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Capital Punishment: Thoughts from Capitals 5, Flyers 2

Russ Joy - March 15, 2019

It was as big of a game as the Flyers have played all season.

Five points behind the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers needed help from the Islanders, who took on the Montreal Canadiens. They got it via a 2-1 victory, but that score didn’t go final until after the final horn had sounded at Wells Fargo Center.

More importantly, they needed to help themselves. Simply put: they didn’t. One could argue that coach Scott Gordon’s decision to start Carter Hart was one part necessary and one part strategic. With Hart healthy enough to play and the impending back-to-back games at home against the Capitals and on the road versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gordon had to get his Wunderkind netminder a start; starting Brian Elliott in back-to-back games simply wasn’t an option. The strategic aspect came down to another Brian Elliott issue, namely his woeful performance against the Caps just eight days before: four goals allowed on 19 shots good for a .789 SV% in just north of 24 minutes of action. It was the first game Elliott’s save percentage dipped south of .900 since he returned to the lineup on February 19th. Those four goals were also the tied for the most he’d allowed over that nine-game stretch, along with a 36 save overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Carter Hart had to better. He couldn’t possibly have a worse game, right? Well…

The first period was a Jekyll and Hyde performance in two of the three zones. For roughly six minutes to start the game, the Flyers seemingly dominated play in the offensive and neutral zones. The were flying all over like bats out of hell. Sean Couturier created a shot from the slot then laid a huge hit at center ice, followed by another by Ryan Hartman:

With much-needed energy propelling them forward, it seemed somewhat inevitable that they’d score first. That didn’t happen. With just 2:53 off the clock in the first period, Brett Connolly got his sensational night off to a good start:

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Unsustainable! Four Takeaways from the Paul Holmgren Interview and the Flyers last two losses to the Capitals and Devils

Anthony SanFilippo - February 3, 2018

Considering the Eagles hysteria – and believe me, as someone who remembers not one, but both Eagles Super Bowl appearances, both Phillies World Series wins, the last Sixers title as well as their 2001 run to the Finals and five Flyers defeats in the Stanley Cup Finals, I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that this is the craziest this city has ever been for a sports team – I’m going to do something different and keep this Flyers post short.

After all, you don’t care THAT much about hockey this weekend, do you?

Anyway, since my one-on-one with Paul Holmgren (and a couple commenters got on us for calling it exclusive. It was, in fact, exclusive because, as President, he doesn’t speak all that often with the media. He did when he was GM, but that was four years ago. If the interview was with Ron Hextall, it wouldn’t be exclusive. But, it was with Holmgren… so it was.) the Flyers have gone on to lose back-to-back games to Washington and New Jersey, both in regulation, and are now on a three-game losing skid and, for the first time all season, have gone three consecutive games without garnering at least one point.

It’s not a good time to do that, especially considering two of those losses came against Division rivals, and both of those game were winnable and had blown leads.

But I don’t really want to get into specifics from the game like we do with most of these takeaway pieces.

No, instead, I want to offer some general takeaways from my interview with Paul and a couple of general items from the last two games.

So let’s hit it:

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Here’s The Flyers-Capitals First Round Playoff Schedule

Jim Adair - April 11, 2016

The NHL has announced the schedule for the first round series between the Flyers and Capitals. All currently scheduled games will air on NBC Sports Network, except game 2, which will air on CNBC. Games 3, 4, and 6 (if necessary) will be in Philadelphia. Check the whole schedule below:

Game 1

  • @ Washington on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 2

  • @ Washington on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. on CNBC, CSN Philly

Game 3

  • @ Philadelphia on Monday, April 18th at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 4

  • @ Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 5*

  • @ Washington on Friday, April 22nd. Time and network TBD, CSN Philly

Game 6*

  • @ Philadelphia on Sunday, April 24th. Time and network TBD

Game 7*

  • @ Washington on Wednesday, April 27th. Time and network TBD, CSN Philly

 

*if necessary

UPDATE: CSN Philly will air all games, except Game 6.

Former Penguin says You Don’t Want to Bring Your Kids to the Wells Fargo Center

Jim Adair - January 8, 2015

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Our reaction exactly, Wayne. Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Orpik spent the first eleven seasons of his career in a Penguins uniform, so he knows what it’s like to be treated like the enemy at the Wells Fargo Center. He plays for the Capitals now, and in the lead up to the Caps’ first game at the WFC this season, he shared some words about what playing on the hostile Wells Fargo ice is like:

“It’s probably not a building you want to bring your kids to, that’s for sure. You’ll learn some new language, especially with the way the benches are set up, they’re kind of open to the crowd.

It can be entertaining, too. Sometimes they get pretty creative with the signs and I’ve seen them go a little overboard, too. It’s always a real fun building as long as you don’t get behind early. If you get behind early it can be a pretty tough building to play in.”

