In the first part of a series that looks back at the 2010-11 season, the following are some news & notes that made the Flyers season a memorable one...
* The Flyers finished with a 47-23-12 record for 106 points, the most points since the 2002-03 season and tied for the ninth best in franchise history.
* The Flyers also won the Atlantic Division title for the first time since the 2003-04 season and have now won their own division for the 16th time in their history.
* The Flyers 47 wins were also the most wins in 23 years - since the 1985-86 season in which they had 53 wins.
* The Flyers also tied for the Eastern Conference lead and were second in the NHL in number of wins in regulation (44).
* The Flyers also reached the 100-point plateau for the 18th time in their team history.
* The Flyers broke their franchise record of number of wins on the road this season (25). Overall, they posted a 25-11-5 record on the road.
* The Flyers scored 13 shorthanded goals this season, which tied for second-most in the league.
* The Flyers had four skaters this season with 60 or more points on their roster (Giroux, Carter, Richards, Briere) - That last happened in the 2008-09 season, but those are the only two occurrences in the last 13 years.
* The Flyers had FIVE players appear in all 82 games this season, THREE of which were defensemen (Kimmo Timonen
, Matt Carle
, Braydon Coburn
, Claude Giroux
, Scott Hartnell
* The Flyers clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 35th time in the team’s 43 seasons of play.
* The Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal in seven games, having to do so coming back from a 2 games to 3 series deficit to advance for just the third time in franchise history.
* The Flyers advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 21st time in their team history.
* Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as team MVP.
* Winner of the Gene Hart Memorial Award (player who demonstrated the most “Heart” during the season, voted by the fan club)
* Giroux led the Flyers in points (76) and assists (51) … He also recorded 25 goals (a new career high) while appearing in all 82 regular season games, up from his total of 16 goals, 31 assists and 47 points a year ago … His 51 assists are the most by a Flyer in a single season since Peter Forsberg posted 56 in 2005-06.
* Giroux is only the eighth Flyer overall, and sixth different player, to reach the 70-point plateau since the lockout (05-06 Gagne, Forsberg; 07-08 Richards, Briere; 08-09 Carter, Richards, Gagne).
* Giroux led the Flyers in the playoffs in assists (11) and points (12) in 11 games.DANNY BRIERE:
* Danny Briere
scored a career-high 34 goals this season, ranking second on the team, and had a total of 68 points in 77 games, which also finished second on the team.
* Briere also recorded seven goals and nine points in 11 playoff games for the Flyers, finishing in a tie for first on the team in goals and second on the team in points.
* Briere won this season’s Toyota Cup as the Flyer who accumulated the most points associated with being selected as a “Star of the Game.” Briere was named First Star eight times, Second Star six times and Third Star four times for a total of 62 points.SERGEI BOBROVSKY:
* Bobrovsky finished second among all rookie goaltenders in wins (28) and finished his rookie season with a 28-13-8 record, 2.59 GAA & .915 save percentage.
* Bobrovsky became the youngest goaltender in Flyers history to start an opening night game (22 years, 17 days)… The previous record was Ron Hextall (22 years, 159 days)
* He won his first start of his NHL career, a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh, becoming the first Flyers goalie to win his NHL debut in six years (Antero Niittymaki – 2004).
* He won six straight games (Oct. 26 – Nov. 6), which is a Flyers’ rookie goaltending record.
* He went unbeaten in regulation in 10 straight starts from Oct. 26 – Nov. 15, going 9-0-1.
* He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November after posting a 7-1-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 11 starts.JAMES van RIEMSDYK:
* JVR finished tied for the team lead in the playoffs in goals-scored (7), and led all NHL players through the first two rounds in shots on net (70).
* He finished his second NHL season with a new career-high in goals (21), points (40), and plus-minus rating (+15).JEFF CARTER:
* Carter led the Flyers in goals (36) and finished tied for third on the team in points (66) and third in plus-minus rating (+27) in 80 regular season games.
* Carter also led the team in shots on goal (335) and game-winning goals during the regular season (7).
* Carter posted 30-plus goals and 60-plus points for the third year in-a-row.MIKE RICHARDS:
* Finished tied for third on the team in points (66) and second on the team in assists (43)… For the fourth straight season, Richards posted 60 or more points.CHRIS PRONGER:
* In a shortened season due to injury, Pronger recorded 25 points (4G-21A) in 50 games… He missed 32 games in the regular season and eight games in the playoffs due to injury.
* He led the Flyers in time-on-ice (22:29).KIMMO TIMONEN:
* Played all 82 games during the regular season, recording 37 points (6G-31A)… He has now recorded 30 or more assists for eight consecutive seasons.ANDREJ MESZAROS:
* Winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s most outstanding defenseman.
* He tied for the Flyers lead in plus-minus rating (+30), while finishing first on the Flyers defense in goals (8).
* Overall he finished the year with 24 assists and 32 points. MATT CARLE:
* Matt Carle
led all Flyers defensemen in points (40) and assists (39)… He tied for the Flyers lead in plus-minus (+30), which was a new career-high and his 39 assists were also a new career-high. VILLE LEINO:
* Ville Leino scored 19 goals and added 34 assists for 53 points this season, all of which were new career-highs.