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2014 NHL playoffs: Flyers show resilience in 4-2 win over Rangers

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2014 NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers bounce back in Game 2 win over New York Rangers

Wayne Simmonds (left) iced the win for the Flyers with a great effort the led to an empty net goal. (Getty Images)

By Sarah Kwak

NEW YORK — Bouncing back has been a theme in Philadelphia all season, and somehow the Flyers have embraced the adversity and turned it into a strength. Their atrocious 1-7-0 start and the dismissal of coach Peter Laviolette became just a minor detour as they went on to rack up 94 points. After going goalless for the first month of the season, captain Claude Giroux turned his season around and became the NHL’s most productive player of the second half. The Flyers had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference when trailing after two periods and they scored the second-highest total of third-period goals among all NHL teams. Really, bad starts don’t seem to bother the Flyers all that much. Game 2 of their series against the Rangers proved that once again on Sunday afternoon.

Rookie Jason Akeson redeemed himself after a catastrophic playoff debut in Game 1, and goalie Ray Emery also improved his play markedly after Thursday’s 4-1 loss, in which his surgically-repaired hips were exploited time and time again. After falling behind by two goals within the first 10 minutes of the game, Philadelphia didn’t panic. The Flyers fought back, and though they were outshot 33-25 by the Rangers, three second-period goals carried them to a 4-2 win. As the series heads two hours down I-95, the Flyers and Rangers are now tied 1-1.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • NHL first quarter winners and losers: Yzerman, Stamkos, Emery and more

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    Ben Bishop and Martin St. Louis

    Goaltender Ben Bishop has been a godsend for the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At 20 games, give or take, into the 2013-14 regular season, it can’t hurt to pause for a bit of reflection on what’s come to pass so far.

    We’ve already cast a cold, clear, beady eye at the players who have established themselves as the front-runners for the major NHL awards, so now we’re moved to assess those who have notably stepped up on the ice and in the front office during the early going…and some who were stepped upon.

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  • Published On Nov 18, 2013
  • Brendan Shanahan: “I hate what Ray Emery did, but…I have to follow rules”

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    By Allan Muir

    Brendan Shanahan was on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon on Tuesday and, not surprisingly, the talk eventually made its way to the Ray Emery vs. Braden Holtby fight.

    Shanahan was blunt in his assessment of Emery’s actions, saying “I hate what Ray Emery did.” But he was quick to add that he had no authority under the current rules to assess a suspension or fine as a result of Emery’s actions. “That’s not a decision I can make on a Saturday night because I don’t like it. I have to follow the rule book.”

    Shanahan then issued a challenge to the men in charge of making the rules.

    “If the caretakers of our game, the general managers, don’t like it, it’s important to say when a rule is not properly addressed in the rulebook, and I don’t think it is.”

    For the rest of Shanny’s take, including why he didn’t use the Aggressor rule to address this situation as he did in suspending Matt Carkner back in 2012, check out the video above.


  • Published On Nov 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Emery fight fallout continues; Oilers-Rangers trade talk; more links

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    Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby

    Four days later and the hockey world is still buzzing about Ray Emery’s attack on Braden Holtby. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • David Shoalts puts the onus on Gary Bettman to diminish the role of fighting in the game. Or, at the least, put The Code in writing.

    • Steve Buffery offers a contrasting opinion that speaks for us less enlightened types.

    • If you can fight past the inexplicable decision to run FIVE variations on the same question at the top of the column, Kerry Fraser eventually offers up a pretty damning take on the performance of referee Francois St. Laurent during Friday’s Ray Emery/Braden Holtby mismatch.

    • No word if additional security was ordered for Emery’s visit to the White House.

    • Phoenix goalie coach Sean Burke let Emery have it with both barrels, calling him a bully and questioning his toughness.

    • The Flyers say Friday’s brawl united the team and will make it stronger. Can’t wait to see how some anti-fighting writers tap dance around the subject if the Flyers somehow manage to get their lost season back on track.

