Tag:Matt Carle
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:02 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Rupp turns tide for Rangers' Winter Classic win

By Brian Stubits

PHILADELPHIA -- You always hear about how important the next minute after a goal is. The game can flip like a switch in a heartbeat. One second a team is celebrating their goal, the next they're reminded to get back in the game.

That's how the 2012 Winter Classic flipped and how the Rangers came away with the win. For the first 35 minutes or so it was all Flyers. They had the chances, they had the possession and they had the lead.

The Rangers have guys who can do that. Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards ... they both come to mind. Mike Rupp can flip momentum in a game too, but that's usually by dropping his gloves, not by dropping pucks in the other team's net.

It was Rupp's goal just 49 seconds after Matt Carle gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-0 lead in their (neighbor's) house. That's when the Rangers finally seem to find their footing on the patchwork outdoor ice of Citizen's Bank Park, just shy of 38 minutes into the game. Or maybe it was his Jaromir Jagr salute after the goal that juiced up the Rangers. Either way, they had life.

"The crowd's going, you're down 2-0," Rupp said after the game while sporting the Broadway Hat, the Rangers' victory token this season. "Any game that you get that next shift -- there's times where you're looking to maybe pick a fight, you're trying to get a big hit, you're trying to play in their zone -- just to change the tide a little bit. I think a goal is the best way you can but it's just trying to throw things at net and keep it simple."

That's a good way to describe it, it was simple. It wasn't a thing of beauty -- nothing that's going to make Rupp look like the scorer that he isn't -- just a wrister from the slot with a defenseman trying to close the shooting lane.

"It was a key moment of the game because they had all the momentum on their side," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Again, the game is a series of momentums, how quickly you get it back vs. losing it. We go down 3-0 that's tough sledding, as far as trying to come back there. We end up scoring the next goal right there and it puts you right back in."

As for that salute? Well at first Rupp didn't want to talk about it, pulling a Peter Laviolette and saying "I don't know what you're talking about" with a smirk. But it happened, and he knew it.

"No pre-thoughts, just kind of excited in the moment," Rupp said.

The Flyers and Scott Hartnell sure seemed to notice it as he appeared to be chirping at Rupp before the third period. You were thinking that's how Rupp affects a game for the better for his team, with a little tangle, not a stick and dangle.

"He [Hartnell] just wished me a happy new year and I did the same," Rupp said, leaving what's said on the ice to stay on the ice. "So, hopefully he has a good year and he wished me the same."

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Good thing for the Rangers that didn't result in a fight. It was within the next few minutes -- when Rupp would have still been serving a five-minute major if he did fight -- that he struck again.

It was Rupp again that tied things up and took us back to square one, before the lights were making an impact on the ice. His high, short-side goal somehow leaked by Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

From there it was all Rangers, save for the final two-minute flurry from the Flyers after the flurries had finished falling at Citizen's Bank Park.

"We've been a good third period team all year long," Tortorella said. "We just wanted to just try to get pucks to the net and grind away. I thought we really started grinding -- and really in the conditions that's the only way you're going to be able to play. It suited well for us. I don't think we did a good job in the first half but I think we found ourselves as it went on."

As big as that first goal for Rupp was, the key to this game for New York might well have been the first period. The ice was tilted -- against the wind, mind you -- in favor of the Flyers. They dominated play. It was all Philly. Still, the Rangers took the long walk back to the clubhouse through the third base dugout at a 0-0 tie. The Flyers had some very good chances to notch the first goal then but couldn't get it in.

That won't be as obvious of a key to victory as Rupp's two goals, but it certainly was.

"Early on in the first period there a couple breakaways, some breakdowns, he makes the saves there," Tortorella said. "He was put right on the center stage there and answered."

Lundqvist is used to center stage. He owns center stage. But Rupp? It's not often he gets to have the leading role. That would explain his humility with the Broadway Hat on. Either that or he was really humiliated. Artem Anisimov interrupted his interview after the game and asked 'Why they give you Broadway Hat?"

"Just wanted to see how dumb I look because it doesn't fit," Rupp responded. "Good question."

