Posts Tagged ‘Claude Giroux’

Flyers Confidence and Special Teams Shine in Win vs Habs

February 3rd, 2016 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flyers Confidence and Special Teams Shine in Win vs Habs | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey
Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

The Flyers returned home to Philadelphia as they hosted the Montreal Canadians to begin the second half of the season. They went into the all-star break with a win and were five points out of the wildcard and needed another regulation win to inch closer to the final wild card spot and distance themselves from the Canadians. They did just that, thanks to a full sixty minutes of good/disciplined hockey. The special teams played a vital role in last nights victory, as they went 2-4 on the powerplay, goals from Simmonds and Schenn, and killed 3 of 4 Habs penalties, including a 5 minute major given to Radko Gudas for his hit on Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers 2-0 lead would be cut in half thanks to a powerplay goal scored by Habs Andrei Markov, with just 1:42 left in the first. After scoring late in the first, the Canadians would score the tying goal just 2:30 into the 2nd period, courtesy of defensemen Jeff Petry, Halfway into the second, Wayne Simmonds netted his second goal of the night, giving the Flyers a critical 3-2 lead. After killing the five minute major, Matt Read put the dagger in the Habs, as he scored the empty netter to put the Flyers up 4-2 with just 43 seconds left in regulation.

Wayne Simmonds 3rd period go-ahead-goal.

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Flyers Offensive Outage

November 4th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flyers Offensive Outage | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 28: Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers exchanges words with Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers prior to a face off on December 28, 2013 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Flyers will stay North of the Border as they head to Edmonton to take on the Oilers tonight at Rexall Place. They are currently on a four game losing skid, and have been outscored 15-6 during this recent slump. They did however put up quite a fight last night to the Canucks for most of the game, especially during the third period where they outshot, out-hit, and had the majority of scoring chances. None of this would matter to Canucks goalie Ryan Miller, who to his credit stood on his head throughout the entire game and kept the most promising of Flyers opportunities from reaching the back of the net.

  • Takeaways: Despite the tough loss, the team’s only highlight came just under three minutes in the second period, where captain Claude Giroux scored a dazzling goal. He muscled through a Canuck defender and just has he approached the net, he went fore-hand, back-hand and flicked the puck top shelf to tie the game at one.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

  • Planning for Connor McDavid: Despite the Oilers slow start, as they are 4-8 on the season, the Flyers defense has to plan carefully for the always dangerous Connor McDavid. Just in case you were living under a rock the past few months, he was the first overall pick in this season’s NHL Draft and has been the talk of the league ever since. The Oilers are currently undergoing a youth movement somewhat similar to the Flyers and are no team to take lightly. The Flyers are going to need to stay solid on defense and absolutely need to start cashing in on scoring opportunities, especially during powerplays as they are only four for thirty-four on the man advantage, if they want to end their current losing streak.

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Philadelphia Flyers & Jakub Voracek Agree to Massive, Eight Year Contract

August 1st, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Flyers & Jakub Voracek Agree to Massive, Eight Year Contract | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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It’s the end of July, which is usually associated with the MLB and their trade deadline. This time period, also just happens to fall in the middle of the NHL’s offseason. Lost in the shuffle of the Phillies active deadline week, another Philly team has quietly made some quality moves to lock up some of their young studs. Earlier this week, the team re-signed lockdown center Sean Couturier to a six-year extension. Yesterday evening, news broke that the Flyers locked up another key piece of their young core. The team announced that they had signed forward Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66.5 million dollar contract.

This was a significant move, that was necessary for the team’s long-term success. Voracek was a huge piece of the limited success the Flyers had last season. In a breakout season, Jake tallied 22 goals, and 59 assists, good for a 4th place tie in points last year. He was also highly effective on the power-play last season, finishing with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). He really came into his own last season, and stepped up as one of the leaders on this team. Paired with Claude Giroux, Voracek helps make one of the most explosive duos in hockey. Often compared to the Malkin/Crosby duo in Pittsburgh, or the Kane/Toews duo in Chicago, the Voracek/Giroux duo may not seem all that impressive. Digging deeper into things, the duo of G & Voracek have actually outscored the duo of Kane/Toews over the last three seasons, by a margin of 396 points, to 370.

Now that the Flyers have locked up their young guns, their focus will turn towards winning. The team is in a bit of a “retool” mode, and Voracek stepping up as a leader will make things easier as far as a veteran presence in the locker room. At the young age of 25, Voracek will be entering his 8th season in the league. He’s been around the block more than a few times, and has gathered some playoff experience in his time as a Flyer. At an annual value of $8.25 million per season, there are high expectations coming with this contract. Jake is strongly expected to be one of the players, that will help end Philadelphia’s Stanley Cup drought of 40 years. With a big contract, comes big expectations. He’ll be expected to meet those expectations, or he can expect to hear it from the Philly faithful.

Overall though, this is a good signing for the Flyers. Ron Hextall has done everything right in his tenure as GM, to this point. He’s centered his focus on re-tooling for the future. He’s not admitting defeat, yet he’s also admitted that the team will remain competitive. Hexy has set this team up for long-term success, and it shows from his patience with the prospects, to his ability to secure long-term commitments from the young studs. With Voracek and “Coots” already locked up, I personally have to wonder where Brayden Schenn. Is he next in line for a long-term payday? Or, will Schenn find himself on a new team by this time next year? Only time will tell, and I for one, am looking forward to what this team has in store for us this upcoming season. If you check back towards the end of August, and I will have my “Official Flyers Season Preview” up for your viewing pleasure.

