Written by Ryan | 02 September 2009

Also this morning, Flyers Goal Scored By would like to welcome The Orange Army to the Flyers blogosphere. The Orange Army is captained by one of our most beloved commentors, Matty Matt, which actually is his real name. That's what his parents named him.

Their most recent post is a take on Puck Daddy's 5 reasons you love hockey, which is as good a way to introduce yourself as any. They have some good points over there but are missing a couple key reasons why you should love hockey:

5. How when Wayne Gretky scored his 77th goal of the season the Oilers wore pants that displayed their sweaty ass cracks. (youtube it suckas)
4. Mike Ricci - world's ugliest man?
3. Sharp for Zhamnov
2. And tonight, your starting goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jean-CLaude Van Damme!
1. Street Hockey balls - Blue for cold, Red for warm.
The Army is over there in the blog roll so check them out from time to time. And Matty Matt, don't worry about the orange font on the black screen, that's where we all started. Can't wait to see my boy grow up!
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Written by Ryan | 02 September 2009

I'm still just catching up on the end of last week's news due to a trip out to Seattle to inquire about purchasing the Thunderbirds of the WHL (or to go to another wedding), so this is the first time I'm seeing this amazing picture of Simon Gagne perspiring on an elliptical machine. Well there ya go, case closed. Simon Gagne is healthy.

I love having propaganda shoved up my butt as much as the next guy, only I'm not sure what the purpose of this photo is. Update: Simon Gagne healhty enough to work out. But what are they really trying to say? I'm pretty sure all of the full season ticket packages and most of the partial plans have been sold already, so is this really just to quell the fans' fears that Gagne might miss some regular season time? Do they really care about the fans that much? I doubt it. They're either trying to get me to buy new ceiling fans or grow my hair out like Ernie McCraken, or something squirrely. As we all know corporations are always up to something. As if the latest battle between Comcast and Direct TV isn't proof enough of that.

If Gags is rehabbing anything I think he should be over there among the free weights rehabing those biceps to professional athlete size.
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Written by Fran | 15 September 2009

One of the best days of the year is here. The day when the old, scratched up disk in my xbox gets retired to the Shelf of Fame, and replaced with this year's model. I'm talking of course about NHL10, EA Sports' hockey game that takes up as much of my free time as watching hockey does. There are reviews aplenty out there today, but seriously, if you are a puckhead, chances are you're reading this blog...and chances are you'll be in line at Gamestop tonight as soon as the work whistle blows. I'm pumped to see what the new look Flyers play like, and to start as many fights with Chris Pronger as possible. The demo was fun, but I freakin' hated playing the Wings/Penguins for the past 2 weeks. I need some Orange&Black. If you don't think the first thing I'm doing is dropping the gloves with Talbot and Carcillo, then you are sorely mistaken. If you're like me, you'll be playing this nonstop until May. There are some decent new modes, like the Battle for the Cup(just the playoffs), and also some nifty new gameplay features like board play and precision passing. It's enough to make me want to call out of work sick, tape up my thumbs, grab an orange soda and play until I puke.

So go get it already! And if you're playing on Xbox 360, send us an email and we'll get a FGSB group going for weekly battles over the innernette. Check out Puck Daddy's review as well as Metacritic's score.

And no, this isn't a sponsored post, although it feels like one. But shit, if Microsoft, EA or anyone else wants to throw me some Wawa shorti money, I'll talk about anything (except for children, I'm required by law not to talk about, to look at, to have, to build cool forts for, or to socialize with children).
Let's Go Flyers.

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Written by Ryan | 01 September 2009

A player fighting twice in one night has always intrigued me. Whether the second fight is a rematch or it’s because someone on the other team thinks you deserve it for even getting in the first one it’s always something that catches the eye on the score sheet. Some guys go through their entire career without having two fights, in an occupation where all they do is give you five minutes penalty, so I’ve always appreciated the occasional two fight night.

John Stevens, yes the Flyers current head coach John Stevens, had 1 fight every 20 games in his professional career at many different levels of the pro game. Just before the start of the 1986-87 NHL season, after a preseason that saw him unable to crack the big club’s opening night roster, the 20 year 3rd rounder was sent to the Hershey Bears for some development. And some chocolate. In late January, after a solid first half with the Bears Stevens was called up to the Flyers as a replacement for big Dave Richter who sprained his knee in a game against the Islanders. Stevens would play his first NHL game in Buffalo and even earn an assist on a Peter Zezel power play goal that put the game out of reach for the Sabres. The next night the Flyers were at home against the Penguins and young John Stevens was in the lineup again, and again he earned an assist on a third period goal that helped put the game in the bag. Known mainly as a defensive defenseman it was a bit surprising that Stevens had earned two apples in his first two NHL games.

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