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From the CP via TSN,
Flyers captain Daniel Briere practised on Tuesday for the first time since he injured his knee in a collision last week at Pittsburgh, and the star centre said he’s confident he’ll be ready to play against Washington.
‘‘Right now, I believe I’ll be in right from the get go,’’ Briere said. ‘‘That’s what I believe, but we’ll see how it improves. But I think I’ll be ready to go.’‘
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Now, after an equally long and circuitous career as a minor-league coach, Boudreau is where he has dreamed of being all along, playing for a Stanley Cup.
Much like his coaching counterpart, John Stevens.
On Friday night in Washington, Boudreau and Stevens will coach their first Stanley Cup playoff games when the Flyers visit the Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Boudreau led the Capitals to a miraculous turnaround, taking them from 15th in the conference three months ago to a playoff-clinching victory in the final game of the regular season.
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
“We’re excited to play the Capitals,” said winger Scottie Upshall, whose second-period goal was all the scoring the Flyers needed against the Pens on this afternoon. “It’s going to be a good test. They have a great team. We’re pumped to be playing one of the best players in the world right now.”
How hot is Ovechkin? This hot: His 65 goals not only led the league, but were the most ever by a left winger and 13 more than any other player this season. Eleven of those goals were game-winners, also tops in the league.
Asked for his thoughts on playing the Caps, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said, “Well, obviously No. 8. That guy makes them go. They’ve probably been the hottest team in the league for a month-and-a-half. It won’t be easy.
“But if we play the way we did Friday [a 3-0 shutout of the always-troublesome New Jersey Devils] and [yesterday], for all 60 minutes, we’ll be OK.”
Emails start flowing in while I am trying to enjoy a nice little cook-out going on at the home-front.
Philly fans stating Crosby doesn’t want to playa against the big bad Flyers, blah, blah, blah!
Smart move in my opinion by the Pens. Better to have Sid as close to 100% for the first game of the playoffs and he does need rest.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
As much as we all may have hoped for their demise, the Flyers had other plans. They beat the Devils last night, 3-0, and got into the playoffs.
Disdain for this vile organization aside, you have to hand it to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren for getting this team into the playoffs. He was handed a bowl of dog food after Bobby Clarke stepped down last season and managed to turn it into a birthday cake.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
No matter whom the Flyers play, Flyers chairman Ed Snider said he is proud of his players.
“It shows a lot of resilience,” Snider said outside a jubilant locker room.
“People forget our best player, Simon Gagne, wasn’t with us most of the season. We lost (Mike) Richards, we lost (Joffrey) Lupul. We played without (Danny) Briere tonight.
“That makes it sweeter for me. I’m very proud of these guys because they’ve overcome all the adversity, they hung in there and they came out tonight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team play a better game that was so crucial. They weren’t afraid, they weren’t nervous. They just took it to New Jersey. The only thing that scared me to death was that it was 1-0 and we should have had five goals.”
more on the Flyers…
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Given the combative nature of his team’s rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, Penguins coach Michel Therrien urged referees working Sunday’s regular-season finale not to swallow their whistles.
“We want to make sure that the referees and the league will call the right penalties,” Therrien said Friday. “You saw a game (Thursday), Toronto-Ottawa, (Senators captain Daniel) Alfredsson got hit to the head. You don’t want to see those types of things happen just before the playoffs. You have a team that’s out of the playoffs (Toronto) and has nothing to lose.”
Three of the four teams listed make the playoffs, which team is left on the golf course?
added 10:30am, As a KK reader pointed out, Carolina should also be on this list, so I have added them to the poll after about 100 votes.
from the Courier-Post,
Speaking with a small group of reporters Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would be “very disappointed” if his team missed the playoffs. But when asked if the status of his coaching staff depended on the results of the Flyers’ final two regular-season games, Holmgren responded, “Absolutely not.”
“For a young coach who had a lot of new players at the start of the year, I think he’s done a good job,” Holmgren said of Stevens, who has a 40-29-11 record this season and a two-year career record of 60-71-21.
“I think John’s still young (41) and there are areas he can get better, just like a young player. But overall, I think John has done a good job.”
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The home team gained three of the possible four points over the weekend, but if you are like me, there was little joy in the process….
To me, it showed again that the Flyers still think they are a better team than they are. They play the Penguins, they try to outscore them, they play the Rangers, they try to outscore them, they play just about anyone, and they treat the first period like an extension of the morning skate.
“We found our legs in the second period and we were fine from there,” Danny Briere said in one newspaper report after the Flyers rallied from a two-goal hole against the last-place Islanders the other night, and I screamed - I mean screamed - “What planet are you skating on?”
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