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Written by Ryan | 19 October 2011

1stnhlgoals

As voted on by you, the fan, here are a look at the top 7 goals the Flyers scored during their 7-2 victory over Ottawa last night. Ready? Here we go.

No. 7 Max Talbot
He looked like he was pushing his stick around like a kid learning how to skate by leaning on a chair, but the great pass from rookie sexsation Sean Couturier lands this one in the top 7.

No. 6 Claude Giroux
You don't get many wristers from the top of the circles in on NHL goaltenders, but you don't get to play many games against the Senators AHL goaltending either.

No. 5 Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read was plugging away and Wayne Simmonds pulled out his fanciest trick shot yet on this spin-around-and-fire-it-right-into-the-middle-of-the-net-even-though-Bill-Clement-will-later-say-you-roofed-it shot.

No. 4 James van Riemsdyk
The defenseman was all like "no you're not going to stand here" but guess where JVR was standing when Kimmo let the perfect shot go from the point? Here.

No. 3 Sean Couturier
Real nice pass from Matt Carle to set up reverse vampire Sean Couturier for his first of surely 500 NHL goals. Kid better acquire a taste for Jelly Krimpets, ifyaknowwhatimean.

Recap: No. 7 Max Talbot, No. 6 Claude Giroux, No. 5 Wayne Simmonds, No. 4 JVR, No. 3 Sean Couturier

No. 2 Matt Read
Rookie Matt Read set the tone for the game with his opening short-side snipe. I bet that kid could shoot a little item off a far away target. Would love to see what else he "learned in college."

No. 1 Harry "I had to look up how to spell his last name" Zolnierczyk
Nice move from a kid who probably, at points in his life, thought his NHL dream was lost. Thought he would never make it. That was pure joy on Harry Z's face after his nifty goal. And he'll always have this to remember it by:

harryzgoal

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Written by Ryan | 18 October 2011

dacostapic

The Senators have their own Matt Read. Or should I say Matthieu.

Last spring the desperate to not suck anymore Sens got their Holmgren on and signed Parisian sophomore Stephane Da Costa to an entry level contract after the conclusion of his second year with Merrimack. Yes that says Parisian. As in baguettes, wine and group sex.

As you can see below Da Costa wasn't really growing much in Hockey East, so it made sense for him to jump to the pro game. Whether he spends some time in Binghamton or not is another question.

dacostastats

Da Costa won't be spending any time in Binghamton tonight as he's slotted to center Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredson on Ottawa's second line. He's also slotted to avoid anything like this happening again. Ever. In his life.

So make sure to keep an eye out for Stephane DC tonight. He can be a nifty play maker out there. Plus if he does anything cool you can turn to your buddy and say "That's how they do it in Paris" and then throw in an air hump just so he has absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

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Written by Fran | 18 October 2011

timonensens

Kimmo My Timmo.

The Flyers hit the road this evening for an early week tilt with the Ottawa Senators. The Sens find themselves in the basement of the Northeast, having amassed 2 points in their first 5 games. They still have some snipers, but this Senators club is in heavy rebuild mode. Old Ottawa stalwarts Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are surrounded by young, raw talent. There are dudes on this Senators team that I don't think were born until 2004.  Half the team doesn't even know who Jesse and The Rippers are. The ice is tilted in the Flyers favor tonight.  If that is a good thing or not has yet to be determined.

So fans, is tonight a trap game?  This is certainly the first Flyers game of the season without any extra "weight" associated with it.  Ottawa at home is always a fickle beast for the Flyers, so pay attention to how Philly responds to Saturday's loss.  I'll be looking for the team to take less penalties and to maintain their balanced scoring attack.  Sergei Robertrovsky is in net for your Flyers, and it's looking like he'll be up against Alex Auld.  The Senators have given up a league high 4.6 goals per game, and one of their "better" defensemen, Sergei Gonchar, is out this evening.  Read that again...4.6 goals per game.  Holy jumpin'. I think I smell a Jaromir Jagr hattie.

This is a winnable game and will further reveal this new Flyers club's tenacity.  To be critical, the Flyers had ways of playing down to opponents in the past few years.  Winnable games became nail biters, and left all of us wondering how the hell does a team that can compete with the likes of Boston and Pittsburgh get shutout against the Panthers.  This question won't be answered in one game, and naturally, teams are prone to "lay an egg" at times, but this early in the season, with the taste of a bitter home loss in their mouth, I think we're all hoping the Flyers come out and put up some crooked numbers early on these Senators.  Puck drop is at 7.  Panty drop is at 7:05.  Chris Neal still is one of the suckiest sucks that ever sucked. Let's Go Flyers.

