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Flyers top Wings 3-2

Keeping with tradition—a franchise staple through the years—the Flyers retired Mark Howe’s No. 2 jersey in style Tuesday night, spotting the vaunted Detroit Wings the obligatory early first goal, before coming on strong to post a 3-2 win.That makes them now 4-0-1 on such special occasions, wins...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:05 PM

Flyers to raise Mark Howe's No. 2 to the rafter

For Mark Howe, it’s been “as good a year as any human being can possibly have.”And that year will get even better tomorrow, when the Flyers send Howe’s old No. 2 to the rafters. He’s just hoping he can hold it together in front of his entire family, including Hall of Fame father, Gordie, and...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:12 AM

Seeing the Max Talbot factor

Everybody who said Max Talbot would have more goals than Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr and James van Riemsdyk through 58 games stand up.How come you’re all sitting?Talbot’s knack of putting the biscuit in the basket has been among the biggest surprises of this zany Flyers season. In a year where most...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 4:34 PM

Wayne Simmonds happy to make impact on Flyers

Wayne Simmonds had to keep telling himself he — and rookie Brayden Schenn — weren’t brought here to replace Mike Richards. Easier said than done.But gradually the gritty right wing with a penchant for scoring those critical “dirty” goals has made his presence felt. Even better, he’s discovered he...

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 5:22 PM

Everyone wants to know what’s stopping Jake Voracek?

Don’t call him Jake the Snake-bitten.Still only 22, despite already being in his fourth season, Flyers left winger Jake Voracek is convinced his time will soon be here. Which will only make the trade that brought him and rookie sensation Sean Couturier here from Columbus for Jeff Carter look that...

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 2:32 PM

Flyers struggle to find stability

Two months and 34 games.By then, Flyers fans can only hope their team has the answer to some nagging questions — if they hope to make a serious Stanley Cup run.Unfortunately, this year’s questions are the same ones that have nagged them the last few seasons.Who’s between the pipes? Who’s back on...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:33 AM

Shootout gets best of Flyers yet again

Now THIS was a Winter Classic!Fierce playoff opponents the last two years, the Flyers and Bruins didn’t need Citizens Bank Park yesterday to put on a captivating show that had a bit everything.From the time Boston sprung Chris Kelly on a breakaway off the opening draw, until an otherwise ordinary...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 3:26 AM

Islanders outplay, outwork Flyers in role reversal

While these certainly aren’t your father’s Islanders — a franchise that ruled the NHL in the early 1980s by winning four consecutive Cups — they are clearly no longer the league’s 98-pound weakling team.The Flyers learned that the hard way Thursday, as the Isles outplayed them and outworked them...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 3:40 AM

Flyers: Elder statesman Coburn still in Orange and Black

Jimmy Rollins. Andre Iguodala. Jamaal Jackson. And Braydon Coburn.It’s an unlikely quartet with a special bond. They’re the last men standing for the four Philadelphia teams.“It’s an honor,” said the 26-year-old Coburn. “I love playing for this team and being in this organization. It’s been like a...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2:55 AM

Danny Briere busting out at the right time

It’s been a week Danny Briere won’t soon forget.Still taking heat for flubbing the climactic penalty shot that would have sent the Winter Classic into overtime — especially from his sons — the 34- year-old Briere has already put it behind him and started moving forward. Flyers fans can only hope...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 3:21 AM

Rangers Stage Classic Finish to Beat Flyers

Danny Briere saw the opening between Henrik Lundqvist’s pads and just knew the Winter Classic was headed for overtime. He could even visualize the red light going on, while a sea or orange and black among the 47, 967 packed inside Citizen’s Bank Park would be going bananas.There was no doubt in his...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 2:34 AM

Flyers: Interview with Sean Couturier

Sean Couturier, a long shot to make the Flyers in training camp, has already scored five goals and three assists, while playing primarily a penalty killing, checking role. His plus-9 ratio is 14th in the entire NHL.“He continues to play solid hockey for us at both ends of the ice,” coach Peter...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 3:03 AM

Flyers vs. Jets: 3 things we saw

1. Don’t call it a comeback. The Flyers were brutal for a period and a half, digging a 6-2 deficit as a result of careless play in their own end and ragged goaltending from starter Sergei Bobrovsky.Then they stormed back with five unanswered goals in an 8:51 span — two by Danny Briere — to go ahead...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 3:42 AM

Flyers fall to Caps

Bryzgalov outclassed by Vokoun in 5-2 loss. Jagr stuck on 646 goals. 1. Better bang for the buck. The Flyers elected to sink their future — and a small fortune — in goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, signing him to a nine-year, $51 million deal. That enabled the Caps to snap up the other highly-regarded free...

Friday, October 21, 2011, 3:48 AM

Sixers owning the moment, now win

With their lone two NBA championship banners as a backdrop, a new era of Sixers basketball got under way yesterday at center court of the Palestra.That’s where 46-year-old Joshua Harris, a Penn grad, took over the reins of a franchise that hasn’t produced a winning season since 2005. Harris is a...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 2:50 AM

New-look Flyers trying to change shootout luck

Think how much different the Flyers’ postseason life might have been last year if they had done a better job in shootouts.By itself it wouldn’t have assured the Flyers any greater success than the fallen Phillies or stumbling Eagles, since it wouldn’t have mattered past the end of the regular...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 1:14 AM

Empty slate as new-look Flyers start 2011 season

The name tags seem to be working.If the preseason is any indication what to expect from the Flyers once the games start for real, then this might really work.Not only will program sales be brisk, but all the new guys wearing those orange-and-black jerseys — speedy wingers Jakub Voracek and Wayne...

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 2:35 AM

Flyers fall in pre-season home opener

The good news is it can only get better from here for Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. His Philadelphia debut in net won’t go down as anything he’d care to remember in the Flyers 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs before a relatively meager and uninspired Wells Fargo Center crowd seeing hockey for...

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 4:33 AM

Flyers ready for most anticipated preseason ever

The chemistry experiment has begun for the Flyers.That’s what Peter Laviolette and most of his players — both old and new — say the preseason is all about. To mix and match all those elements, all those unfamiliar faces, and blend it all together. Which is why it may take awhile before they find...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 3:50 AM

Temple goes down again to Penn State

Almost. But not quiteFor much of Saturday afternoon, it looked like Temple was going to finally beat Penn State. Not only did the Owls have the advantage on the scoreboard, but the Nittany Lions kept shooting themselves in the paw with ill-timed penalties, turnovers, three missed field goals and a...

Monday, September 19, 2011, 3:56 AM