It might have looked dumb, but it had to feel great. The whole thing had to feel great, really. From playing in the Winter Classic again and getting the snow he wished for last year -- albeit briefly -- to scoring two goals, his first two since returning from injury.

"It was a great experience again and it feels good to win this time," Rupp said, referring to last year's Winter Classic loss while a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I just got to shoot the puck twice and fortunately it went in.

"You want to contribute; I was able to tonight so it felt good."

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:28 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Brayden Schenn's first NHL goal comes in Classic



By: Adam Gretz

PHILADELPHIA -- Brayden Schenn was one of the key players acquired over the summer by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren during his overhaul of the teams roster, going to Philadelphia in the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles.

One of the top prospects in the NHL, Schenn entered Monday's Winter Classic having appeared in just eight games for the Flyers after starting the season in the American Hockey League (mainly for salary cap purposes) and missing some time with concussion symptoms. He had yet to record a point for the Flyers or score a goal in the NHL.
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That all changed at the 12:26 mark of the second period when he snapped a scoreless tie, breaking the ice on what had been 32 minutes of scoreless hockey.

After a Matt Carle shot from the point was stopped by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Schenn drove to the front of the net and banged in the rebound.

"It went in and I kind of almost blacked out I got so excited," said Schenn after the game. "It's good to get out of the way, and the family and friends were in town to see that so it was nice to score and get it today, but the win would have been just as nice."

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Flyers GM Holmgren injured in bike accident

By: Adam Gretz

Scary news out of the Philadelphia Flyers organization on Monday night as it was reported by Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia that general manager Paul Holmgren was involved in a bike accident in Avalon, New Jersey.

According to Panaccio, Holmgren suffered "broken ribs, a broken shoulder and other injuries that required stitches."

The Avalon Police Department sent out a release on Tuesday regarding the incident (h/t to broadstreethockey.com).

AVALON POLICE STATEMENT ON BICYCLE ACCIDENT

(Avalon, NJ) — Avalon Police were called to the scene of a bicycle accident on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 11:28am. A man identified as 55 year old Paul Holmgren of Somerdale, New Jersey was riding his bicycle northbound on Dune Drive at 58th Street when he lost his balance and fell from the bicycle. No other vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians were involved in the accident.

Mr. Holmgren suffered a cut to the right side of his head and a shin abrasion, and was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey by the Avalon Rescue Squad. He was conscious and alert at the time of the accident and told police that he lost his balance while on his bicycle. Mr. Holmgren was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Avalon Patrolman Samuel Hoffman was the responding officer.


The Flyers have yet to make an official announcement but several players, including Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk went to Twitter to express their concern.

Holmgren, 55, has been with the Flyers organization since the mid-90's and has held a number of positions in the front office. He was named general manager of the club following the resignation of Bobby Clarke early in the 2006-07 season.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Laperriere, fellow players to be in Apatow film

By Brian Stubits

Ian Laperriere hasn't found himself too busy when it comes to playing lately. The Masterton Trophy winner hasn't played since 2009-10 because of post-concussion issues, but the 37-year-old is still finding work.

Over the summer, Judd Apatow -- the man behind funny flicks such as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby among many others -- was working on the follow up to Knocked Up called This is Forty when he had a part that called for a toothless man in a bar. Well when you want to find a relatively young, toothless person, where better to look than hockey?

Thanks to an official with the Flyers, Apatow and Laperriere were able to connect and the role match couldn't have been more perfect with a casting call.

The part called for a few hockey players going into a bar after a game and having some with the toothless player's false teeth. To fill in the rest of the roles, Laperriere was able to snag fellow Flyers Matt Carle, James van Riemsdyk and ex-Flyer Scottie Upshall, now with the Panthers. Dan Gross at philly.com has the full story (h/t to Puck Daddy):

"I made a fool of myself, but it was fun," Lappy told us yesterday. "I like to try different things."

It might be a good fit. As you can see from above, Laperriere already has the red carpet look down.

The flick isn't scheduled to be released until December of 2012, so you have a while before seeing the Flyers on the big screen. But if you need any other reasons to go see the movie when the time comes, it will star Megan Fox.

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