According to a report out of Philadelphia, Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev hasn’t had a great start to his first NHL off-season.
NBC10 has reported that Medvedev, 33, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for “suspicion of driving under the influence” in Montgomery County, Penn. Lower Moreland police chief Pete Hanson told NBC10 that Medvedev was then arrested and has since been released from police custody, but the police are waiting on toxicology results. No charges have been filed against the Russian defenseman.
The Flyers have not made any comment regarding the situation, but the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac reported Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall is aware of the report that Medvedev was arrested. Hextall would not comment on the situation. Read more
As more NHL teams become first-round casualties of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, the more speculation grows over their offseason moves.
After yet another roller coaster season for the Minnesota Wild ended in an early playoff exit, GM Chuck Fletcher faces some tough decisions. The biggest, of course, is deciding if interim head coach John Torchetti returns on a full-time basis. After that, Fletcher could shake up his inconsistent, under-performing roster.
With only around $12 million in available salary-cap room for 2016-17, it’s expected the Wild GM will buy out the remaining season of disappointing left wing Thomas Vanek. The 31-year-old is owed $7.5 million in actual salary, though the cap hit is $6.5 million. Read more
Philadelphia Flyers winger Brayden Schenn will be the first player to sit out games in 2016-17 due to suspension, and he’ll have the whole summer to think about the hit that has him missing the first three games of the upcoming season.
Schenn, who will turn 25 this off-season, has been handed a three-game ban for charging Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie in Game 6 of the first-round series between the two clubs. Schenn’s hit came in late in the second period of the contest when Oshie was attempting to dig the puck out of the left wing corner in the Flyers’ zone.
Oshie was pulling the puck out of the feet of Alex Ovechkin after the Capitals captain threw a hit in the corner when Schenn approached Oshie from the side and, per the suspension video released by the Department of Player Safety, drove upwards through a check that caught Oshie high. Schenn’s hit is made worse by the fact there is “significant contact with the head” of Oshie on the play: Read more
The Philadelphia Flyers put a scare into the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals, but Washington is moving on to the second round for the second consecutive season thanks to a 1-0 win in Game 6.
In a series that was lopsided, no matter what the scoreboard might tell you, the Capitals simply overpowered the Flyers much like they had nearly every opponent during the regular season. Washington’s top players looked like their top players, and it was fitting that when the Capitals desperately needed a goal, it was the two undeniable faces of the franchise — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom — that teamed up to make it happen.
Backstrom’s goal, which was the lone marker of the contest, came midway through the second frame after Ovechkin made an impressive play to hold the puck inside the Flyers’ zone. Ovechkin fought off a check from Philadelphia blueliner Radko Gudas, moved the puck to Marcus Johansson, who then made a quick move to shift the puck over to Backstrom. His one-timer found the back of the net behind Michal Neuvirth, and that’s all Washington needed: Read more
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth was drafted 34th overall by the Capitals in 2006, but he was never able to make it as a full-time starting netminder in Washington. Over six seasons with the Capitals, he started 116 games, had a 59-41-13 record, .910 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average. But he was traded away two seasons ago and hasn’t looked back.
In the time since leaving Washington, Neuvirth, 28, has started games for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and, after signing a two-year deal in the off-season, the Flyers. And it’s in Philadelphia that Neuvirth is showing that maybe he had more to give than the Capitals, Sabres and Islanders ever believed. Through his past two games — two must-win contests to keep the Flyers alive — Neuvirth has been nothing short of sensational.
Neuvirth has stopped 75 of the 76 shots he’s faced in two games against the Capitals, and he had one of those jaw-dropping efforts Friday night where it looked like nothing short of a literal cannon blast would be able to get by him. Through one period, Neuvirth had seen and stopped 14 shots. He blocked another 16 in the second frame. And by the time the final buzzer went, Neuvirth turned aside 44 pucks in Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory. He’s the first goaltender since Craig Anderson in 2010 to make 44-plus saves in a playoff shutout. Read more
The first round of the post-season won’t see any series end before Game 5, and the Philadelphia Flyers made sure of that Wednesday with a crucial 2-1 win to avoid elimination and stave off the sweep.
The Flyers again clicked early, and in many ways Philadelphia’s Game 4 victory was what one would have expected from Dave Hakstol’s team in Game 3 when the Flyers returned to the Wells Fargo Center for their first game since the passing of owner Ed Snider. Less than six minutes into the game, rookie sensation Shayne Gostisbehere got on the board with a blast from the blueline on the power play to put Philadelphia ahead, but it was a goal from an unexpected source that gave the Flyers their first win of the series.
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who was buried in the AHL earlier in the season, absolutely hammered a pass from Wayne Simmonds to put the Flyers up 2-0. MacDonald’s second career playoff goal marked the first time all series Philadelphia scored twice in a single game. Read more
No matter the final score of Game 4 between the Flyers and Capitals, the hope for both teams will be that Philadelphia winger Scott Laughton is OK after a scary and violent collision with the boards behind the Washington net.
In the opening frame Wednesday night, Laughton, 21, was charging into the Capitals’ zone and attempting to get to the edge on Washington’s John Carlson when the defenseman closed the gap and gave Laughton a shove. The hit itself wasn’t overly aggressive but the end result left Laughton down on the ice and barely moving. Read more
Philadelphia Flyers center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare served 27 penalty minutes over the course of 74 games during the regular season, but it took him a split second to rack up more than half of that total in Game 3 against the Washington Capitals and earn himself a one-game suspension.
Bellemare picked up 15 minutes in penalties Monday when, in a game that had already gotten out of hand, he drove Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov headfirst into the boards behind the Washington net.
As the two approached the corner, Orlov appeared to slow up in order to control the play and initiate contact with Bellemare, but the Flyers pivot was not impeded at all, instead violently checking Orlov into the boards. Bellemare seemed concerned for Orlov, but the Capitals defenseman remained down on the ice for the duration of a scrum between the two teams before skating off under his own power. For his effort, Bellemare was sent to the showers: Read more