injured Oct. 11 against Phoenix.
Lecavalier has a lower body injury...
What started out as a routine night for the undefeated Philadelphia Flyers climaxed with the death of two terrorists on the ice and ended with another easy win for the Flyers. Flyers captain Claude Giroux started the scoring early in the game, when he dangled and dazzled his way around the entire starting line-up of the Pittsburgh Penguins off the opening faceoff. Giroux dizzy-danced...
The Flyers’ ineptness on offense — at least at the start of an NHL season — hasn’t been equaled in almost a half century.
Thursday’s 4-1 loss to visiting Pittsburgh marked the eighth straight time they had failed to score more than two goals since the season started. That’s the first time that has happened since 1964 when the Boston Bruins did it in the first nine games...
A Week to Regroup
The Philadelphia Flyers wake up this morning with the fewest points in the NHL. They are off to the worst start (1-7-0) and have the fewest goals (11) through eight games in the history of the franchise. They've been outscored 12-2 in third periods, which is the time of game where the best teams typically shine and the worst clubs fade.
That says it all...
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Fans are angry - not just because the team isn't winning and isn't entertaining, but because of a lack of a 60-minute commitment. The Flyers disappeared for an entire period in a lot of games last season, and that head-scratching trend continued in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. It's one thing to have a lackluster...
Sidney Crosby scored with under three minutes to play in regulation to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead in their 4-1 win over the Flyers.
For 56 minutes, it was actually a close game. For one shift in a dominant third period, the Flyers got caught in their own zone. That led to a goal that would ice the game.
The Flyers were also turned away by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins defense...
Thought this was a good catch by the ROOT cameras. Look at the faces of all the Flyer fans , as idiot, and terrible hockey player Brayden Schenn misses an open net. Mike Richards buries that.
- Positive spin- Look at it this way, Philadelphia and Edmonton, last place in their respective conference, are only 10 points out of first place.
- If Toronto media wasn't allowed to discuss the goaltenders for the Leafs, they would just find another topic.
- The Wings are a much complete team when Johan Franzen starts scoring goals, even though he is not a goal scorer....
So, the Philadelphia Daily News called Crosby "Sid the Squid"?
The years and years of trolling with nothing to show for it, save for a Phillies’ steroid-aided championship, has finally gotten to the city of Philadelphia, we think. Sid the Squid and Tony Romo. Is that it? What was it like turning in that headline for press? They are all out of options...