Okay Brooks. First of all, it’s probably some (well taught) kids yelling some of that stuff at you to begin with. And secondly, isn’t “new language” just a sign of the fans’ creativity? They’re artists. Then again, where you bring your kids is entirely up to you. And some people wouldn’t bring their kids to tonight’s Capitals/Flyers game for a different reason:

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Flyers Will Not Play in the Winter Classic After All

Jim Adair - June 20, 2014

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Though it had been long-rumored that the 2015 Winter Classic would feature the Flyers playing against the Washington Capitals in Washington, it has been revealed that it was only a rumor. According to Yahoo Sports Canada, the 2015 Classic will feature the visiting Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Caps. The Flyers rumor was a strong one though:

“It’s an interesting choice for a number of reasons. The Winter Classic has traditionally featured geographic rivals, which is why some outlets were reporting the Philadelphia Flyers would be the opponent for the Capitals in 2015.”

The only thing left to decide now is the venue. Though Nationals Park seems most likely, I’d like to know what we have to do to get a Winter Classic at Camden Yards.

Flyers Hockey

Kyle Scott - November 1, 2013

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The Flyers beat the shit out of the Capitals tonight. Ray Emery skated down the ice, assaulted a man, and may go to jail. The crowd cheered. The bench cheered. Ed Snider probably cheered. Players high-fived on their way off the ice. Emery was named third star of the game. A good time was had by all at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers lost 7-0. But they played Flyers hockey.

UPDATE:

Pat Sajak:

UPDATE 2:

Emery is a real asshole:

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Racism is Alive and Well with (Boston) Hockey Fans

Kyle Scott - April 26, 2012

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Photo: Washington Post

I’ll be honest, and I’m not proud that I felt this way, but after watching Capitals forward Joel Ward – a black Canadian – score the game-winner in overtime against the Bruins last night, in Boston, I had a feeling that there might be some racial slurs tossed his way. That shouldn’t have been my knee-jerk reaction, but, having seen some of the antics of Bruins fans over the past few years (throwing condoms at our contributor Adam, jumping onto the ice, throwing bottles) and understanding that many of their supporters hail from Spooner Street, it’s the first thing that came to my mind.

And I wasn’t wrong.

One person, using Chirpstory, aggregated some of the Bruins (and hockey) fans’ responses, on Twitter, to Ward’s game-winner. Unfortunately, the term nigger was the descriptor of choice for the Caps forward.

Warning: it gets pretty ugly.

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Morning Puck: Smoking Washington

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2011

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Photo: PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

If you’re keeping score at home (I am), the Flyers are 4-0 since HBO cameras have begun following the team full-time. Which means we’re more likely to see the sort of favorable editing the Penguins saw last year as opposed to Bruce Boudreau’s fuckfest. Good times. Friendly reminder: 24/7 airs tonight at 10 p.m. on HBO.

The Flyers won last night, 5-1, beating the Capitals in regulation for the first time in two years. And they did it sans Pronger and Roo, too. #drseuss

You might be asking yourself how? Or why? Two reasons, submitted for your approval:

Ilya Bryzgalov 

After the game, Bryz, who was congratulated by Ed Snider (more on the chairman in a second), spoke with Coatsey and had this to say about why he played so well: “I slept very well last night– about nine and a half hours.” 

Also, ate his veggies and finished his homework before the game. In Soviet Russia, life so simple.

Reason number two: Scott Hartnell, who ripped the twine saucered one between the legs of Tomas Vokoun for his 200th career goal. Check out these statisticals on Hartnell via the Flyers city-leading PR department: 

Scott Hartnell extended his career-high streak of consecutive games with a goal to six when he scored his 200th NHL goal in the first period.  It’s the longest goal-scoring streak for a Flyer since Jeff Carter scored in six consecutive games from Feb. 8 to March 3, 2010, which surrounded the Olympic break.  Hartnell has a chance to tie his career-high for overall consecutive games with a point (seven) on Thursday in Montreal.    

Hartnell’s streak ties Patric Hornqvist of Nashville as the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season.  

 

Jeez, not only is he now our most stalkable Flyer (I say that lovingly), but he’s also replacing Carter in the scoring department…

Snider, who was in the locker room after the game congratulating the team, apparently got in a little workout. The brief details courtesy of Greg Wyshinski, Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy: 

I just watched Ed Snider do 5 pushups with the Flyers.

— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 14, 2011

Nice.

And now, your hourly Claude Giroux update. Paul Holmgren spoke with reporters after the game, this is what the GM had to say: 

Claude over the last few days claimed his symptoms have gradually gotten worse, I guess. He skated a little bit today, but didn’t feel that good, didn’t feel like himself. I don’t know if there is any good news in this other than after 15 minutes or so, once he stopped skating, he did start to feel a little better. We’ll take it a little easy with Claude, give him some time off tomorrow and revisit with him on Thursday.

 

More:

Must-read article from the Wall Street Journal about the Flyers-Lightning game last month, which is being billed as the worst hockey game ever played.

Marc-Andre Bourdon scored his first NHL goal last night. Philly Sports Daily has a picture and story.

Tickets for the High School Hockey Classic featuring Malvern and La Salle are still available for $10. Get them here

After the jump are your full game highlights and video of an official leveling Kimmo Timonen.

Have a few things going on today, so it might be a slow morning on CB…

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