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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 to begin with and your two best defensemen are out of the lineup for a game against the second-highest scoring team in the League and you are, as a consequence, down to just five D-men.
a) Continue to play conservative hockey as is your wont or
b) Deviate from the system you've been playing for two years to engage in a more up-tempo contest as part of an attempt to play a more entertaining style?
If you picked option B, you are a blithering moron and you're fired.
As you are all quite aware by now, Wednesday night's Philadelphia Flyers/Tampa Bay Lightning game in Tampa, presented live an...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 [...]
Earlier this week, we brought you some speculation and a concept drawing for what the Philadelphia Flyers' 2012 NHL Winter Classic jersey was reported to look like. The Flyers, however, shot down its accuracy. On Thursday morning, we received this from reader Josh Smith via eBay:
Writes Josh: "I know we have all been duped before with the fake jerseys, but this one looks...
No matter what style of trap a hockey team plays — the Guy Boucher 1-3-1, the Detroit Red Wings' left-wing lock, Jacques Lemaire placing a pillow over the mouth and nose of entertainment — the systems' success depends on the failure of others.
Essentially, in their tragicomedy of a hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers trapped...
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...
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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...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said Thursday that the Tampa Bay Lightning are pushing...