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Eric Goldstein

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Flyers forced to turn to backup in goal for stretch drive

It looks, and sounds, like another Philadelphia team has no choice but to turn to a backup at a crucial position for the stretch drive of the season. Less than two weeks after quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship, taking over for an injured Carson Wentz in...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 1:06 PM

Respectable report card in first half for Flyers

Regardless of Thursday’s outcome when they host the Lightning, the Flyers will coast into this weekend’s All-Star Game in Tampa Bay in a playoff spot. Considering they went 10 games without a victory in November and were maddeningly inconsistent throughout most of the year, to sit tied...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 1:29 PM

Flyers' Nolan Patrick earning trust of teammates, coaches

The offensive skills have always been there for Nolan Patrick. The Flyers second overall pick in last June’s draft is a naturally gifted player who posted 158 points in 105 games over the last two seasons in the Western Hockey League. However, the scoring pace in juniors hasn’t...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:23 PM

Flyers win third straight, climb into playoff spot as bye week arrives

With one game, a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers finally climbed out of Metropolitan Division cellar and simultaneously took over the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Now, it can all change depending on Sunday’s late results,...

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 4:22 PM

It's the same inconsistent Flyers in New Year

The Flyers handed out hot-off-the-press 2018 calendars to all fans before Tuesday’s game against the Penguins. They should have given one to each player, too. If they did, maybe it would have reminded the players that it is a new year, and the new year is as good a time as any to ditch bad...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 7:34 PM

Time to hand out Christmas gifts to Flyers players

In the spirit of the holidays, we are excited to share our third annual Flyers gift-giving event. We got our list, checked it twice and now are ready to have fun and hand out presents unique to each player. Sean Couturier – First half MVP award 16 goals (team leader and career high). 15...

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 1:59 PM

Flyers must use caution, avoid overworking goalie Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott needs a break – and deserves one. The Flyers goalie has latched the team on his shoulders and carried them the entire month of December. He has made eight straight starts, including one set of back-to-back games, in the last 17 days and started 11 of the team’s last 12...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:53 PM

And just like that, Flyers swap slump for streak

Claude Giroux stood in front of a gaggle of reporters inside the locker room after the Flyers’ 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday downright giddy while answering questions about the team’s four-game winning streak, his no-look, between the legs pass that led to the go-ahead goal...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:10 PM

Ron Hextall peculiarly optimistic during Flyers recent dark days

The Flyers lost their ninth straight game on Tuesday to the San Jose Sharks, which is their longest streak in nine years. During the game, a 3-1 affair that was one of the team’s worst performances of the season, fans repeatedly and loudly called for coach Dave Hakstol to be fired. Then,...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 2:58 PM

Flyers have found nearly every way to lose amid current ugly skid

The Flyers found themselves in an unfamiliar position at the start of the third period on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks. They trailed by two goals. In four of their last six games, the Flyers had led by a pair of goals to either begin the final period or during it. However, in each of those...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 2:26 PM

Flyers' goalie Brian Elliott finally finding his footing

No matter where the Flyers shot the puck, regardless how much they crashed the net or whether it was on the power play or even strength, Minnesota Wild goalie Brian Dubnyk doubled as a brick wall with 32 saves and posted his second straight shutout on Saturday night during a 1-0 victory. The...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:41 PM

Refreshed Flyers may get reinforcements back after five-day break

The Flyers welcomed their five-day break this week after capping off a taxing stretch of seven games in 12 days. It has allowed them to take a much-needed breather, get in some valuable practice time and heal up from the wear and tear of the span, which the Flyers completed 2-3-2. “A little...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:51 PM

Flyers in October: The good, bad and the ugly

In the first month of the season, the Flyers survived a grueling four-game West Coast trip to begin the year, enjoyed a rousing 8-2 win over the Capitals in the home opener and have had some wild finishes, especially in a bizarre 6-5 loss in Nashville. In what was hardly a dull October, here...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 2:31 PM

Flyers may feel the loss of Andrew MacDonald

It’s hardly a secret that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald is not a fan favorite. Since signing a six-year, $30 million deal in 2014, the veteran has drawn the ire of the team’s faithful due to his failure to live up to the contract. It also didn’t help when...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:20 PM

Flyers' Sean Couturier picking up where he left off last year

Over the final quarter of the season last year, the Flyers were nearly unwatchable. The losses mounted, star players disappointed and frustration hit a boiling point when the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons. However, one of the few bright spots...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 2:02 PM

Flyers' Scott Laughton has resuscitated his career

Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall raised eye brows when he chose to protect Scott Laughton in the expansion draft over the summer. The 2012 first-round draft pick scored seven goals and had 14 assists in 71 games with the Flyers in 2015-16, but Laughton languished the entire season last year with...

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:40 PM

Flyers' Claude Giroux will embrace move to left wing

Claude Giroux admitted he thought his move to left wing from center, the position he has played the last seven years, was a preseason experiment. The Flyers captain is taking the situation more seriously now. When the Flyers open the 2017-18 regular season Wednesday in San Jose, Giroux is slated...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:24 PM

Flyers finally go young, will start season with five rookies

It took an extra day, but Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall put the finishing touch on the team’s roster for the 2017-18 season. Late Monday night, he placed veteran forward Matt Read on waivers to get from 24 players to the mandatory 23 by Tuesday’s deadline. The 24-hour delay was...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:15 PM

Flyers on the bubble: Where will Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Nolan Patrick suit up?

The Flyers front office and coaching staff only have two more preseason games to make their final evaluations on the group of young players who are competing to land a spot on next Wednesday’s opening night roster. To their credit, the rookies are not making the decisions easy. “It...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:31 PM

Flyers preseason guide: dos and don'ts for tune up matches

The Flyers season, albeit the preseason, has begun. They are 1-3, including a loss in the rookie game, thus far. However, these are exhibition games and obviously don’t count a lick. Still, there are areas to keep an eye on. To help you determine the difference, here are some Do’s and...

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:33 PM