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This was pretty popular on KK last season so I am adding it again, which allows people to check the progress as the NHL prepares Fenway Park in Boston for the Winter Classic 2010.
The webcam is on 15 minute delay and not much happening right now, but when the boards and ice start going in, it is fun to take a look at what is going on.
See the webcam video below…
The Flyers have placed goalie Ray Emery on the injured reserve with an abdominal injury, according to sources.
The injury may require surgery.
added 5:18pm TSN says he will have surgery and out for 6 weeks. He’s been trying to play the injury for about 3 weeks.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
How bad are things in Flyerdom?
Well, the Flyers equaled a franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a road game (13) Monday _ and somehow lost.
Call them the Legion of Gloom.
The Flyers fell to the host Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, despite allowing just 13 shots.
The Flyers managed 15 shots _ and just two in the final period.
Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off.
They have lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Want some reasons?
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
John Stevens, fired as the Flyers coach Friday after his underachieving team had fallen to 10th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, today exhibited the dignified manner that marked his three-plus year tenure.
In a conference call with reporters, Stevens said he felt “responsible” for letting people down - and getting assistant Jack McIlhargey fired - and that he was “extremely lucky to be part of the organization for so long.”
Stevens, in his first interview since the dismissal, called his coaching stint a learning experience, praised the organization, and said he was disappointed he couldn’t bring a championship to Philadelphia.
He said he will look back on his coaching experience and “reflect on it and use it as an opportunity to get better. My goal and dream was to win the Stanley Cup, and it’s important for me to review [what happened] and be better prepared for the next time.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
After an outstanding first six weeks, Emery has crashed. He has a 5.36 goals-against average and .814 save percentage in his last five starts. Brian Boucher replaced Emery in two games.
Emery was in the trainer’s room receiving treatment after getting shelled for five goals in a little over 31 minutes against Washington. When he came out and faced reporters, Emery was surly and barely responsive.
He used 34 words to answer five questions.
None of them explained his recent problems.
Asked if he was healthy, Emery said, “Good enough to play the game.”
Asked if he had some sort of nagging injury, Emery glared at a reporter and did not respond.
via the Twitter of Frank Seravalli,
Dan Carcillo was suspended for four games today by the NHL.
added 2:12pm, from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
General manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Sunday regarding the suspension:
“Decisions come down from the league…do I agree with them all? No. I certainly do not agree with this one. We do not have a lot of recourse in this situation. Dan will serve his suspension, and we will move on.”
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The real question here is whether the Flyers are any closer to winning a championship today than they were before Stevens was dismissed Friday. And the answer sure looks like a great big No.
The Pittsburgh Penguins still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The Washington Capitals still have Alexander Ovechkin. The Flyers will be fighting for the right to be the third-best team in their conference until their young, up-and-coming nucleus actually performs according to expectations.
The group, led by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, had its chance to become an elite team with the coach hand-chosen for their comfort and development. Stevens, one of the truly decent and honorable men you will find in this or any other sport, had worked with a lot of the current Flyers when they were mere Phantoms. He was a sound choice as coach after Hitchcock was deemed too mean and demanding for the sensitive buds and blossoms on the roster.
Well, those players now must cope with the fact that they got their guy fired.
more & watch below as Scott Hartnell and Chris Pronger react to last night’s lopsided loss to the Capitals…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Ever since Feb. 17, 1979, the day the great Bernie Parent was poked in the eye by a stick and thus forced into retirement, the Flyers have been blind to the necessity of having a big-time goaltender in order to actually win something.
Since the ‘97 choking situation of the sweep by Detroit in the Cup Final, the Flyers have trotted out Ron Hextall, Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck (the on-the-cheap free agent signing when both Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph were on the market during the summer of 1998), Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Jeff Hackett, Antero Niittymaki, Marty Biron and now Ray Emery as their No. 1 netminders.
While, by the way, the East’s preeminent team, New Jersey, has had one No. 1 in Martin Brodeur and the West’s preeminent team, Detroit, has had three in Mike Vernon, Chris Osgood, Dom Hasek and Cujo.
more hockey talk from Larry…
How is this for a boxscore… Carcillo decides to act crazy on Matt Bradley of the Capitals.
So far the penalties have cost the Flyers 2 goals. Caps up 3-1.
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, cross checking
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 5 minutes, fighting
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, instigator
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
video added 8:10pm,
It hit the airwaves today.
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