Flyers Getting It Done With Depth/Team Effort

May 23rd, 2010 No Comments

It’s been “real tough” substituting the beaches of the Bahamas for the thrill of the NHL playoffs, that said, somehow, even with the cards stacked heavily against me, I was able to find a television with yesterday’s Philadelphia Flyer/Montreal Canadiens game. Surrounded by Canadiens fans I made it my mission to seek out some Flyers fans. A quick trip to the pool and I had found two willing partners with whom I would chant “Let’s go Flyers” at every opportunity. We sat watching hockey while sipping back the local flavors of pina colada’s and “Kalik” beer—a little different than sucking back a Molson Canadian, but it did supply us with a little “courage” As it turned out we (Flyers fans) didn’t need the booze as a motivated Flyers team supplied us with plenty to cheer and gloat about, en route

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Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans. Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever! Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five. Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when

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Have The Flyers Already Solved Thier Goaltending “Issues”???

May 14th, 2010 No Comments

When the 2009-10 season began, the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans had hoped free agent signee Ray Emery was their answer in between the pipes. Hampered by injuries that eventually cut short his season—and perhaps his career—Emery posted a reasonable 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 goals against average and a decent .905 save percentage. Coming on in relief of Emery were a combination of veteran Brian Boucher and waiver-wire acquisition Michael Leighton. Boucher finished the regular season with a less than stellar 9-18-3 record to go along with a 2.76 goals against average and a paltry .899 save percentage. It was a tough season for Boucher who was often criticized by the fans and, in many people’s minds, should have played out his days in the minors. Leighton, who came to the Flyers from the Carolina Hurricanes via the waiver

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Six Most Likely Players To Step Up In The Bruins/Flyers Game Seven

May 14th, 2010 No Comments

Well, it’s just a few hours before the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will go head-to-head in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Clearly, having been up three games to none on the Flyers and now facing a game seven elimination, the heat is on the Bruins to perform tonight. That said, with the Flyers having the opportunity to become just the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, the Orange and Black will be on edge as well. As the hours turn to minutes many Bruins and Flyers fans are looking at their rosters in search of a game seven hero. Let’s take a look at the six most likely players to step up their games—perhaps even scoring the coveted game winning goal. For the Boston Bruins— Marc Savard: Forward, Boston Bruins

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Is Roberto Luongo Finished with The Vancouver Canucks?

May 12th, 2010 5 Comments

Taken by the New York Islanders with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Roberto Luongo was widely viewed by scouts and NHL general managers alike as a Can’t-miss prospect, who many expected to be a franchise goaltender someday. As Canada’s go-to goaltender, Luongo would win a Silver Medal at the 1999 world Junior Championships, taking Best Goaltender honors with him. Luongo made his NHL debut during the 1999-200 season with the Islanders. Hampered by a very thin team in front of him, Luongo struggled in his first season, posting a 7-14-1 record in 24 games played with a 3.25 goals against average and a less than stellar .904 save percentage. New York Islanders GM Mike Milbury drafted American goaltender Rick DiPietro with the first overall pick at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, all but signaling that

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Jimmy Howard: Can He Avoid The Sophomore Curse???

May 12th, 2010 No Comments

Over the past few seasons several goaltenders have emerged as monster talents in their rookie year only to see it all fall apart in their sophomore season. In 2007-08 Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis posted a 23-10-3 record with a 2.34 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. The following season (2008-09/his sophomore year) Ellis struggled, going a paltry 11-19-4 with a 2.93 GAA and a .900 Save percentage. That very same year, Pekka Rinne, another Nashville Predators goaltender, emerged as a “money” goalie, posting a 29-15-4 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Rinne followed up his 2008-09 season with a solid 32-16-5 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .911 save percentage, which, given his numbers, was a very successful sophomore season. In 2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason took the NHL by

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