Flyers hope alarm clock sounds against Senators

Kimmo Timonen and the Flyers will look to stay alive in the playoff race when they face Ottawa Thursday.
Kimmo Timonen and the Flyers will look to stay alive in the playoff race when they face Ottawa Thursday.

You couldn’t miss the irony. Here’s a Flyers team in desperate need of a wake-up call, five points out of a playoff spot with four teams to catch and just nine games to do it and the big story at Wednesday’s practice was about a radio report that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had fallen asleep in a team meeting.

“No, that’s completely incorrect,” coach Peter Laviolette insisted when asked if that was the reason Bryzgalov sat out Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Islanders in favor of newcomer Steve Mason.

Similar responses reverberated throughout the locker room, where the 17-19-3 Flyers were preparing for Thursday’s game with Ottawa, one of the clubs they’re attempting to catch.

“That’s not true and I’ll tell you that on the record,” echoed Kimmo Timonen, one of the few regulars on an injury-riddled defense which learned it will be without Niklas Grossmann another 2-3 weeks due to a concussion. “That’s not my business to tell you what happened and didn’t happen.

“He wasn’t sleeping. But we’ve got nine games left and (Thursday) is a big game. We still have a chance.’’

The Senators currently stand sixth in the East with 44 points, despite dropping their last five. The Islanders, with one extra game played, also have 44, followed by the Rangers and Jets (42 apiece), Devils (40) and Sabres (38). The Flyers, who’ve won a conference-low five games, next head to Buffalo, then host the Rangers and Devils next week.

But even if they can get some wins, undoubtedly they’ll need outside help to leapfrog all those other teams into one of those coveted top eight positions. Of course that’s out of their control.

“We have to win a game,” said Laviolette, who refused to say whether he’d go back to Bryzgalov or stick with Mason against the Sens. “We’ve been in these situations before, so we’ve got to keep fighting.

“Prepare yourself for a game we have to win. It’s that simple.’’

In other words if they don’t wake up now, it won’t be long before they’re put to bed for the season.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…