    • If nothing else, the Flyers have Scott Laughton to look forward to. The kid has some soft mitts.

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  • Published On Nov 05, 2013
  • Ray Emery’s beatdown of Braden Holtby won’t help end fighting in the NHL

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    By Allan Muir

    What a great day it was for the anti-fighting brigade.

    On Friday, Flyers goalie Ray Emery chummed the waters with his vicious assault on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. The one-sided bout sent the small but vocal group (mostly media-based) that is opposed to brawling into a frenzy of grandstanding and virtual ink spilling, not just about the beating, but also about the NHL’s inability, or unwillingness, to sanction Emery for his dirty deed.

    The indignation pretty much leapt off of pages. On Twitter, Kevin Dupont, of The Boston Globe wrote, “NHL Player Safety has made huge strides last 2 yrs. It cannot allow Emery to skate on his Holtby beatdown. Travesty.”

    “I love hockey, but the disgrace in Philly last night is a perfect example of why, to millions of people, the NHL is not a serious pro sport,” offered Steve Maich, the publisher and editor of Sportsnet.

    They’re right to be appalled by this incident, of course. As far as optics go, watching one man pummel an entirely unwilling opponent is about as bad as it gets. Even a fighting advocate like myself is not conflicted on this point.

    GALLERY: Wild NHL goalie fights

    Emery vs. Holtby wasn’t what Brian Burke would have called a good fight. It wasn’t about accountability or The Code. It was about one frustrated man who had allowed four goals on 15 shots taking out his embarrassment on another player who wanted no part of it.

    So yeah, it was a “bad” fight. And it might even precipitate a rule change, much the way Matt Cooke’s head shot on a defenseless Marc Savard led to new guidelines dictating where a player can and cannot be hit.

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  • Published On Nov 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Ray Emery vs. Braden Holtby fight sparks rules talk; more links

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    Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby

    Ray Emery’s beatdown of Braden Holtby was one of the more lopsided goalie bouts of recent years. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Gary Bettman danced around a question about Ray Emery’s beating of Braden Holtby of Friday night, but not before suggesting that it was something the league’s general managers would look at. Could a rule change be on the horizon?

    • Mike Russo says that the Wild could definitely use more scoring, but adds that with a promising group of kids on the roster, and in the pipeline, they may have more pressing needs than Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek next summer. Maybe Russo is just throwing a little cold water on a rumor . . . or maybe Minnesota is hoping to send out a message that it’s not sitting around waiting for Vanek with bags of money.

    • Sabres enforcer Patrick Kaleta cleared waivers on Sunday. Now what?

    • Nazem Kadri has always wanted to be the go-to guy for the Maple Leafs. With forwards Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland out indefinitely, Kadri finally has his chance.

    • Toronto GM Dave Nonis admits that the Maple Leafs are fortunate to be 10-5-0, and also discusses what lies ahead for the team in this interview with Mike Zeisberger.

    • Great goaltending and a star player channeling his inner Jonathan Toews have made the Lightning the surprise team in the East.

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  • Published On Nov 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Varlamov sharp in return; nasty business in Philly; more links

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    The fight between Braeden Holtby and Ray Emery will be a hot talking point this weekend. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • An exceptional third period performance by Semyon Varlamov in a controversial starting role helped the Avs beat the Stars 3-2 in OT. Here were my quick and dirty thoughts from late last night on his performance. That link is worth clicking if only to see the Save of the Year candidate posted by Kari Lehtonen. Amazing.

    The Denver Post secured a neutral translation of Evgenia Vavrinyuk’s Thursday press conference in which Varlamov’s accuser told her side of the story. There are a few interesting differences from the original translation provided by her lawyer that seem to suggest more than simple nuance was in play here.

    • The great Mike Heika saw the Budweiser Clydesdales outside the AAC last night and used their legendary teamwork to call attention to the plight of Lehtonen, Dallas’ standalone star.

