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Philadelphia Penalty Parade

After the lengthy playoff run last season all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, Flyers fans hoped to see a parade this season. They’ve already seen a few. Although, instead of a glorious parade down Broad Street, the fans have seen downtrodden parades to the penalty box. Such was the case Saturday evening, when the Flyers dropped a 5-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Penalty, after penalty, after penalty. Frustration doesn’t begin to describe it. I would love to believe that this is simply a wake-up call for the team and they’ll show their resolve on beginning on Thursday when their home stand continues. But there really is no faculty in my imagination that allows...
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Game Preview: Penguins Waddle to Philly

The Flyers (2-1-1) are coming off their first loss of the season and will look to turn this ship in the right direction. They played sloppy against Tampa, especially in the defensive zone. The defense actually took a step back in that game after a good showing against the Avalanche.They struggled on the Power Play again, which has been the norm in this young season. The Penguins (2-3-0)are coming to town having won their first game at the CONSOL Energy Center 3-2 in OT at the expense of the NY Islanders. The big guns for the Pens did not score last night, even after the Isles spotted them 8 power plays. The regulation goals were scored by Rupp and Philly native Eric Tangradi, the ...

Too Little, Too Late for Flyers in 3-2 Loss

For some Philadelphia Flyers fans this week, a heartfelt ‘thank you’ by the organization to Simon Gagne in his return, and they’d have been happy. He got his ‘thank you’. And no one is happy. Despite having earned five of eight possible points this year, the Flyers don’t seem to be clicking quite yet. The penalty killing unit has two goals, which is a good thing. The power play unit has one goal, which is a terrible thing. There’s no reason the Flyers shouldn’t have production out of the power play unit. They’re one of the most offensively gifted teams in the NHL, yet they can’t find the back of the net. The lone power play tally was a Daniel Briere de...

Flyers Bolts Preview: Gagne's Return Home

The Flyers will welcome back a familiar face tonight when they play against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Simon Gagne will be playing at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time as a visitor. Gagne will be welcomed with a video tribute on the big screen before the game by the organization and will undoubtely be greeted with an ovation from the fans. He has had a great run as a Flyer and many fans were sad to see him leave and pissed when they saw the compensation the Flyers received in the trade. (See the injured Matt Walker and his 1.7mil cap hit.) Gagne is still adjusting to life in Florida on and off the rink. If you would like to know what Simon says about his return to Philly and...

Flyers Slow Down, Speed Up to Win Late

On the night when the Philadelphia Flyers raised their 2009-10 Eastern Conference Champions banner, they came out with overwhelming energy and jumped out to the quick lead over the Avalanche. Then, they turned into the lethargic team that was on the ice in St. Louis on Saturday. Finally, in the nick of time, they showed up again and took the late lead, added an empty net goal, and improved to 2-0-1 on the season. I don’t know how much can really be evaluated in seriousness in the first three games, but I do know that Peter Laviolette’s decision to play Claude Giroux on the penalty killing unit is paying dividends. Giroux netted the first tally of the game shorthanded after a neutr...

GAME PREVIEW: Flyers Home Opener vs. Avalanche

Tonight the Flyers will face the Colorado Avalanche in their home opener, this will be their first regular season game at recently named Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers will get to celebrate a little with the unveiling of their 2010 Eastern Conference Championship banner. Although this is not a Stanley Cup Championship banner, it is a championship, and it is something they earned and deserve. Matchup The Flyers have not faired well in the past against the Avalanche. They are 5-12-4 over all against the Avs with a home record of 3-6 and an away record of 2-6-4. The last time these two teams met resulted in a 5-4 loss in Denver on Nov. 23 2009. The last Flyers home game against the Avs ...

Sloppy Effort Creates a Flyers Loss

For whatever reason, most of the Philadelphia Flyers decided to bring their D-game to St. Louis on Saturday night. Although they escaped with a point in a 2-1 overtime loss, their performance was lackluster at best. Starting the season in Pittsburgh and St. Louis achieving three out of four possible points is nothing to downplay, but there were clearly more negatives than positives on Saturday. On the positive side of things, Brian Boucher played extremely well, saving 23 of 25 shots and he looked quite impressive in doing so. He had absolutely no chance on Carlo Colaiacovo’s game winning goal, a deflection which landed practically on the blade of his stick. After Sergei Bobro...

A First Time for Everything

It was the first game of the 2010-11 season. It was the first game in the CONSOL Energy Center. It was Sergei Bobrovsky’s first career start. It was great. When the Flyers took the ice on Thursday night, the unknown was about to become known. Every team and their fans feel the nervousness that comes with the season opener. For Flyers fans, there were many reasons to feel nervous. Chris Pronger wasn’t available for the game, the team’s anchor all of last season and the driving force in their playoff run. How could the team make up for his absence? Would newcomers like Andrej Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell fit on the team’s blue line? Sergei Bobrovsky was tabbed the ...

Philadelphia Flyers Preview 2010-2011

It seems just like yesterday that the Philadelphia Flyers were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals! The Flyers losing in game six on a hard angle shot by Blackhawk forward Patrick Kane through the pads of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Well, that’s in the past now and it’s time to start the 2010-2011 season. It was great to see the Flyers in the finals, but it was even harder to see them lose. Today the Flyers will open the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It will be the start of what looks like a very promising year for the Flyers. The Flyers are trying to become part of a handful of teams that lost in the Stanley Cup Finals the year before and then ...

Flyers Opening Night Preview

As the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season begins for the Flyers tonight, they will come into this season as the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Coming off of that season ending overtime loss to Chicago in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers will be put to the test by facing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Starting off this season with a win against their cross state rivals, a Stanley Cup favorite, would be just one step in showing the NHL and its fans that last year was no fluke. The Flyers and Penguins have a history together that started 43 years ago. Both teams came into the NHL as expansion teams in 1967. They played against one and other i...