Crosby, Penguins Respond with Resounding Victory Over Flyers

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It was pretty clear in Monday's game that the Pittsburgh Penguins were not at their best. They sure showed that on Tuesday.

The Penguins put the finishing touches on the season series with the Flyers with a four-goal third period in a 7-3 decision at Wells Fargo Center.

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Hart, Flyers Down Penguins in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the remaining 14 games of the season, the Flyers are looking for any positives that they can take moving forward, anything they can build on. That may be most important for Carter Hart.

In a year of struggles for Hart, the Flyers goalie has bounced back recently with a more confident look in goal. In Thursday night's game in Pittsburgh, nobody deserved the win more than the Flyers netminder.

Hart was the center of attention in the Flyers 2-1 shootout win over the Penguins, making 31 saves in regulation and overtime and two more in the shootout.

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Flyers-Penguins: Game 43 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The month of April is typically known for the final few days of the NHL's regular season. For many teams, that can mean either one last push for the playoffs or the final few games that are a mere formality.

Thursday marks the mid-point of April, and for the Flyers, they are certainly now in a spot where most of what's left on the 56-game schedule is nothing more than formality at this point. A 6-1 loss to Washington, their fifth by that score this season, on Tuesday to follow up the trade deadline has made the remaining 14 games on the schedule all about auditioning for next season.

That continues on Thursday night, as the Flyers head to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins, who recently acquired a familiar face at the deadline. 

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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What’s Next for Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher?

By Jeff Quake, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

It’s no secret that this year’s Philadelphia Flyers team has severely underperformed, but after a while there’s only so much you can do pointing fingers at the person to blame.

In years past, it was the coach or the system from Dave Hakstol’s coaching, and Craig Berube’s system with the type of players he had as head coach. Then there was the GM, from Paul Holmgren handing out awful contracts or making embarrassing trades left and right – Andrew MacDonald’s six-year $30 million extension, or Ilya Bryzgalov’s nine-year $51 million deal. However, after a while there’s only so much blame you can put on management, and that is when the blame needs to be shared by the players themselves.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Tuesday’s Flyers-Capitals Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The final score of Tuesday’s game between the Flyers and Capitals might just be the defining numeral of the Flyers season. After all, it’s a score everyone is familiar with by now. The 6-1 result on Tuesday was the fifth time the Flyers have been defeated by that score.

A four-goal first period set the tone for Washington, which has lately looked like the offensive juggernaut they can be when everything is going their way. For a while, it didn’t even involve their star player, but Alex Ovechkin did get in on the party in the third period.

Instead, it was the new guy that stole the show. Anthony Mantha, Washington’s go-for-it acquisition on deadline day, had a goal and an assist in his debut, almost instantly fitting in on Washington’s second line.

But it was far less about Washington’s talent and more about the Flyers overall response. Forget the final 40 minutes. They don’t matter when you play as poorly as you did in the first 20 minutes.

First impressions can be everything. When you take the ice for a game, your first shift can set the tone. If you can start stringing shifts together over the first five minutes or 10 minutes of the period, you get into a rhythm and you establish a confidence in your game.

The Flyers don’t do any of that. On Tuesday night, they were as flat as can be to start this game. On the day after the Flyers more or less set the tone for what figures to be a busy and interesting offseason, especially from the GM chair of Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers delivered another disastrous result. It came just hours after Alain Vigneault insisted that the team would be prepared to play, that the team was still in the fight, that they could still make a run.

The play on the ice said differently, and it was just the latest chapter in a season that still has miles to go before completion, though it is definitively over.

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday's game.

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Mantha, Capitals Dominate Flyers

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In their first tour on the ice following the trade deadline, one team looked motivated from their new addition and the other look lifeless. The Flyers came out flat and Washington came out and skated circles around them.

In his first game with the Capitals, Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist as the Flyers were once again throttled by the opposition, falling to the Capitals, 6-1, on Tuesday night.

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Flyers-Capitals: Game 42 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The trade deadline has come and gone. For the Flyers, there are minimal changes for now, as they bid farewell to two players on expiring contracts at the end of the season in Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson. They also locked up Scott Laughton for the next five seasons.

The Washington Capitals, however, were busy. In addition to acquiring Raffl from the Flyers, they also made a blockbuster deal with Detroit, acquiring Anthony Mantha for Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, plus a pair of draft picks. While Raffl is out for Tuesday's game between the two, Mantha will make his debut with the Capitals.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Fletcher Discusses Deadline Moves, Laughton Extension


By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There wasn’t too much unexpected from Chuck Fletcher on Monday as the trade deadline hit. The Flyers sold two pieces that were on expiring deals in Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson. They also re-signed Scott Laughton, something they have expressed as a priority over the last week. 

It was a little bit of selling and a little bit of positioning the team for the future, two things that need to be the focus moving forward. With the trade deadline now in the past, the focus eventually will shift to the offseason and making changes.

But on deadline day, there weren’t many big splashes to be made unless players were on expiring contracts.

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Flyers Sign Laughton to Extension; Trade Raffl, Gustafsson

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

One of the headlining names on trade deadline day was that of Scott Laughton. It was no secret that the forward drafted by the Flyers in 2012 was possibly on the trading block. It was also no secret that both the player and organization wanted to stay together moving forward.

As the deadline hour approached, there were ongoing talks that the Flyers were working on an extension for Laughton. Less than an hour until the trade deadline, Laughton is here to stay, signing a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $3 million.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Sunday’s Flyers-Sabres Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, just when you think the Flyers have stooped to the lowest level, they deliver a result in a fashion like they did on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Flyers played a first period that followed up Saturday’s win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon and took a 2-0 lead. In an instant, that lead was gone early in the second period.

Then, just like they did on Saturday, a third-period goal put the Flyers back in front. And with under four minutes to play, the Flyers looked like they were going to find a way to win again and that would certainly make things interesting. As much as it seems like the Flyers playoff hopes were dashed a while ago, specifically with their regulation loss to Boston on Tuesday, a win against Buffalo on Sunday afternoon would put them two points back of Boston again.

But then came the series of unfortunate events that is certainly not coincidence, but the result of self-inflicted wounds. The Flyers made multiple mistakes that allowed the Sabres to tie the game with 3:03 left in the third. The goal was reviewed and remained on the board. Then 25 seconds later, the Flyers were now trailing for the first time on Sunday. 

Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, the Flyers were left with a stunning defeat to the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL lowest team in the standings, handed a loss by lowly Buffalo for the second time in two weeks. It was the most fitting of endings for a team that has continued to get in their own way all season.

I had planned to do a takeaways of the weekend, but realistically, this is going to strictly be a takeaways from Sunday’s game, because there’s no real reason to revisit the Saturday game at this point. So here are five takeaways from the Flyers 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #112 - Rotten Apples


The YWT Podcast is back after a couple of weeks off and comes back with a live show done following the Flyers collapse against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, one day before the trade deadline. The Flyers playoff hopes are dashed, so what happens now at the deadline and what happened that officially derailed their season.

The guys try to put their finger on the problem and look at possibilities around the deadline. Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso for a eulogizing show.

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