Archive: April, 2012
The numbers are staggering.
On Sunday, the Flyers had two cracks at an overtime win within the first 4:46, when Danny Briere finally delivered a Game 1 win over the Devils.
If you feel like overtime games have been ending quickly, you’re not alone.
Since Adam Henrique netted the double overtime game-winner on Thursday night in South Florida, I’ve sat here trying to come up with avenues for the Devils to overtake the Flyers in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Truthfully, I can only come up with one: Martin Brodeur shocks the hockey world by returning to the form that delivered three silver chalices to the swamps of North Jersey.
Other than that, it’s tough to imagine another way the Devils beat the Flyers. New Jersey struggled with Florida’s usually limp power play. Brodeur isn’t Brodeur anymore. And the Devils don’t have the depth – at any position – to match the Flyers.
Voorhees, N.J. – Saturday, April 28 – 11:52 a.m.
It’s been a ridiculously long week.
I love coming to the rink, it doesn’t matter if there is a game next week or a game the next day. It’s just another day at the office. I think everyone just likes being here, we’re a really tight group overall. When practice and workouts are over, we go hang out with each other anyway.
The Flyers will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center. NBC Sports said the game will be at 3 p.m. Sunday on Channel 10.
The fifth-seeded Flyers have home-ice advantage over the Devils, the sixth seed. New Jersey advanced with a 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 7 at Florida on Thursday night.
The Flyers were 3-3 against the Devils during the regular season. Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made three starts against the Devils. He had two shutouts and allowed only one goal in the other start. He had a 0.29 goals-against average and .987 save percentage against New Jersey.
The New York Rangers are moving on to the second round.
New York eliminated Ottawa with a 2-1 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
That means the Flyers’ opponent is limited now to either Florida or New Jersey, the winner of the Game 7 that started at 8:30 p.m. That game is televised on NBC Sports Network.
Wednesday night’s lone Game 7 was a dramatic tease for the Flyers, who are salivating to learn their next opponent for the second round.
Washington’s surprising overtime road win, knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champs in Boston, gave the Flyers two valuable pieces of information:
1. Boston is no longer a possible opponent. (Duh)
2. The Flyers cannot face the New York Rangers in the second round, even if they beat the Senators in Game 7 on Thursday night.
Voorhees, N.J. – Wed. April 25, 10:04 a.m.
I have to admit, it is definitely a little weird not knowing who we are going to play in the second round. It will be nearly a week off – at least – between playoff games, but that hasn’t really changed the focus around here.
Everyone is keeping a close eye on who our next opponent could be, but it really doesn’t matter at this point. It’s not going to change things one way or the other.
The finalists for the NHL Executive of the Year have been announced, and the Flyers' Paul Holmgren is not on the list.
Holmgren made bold moves last offseason in trading away building blocks Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and then addressed the goaltending situation with a $51 million contract for Ilya Bryzgalov.
The finalists are Doug Armstrong (St. Louis), David Poile (Nashville) and Dale Tallon (Florida). All had teams with low payrolls and exceeding expectations.