Philadelphia Flyers

Canucks chase Emery from Flyers’ net


Radim Vrbata gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-0 lead 1:21 into the second period tonight in Philadelphia ending Flyers’ starter Ray Emery’s night early.

Emery, who entered tonight’s action with a 3-7-0 in his last 11 starts to go along with a 3.57 G.A.A. and .869 save percentage, allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Rob Zepp didn’t fair much better as Jannik Hansen scored just 22 seconds after he replaced Emery.

Video: Canucks’ Bonino with a nice spin-o-rama goal

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Canucks’ forward Nick Bonino snapped a three-game scoring drought with a nice spin-o-rama move on Flyers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto before beating Ray Emery for his 10th goal of the season.

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Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s


All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.


Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Barnaby rips Sabres for ’embarrassing’ Hasek ceremony


Ex-NHLer and analyst Matthew Barnaby went on the offensive Wednesday night, slamming his former team over what he perceived to be a lackluster jersey retirement ceremony for Dominik Hasek.

“I think I’ve seen better ceremonies for players that have won Player of the Month for the Montreal Canadiens,” Barnaby told SiriusXM NHL Radio, per the Buffalo News. “This was embarrassing.”

Hasek’s ceremony lasted around 20 minutes and didn’t feature his family, former teammates or Sabres front office staff. Only Danny Gare and Rene Robert — both of whom have their numbers in the rafters — were there, to skate out Hasek’s banner at the end of the ceremony.

Barnaby, who openly admits to not being friendly with Hasek, expressed dismay over the proceedings.

“There was no one,” he explained. “There wasn’t a former teammate on the ice. And yes, I wouldn’t have been there, but there’s a lot of players that did like him, respected him and are in good graces with him. There was no fanfare for that. There was no family there.

“I love Rene Robert and I love Danny Gare, but to see two guys just skate out with a little banner and raise it and it was over. It was just weird. It was awkward. It was weird.”

The fact that Hasek’s ceremony came so quickly after Teemu Selanne’s jersey retirement in Anaheim probably plays a role. The Ducks took 90 minutes to salute Selanne in a ceremony attended by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Anaheim owner Henry Samueli and a slew of Selanne’s ex-teammates: Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Saku Koivu, Steve Rucchin, Guy Hebert, Todd Marchant and George Parros.

It’s worth noting Barnaby wasn’t the only person that took issue with Hasek’s ceremony. Here’s Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News:

Bottom line: That ceremony was flat-out lame.

Two long-time NHL observers I really respect were shaking their heads. One told me after the game, “That’s the worst jersey retirement I’ve ever seen.”

I don’t know if this was the only way Hasek would agree to do a ceremony but so many weird aspects to it. No family? (Yes, I know he lives in Prague). No Sabres ownership or management on the ice? None of his former teammates from Detroit or Buffalo? No presentations from either side? No one else speaking? Nothing?

When Hasek was done with his speech, there was an awkward silence. The ceremony was stilted and seemed thrown together at the last minute with little thought. This was one of the two greatest players in franchise history. Where was the reverence?

Related: Video: Sabres retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39

Capitals remain red-hot with victory over rival Flyers


The Washington Capitals, with Barry Trotz as their head coach, are now nipping at the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

This after a 1-0 win over the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Jason Chimera scored at the 3:13 mark of the first period. It stood as the winner. Braden Holtby put forward a tidy 21-save performance for his fourth shutout of the season in his 20th straight start.

Further to that, Holtby has allowed allowed just two goals combined in his last three games.

The Capitals are on a roll. They’re feeling it. They move to within two points of the Penguins and three back of the division-leading Islanders. They have yet to lose in regulation this month with six wins in seven games.

Meanwhile, not only did the injury-plagued Flyers suffer a loss on the scoreboard, but forward Scott Laughton left the game late in the second period after being on the receiving end of a massive open-ice hit from Capitals blue liner Matt Niskanen.

According to the Flyers, Laughton suffered an upper-body injury.