Spectrum memories: The matinee plan

“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 first in the series of Spectrum Memories.” It’s been 15 years, but my memories of attending Flyers games at the Spectrum are still fresh in my mind. From the good years, to the lean ones, and back …

Flyers struck by Lightning

No matter what the outcome, Simon Gagne’s return to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded in mid-July was going to be the story of the contest. It wound up that Bolts defenseman Pavel Kubina netted the game-winning score early in the third period to back 24 saves from Dan Ellis as the Tampa Bay Lightning clipped the Philadelphia Flyers by a 3-2 count on Thursday night. Other than witnessing the sting of seeing the Flyers losing the game, the sellout crowd on South Broad Street was treated to a montage of Gagne’s best moments as a Flyer during …

Propp has been where Howard is now

When it comes to Philadelphia sports, good most always isn’t good enough. The mantra is amplified when players who are identified as leaders in terms of how gaudy their statistics are, don’t come through as often as is demanded. It is something Ryan Howard is going through right now as the Phillies strive towards their third consecutive World Series berth, but it is familiar territory that one respected former Philadelphia Flyer knows well. Brian Propp can surely relate. Howard finished the five-game 2008 World Series by hitting 6-for-21 (.286) with three home runs and six batted in, spurring the Phillies …

Flyers’ bottom five games in new buildings

To celebrate the fact that the Penguins will open up the new CONSOL Energy Center tonight by welcoming the Flyers, I’ve decided to dip into the history machine again and pull out what I think are the five best and worst games the club has played in new arenas. Yesterday’s post featured the best game. Today, I write about bottom five games. 1. December 6, 1992 – Senators 3, Flyers 2 @ Ottawa Civic Center Pelle Eklund and Claude Boivin scored for the Flyers but the story was that a club in the middle of their five-year playoff drought brought …

Flyers’ top five games in new buildings

To celebrate the fact that the Penguins will open up the new CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday by welcoming the Flyers, I’ve decided to dip into the history machine again and pull out what I think are the five best and worst games the club has played in new arenas. Today’s post will feature the best game. The worst games will be published tomorrow. 1. February 3, 1996 – Flyers 7, Blues 3 @ Kiel Center The bad news was that feared sniper Brett Hull scored the first and last goals of the game. The good news was how Philly …