April 29th, 2012 at 9:31 PM
By Erin Smith
The Philadelphia Flyers won against the New Jersey Devils in the first game of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this afternoon. This action-packed game went into OT, but finally came out in the Flyers' favor, with a game one win.
Things were looking pretty bleak at the beginning of the game. 10 minutes into the first period the Devils had seven times as many shots on goal as the Flyers. With all these shots on goal, the Devils got a goal in early at 03:16 into the first period.
Who knows what the Flyers coach, Peter Laviolette, said to his players in the locker room, but whatever it was, it got the team pumped for the second period. They came out and looked like a playoff team. Danny Briere and James Van Riemsdyk scored within a minute of each other, 8 minutes into the second period.
These two teams were pretty evenly matched the rest of the game. Things were tied up 2-2 going into the third period, and then the game had to go into OT, because things were all tied up 3-3 at the end of regulation.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 27th, 2012 at 5:08 PM
By Erin Smith
Yesterday night the New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers in 2nd OT in game 7 of round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Which means the Philadelphia Flyers will have home ice advantage as they take on the Devils in round two of the playoffs.
Expect to see a good match-up in this second round. The Devil's Martin Brodeur is a top-notch goalie and he showed last night that not only is he experienced but he has endurance. Last night's game went into double OT and Brodeur still blocked pucks like it was the first period and he was not a bit tired.
On the other hand the Flyers have Ilya Bryzgalov, who is also an outstanding goaltender. He was the heart of the team in the regular season, and was the deciding factor in getting the Flyers to the playoffs. But, he looked a little sloppy in round one of the playoffs. In order to beat the Devils, Bryzgalov has to be on top of his game – which he is more than capable of doing.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 24th, 2012 at 2:27 PM
By Erin Smith
On Sunday afternoon the Philadelphia Flyers won against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final score was 5-1. This now means that the Flyers will move on to the second round of the playoffs.
At this moment, the Philadelphia Flyers are the only team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a spot in the second round. All the other teams have needed to take it to a game seven to determine who moves on (exception: New Jersey vs. Florida because they started their series late). This means that the Flyers are going to have some much needed rest time that the other competing teams will not have. This will definitely give the Flyers an advantage over the team they play.
So who exactly will the Philadelphia Flyers play in the next round? At this point it is impossible to say. They could be playing anyone at this point, because none of the other teams have moved onto the second round.
In the Western Conference things are a bit more set in stone, and the series moved along faster. In the next round #2 seed St. Louis will be playing #8 seed Los Angeles, and #3 seed Phoenix will be playing #4 seed Nashville.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 16th, 2012 at 10:26 AM
By Erin Smith
The final score stood 8-4 on Sunday evening as the Philadelphia Flyers took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With this win the Flyers now have 3 wins under their belt and only need one more win to clench a spot in the next round of the playoffs. And if the win wasn’t enough, this game had everything: scoring from both teams, brawls, punches, even ejections – but it seemed the one thing it didn’t have was strong goaltending from either goalie.
From Sunday night’s game, anyone can tell that these teams “just don’t like each other.” The first period which featured 18 penalties and 3 ejections turned into complete mayhem during the third period. James Neal’s dirty blind-side hit on rookie Flyer center Sean Couturier sparked a series of fights at the 15-minute-18-second mark. At the end of this madness there were 55 penalty minutes given and it didn’t end there – Scott Hartnell and Craig Adams decided to duel it out at center ice after everything else had cooled off a bit.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 13th, 2012 at 11:16 PM
By Erin Smith
Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins with a score of 8-5 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With this second win, the Flyers are now two games ahead of the Pens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This game started off much the same as the first Stanley Cup Playoffs game – the Flyers lacked momentum in the first period of play and the Pens were unstoppable. At the first intermission the Pens were ahead of the Flyers 3-1. But Flyers fans should have learned after Wednesday night's game not to get too disappointed by a slow start.
Just like Wednesday's game, the Flyers came back and scored 3 goals in the 2nd period, tying up the game 4-4. From this point on the Penguin defense was just not there, and did not help their goalie, Marc Andre-Fleury, as the score went from 4-4 to 8-5 in just one period. Maybe it was just luck because since it was Friday the 13th, this game was bound to have 13 goals scored. Or maybe it was just the incredible Flyers offense.Read more... Join the Conversation...