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Injuries got best of James van Riemsdyk in long season

The turning point in James van Riemsdyk's season came early.Like, really early.A hit he took in the preseason shook him up and set the table for a frustrating season full of injuries and time spent in the press box instead of on the ice. He fought through a hip injury, groin strains, ab and oblique...

Monday, May 21, 2012, 1:53 AM

Giroux-less Flyers watch Stanley Cup dream end

At the end of press row, Claude Giroux sat helpless. As much as he wanted to yell to his teammates and get them going, the only one there to listen was fellow scratch Jody Shelley.Giroux was suspended for Game 5 thanks to a hit to the head of New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus in Game 4. “Talking to the...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 4:16 AM

Desperate Flyers need to turn it around in Game 5

Scott Hartnell’s look said it all. His eyes squeezed shut, partially in pain, partially trying to forget a 4-2 defeat Sunday night to the New Jersey Devils that was much worse than the scoreboard suggested.The Flyers didn’t get to many loose pucks and when they did, they lost the battle. They didn’...

Monday, May 7, 2012, 6:36 PM

Voracek enjoying his second go-around in Cup playoffs

This time last year, Jake Voracek was in his hotel room in Slovakia preparing for the world championships and hitting the refresh button on his Internet browser to follow the Stanley Cup playoffs.This year, he’s still playing with countryman Jaromir Jagr, but not for the Czech Republic. He’s been a...

Monday, May 7, 2012, 4:02 AM

Giroux: 'We gotta find a way' after Flyers lose Game 3

Claude Giroux stepped up to a makeshift podium in an unused locker room and held a water bottle. He knew what was coming — questions about the power play.The Flyers had not one, but two man-advantages in overtime and couldn’t capitalize on either one. The punishment was an odd-man rush three...

Friday, May 4, 2012, 7:04 AM

It’s deja vu all over again for the Flyers

Standing behind the bench, Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube can't help but feel a little nostalgic. The makeup of this Flyers team reminds him of a squad he once played on that was pretty successful. As a 21-year-old rookie, Berube played seven games for the 1986-87 Flyers and another five in...

Friday, April 27, 2012, 1:41 AM

Flyers breaking a sweat, now playing the waiting game

Until Thursday night, the Flyers will be taking in the Stanley Cup playoffs just like their fans -- at home on the couch. Until a pair of Game 7's play out, they won't know who their next opponent is. "We still have time to prepare and go over things," Peter Laviolette said. "The important thing...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:39 AM

Unquestionably, Claude Giroux is now the Flyers’ leader

In the locker room before the game even started, Claude Giroux sent a message. In a pressure situation, he wanted the weight on his shoulders. Giroux doesn't have a "C" on his jersey and apparently he doesn't need one to act like he's the Flyers' captain."When the best player in the world comes up...

Monday, April 23, 2012, 2:33 AM

Flyers tinkering with lineup, James van Riemsdyk could see action

All series long, the mantra has been the same -- discipline, discipline, discipline. Zac Rinaldo, who nearly led the league in penalty minutes in the regular season, hasn't gotten the message. He is No. 1 in the playoffs with 46 penalty minutes. The next closest is Wayne Simmonds with 24.In Game 4...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 11:40 PM

Bryz-aster: Flyers embarrassed by Penguins in Game 4

On Sunday evening, the Flyers said all the right things following an 8-4 win over the Penguins that gave them a commanding 3-0 series lead. They said they didn’t expect the Penguins to roll over and die — and, well ... Pittsburgh didn’t disappoint.“We lost 10-3 in front of our fans,” Claude Giroux...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:53 AM

Bryz-aster strikes Flyers as Penguins avoid the brooms

On Sunday afternoon, the Flyers said all the right things. The unsuspecting young team was the underdog in the series, yet still took a commanding 3-0 lead over the Penguins."If there's a team that can come back from 3-0 this year I think it's them," Claude Giroux said Sunday after a goal and an...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:09 AM

Scott Hartnell: Onus on Flyers to protect themselves against headshots

As a ripe 18-year-old in his first NHL season, Scott Hartnell laid motionless on the ice in Raleigh, N.C. It was Nov. 26, 2000, and one of the Carolina Hurricanes had hit Hartnell so hard that he needed the help of a stretcher to get off the ice. He would miss the next six games. "I think it was...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:47 AM

Is Jaromir Jagr the most valuable Flyer in the locker room?

Every time he was asked about the future, Jaromir Jagr pointed to one thing. He wouldn't talk about next season or how he really feels physically until the real test -- the playoffs. After all, that's what he missed most in his three-year hiatus from the NHL.Back in November it was clear that the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:35 AM

Flyers not reaching for their brooms just yet

One by one, the Flyers took turns walking up to a pair of stepstools on either side of the locker room and tried to explain to the assembled media what had just happened.Forgive them if they seemed a little dazed. It may have been the hits the Penguins were laying out, or maybe the fact they didn't...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:52 AM

Flyers get scrappy, feisty in penalty-filled victory

Wayne Simmonds stood in shorts and a t-shirt in the hallway, ready to congratulate his teammates with a fist bump. His arms were folded and he didn’t look happy, even though his team just went up 3-0 in the series and won the game 8-4. An under-dressed Zac Rinaldo joined him. Scott Hartnell too....

Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:01 PM

Stanley Cup Playoffs Flyers vs. Penguins: There will be blood

Boos rained down from a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. Max Talbot, then a Penguin, put his right index finger to his lips on his way to the penalty box as if to quiet the Flyers fans that seconds before were cheering the beating that Dan Carcillo had just served up.In Pittsburgh, it's...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 2:15 AM

Young, restless Flyers ready for Cup close-up

Wayne Simmonds is a veteran of all of a dozen playoff games. He's a confident player and thought he was ready for postseason play -- but once you step on the ice in the playoffs, things change."My first year, I didn't really realize what was going on," Simmonds said. "It takes you a couple minutes...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:03 AM

Flyers can’t solve Rangers, but don’t blame Ilya Bryzgalov

Don't blame Ilya Bryzgalov.Returning from a chip fracture in his right foot, and still walking with a bit of a limp, the Flyers' goalie took a 5-3 loss last night to those pesky New York Rangers. He made 19 saves, but the final wasn't all his fault.With the playoffs approaching, it looked like...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:13 AM

Let the games begin at Xfinity Live!

With his hands on his hips, radio personality Howard Eskin stood just inside the doors of Xfinity Live!, and took it all in."Man, it's big," Eskin said.Tim Tebow's press conference commanded attention on the 32-foot high-definition television in the NBC Sports Arena section as workers below...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:53 PM

Chip wreck: Ilya Bryzgalov sidelined with fracture

The one save Ilya Bryzgalov didn't really have to make hurt the Flyers the most.As the starting goaltender was leaving the net in warm-ups Monday night, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek took a shot that hit his unsuspecting goalie on the inside of his right foot.Bryzgalov had X-rays between the end of...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:15 PM