Archive: April, 2013
OTTAWA -- As the Flyers begin to pack their bags Sunday to scatter around the world for what will be a long summer, a few will need to keep their skates sharp.
Five Flyers players have committed to represent their countries in the upcoming World Championships in Finland and Sweden. The tournament runs May 3-19 - with the puck dropping in just a matter of four days.
Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Luke Schenn have all said “yes” to an invitation from Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman. Only Schenn (2009 silver medal in Switzerland) has participated in the tournament before; Giroux and Read both won a world junior gold medal as teammates in 2008. Read has never worn a Team Canada sweater.
OTTAWA -- Standing next to each other on the blue line, with the lights dimmed and the first notes of ‘O Canada’ playing, Claude Giroux tapped Jason Akeson on the shinpad to wish him good luck.
Akeson leaned over to Giroux and said: “Great song.”
The two laughed.
Prior to the Flyers' final home game of the season against the Islanders, the team presented their annual awards.
For the first time in three seasons, Claude Giroux did not capture the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers' Most Valuable Player.
Here's how the awards shook out:
And then there was one.
Warrior Kimmo Timonen has joined the Flyers’ list of walking wounded.
Now, Luke Schenn will be the Flyers’ only opening day defenseman to finish the season in the lineup during this forgettable, 97-day season.
A mere minutes into the game and 21,273 fans buzzing in Bell Centre, Kent Huskins remembers curling around the Flyers’ net and finding a teammate along the boards.
He made the pass. And everything went black.
“I remember making the pass,” Huskins said. “Everything got pretty fuzzy from there.”
The Flyers gathered for their annual team photo and did not practice, so there was no player availability. Steve Mason's impressive performance on Tuesday night still resonates, though, so let's stick with that theme.
It was a night of firsts for Mason. Not only did he capture a win in his first start at the Wells Fargo Center since joining the team on April 3, but he also netted his highest save total (38) in more than a full calendar year.
It was also the Flyers' first win of the season without Ilya Bryzgalov (18-16-3) in net. Michael Leighton was 0-1-0; Brian Boucher was 0-2-0.
Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais will miss the rest of the season.
Gervais will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said, in a statement, that Gervais "will be out indefinitely."