Archive for Sarah Baicker

Quote: The Games are Getting Tighter

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“The games are going to keep getting tighter and tighter.  For us, too, it seems like we’ve been on a heck of a run, but we haven’t created much separation from Pittsburgh, so it’s going to be a battle coming down to the wire.”

– Matt Carle, to Sarah Baicker of

Two points this afternoon against Los Angeles wouldn’t hurt.


@sbaicker is Here to Answer Your Emery Questions:

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Training Camp: Bobrovsky Solid in Flyers Debut

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on September 22, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

All through rookie camp, all through the early stages of Training Camp, there has been one name that has intrigued many a Flyers fan and left the group referred to as “Hockey’s most intimidating” searching for glimpses of this particular individual.

The Flyers may have found a diamond in the rough in "Bob"

If you have been able to make the trip to Vorhees over the past week, chances are you’ve probably seen him.  Chances also are that you struggle mightily to quickly pronounce his name when talking about him.  However, if, like myself, all you’ve done over the past couple weeks is read about Sergei Bobrovsky, then last night presented the first opportunity to see the man with all the hype attempt to live up to it in his Philadelphia Flyers debut.

25 minutes of shutout hockey coupled with leading the Flyers to a shootout victory in their preseason opener certainly laid the foundation for the Bobrovsky fan frenzy for at least the foreseeable future.

While Michael Leighton got the nod last night as the Flyers began their preseason slate against the New Jersey Devils, all the buzz on the message boards, blogs, and Twitter was centered around a simple question: “When are we going to see this Bobrovsky kid?”  Fans got their wish as the puck dropped to begin the third period as the 22-year-old Russian ‘tender finally made his first appearance in a National Hockey League game wearing a Flyers uniform.  Despite the fact that “Bob” didn’t see a shot for almost the first nine minutes he was in the game, he was solid when called upon in the third frame, stopping all five shots he faced, as well as turning away the two shots thrown his way in overtime.  Jason Arnott muscled a wrister by Bobrovsky in the shootout, but the rookie was otherwise perfect and stopped every shot he faced.

Today, on, Sarah Baicker has more on the Russian netminder who’s hard-to-pronounce name is suddenly flowing freely off many of the franchise’s fans tongues.  She talks about his performance in last night’s victory, as well as his well-documented – albeit incredible – athleticism and quickness and even some interesting superstitions the young goaltender has.  To learn more about this seemingly budding star right before our eyes this preseason, give Sarah’s article a look.


Updates: Zherdev Coming to Philly?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

According to a tweet from Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports, the Flyers have signed winger Nikolai Zherdev to a contract.  Teemu from EuroFlyers also confirms the news via Tweet.

Nik Zherdev may be en route to Philly

Zherdev has fallen into the “enigma” category thusfar in his NHL career – so much so that last season he played overseas in Russia because no NHL team had any desire for him to join their club.  However, while many question Zherdev’s work ethic and desire – which, if neither are at a high level in Orange and Black, could get him killed in this town – there is absolutely no doubting his skill set.  In five NHL seasons (four with Columbus, and one with the New York Rangers), Zherdev has 99 goals, 140 assists, and 239 points in 365 games played.  He is a career -46, which is somewhat troubling.  However, he can score and put points on the board, and if the Flyers are really as desperate to deal Simon Gagne as they appear to give themselves cap relief, then they can afford to bring in a guy like Zherdev.

While Chesnokov and Teemu each have reported the deal as having already occured, Sarah Baicker of Comcast SportsNet is saying that nothing is finalized, and there is no real reason to get excited yet.

More to come on this later.  For now, marvel over Zherdev’s skills, as seen this past season in the KHL.

Updates: Game Five Performance Irks Pronger

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Game Five wasn’t a career night for any Flyers players except, of course, Chris Pronger.  The future Hall of Fame defenseman had quite possibly the worst game of his career yesterday, and after the game, he was not happy about it.

The Flyers will need Pronger at his very best in Game Six and possibly beyond

Tim Panaccio and Sarah Baicker of have the story on the station’s website, but first a quote from Pronger about Game Five:

“We didn’t do a very good job in the neutral zone and in the first period, we didn’t much of a forecheck. Consequently, we were in our end. It was just a matter of time. Staving off, staving off, before they get to you.

“We didn’t do a very good job in the neutral zone. Unless we get pressure and force them to make plays, anyone can make a play when you have all day to make them. We just need to get a better forecheck and force them to make decisions going through the neutral zone.”

…Pronger was a minus-5 and logged 28:37 of ice time.  The last time he had this poor of a showing – Game Three against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals, we all know how he responded.  Let’s hope it’s some more of the same moving forward for #20.

Here’s a link to Panaccio and Baicker’s story: GAME 5 NOTES: PRONGER DISAPPOINTED IN FLYERS’ EFFORT

Updates: First Period Play Killing Flyers

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on May 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyers need a MUCH better opening frame in Game Four

In the playoffs, many will argue that the first period is the most important to a game.  It gives a team, whether on home ice or visiting on the road, the opportunity to draw first blood on the scoreboard and take control of the action and establish a flow in their favor early on.

Today, Sarah Baicker of has an article up on the station’s website about how the Flyers’ bad habit in this series of a poor first period finally came back to haunt them Thursday night.  Montreal feeds off their ferocious Bell Centre crowd incredibly well and as a result were able to bust open a 2-0 lead against the Flyers last night.  If the Flyers are going to have any chance of playing their type of game in the fourth contest of this series, they must do a better job of dictating the play early on.

Check out Baicker’s article here: ROUGH START BURNS FLYERS IN GAME 3 LOSS

Updates: Leighton Gets a Chance

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on May 11, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyers certainly hope Leighton can gain back his pre-injury swagger for Wednesday night’s Sarah Baicker has an article up on the station’s website today about the incredible situation that transpired last night in Boston.  With the Flyers up 1-0 in the second period, Brian Boucher had Ryan Parent land on him in the front of the net, injuring both his knees, and rendering him out of the remainder of this series, and possibly beyond.  The answer?  Remember Michael Leighton?

In this piece, Baicker talks about how heading into Game Five, Leighton was just happy to be back on the bench with his teammates and in uniform, and never in his wildest dreams expected to be in between the pipes.  However, so goes the Flyers goaltending carousel.  Leighton made 14 saves to preserve a joint shutout between he and Brian Boucher and help the Flyers send this series back to Philadelphia.  He will be the starting goaltender Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.