Better With Popcorn

Powerless

Ah, the empty net goal. The one thing that punches you in the gut so hard, you’re forced to sit down and sigh. And curse. And kick. And moan. The empty netter is the lowest point of a fan’s nightly investment. As Patrice Bergeron’s shot slowly flutters down the ice, it becomes painstakingly clear…We lost. And there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do about it. At the edge of the cliff the Flyers stand. If it were up to me, I’d probably try to shove them off. But that’s the saddest part, I couldn’t. I really, sincerely, couldn’t off them the way the Bruins are. Sure I love them, and sure I hate them, and sure it’s the unhealthiest relationship anyone could ever ...
Bob ESPN

Flyers vs. Bruins Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will face the Boston Bruins. It’s the first time these two teams will meet in the playoffs since 1978. The Flyers easily handled the New Jersey Devils in round one. The Devils who were the number two seeded team in the Eastern Conference looked more like the seventh seeded team during the series. The Flyers really dominated the matchup and it showed because they won the series in five games. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher played unbelievably in the first round and better than I ever expected him too. If the Flyers are to be successful in round two Boucher has too continue his strong play in net....

Dealing With The Devil

Just like that, the Philadelphia Flyers have gained the all important home ice advantage. Brian Boucher made 23 saves, Mike Richards added a goal and an assist and the Flyers used a total team effort to upset the number two-seeded New Jersey Devils in Game One of their Eastern Conference match-up Wednesday night in Newark. The Flyers own a 24-14-3 record playing in their home rink and will have a chance to completely take home-ice advantage from the Devils Friday night in Game Two. Boucher played with plenty of confidence and made big saves when he had to and propelled the Flyers to the win despite making his first starting appearance in the playoffs since 2002. The Devils came o...

Flyers vs. Devils Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils will meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2004 when the Flyers beat the Devils 4-1. The Flyers look to continue their success against the Devils this year in order to advance into the second round. This matchup is also like the 2000 series when Martin Brodeur faced then rookie Brian Boucher. A series that featured Scott Stevens crushing blow on Eric Lindros in game seven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVeqzYgTELk) and Brian Boucher’s most memorable career save on a Patrik Elias in game three (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiIZDPM0RCY&feature=related.) I look for this to be a very competitive ser...

Canadiens vs Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Montréal Canadiens will battle tonight at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The winner gains an advantage in the race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These two teams are desperate for a win and both come in struggling. The Flyers are just 1-5-1 in their last seven and can’t seem to put together a consistent effort. They definitely are missing goaltender Michael Leighton. Brian Boucher has struggled in net going in the last nine games he has a record of 2-4-2 and a 3.15 GAA. The Flyers showed a poor effort last night against the New York Islanders. They allowed three first period goals and were never able to come back eventually losing 6-4. Meanwhi...

Playoffs?!

“Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! I’m hoping we can win a game, another game!”- Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora. The Philadelphia Flyers are in serious trouble right now and are the verge of being knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Not only are they fighting for their playoff lives but are also with out leading goal scorer Jeff Carter for 3-4 for weeks because of a broken left foot he suffered in the game versus Atlanta. The Flyers are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and only two points up on Boston who is in the eighth and final playoff stop. The Flyers are also only up four points on Atlanta who are cu...

Flyers Fans React pt. 9

Today we're joined by Jon 'JP' Phillips. JP has been a Flyers' fan since the days of Pelle Lindbergh, who was his idol playing goalie as a kid. Although he grew up in Minnesota, he has avidly followed the team since the early 90's and now authors the FlyingP blog. DL – What are your thoughts on the Flyers standing pat on Trade Deadline? It's not surprising to me at all that the Flyers did nothing at the trade deadline. The current cap situation and lack of production from the guys who would get the return the team needs (not to mention the inane NTCs that have been handed out) made is essentially impossible for Homer to make a significant move to improve the team. As Homer said, he ...

What goaltending problem in Philadelphia?

Whether or not you thought the Philadelphia Flyers needed to make a trade for a goaltender, they didn’t – because they couldn’t without moving a big piece. Long-term contracts, lack of draft picks and prospects tied General Manager, Paul Holmgren’s hands on March 3rd. If a move could have been made, I think it would have. But was the right decision made, not to? It was the first deadline since 1993 that the Flyers didn’t make a move. They’re 6-1-1 in their last eight, sit third in the Atlantic at 34-26-4 and trail the New Jersey Devils by seven points. My choice – would have been to try to acquire a seasoned veteran goalie just in case Leighton comes back down to earth...

Flyers Fans React - pt. eight

For today’s Flyers Fans React, we are joined by Zach Damico. Zach was my roommate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is one of the biggest and most passionate Flyers fans I have ever met. He’s played hockey since he was five years old and continues to coach the game, today. You can follow him on here: @Chachi2012 DL – Do you think the Olympic break will help or hurt a team like the Flyers? ZD - If you would have asked me this a few months ago I would have said it would of help out a whole hell of a lot. But seeing how the Flyers seemed to start to click in the last five or six games before the break, I think it may hurt. They were on a nice winning streak and were playing ...

Philadelphia Flyers Top Ten Prospects

True prospects, picked by yours truly, decided upon potential, upside, NHL readiness, raw skill, leadership skills and players who have not seen a lick of the National Hockey League. 1. Kevin Marshall – drafted by Philadelphia in the second round (41st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 2. Marc-Andre Bourdon – drafted by Philadelphia in the third round (67th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 3. Stefan Legein – drafted by Columbus in the second round (37th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 4. Joacim Eriksson – drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round (196th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 5. Patrick Maroon – drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round ...