Canucks 6, Flyers 2

The score alone, which is just as embarrasing as it appears, is not what’s noteworthy. It is a bad loss, to start an important road trip, to one of the top clubs in the Western Conference. What is of note, is how long it’s been since the Flyers have been on the wrong side of the ledger in a game at Vancouver. Anybody know where they were on January 17, 1989? Show of hands…no? Not surprised. That’s over two decades of success in the NHL’s Western-most Canadian franchise. I think most of us were snuggled all tight in our beds, with dreams (or …

Christmas Eve: A time for reflection

By now I think you get the idea that I’m the historical standard-bearer for the site as I’m required to write about childhood experiences with hockey, or I’m dashing off the occasional piece comparing the plight of current athletes in the city to old-school Flyers. I want to continue in that vein this Christmas Eve, and lay out my own state of mind, as a fan, regarding how the 2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers season is progressing. The buzz around this team after playing less than one-half of their schedule is one that I don’t think has been as constant and as …

Panthers take down Flyers in rare lackluster Philly effort

It would be easy to see how the best team in the NHL playing at home, and one mired in last place in its division on a road swing, might produce record-setting results. The only problem is, the last-place Florida Panthers set the records, as 26 saves from Tomas Vokoun plus a late two-goal surge in the first period sent them to a shocking 5-0 victory over the Flyers on Monday night. Vokoun posted his first career shutout against Philadelphia, while Bill Thomas, Evgeny Dadonov, Shawn Matthias, Mike Santorelli and Dmitry Kulikov tallied for the visitors. It was the Panthers’ …

Spectrum memories: Holiday cheer/jeer

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 fourth in the series of Spectrum Memories. Much like the third installment in this series, my second batch of December recollections centers not around game attendance at the Spectrum, but on home and away games watched on …

Don’t Panic: Pronger out with broken foot

It wouldn’t be the middle of the season without some disconcerting news in Flyerland… Defenseman Chris Pronger is expected to be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks because of a broken foot. General manager Paul Holmgren said Pronger will undergo surgery to repair a broken first metatarsal in his right foot. The six-time All-Star was hurt late in the second period during Wednesday’s 5-3 victory in Montreal. Pronger leads all Philadelphia defensemen with four goals and has added 11 assists for 15 points in 31 games. He is also a plus-six for the NHL’s top team. The Flyers have a league-best 47 points …