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Flyers Wives Carnival: TalkSportsPhilly Perspective

March 13th, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on Flyers Wives Carnival: TalkSportsPhilly Perspective | Filed in Events, Flyers, General

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Just a few weeks ago the annual Flyers Wives Carnival was held at the Wells Fargo Center and TSP was on hand for first time coverage of the event.  The Flyers Wives Carnival benefits the Flyers Charities which consists of over 200 organizations throughout the Philadelphia region.  This year was special as they added a 65 foot ferris wheel and a host of new attractions for the fans to enjoy.

It was a dreary, cold and ice filled day heading over to the event and I was concerned that the weather would greatly affect the event.  To my surprise it seemed like a ton of fans came anyway to enjoy the attractions and get a chance to mingle with current Flyers and alumni alike.  I inquired to several people if this was the usual crowd for the event, they stated it was about half the turnout they normally get, which showed me how big the event is cause the floor was packed and both concourses were crowded and a lot of fans in the seats waiting for their opportunity to meet and get autographs and pictures from the Flyers.

There were big name players such as Giroux, Simmonds, Voracek, Lecavalier, the Flyers coach Berube and Alumni such as Brian Propp and Bernie Parent interacting with the fans all over the complex.  There was plenty of free attractions like the Hardest Shot, Face painting, and Jeopardy for the kids and adults to enjoy and other activities to help raise money for the Flyers Charities.

All and all if you have never gone to the Flyers Wives Carnival before I would highly recommend attending the event next year because it is a really unique opportunity to meet and interact with the Flyers and their organizations while supporting great causes.

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Flyers- 3- Capitals- 2- Post-Game Recap

February 24th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers- 3- Capitals- 2- Post-Game Recap | Filed in Flyers, Hockey

SHOTS BY PERIOD
PERIOD WSH PHI
1st 6 8
2nd 9 12
3rd 8 8
Total 23 28

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Flyers- 2- Sabres- 1- Post-Game Recap

February 16th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers- 2- Sabres- 1- Post-Game Recap | Filed in Flyers, Hockey
SHOTS BY PERIOD
PERIOD PHI BUF
1st 15 5
2nd 9 11
3rd 6 6
Total 30 22
TEAM STATS

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2014-15 Flyers Season Preview

September 5th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2014-15 Flyers Season Preview | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio, Twitter

 

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With NHL Training Camps set to begin in a matter of days, the Flyers will begin yet another campaign, with the hopes of bringing home the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in almost 50 years. This article will provide an in-depth look at the Flyers, and the five areas to watch for this upcoming season. While the team didn’t make the “flashy” instantaneous upgrade this offseason, they made some solid additions to the back-end with defenders Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zotto. This is practically the same team that took the ice last season, and they look to perform better after building a season’s worth of chemistry.

Offense– This portion of the squad will look similar to the same group that played last year, but if you look close enough, you’ll spot the difference. While the Flyers hardly touched their group of forwards this offseason, they stunned their loyal fan base with one shocker of a trade. Fan favorite Scotty Hartnell was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for former Flyer RJ Umberger on June 23rd. Hartnell will be missed on the top line by teammates Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, but the first shouldn’t miss a beat with the addition of Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds is essentially a younger version of Hartnell with a better knack for scoring. The second line provides an interesting combination, as Vinny Lecavailer will center youngsters Brayden Schenn and Matt Read. This lines will provide some questions though, as Vinny will look to shake off rumors of an “impending” trade, Schenn will look to take the next step, and Read looks to re-gain the form that once had him in contention for the Calder Trophy. Umberger will play on the third line, along side of Sean Couturier, and Michael Raffl.

Umberger will look to prove that he still has gas left in the tank, while Couturier will look to silence to the critics that says his offense just “isn’t there”. The fourth line provides the Flyers with a combination of fore-checking, shut-down defense, and puck-moving skills. Perhaps, the most under-rate 4th line in the NHL. As far as the bench goes, the Flyers don’t have much to brag about with Chris VandeVelde, Jay Rosehill, and free agent signees Blair Jones and Ryan White riding the pine. I’m not saying this group is terrible, but I could see the likes of Ryan Malone and Dustin Penner getting tryout calls.

Defense– Ah yes, the Flyers Achilles heel. Kimmo Timonen went down hard with the diagnosis of blood clots in his legs and throat, which led to the inevitable signing of Michael Del Zotto. Del Zotto will be paired on the third line with Nicklas Grossman. This specific pairing stands out to me, because of the fact that they can play to each others’ strengths. Grossman is a stay-at-home defender, while Del Zotto excels in the offensive aspects of the game. Playing together, will allow Grossman to feel comfortable staying at home, and allowing Del Zotto the opportunity to find the game that made him a once-prized youngster.

Other line pairings include a Long Island reunion as Mark Streit goes with Andrew MacDonald, and Luke Schenn paired with Braydon Coburn. The Coburn/Schenn, and Del Zotto/Grossman lines are far from written in stone, with Nick Schultz and prized-prospect Shayne Gostisbehere breathing down their necks. I’d say the last two defensive spots are going to be an interesting competition to watch as camp rolls on.

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