Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

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Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored the goals, while Colin McDonald and Brad Boyes each had multiple-assist outings.. Evgeni Nabokov made 26-of-27 saves to earn the win.. Apr.. 9, 2013: NYI 4, PHI 1 – RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS Flyers player to watch Claude Giroux – Right Wing Claude Giroux has turned it on during the second half to lead the Flyers in scoring with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists).. The sixth-year pro has five goals and 16 assists over his last 17 games, and ranks fourth in the league in helpers this season.. Giroux has found the score sheet in all three games against the Islanders so far in 2012-13..   Islanders Storylines •The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (8-0-3) and in 14 of their last 15 overall (11-1-3).. •The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in 10 straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 16 games.. •Andrew MacDonald ranks third in the league with 119 blocked shots.. •Matt Martin leads the NHL with 223 hits.. •The Islanders clinched a playoff berth Tuesday. source:

Islanders-Flyers Preview

They’ve been with us.. They haven’t seen playoff hockey in a while.. I’m proud of what the guys accomplished.” Philadelphia fans are very used to seeing postseason hockey.. The only time their team missed the playoffs in the last 19 years came in 2007, but Thursday will be the last Flyers’ home game until next season because they were eliminated from contention last Friday.. That bad news came in the middle of a stretch during which Philadelphia (21-22-3) has won four of five, scoring at least four goals in each victory.. “It’s not fun where we are at in the standings,” said Simon Gagne, a former 40-goal scorer who has five in 36 games this season.. “There are a lot of high expectations this year, but I think everything you’re doing right, it’s to help management to show what kind of team we have next year with those young players.” One of those players is 24-year-old goaltender Steve Mason, who has a 2.08 goals-against average in six games since being acquired from Columbus.. He’s won his last three starts, including a 39-save performance Tuesday in a 5-2 victory over Boston.. Jakub Voracek leads the team with a career-high 21 goals and has four in the past five games for the Flyers, whose 14-7-2 home record is the best among teams which won’t make the postseason.. New York’s 14-5-3 road record is one of the league’s best, including 8-1-2 in the last 11. source:–nhl.html

Flyers GM: No basis to Ilya Bryzgalov buyout speculation

Should the Philadelphia Flyers buyout Ilya Bryzgalov after this season? (USATSI)

To be clear, I asked Holmgren if there was any basis at all to the speculation of a Bryzgalov buyout.. “No,” he said.. Well, that’s pretty much getting right to the point.. Bryzgalov is currently in the second year of a massive nine-year, $51 million contract that he signed after being acquired by the Flyers before last season.. To say that it hasn’t worked out would be a rather large understatement.. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Bryzgalov ranks 44th out of 53 goaltenders with a minimum of 30 games played in save percentage, and his numbers actually regressed this season.. It wouldn’t be fair to put all of the blame on Bryzgalov as the defense in front of him has been dismantled in recent years due in large part to the loss of Matt Carle in free agency and what was basically a career-ending injury to Chris Pronger.. But Bryzgalov hasn’t exactly been great.. Making matters worse this season is the fact that the Flyers didn’t have a reliable backup after trading Sergei Bobrovsky (now a Vezina Trophy front runner for the Columbus Blue Jackets) and essentially had to run Bryzgalov into the ground because they had nobody else they could trust to play ahead of him.. The Flyers attempted to correct that at the deadline by trading for Steve Mason (one of the few goalies who has actually posted worse numbers than Bryzgalov since the start of last season).. Holmgren told LeBrun that was simply a matter of him trying to strengthen their depth at the position and not trying to find a replacement for Bryzgalov. source:

Philadelphia honors Boston, then Flyers top Bruins

Then Philadelphia pitched in with its wallets.. The 50/50 raffle that usually supports Philadelphia charities went to The Flyers raised $85,595.. Also, the Flyers were set to put their jerseys up for auction at, with proceeds also benefiting “I thought that was a very good presentation, and it’s unbelievable how the United States comes together with tragedies like this,” Read said.. “It just shows how strong the United States is, and how closely grouped the Boston area is.” With fans still on their feet from a stirring rendition of “God Bless America,” Hartnell kept them there with a goal only 1:40 into the game.. Hartnell, who missed a month with a broken foot, scored his eighth goal of the season.. Hartnell’s injury was just one of dozens suffered by the Flyers and a big reason why the team missed the playoffs.. The Flyers had 11 players scratched for the game, with defenseman Kimmo Timonen joining the list Tuesday.. Timonen has a compression fracture in his right foot.. General manager Paul Holmgren said before the game the Flyers could not use injuries as an excuse for underachieving. source:

Trenton Titans shut down; were ECHL affiliate for Flyers, Devils

The team published a statement on its website that read, in part: “The last 14 seasons have seen numerous great players and moments, including several playoff appearances and a Kelly Cup title in 2005.. Trenton also has had the privilege of working with many great NHL franchises, such as the New Jersey Devils and the current affiliate in the Philadelphia Flyers.. These relationships were vital in the growth of Trenton hockey.. Most importantly the team would like to thank the fans for their support over the last 14 seasons.” No further details about why the team was shutting down were provided.. The team almost suspended operations in 2011 when it was owned by, and affiliated with, the New Jersey Devils.. The team continued playing after it was acquired by a private ownership group, Blue Line Sports of Lawrenceville, N.J.. Titans officials said the team “fully intends” to reimburse its season ticket holders for their 2013-14 season tickets.. The organization said it will provide more information on how that process will proceed in the next couple of weeks.. The Titans played at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, which is operated by Global Spectrum, a Comcast-Spectacor facility management company.. Comcast-Spectacor owns the Flyers. source:


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