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Written by Ryan | 18 October 2011

couturiereskate

He was the last to know.

It was news to Claude Giroux when he returned to Voorhees last month and the key bound to his neck by a string no longer worked on the front door of a house he had come to call his home.

As it turned out, the long summer apart gave Danny Briere some time to think about life, and not liking the direction he saw things headed in, Briere made a change.

"You know, the summer's a good time for reflection," said Briere, sitting on the back porch of his New Jersey home, BB gun resting between his legs. "Claude's a great guy but something was missing."

Giroux is now back out on his own, prowling the Delaware Valley like the meat-eating jungle cat he so closely resembles on the ice. While Briere, however, it would seem has already moved on.

Flyer rookie Sean Couturier is the newest member of the Briere household, joining Briere, his sons, and two dogs in his suburban abode.

"We just kind of hit it off the very first time we met. Danny even texted me to congratulate me at the draft. On top of all those emotions that day I couldn't believe that I was getting a text from one of my idols, who is now so much more. It's funny that even though there's a pretty significant age difference we have a surprising number of things in common, like playing junior for Drummondville and being drafted in the first round."

Giroux is a bit surprised at the speed with which Briere has seemed to move on, which leads him to think this is just a temporary arrangement. "I think Danny is just trying to fill a basement shaped hole right now, rather than deal with the reality of the situation. So he's distracting himself a little bit."

"To go from part of the family to the guy sitting across the street in his car eating a 12 pack of tacos and watching what should have been your life playing out on the windows of your old home, that's just not something I was really ready for when I came back to Philadelphia this season."

Let's hope that this change in situation doesn't affect Giroux's performance this season. While he's come out of the gates with a respectable 5 points in 4 games he still trails Florida's Turd Versteeg by 2 points. But if living with Briere is the magic ingredient for Couturier in the same way it seemed to be for Giroux, we can surely expect a lot out of him this year.

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Written by Ryan | 17 October 2011

nabakov

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Written by Fran | 15 October 2011

Richie
Today is a game against the Kings, but c'mon, you know it's more than that.  Mike Richards returns to Philly barely three minutes after he was traded.  I'm ready to put the whole story behind us, but not without a proper sendoff from the Philly faithful.  Mike Richards was a great player and deserves a great ovation tonight from the crowd.  FGSB will be there, clapping for our old 18.  We took part in a Mike Richards Roundtable over at Puck Daddy so go check it out for some Rolfcopters.  The Kings are a deep, dangerous club, and this game will take a big time effort to earn a win.  I can't wait to see Bryz in person and to feel the Well's energy again.  These type of games don't happen often, so make a day of it.  Eat 18 donuts this morning, start drinking your 18 beers at noon and tailgate for 18 hours...also try to get 18 kisses from 12 girls named 'Simon'.

Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, John Stevens, Rox Hextall, yamma hamma hamma.  Not to mention Simmer going up against his former club, and I think he scores somewhere between 17 and 45 goals tonight.  Today is going to kick ass, no matter the result of the game.  Kick back and enjoy two great teams with quality talent on display.  Standing O for Richie, and then we bury it. Let's Go Flyers.

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Written by Fran | 13 October 2011

simmer
Our good friend and Phillies bolgger extraordinaire Zoo With Roy is back with his latest masterpiece. 
Through three games he's been a major storyline, rightfully deserving for some Zoo artwork.
Simmer meet Zoo, Zoo, Simmer.
Let's Go Flyers.

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Written by Ryan | 13 October 2011

jvrpenalty

Who's next? The Lightning? The Sharks? How many teams from last year's playoffs do we have to beat until they just hand us the Cup?

Shit is getting ridiculous.

Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger, and …blah blah blah yeah yeah whatever. What the fart was with those penalties in the third period and why do refs always feel the need to make sure the number of power plays each team has is close to even each game? Are they just trying not to get chewed out by one of the coaches?

Here's a rundown on our 3rd period penalties and the emotions that each stirred up:

2:25 Philadelphia James van Riemsdyk, Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Are you shitting me? Is he just not old enough to call you a flapping asshole? What, he showed you up in front of 20,000 people by shrugging like a little girl after he thought he was hooked? And who are you? The nun from Sister Act? Is there no cursing allowed on your ice? No dancing in your tiny little town? If ANYTHING give the kid a 10 minute misconduct that results in no power play, you ass shit. Man advantages should be reserved for things player do to each other during the course of a game, not dished out every time a ref gets his feelings hurt. Also, make the fucking hooking call next time.

