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Crashing the Crease: The Book on Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov was brought to Philadelphia to do the seemingly impossible: stop the “goaltending carousel” that has been the counterpoint to nearly every success the organization has had in the past two decades. Marked by dismal lows and remarkable highs, the first few games of the 2011-2012 season kicked off seemingly well, but rapidly started losing steam. These early-season struggles persisted and eventually culminated in Bryz’s announcement of his benching at the Winter Classic, much to the delight of the Flyers coaching staff. Goalies are notorious for being quirky and somewhat unsettling.  They are typically the kind of guy that …

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Crashing the Crease: The Book on Bob

Now that the 2011-2012 season has officially come to a close with the Stanley Cup having been awarded and the draft around the corner, everyone is looking toward the future of the Flyers. The future of one player in particular has garnered much attention of late: Sergei Bobrovsky. If you believe what’s floating out there in the rumor mill, it would appear that Bob’s time here in Philadelphia may come to an end soon in lieu of a more experienced, less well-paid backup. Feelings on this issue are mixed. Many are unhappy with Ilya Bryzgalov, and would blame him for …

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Boruk, Bryzgalov unlikely partners in Flyers folk tale

Within the boundaries of any given season, there are certain moments which show up on the radar, forcing us to take notice that what we’re witnessing is truly special. Most often, it’s a signature win against a rival at a key time. If we’re lucky, it’s a gaffe committed by the other side which allows our team to eke out a victory. As happens too often, it can arrive in the form of a significant injury which either galvanizes or demoralizes team spirit. Some teams celebrate that moment with rodents, some with seafood, some with trips to Dairy Queen. Ilya …

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Penguins Cooke up a recipe for disaster as Flyers drop another afternoon tilt

Matt Cooke recorded his first three-point game in almost four years and added a bit of history to the proceedings, as the Pittsburgh Penguins used strong short-handed play and an early third-period surge to claim a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. “Definitely (Cooke’s best game) this year,” Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Physical-wise, skating-wise, with the puck, defensively and 5-on-5. He was solid on the wall play. His penalty killing work was exceptional.” Hopes were high that, coming off a 7-2 strafing of the weakened Buffalo Sabres on Thursday on home ice, the Orange and …

Tapping the Pipes

I looked at my calendar today and did a double-take at what I didn’t see. March, on my calendar, wasn’t labeled “Flyers Goalie Controversy Month”. I was shocked. How could this be? The time in the stretch run of the NHL season where the historical goaltending woes of the Flyers rear its ugly head. Since the start of the month, the goaltender play which had been relatively solid throughout the season has started to fall apart. In the month, the Bobrovsky/Boucher tandem (as that’s the order it seems Coach Laviolette wants it to be) has combined for a .889 SV%, …

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