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Flyers Sweep Devils; Emery Out for 3 Weeks; Carter to the Olympics?

Flyers came back from another 2 goal deficit to beat the Devils in a thrilling overtime victory. The Flyers were a team coming into this series who were having trouble finding the back of the net and without starting goaltender Ray Emery (again). They were facing arguably one of the greatest goalies the sport has to offer and some good forward talent (Kovalchuk, Parise, Elias, Langenbrunner to name a few), and came out with 4 points from the two games in very tight Eastern Conference. Last night’s goals by Asham in the first and Carter in the second beat the star goaltender to tie it up at two going into the 3rd, where the Flyers only had one shot the whole period. In overtime, Gagne had a great shift and got 3 scoring chances, the third being the one to go in. He was with Mike Richards and they certainly got the job done by cycling the puck with Timonen down low before Gagne ripped a shot from the top of the slot.
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Oilers Steal One Late; Emery Extention Looming?

Last night’s game was in no way a poor showing by the Flyers. They did another good job of keeping the puck away from Michael Leighton who got his first start in a while last night. They mustered 33 shots on goal while keeping the Oilers to 27, and it was their last shot that counted. Darroll Powe was fighting with an Oiler forward for the puck in the defensive zone, and one too many stick lifts led to an Oilers powerplay with less than 2 minutes in regulation. With less than 17 seconds left on the Oilers’ last rush, former Flyer Ryan Potulny slid a puck past Leighton on an east-to-west pass play by Gagner. That one play proved to be fatal, as the Flyers had trouble finding the back of the net even with 11 shots on the powerplay. There were many chances that were inches from going in, including quite a few shots off the post and lots of traffic in front causing loose pucks to either go wide or get deflected/blocked away. It was just one of those nights for the Flyers and the Oilers won consecutive games for the first time since Gretzky played for them (just kidding, but really it was a long drought for them).

They need to move on and play at Minnesota Saturday night to come home for two home and home series with the Devils and Canadiens before the break. Not much else to be said about the Oilers game, they just need to get points before the break. Out of 10 points available left to get, I’d accept 8 at the least.
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Flyers News, Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Starting to Meet Expectations

The Flyers have finally started to put some wins together. During this stretch, Michael Leighton has been 6-0-1 when he is the starting goaltender and reportedly will be the #1 goaltender for at least another game while Emery goes to the Phantoms to get his game legs back. Leighton has exceeded even my expectations with a 2.28 GAA and has made some game-saving saves at times.

They started off by beating the Lightning, Hurricanes, and Islanders; who are not exactly the top teams the conference has to offer. However, the Flyers came into Madison Square Garden following these victories and took down a tough divisional opponent. This game was the catalyst for a Flyers turnaround and it became apparent that Laviolette’s system was starting to take form. Even the OT loss in Fenway was a solid game played by our boys. The Bruins are a top-tier team and they were playing in front of a very energized home crowd. They followed up that game with a disappointing showing against the Senators with Boucher in net before getting pulled.
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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers End Devils’ Streak at Home

The Devils came into the Flyers house last night looking to make history but came up short as the Flyers played to a 3-2 victory last night. After a great ceremony honoring Flyers great Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, The Flyers jumped to a 1-0 lead with Darroll Powe putting a puck past Marty Brodeur with a great pass from Giroux after a great read from Asham. Some game notes:
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Posted by on November 17, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Emery and Co. Take on Senators

It wasn’t too long ago that Ray Emery was nestled between the pipes in Ottawa and leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals. He faces his former team tonight at a Wachovia Center that is sure to be rocking as the Philly Phaithful looks to see their team go for 5-straight wins after a week where the Phillies lost their title defense and the Eagles lost to the Cowboys. The standings picture hasn’t changed much over the past few days for the Flyers as they have played a league-low of only 14 games. Taking into account they have games in hand, this game can be considered very important since it is against an Eastern Conference opponent in which the Flyers still sit 6th in. They are still 4th in the Atlantic division, but they are literally a couple games away from each team. Let’s hope they bring the noise tonight.

James Van Riemsdyk, Danny Briere, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and Ryan Parent all practiced this week yet the only probables out of that list are really JVR and Briere who are expetected to play. Parent’s groin is still bothering him and Tollefsen suffered a mild concussion in the Blues game so he most likely won’t play until at least next week. Oskar Bartulius is still called-up from the Phantoms so he should get the start tonight.

Recap tomorrow most likely.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Looking Good


After a convincing win against the Red Wings the other night, the Flyers came out on home ice again to take on division rival the New Jersey Devils. They held a 1-0 lead for most of the game until Halischuk finally beat Emery. Then with great movement of the puck, Pyorala netted one to beat Brodeur high on his glove side. Nothing like beating the Brodeur and Co.
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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Pre-Season Kicks Off at Joe Louis Arena

The last time a game was played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan there was a new Stanley Cup Champion crowned. The last time the Flyers played there, we got out outshot real bad but still managed to hold a 3-2 lead until the last 2 minutes of the 3rd period when Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg both scored to win in dramatic fashion last March. However, none of that matters now as the Flyers are set to lace up the skates in their first bout of pre-season action tonight to start a 2009-2010 campaign with high expectations.

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Flyers News

 

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