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Flyers Notebook: Hail to Scottie Hartnell

With brush burns on the left side of his face, Scott Hartnell smiled. He didn't really feel it. Some red marks are a small price to pay for breaking an 11-game win streak for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he thinks the Flyers will face first in the playoffs. Hartnell's last-second, game-winning...

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3:00 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov makes history with new shutout streak record

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Ilya Bryzgalov hasn't talked about himself since he turned his game around, but his teammates are more than willing. The goalie has been saving pucks, so why mess with success? In fact, Bryzgalov didn't just get another win; he set the Flyers' all-time shutout streak record. We...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:31 PM

Flyers: Winning effort for Timonen, Voracek

Jakub Voracek’s three missed games were even more painful than his hit to the head might suggest. Watching from the press box was hard for the first-year Flyer, but he made up for lost time with a goal and an assist in the Flyers’ 3-0 win last night over the New Jersey Devils.“It wasn’t great to...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 6:55 PM

Brandon Manning suits up in Philadelphia

There’s a Manning in Philadelphia, but he throws fists and hits, instead of touchdown passes. Defenseman Brandon Manning, 21, got his first call-up to the NHL Thursday night and made sure everyone knew he wasn’t a quarterback, although he does act like one on the Adirondack Phantoms’ power play.“He...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 8:20 PM

NHL officials letting guys play down the stretch

With only 17 games left, everyone is gearing up for the playoffs. That goes for the referees, too.Sunday night against Washington marked only the second time this season the Flyers held their opponent to no power plays. The Flyers say they’ve been working on discipline all season, but part of the...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:10 PM

Flyers ink Ohio State prospect Cal Heeter

Ilya Bryzgalov has turned things around. However, there are other positions to fill with next season in mind, so the Flyers made a move by signing Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter to a two-year contract, reportedly worth $1.85 million.The 23-year-old goaltender went 13-11-5 for the Buckeyes this season...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 4:52 PM

Flyers top Caps despite losing Timonen, Meszaros

WASHINGTON — Paul Holmgren thought he addressed the issue when he acquired Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman before the trade deadline, yet defense is once again a red-flag issue for the Flyers. Sure, the blueline played well in a 1-0 shutout win over the Washington Capitals, but they’ll also be...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 5:26 PM

James Van Riemsdyk breaks foot In Flyers win over Islanders

PHILADELPHIA — Last year, Chris Pronger said it was the “season from hell” with knee, foot and hand injuries. Apparently now it’s James van Riemsdyk’s turn. He missed a few games early in the season with injuries he was forced to play through. Then he missed 15 with a concussion.In the six games...

Friday, March 2, 2012, 4:08 AM

Paul Holmgren keeps Flyers in tact as NHL trade deadline passes

Rumors swirled around the Flyers as the deadline came near. In the end, however, GM Paul Holmgren didn’t budge. Sure, he fielded calls all day long, but no offers made his team any better in his eyes and he watched the 3 p.m. deadline come and go. “We went in on the day not really trying to do...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 3:57 PM

Unselfish James van Riemsdyk won’t listen to rumors

A few NHL players have admitted that they have a bag packed and waiting by their front door, just in case they get traded before today’s 3 p.m. deadline. Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk isn’t one. It looks like the Flyers have no interest in moving him.The 22-year-old forward has been subject of...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:57 PM

Brotherly love: A tale of two Wellwoods

The last time Flyers winger Eric Wellwood played against his big brother Kyle, he was 4-years-old in his backyard in Windsor, Ontario. Tonight, when the Flyers take on the Winnipeg Jets, they’ll face each other again. Last time Eric was called up to the Flyers, the 21-year-old narrowly missed the...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 3:42 PM

Flyers notebook: Orange and Black deal for blueliner Nicklas Grossman

He’s not Chris Pronger. For now, Nicklas Grossman will have to do. The Flyers acquired the 27-year-old defenseman from the Dallas Stars for a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round pick Thursday night.“He’s a bigger body,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “He’s a solid defensive defenseman. He...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 5:01 PM

NHL trading deadline clock ticking

Tick tock. It’s now 11 days away.On Feb. 27, the trade deadline will be upon us and the Flyers are in a position to be buyers. Rumors have swirled about the team being interested in everything from one of Nashville’s two prized defensemen, to a third goalie to Columbus winger Rick Nash. None of...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 4:33 PM

Struggling Flyers raise ticket price for 2012-13

With the NHL playoffs around the corner, the Flyers’ buzz is growing. The trade deadline is looming and everyone wants the latest scoop.But season-ticket holders aren’t happy. Not only have the Flyers won only two of their last eight home games, but next year it will be more expensive to watch them...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 2:35 PM

Flyers' Zac Rinaldo just rolling with the punches

These days, Zac Rinaldo’s bank account is taking a hit, and it has nothing to do with an expensive Valentine’s Day gift. The Flyers winger is making involuntary donations to the NHL Players’ Association emergency fund.The 5-foot-11 winger “launched himself” at 6-foot-4 defenseman Jonathan Ericsson...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 3:35 PM

Flyers beat Maple Leafs to end three-game losing streak

The last time Scott Hartnell scored, it was a natural hat trick in the second period of a heartbreaking loss to Boston. On Thursday night, his Gordie Howe hat trick led the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over Toronto.Hartnell, the Flyers’ leading goal-scorer, kicked off the scoring at 14:38 of the first...

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:10 PM

Surprise, surprise: Chris Pronger visits Flyers at practice facility

His nameplate is no longer in the Flyers’ dressing room, but he’s been in the back of the players’ minds all season. Yesterday, they got a visit from captain Chris Pronger, who is still dealing with post-concussion syndrome and was shut down for the season on Dec. 15. The 36-year-old defenseman...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 1:25 PM

Flyers earn point in shootout loss to NY Islanders

They knew better. The Flyers weren’t going to take the Islanders lightly, not after they were embarrassed by the Atlantic Division’s basement dwellers almost three weeks ago at Wells Fargo Center.But they had no way of knowing that Evgeni Nabokov would turn in the best goaltending performance they...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 5:15 PM

The Big Issue: NHL dealing with new era of concussions

His eyes glazed over, Flyers center Danny Briere was helped around the bowels of Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., by a concerned doctor. His walk was slow. He looked lost.The two-time All-Star who’s been blessed with speed and skill but not much size has been concussed before, but never like this...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 4:14 PM

Flyers fall 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets

There are still three injured Flyers on the shelf, but Jaromir Jagr returned to the lineup Tuesday night and provided some hope for a healthy second half of the season for the team. Although the Flyers lost 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout, Jagr was pleased with his performance in 16:54 of...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4:01 AM