Tapping the Pipes 12/13/11

Peter Laviolette, in particular non-Lavi-like fashion, seems to be determined to help end the Flyers apparent goaltending controversy. Since the Flyers’ last loss to the New York Rangers on November 26, Ilya Bryzgalov has started and recorded the win in all five games with varying degrees of effectiveness, improving his win/loss record over the past 10 games to 8-1-1 behind stellar team play. But still, the goaltender is the anchor and so let’s give credit where credit is due…until he starts losing again of course. This week opened with the Flyers traveling to Buffalo to face the struggling Sabres. 9:58 …

Tapping the Pipes 11/30/11

Whoa, did anyone feel that earthquake just now? No, wait, it’s not an earthquake! It’s a footstep! There’s another one! And another! And another! What approaching horror could that possibly be, come to wreak havoc on our very way of life? WHAT COULD IT BE!!!??? Oh, never mind, it’s just another goalie controversy. The Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltending is a never-ending riddle, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in 30 pounds of equipment. Even after signing, arguably, the best free agent goalie on the market in a move which was thought to solidify the goaltending once and for all, it still continues …

Tapping the Pipes 11/22/11

With a little over a quarter of the season in the books, the Flyers continued their foray through the Southeast Division this week, capping off a stretch during which 7 of their 11 opponents reside there. But first, the Flyers welcomed Ilya Bryzgalov’s former team into Philadelphia: the Phoenix Coyotes. Whether or not Bryzgalov had heard the less-than-flattering opinions that former teammates Adrian Aucoin and Derek Morris expressed about him, he certainly took a step toward shutting them up. After an evenly played two periods of hockey, the Flyers were riding a 1-0 lead thanks to James van Riemsdyk’s 7th goal of …

Tapping the Pipes 11/15/11

Sun, sand, and hockey. What more could one want? The Flyers’ tour of the Southeast Division was quite fruitful for the Orange and Black, tallying 5 of a possible 6 points in victories over Carolina and Florida and an overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Just as importantly, perhaps, the goaltending was top-notch. The trip began last Wednesday with the game in Tampa. In a matchup more notable for its plodding pace thanks to Tampa’s “neutral-zone trap” and the Flyers’ refusal to play into it, Ilya Bryzgalov added to his quiet run of solid play  in a losing effort. With the …

Tapping the Pipes 11/8/11

I think we could all really do without the New Jersey Devils, don’t you agree fans? The Flyers returned home from Buffalo in an attempt to keep up the nice head of momentum the built after back-to-back wins over the Hurricanes and Sabres. Things started well for Philadelphia, which took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period after goals by Zac Rinaldo and Claude Giroux. Unfortunately, a mere 51 seconds later, the Devils opened up their scoring when Zach Parise beat Braydon Coburn to the puck after it slipped off of Adam Henrique’s blade and lifted a perfect backhand …

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