Sep 222011

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Leafs score 3 against Bryzgalov in 4-2 win

September 22

The first home NHL exhibition game of the season had no shortage of story lines for the Flyers.  It was the debut of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who allowed three goals and saw another score on an empty-netter as Toronto beat the Flyers, 4-2, Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.  “I can’t be satisfied with my performance,” Bryzgalov said. “The game is a good test to understand what kind of shape you are in and what needs to be done to be fixed to get you close to game condition.”


Simmonds, Couturier strong against Leafs

September 21 CSN Philly

Wayne Simmonds was everything the Flyers wanted in their 4-0 shutout rout of the Maple Leafs. He was effective on the penalty kill – a shorthanded breakaway and near goal; scored off a tip on the power play; and gave the Flyers that big-body look in front of the net. “Not bad, just kinda shaking out the cobwebs because I haven’t played since the first round of the playoffs last season,” Simmonds said.

Flyers sign top pick Couturier

September 22 Courier-Post

The morning after Sean Couturier looked like he might be ready for the NHL as an 18-year-old, the Flyers’ top draft pick was rewarded with a three-year, entry-level contract. General manager Paul Holmgren knows how it looks. “I don’t think it has anything to do with us signing him,” Holmgren said Wednesday before the Flyers’ hosted Toronto in the first home preseason game. “We were happy to get it done. We think he’s a good young player and we’re happy to have him in the fold.”

Simmonds proud to represent black hockey players

September 21 CSN Philly

Wayne Simmonds had all the ingredients. He had love. He had support – make that a lot of support – and he had dedication. It was those ingredients that helped the 23 year old become what he is today: One of the few black players in the National Hockey League.  Ever since Simmonds was a three year old in Scarborough, Ontario, learning the basics of skating, his eyes were set on hockey. He played basketball, and even dabbled in volleyball. But hockey was always his true passion.

Czech rookie makes roster bid

September 22 Courier-Post

The Flyers told 18-year-old Czech winger Tomas Hyka to beat it the other day. The first to go from their oversized training camp roster were 15 prospects who were to return to juniors. The Flyers make a mistake. Their roster was supposed to be trimmed by just 14, but no one realized it until Hyka was in a car headed for the airport.

Hard-hitting Mair must impress quickly

September 21 CSN Philly

Danny Briere remembers clearly in his mind. The Buffalo Sabres were in Los Angeles for a game against the Kings. Ziggy Palffy came across the middle where Adam Mair was waiting. “[Mair] was one of those guys who could change the course of the game with a big hit,” Briere said. “I remember him winning a couple games for us [that way]. He took Ziggy Palffy out with a huge hit. That kinda set the tone for us to win. He did that more than once.”