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Morning Puck: Bad Day

Kyle Scott - December 16, 2011

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Lavs did his best to avoid lamenting Pronger's concussion

Well, here we are– sans captain.

When the Flyers traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, some of the concern surrounding the moves was over likely naming Chris Pronger – an aging, injury prone defenseman – captain. What if he got hurt? What if he only had a few years left in the tank? Those were both reasonable questions that came with disturbing answers. Now, one of those frightening consequences is coming to fruition, but for a reason that is as random as it is unfortunate.

Obviously, a concussion is not an injury based on age– so it’s not fair, nor accurate, to put blame on anyone. But, the reality is – based on many factors – that the Flyers had a lot of eggs in the Pronger basket. And as well as the team is playing right now, they are going to have to fill his void if they want to compete for the Stanley Cup. They're not built, as is, to win without him for a prolonged period.

Being Flyers captain has not been a desirous place to be. Four of the last six to hold the position have suffered a range of unfortunate fates: Keith Primeau (career ended due to concussions), Peter Forsberg (odd foot injury killed last few years of his career), Mike Richards (shot by Paul Holmgren), Pronger (???). And how ironic (unfortunate) is it that the week Eric Lindros returned to Philadelphia, the team's current captain's season was lost due to the same injury that plagued 88?

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Will Pronger ever play again? None of us know. But it’s entirely possible that his career is over. The concussion is just the icing on the cake for a player who has suffered a myriad other injuries over the last few seasons. And the fact that yet another high-profile player may have a career shortened (or hampered) by a concussion will only further the bubbling debate surrounding head injuries in hockey (the HBO cameras don't hurt, either).

What about the Flyers, though? Well, Pronger will need to be replaced. The defense is not good enough as is, and the Flyers aren’t going to be able to outscore everybody, especially once the playoffs come around. At some point, they are going to have to win games by stopping the other team, and they’re not built to do that sans Pronger.

Oh yeah… and there's that whole Giroux thing, too.

The Flyers won – impressively, I might add – last night, 4-3. Some statisticals to put their early success in its proper context:

The Flyers move to 12-3-1 on the road this season, giving them 25 points in road games.  In terms of points, it ties them with the 1979-80 team for the best road record after 16 games in franchise history (79-80 team was 10-1-5 for 25 points after 16 road games).  It’s the most road wins in 16 road games in franchise history.

The Flyers won their seventh consecutive game.  It’s the longest winning streak the Flyers have strung together since an eight-game streak from Jan. 6-19, 2002.  

 

Your full highlights are after the jump.

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The Flyers Dropped a Deuce in Canada

Kyle Scott - October 27, 2011

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Reader Bill put it best: Nice game, Flyers… for me to poop on!

Simple Triumph the Insult Comic Dog references aside, the Flyers look bad last night. Real bad. Michael Jackson.

The Flyers were outshot for only the second time this year. They fired 22 shots on goal… that, folks, is a season low… against the Montreal Canadiens, who came into the game so confused on how to win in the sport of hockey that they fired their assistant coach– perhaps the most inconsequential coaching position in all of professional sports. Heh? There are fall guys, and then there are Speed-like, we’re just going to dump a body off the bus in a show of good faith guys. The bus usually winds up blowing up, anyway. Incredibly, last night, it was filled with angry, frightened hockey players, who whipped up on the Flyers.

Two things:

– Jagr is good. Watch him compared to any other player on the ice– he can’t be moved off the puck. He’s like a three-legged statue (his stick, folks). The Flyers have gone smaller and faster this year, so many of the other players (looking at you, Brayden Schenn, Danny Briere) get knocked off the puck very easily. It’s not a bad thing, but all the more noticeable when you see Jagr stand his ground 10 times a night.

– Bryzgalov is hardly playing like a $500 billion goalie. He’s gotten some very unlucky bounces, but so far has looked like nothing more than 2010 Michael Leighton. I know that’s unfair, but he needs to steal a game every now and then– that’s why he’s here. Let’s go, pal. 

And, yes, Bryz wore the fucking tiger mask last night. Quite frankly, I don't care if he wears a Muslim hijab on his head during games… as long as he, you know, stops the puck.

 

As always, Dave Isaac has your full recap. Your photo gallery is here. Your highlights, well, they are after the jump.

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Video: Flyers Dominate the Canadiens and the Best Shift Ever

Kyle Scott - January 26, 2011

For realsies.

The Flyers crushed the Canadiens last night, 5-2, notching their 1,000 home win- the first expansion era team to do so.

The highlight? This shift by Carter, Giroux, and Zherdev. I counted 93 seconds from the time the puck entered the zone until the Canadiens gave up and passed the puck off to Carey Price.

Someone needs to up the AI difficulty, this just ain't realistic, yo. [Play HD version, it looks better]

Read Stevie Why's full recap of the game and the shift, or watch the full extended highlights, after the jump. The choice, it's yours.

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Flyers Beat Les Canadiens

Kyle Scott - November 22, 2010

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There was no fight between Mike Richards and P.K. Subban, but it didn't matter because the Flyers came back from a 2-0 deficit to win, 3-2.

