Spectrum Memories: Cat Whistles

To celebrate my 25th year of hockey fandom, I will occasionally step into the way-back machine and write about events in the Flyers’ past. For the balance of the season, I will be dipping into the well to ruminate about some things related to my love of the Philadelphia Flyers, and in general about the fan experience as a youngster. This is the ninth in the series of Spectrum Memories. Chris Therien and Jaromir Jagr were just a match made in hockey heaven in the late 1990′s. Therien, the hulking defenseman out of Providence College, who broke in with the Flyers during the lockout-shortened 1995 …

One from the vault

The Flyers and Sabres built up quite a history in the late 1990s, thanks to four yearly regular-season meetings and four playoff matchups (1995, 1997-98, 2000). Tensions often flared up into that thing which Commissioner Bettman hates the most, and the entertainment value between these two skilled clubs escalated. The genesis of this simmering discord between the teams can be traced to a late-season game at the old Aud in Buffalo in 1996. The Flyers are up by two late in the second period, and Matthew Barnaby decides to interject himself into a scuffle in a rather unusual manner. When …

Luukko speaks as Flyers plan to raise ticket prices

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News Michael Strulson, a third-generation owner of a set of Flyers season tickets, never thought there would be a day that he would consider not renewing his center-ice seats at the Wells Fargo Center. That was until Strulson, 39, received a surprising notice in the mail from the Flyers on Saturday. That’s the first time, Strulson said, that he found out the Flyers are instituting a price increase of more than 21 percent for six sections in the lower bowl as part of a wider “rescaling” that will see almost every ticket increase in price …

Cooke suspended for rest of regular season, first round of playoffs

The National Hockey League on Monday afternoon issued its sternest warning yet to players who seek to make contact with an opponent’s head. It has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke for the final 10 games of the regular season plus the entire first round of the playoffs. Cooke delivered an elbow to the side of the face of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh at the 4:36 mark of the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 Penguins loss. He was given a major for elbowing and a game misconduct. The total length of the penalty will end up lasting between …

Leino’s heroics get Flyers past Stars in SO; playoff berth clinched

It didn’t come down to the final regular-season game this year, but Ville Leino’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout enabled the Philadelphia Flyers to clinch a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Leino made fellow Finn and Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen look like a fool, moving the puck slightly to the right as the Dallas netminder dove for a poke- check. With a wide-open net in front of him, the second-year player calmly slid the disc home to end the contest. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored in regulation …