5:10 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo, Roughing - Zac, are you a fucking idiot? You checked a guy in his head with 15 minutes to go in the third. A guy that was on his knees. Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph! If any of you think we need a 12th forward cut from that mold you should probably just start tuning in to Thursday Night Raw Smackdown, because violence that doesn't even accomplish anything has no place on the ice.

10:17 Philadelphia Jaromir Jagr, Hooking - The big butted one is going to get some of these this year, but not as many as a rookie would. Jagr's always lunging from behind and coming dangerously close to getting called for hooking and this time they booked him. That's fine. But Elder acting like his hands literally were no longer functional, like there was no chance in the world he could get two hands back on his stick, that was a little much.

14:26 Philadelphia Jake Voracek, Boarding - Any ref in the world should have seen that Alberts purposefully pulled up short so as to catapult himself safely into the boards but also make it look like he was hit from behind. Ref, you got played. Not surprising.

16:30 Philadelphia Chris Pronger, Interference - Pronger was right to be livid about this. In a sport where tenure gets you leeway (See: Jagr Hooking), especially when you're still short-handed, marginal calls should go your way. Especially when the penalty is a result of you PUNCHING SOMEONE IN THE BACK AND THEY FALL LIKE A GUARD AT THE WRONG END OF MY SNIPER RIFLE IN MEDAL OF HONOR. You fucking Sedins…

Can't believe the Flyers held off that power play for 10 full minutes in the third and another 1:30 of 6-on-5. Held off as in didn't lose, not as in didn't get scored on.

Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe that was a tactic of ours? I mean, how do you get the 17th best penalty kill to be better? Practice, right?

Cheers to the second most penalty kill time in the league!

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Written by Ryan | 12 October 2011

We generally use this space for evil, like promoting our haunted house where only kids can come in and they can never talk about what happens inside. Ever. Especially to their parents. Today we want to use it for good. You better bet your ass that if this were available around me I'd be there pronto:

"We are looking for people who are willing to share their skating skills with Special Olympic athletes from Montgomery County. If you love to watch the Flyers or figure skating we need your support. We meet once a week at the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society in Ardmore PA from 3:15pm to 4:15pm most every Sunday between September 18th, 2011 and the middle of February 2012. We have a wide range of athletes with a wide range of skills that need help with basic skating skills all the way up to others who are skating programs with music. So if you are a hockey player or a figure skater we would love to hear from you. Call me or text me at 302-521-1006 on my cell or email me back off this add."

I ran across this on Craigslist today and if even one of you considers doing this, or at least passes it on, I'll consider our tiny contribtution to the effort to be a success.

Hit us up in the comments if you decide to go or know someone who does.

The original post on CL can be found here.

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Written by Fran | 12 October 2011


Yeah, these guys are uh...good.

With all the eyes of Philadelphia upon them, the Flyers are set to open the Well for the first time this season. Starting the year 2-0, including a shutout, has the Flyers fanbase a buzz.  Nobody really knew what to expect in term of team chemistry after the summer the club had, but the early reviews are positive. Add to that a Phillies collapse, an Eagles nightmare and a cloudy NBA future, and you have yourself one orange and black thoroughbred to get you through the Philadelphia Winter. 

Vancouver is our guest tonight.  The reigning Stanley Cup losers.  The "us" from 2011 is here to help the Flyers open their barn.  Vancouver is fully loaded and a tough matchup for the young Flyers club. Vansterdam is a tough, somewhat unknown Western Conference foe.  If we play them again this year, it'll be for the Cup.  You'll recognize Robert Luongo in goal, and the Sedin twins scissoring each other's bungholes at center ice.  Keep your eyeballs on Mikael Samuelsson, another of the league's aging Sweedes who can still snipe. Dreamboat Ryan Kesler is still out with a number of injuries and his tenacious two-way play will thankfully be in the pressbox. You'll remember Maxim Lapierre from his Habs days and spoiler alert: he's still a prickly little weasel. Ex-Flyer Andre Alberts will be skating on the Canucks blue line, so be sure to roll your eyes at him when Lou introduces him. The Canucks look poised for another Cup run.  One way they'll get there is by winning a lot on the road.  They are unbeaten in Philly since 2003. Granted, we don't play them that frequently, but that is a stat I would like to see killed and dead and gone by night's end. This is another excellent test for the Flyers young core.  Will Lavvy throw Cooters against the Sedin twins?  That will be a very interesting matchup, especially on the Flyers penalty kill where Cooter has been hanging out.

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