Read the full game recap at Philly Sports Daily or watch the full extended highlights after the jump. The choice, it's yours.

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Flyers Lose for First Time in a While, Pronger Fails to Steal Puck

Kyle Scott - November 17, 2010

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The Flyers' 10 game unbeaten streak was snapped last night, as they ran into the hot goaltending of Carey Price, who stopped 41 shots.

BOB finally came back down to earth, allowing three goals (including a couple of softies) for the first time since an overtime loss to Washington.  It was his 11th start in a row and second start in consecutive days. It may be time to rest him, yo.

Nothing was going right, Prongs couldn't even steal the game puck.  [ESPN.com]

So, remember last season's Stanley Cup finals when Chris Pronger tried to keep the game puck away from the Chicago Blackhawks after a few games, angering the opposition. There was the Flyers star blueliner Tuesday night trying to keep the game puck away from the Canadiens, who wanted it for goalie Carey Price and his shutout. Habs center Scott Gomez and captain Brian Gionta chased down Pronger and got it from him.

Price? He then flipped the puck to a kid in the stands.

"I was wondering what was going on," Price shrugged afterward. "I should tell those guys [Gomez and Gionta] that I don't really care about the puck."

Pronger's response?  "I was going to give it to a precious kid in the stands."  Video after the jump.

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Sabotage: FAIL. Sandgate Doesn’t Work For Canadiens

Kyle Scott - May 23, 2010

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Perhaps this is the view from the Flyers locker room?

The nearest beach to Montreal is 180 miles away, so how did a bunch of sand get outside the Flyers locker room causing several players to have skate problems during yesterday's game? 

Mike Richards had to have his skates sharpened five times in game 4… that's exactly five times too many.  Sand scratches skate blades, which causes player to lose their edge when they try to cut or turn. Yet somehow, it found its way to the rubber flooring outside the Flyers locker room.

How desperate does a team (or likely a passionate Canadiens staffer) have to be to tamper with the opposing team's skates? 

As we noted last week, a writer from the Montreal Gazette said the Flyers organization basically encourages the abusive behaviour of their fans.  That was in response to the Flyers showing a Broad Street Bullies video…

Well what sort of behavior does cheating encourage?

There is nothing bigger in Montreal than hockey, evidenced by the fact that fans rioted last week when Les Habitants beat the Penguins in the SECOND ROUND.  This is not sport, it's a way of life up there. It's important enough to cheat… and to take retinal scarring pictures like this.

Two unnamed Flyers players told Anthony Sanfilippo of the Journal Register:

“I don’t know where it came from, but it was definitely getting in our skates. To have that many skate problems in one game is rare, no, more than rare, it’s unheard of.”

Maybe the Flyers should return the favor and remove the rubber padding outside of the Canadiens locker room for game 5, but then again, it's probably not necessary since the Habs have failed to score in three of the four games in this series.  And what good did "sandgate" really even do yesterday?  The Flyers won 3-0.  Perhaps the sand saved it from being 7-0?

Lame Canadians.

Read more at MyFoxPhilly.com.

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments.

Bearded Dasher and Lizard Tongues

Kyle Scott - May 21, 2010

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No, it's not a porn filmed in the Bayou, it's the only two things we can muster up the energy to talk about from last night's debacle in Montreal.

We live blogged the game, and our writers/readers could not take their eyes away from the creepy beard on the dasher boards of the Bell Center (CENTRE if you're a douche).  

We counted no less than 4 stubbled jaws on the boards.  [Canadiens fans noticed it last series] Apparently, it is an ad for Canadian cell service, Bell Canada.  One reader reported that it was part of a promotion to grow beards out for charity, but it's also obviously tied into the playoff beard concept.  Either way, we had some fun with it.  Writer Mike Zoltek even kept the beard's +/-, it was a +3.  The beard was also positioned next to a Viagra ad, which likely explained why it was smiling.  Zoltek theorized that there must be a non TV appropriate ad five feet below while some readers thought it was going to give them nightmares.

Well, here's some more developments to add to its creepiness. We didn't notice this last night, but according to a Canadiens forum, the beard grows from period to period.  That's right, this fucking thing  is alive.  These photos were taken during the Penguins series (does anyone have images from last night?), and I'll be damned, it grows after each intermission.  It must be Italian.

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Flyers Fans Trash Journalists’ Car, UPDATE: Fan Posted Plate on Facebook

Kyle Scott - May 20, 2010

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UPDATE 2:  Fan who stole license plate posted picture on Facebook, found by Blue Jays writer Pat Hickey, not pressing charges.  How dumb do you have to be…

UPDATE:  ESPN picked up the story.

Here we go again.  Flyers fans trashed the car of Canadian journalist Pat Hickey, during Sunday night's 6-0 win.  Yet another chance for the media to cast a negative spotlight on Philadelphia.  Couldn't we have chosen ANYBODY else's car, someone who didn't have the ability to reach thousands?

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