The Lost Season

Nursing the heartbreak of a Stanley-Cup caliber Flyers season that came to a screeching halt with a stupefying early playoff exit is a rare and beautiful thing. Although the Flyers have prided themselves on not shitting the bed in the postseason after being near the top of the NHL standings, it has been known to occur every once in a blue moon. Like in the early 1980′s. Tucked in between the Year of the Streak that ended in a loss to the Islanders in the Finals and the Mike Keenan-led surprise 1985 Cup finalists, was four deeply disappointing years that saw a …

Pronger answers burning questions at Thursday press conference

Q: How did the surgery go and how are you feeling? ”Well, as far as I was told it went very well. It relieved a lot of the weakness I was having in my leg and now it is just a matter of how the nerve regenerates itself and the range of motion and all the rest of that stuff. How it recovers and that stuff are probably another four to five weeks before we see where that is at.” Q: Can you tell us about the decision to have the surgery, was that an option you were given or …

Flyers to play at Labatt Centre once more

The Philadelphia Flyers will play their annual preseason game at their “home away from home” against the Detroit Red Wings at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. It will be the eighth straight season the Orange and Black have headed to one of Ontario’s minor-league bellwether towns to play an exhibition contest. London has long been home to the Knights, who play in the Ontario Hockey League, one of Canada’s major junior leagues. “London truly is our home away from home. The fan support here in London for the Flyers is outstanding,” …

Deja Vu all over again

Here’s Simon Gagne’s goal which put the Lightning ahead by one, from yesterday’s 5-3 Tampa Bay win over Boston in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bolts won the game after trailing by a 3-0 count after the first period. Here’s Simon Gagne’s goal from May 14, 2010′s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a game the Flyers won by a 4-3 score. I swear there’s something familiar… Nah…we didn’t need him this year. We needed another spare defenseman. It was time to let him go and break in some new talent.

MasterGame Theater

Since the off-season is long, and your attention span may be short when faced with the prospect of Mack and Manco’s, endless Boardwalk strolls, Duffer’s, Wonderland and visions of hotties dancing in your heads after a couple beers at the Princeton or Ocean Drive, we’re going to occasionally run videos of important Flyers games from the past. Tonight, for your nostalgic pleasure, an appetizer of brief highlights from Game 1 of the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. It happened 26 years ago today. Ahhh…Gene Hart narration. Clean, crisp, erudite. Dare I say poetic? In the …