Defending the Flyers

Well, I did it. Brought hockey into my lesson. Not relatable to Henry V, unfortunately. That would have been amazing. I’m making my 10th and 11th graders learn vocabulary. They hate it, I love it, so it’s a win-win. Our word a few days ago was acrimony, which means bitterness or animosity. In an effort to help them learn, I used it in a sentence, making it up right on the spot. “I have a lot of acrimony when I constantly have to defend why I’m a Flyers fan. To everyone.” (Right, so it’s not the most eloquent of sentences, but …

Let the dust settle

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. The Flyers finally have their bona-fide starter. They have some size and grit. They have wingers. They have cap space, and draft picks, and prospects. As Dick Enberg is fond of saying…Oh my! They got all of the assets that we perceived to be lacking in the franchise and for the low, low price of the captain and one of the alternates. The cost is nothing more than a top-tier, team-leading scorer and a heart-and-soul, leave-it-all-on-the-ice leader. Really, it’s a mere pittance. First-line centers. Cornerstones. Franchise players. That’s it. Anyone …

What’s wrong with the Flyers?

It’s too easy to blame Brian Boucher for this loss. After all, he gave up four goals on 20 shots and was pulled from the game. Regrettably, he has not performed above his abilities during the playoffs this season. He’s let in some soft goals and been pulled more times than a sixteen-year old’s wang. His .800 SV% tonight was also woeful at best, but let’s not hang him out to dry just yet. Bill Meltzer likes to state that bad things happen when you don’t move your feet. The Flyers skaters are providing him with plenty of evidence to …

Chara Scores Twice, Flyers Lose 5-1

Hopefully the Flyers can reenact the second portion of their 2010 playoffs after dropping Game 3 tonight by a 5-1 count. They are now one game from elimination. Zdeno Chara had two goals and David Krejci added three points while Tim Thomas made 37 saves as Boston has now out scored Philly 15-6 in the series. Andrej Meszaros had the only Flyers’ goal on the night, but it meant very little as the Bruins already enjoyed a 4-0 lead. Last game it was James van Riemsdyk, this game it was Chara. Just over 30 seconds into the game, Chara walked into a …

Thomas Saves 52 In Bruins 3-2 OT Win

A goal 31 seconds into the game and 54 shots on net weren’t enough for the Flyers to win tonight as the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 series lead heading into Boston. Tim Thomas had 52 saves on the night including 32 in the third period and overtime. David Krejci scored his third goal of the series 14 minutes into overtime while James van Riemsdyk had a two-goal night as the Flyers look to win both games in Boston to even the series at two. A strong start was something the Flyers lacked last game. This game the Flyers dictated play …