For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves on the wrong end of a two games to none hole in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After an embarrassing performance in Game 1, the Orange and Black put together a more respectable effort in an emotional Game 2 but still fell short in overtime.
In a night where fans bled red, white, and blue just as deeply as they bled orange and black, the Flyers’ only American born forward, James van Riemsdyk, continued his coming out party that has been the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
On Monday night, JVR continued to produce points at a rapid pace by adding his sixth and seventh goals of the second season. His play has develop...
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The Flyers came out looking like they were going to dominate on Monday night. The crowd was electric and the players were ready thanks to a very emotional rendition of “God Bless America”. The atmosphere was set for a solid bounce-back game. But what started as a perfect response to game one ended in heart break and missed opportunity.
The Flyers came out flying for lack of a better term. Twenty nine seconds into the first period, James van Riemsdyk started what would be one of the best playoff performances from one player in a long time. Claude Giroux started up on a 2 on 1 with van Riemsdyk, passed the puck across, and JVR put the puck past Thom...
With the way the Philadelphia Flyers played in game one against the Boston Bruins, Ed Snider should pay the US Special Forces, the ones who found and killed Bin Laden, to search for the Flyers game that has been missing since the All-Star break.
In all seriousness the Flyers have to come out tonight full of energy hitting anything that moves. It shouldn't be hard tonight as the Flyers organization always plays "God Bless America" before every home playoff game, and with the killing of Bin Laden last night, the Wells Fargo Center will be off the hook.
Personally I love that this song is played and Kate Smith is used along with Lauren Hart as part of a duet. This song is history for th...
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Make no mistake, the Flyers have their goaltending issues. Anyone that's been watching the team for the past fifteen or so years can attest to that. And the so called "goaltending carousel" that fans have seen in these playoffs only reiterates that it's still a big issue.
At the same time, you can also make a case that the reason the Flyers fell short last year was not because of the goaltending but fact that after their "big four," their defense was basically inept. Ryan Parent was the butt of many jokes and Lucas Krajicek was so bad that he barely got any ice time. It was either play those two and cringe while watching them, or have Pronger, Timonen, Coburn,...
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It is safe to say that home ice is very much overrated at this point in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flyers have now lost both game 1s in the 2011 playoffs on home ice. But this was much different than the game 1 loss against Buffalo. The Flyers were blown out 7-3 in a terrible showing.
Sometimes how a game starts doesn't necessarily mean much at all, but other times how a game starts can give you a good idea of what is going to go down. Today proved the latter to be very accurate.
The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. A defensive breakdown lead to a David Krejci goal. Krejci was Matt Carle's man and Carle w...
With the first round finally over, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins will meet in the Eastern Conference Semi Final round for the second consecutive year .
With the way the Flyers came back from a 3-0 games deficit against these Bruins last year, one wonders what will be running through the Bruins minds if they get up a goal or a game in this series.
A lot is being said of last years history making series between these two teams, and you have to wonder if the Bruins will be able to harness the emotion that they will bring into this series and play disciplined hockey.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins met four times in the regular season this y...
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Considering how the topic of history is a huge storyline in the Flyers-Bruins series, it seems only logical to look back to the History of the Eastern Conference study, published right here at The Checking Line a few weeks ago.
This time, the study will analyze variables that pertain to areas that have influence on how teams have historically performed in the second round. Through this analysis it became clear that last year’s history-making performance by the Flyers isn’t the only piece of history in the team’s favor.
After analyzing the first round of the postseason, it turned out that the team who won the season series went on to win the...
As the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins prepare to meet in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s time to answer a few questions. Our fantastic Flyers coverage team has some answers about the team and predictions for the second round. Also, we took one answer to each question from our faithful followers at our Facebook page and included it. We hope you enjoy the perspective, and be sure to stay tuned for another edition!
With James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere playing so well, do the Flyers need Jeff Carter back to beat Boston?
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Not to insult Carter, because he's a strong player and has the numbers to prove i...
It wasn’t pretty - and, at certain times, it was downright ugly - but the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres in seven games to advance to the Conference Semifinals and send the Sabres packing.
Between goalie controversies, trash talking, injuries, and some unlikely heroes, this series was an entertaining one from the get-go. The biggest story was, of course, the goaltender shuffle for the Flyers. The team started three different goalies over the course of the series, the first team to do so since Vancouver did in 2004. Sergei Bobrovsky was originally named the starter for the playoffs, but was pulled from Game 2 after giving up three goals on seven shots. Brian Boucher cam...
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It was not looking so great for the Flyers Friday night. The team had battled back in game 5 but lost a heart breaker in overtime. It was then do or die time for the Flyers on Sunday in game 6. Once again the Flyers had to fight back from behind, this time twice in the game, and came out victorious in overtime to force a game 7.
There is nothing quite like a game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Numerous stats had been brought up and talked about prior to Tuesday night's game, but in game 7s, anything can happen. Playing it on home ice is obviously ideal, but recent game 7s have showed the meaninglessness of it.
The Flyers clearly had the upper hand ...