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  • Published On Nov 02, 2013
  • Goalie fight! Flyers’ Ray Emery squares off against Capitals’ Braden Holtby

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    By Eli Bernstein

    It’s been a tough season so far for the Flyers. An 0-3 start led to the (probably overdue) firing of coach Peter Laviolette in October, but the shakeup on the bench hasn’t resulted in a turnaround. Thanks mostly to an anemic offense and hit-or-miss defense, Philadelphia is currently sitting on six points, good for last place in the entire NHL.

    The Flyers’ offense wasn’t exactly its usual moribund self, and actually got off 30 shots against Caps netminder Braden Holtby. Not one found the back of the net though, and so after Ward scored 5:23 into the third period to make the score 7-0, the hosts decided to make some fireworks with their fists instead.

    The brouhaha began after Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds leveled Caps defenseman Steve Olesky with a check near the Washington blue line. Tom Wilson immediately came to his teammate’s defense, and as the refs watched the two tangle, Flyers goalie Ray Emery rushed down the ice, intent on going mano-a-mano with his counterpart Holbty.

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  • Published On Nov 01, 2013
  • Options for NHL free agent Tim Thomas fall between slim and none

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    NHL free agent goaltender Tim Thomas has few options.

    Tim Thomas is likely finding the market for his services to be a lot smaller than he expected. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    There’s no telling what Tim Thomas imagined his future employment options might be when he waved goodbye to the Boston Bruins and made a hasty retreat to the wilds of Colorado last summer.

    But if he left with the idea that there would be a ready market for the winner of the 2011 Vezina and  Conn Smythe trophies, well, he guessed poorly.

    Thomas made it known earlier this month through his agent, Bill Zito, that he’s ready to come in from the cold and resume his NHL career. But the reception so far has been chilly, and there’s not much reason to think it will warm up.

    It’s not just a matter of whether Thomas can still play goal, although that’s a legitimate question for a 39-year-old who hasn’t faced an NHL shot since Apr. 25, 2012. Practicing yoga in between chopping wood probably kept him in shape, but that’s not the same as hockey shape. And it’s unreasonable to expect a team to assume the risk of a contract without seeing him in game action.

    But the bigger issue for Thomas is fit. As in, finding a team that needs a goalie, can afford him financially, and provides a setting where he can be happy.

    That team might not exist.

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  • Published On Jul 24, 2013
  • Reports: NHL free agent Ray Emery leaves Blackhawks to sign with Flyers

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    Goaltender Ray Emery has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers

    Ray Emery returns to the Flyers with a real chance to be their starter next season. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Multiple sources are reporting that former Chicago Blackhawks backup goaltender Ray Emery will sign with the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon.

    It’s a one-year deal that will pay him $1.65 million.

    Emery was an astonishing 17-1 with the Hawks this season, but those were heavily protected results and he had no chance of usurping the No. l job from Corey Crawford. He’ll have a legitimate opportunity to earn that responsibility in Philadelphia, where he previously played during the 2009-10 season, going 16-11-1.

    He’ll battle Steve Mason, who had a 1.90 GAA and .944 save percentage in seven games with Philly after being acquired from Columbus at the deadline. Neither is expected to maintain those kind of numbers over a complete season, but the hope is that the competition will drive each man to his best performance.

    While Emery is a rasonable add for Philly, they really had no other legitimate options. With virtually no room available under the salary cap, the Flyers were limited to investing just over $3 million in their two keepers. Once Boston signs Tuukka Rask and Toronto inks Jonathan Bernier, Philadelphia will have the lowest-paid tandem in the league.

    The duo may offer up more consistent goaltending than the departed Ilya Bryzgalov and if they do, that’s a huge win for GM Paul Holmgren. But Flyers fans have suffered through seasons of afterthought netminding before. And it hasn’t been pretty.


  • Published On Jul 05, 2013


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