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A Look at 2010-11

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
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...



TEAM HIGHLIGHTS


* 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.


PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

CLAUDE GIROUX:
* 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.

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