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February 24, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Staff Writer donnels@phillynews.com
IT . . . Is . . . Alive . . . The Skating Dead, the label often attached to this town's hockey team less than a month ago, are not only moving forward, they are poised to climb over a numbed body or even two in the next couple of weeks. Their playoff chances reduced to state lottery-winning percentages just a month ago, the Flyers added four more points to their mounting total over the weekend with victories over two playoff-bound teams, including the NHL's current top team, the Nashville Predators.
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February 24, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After losing two straight home games to NHL lightweights, the Flyers completed a weekend sweep of league powers Sunday, defeating the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center and keeping pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto broke a 2-2 tie with 4 minutes, 13 seconds left, lifting the Flyers to the victory and giving them points in 12 of their last 13 games. The Flyers remained four points behind Boston, a surprise winner in Chicago on Sunday, for the last playoff spot.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A SLUMP in golf means more times at the tee and putting green. Drop a few passes in football, and you find yourself staring at the massive spinning wheels of a JUGS machine. Baseball players take extra batting practice, watch video to look for blips in their swing, do a hundred other little things. Or they are like former Phillie Matt Stairs, who when asked why he didn't take extra batting practice to break out of a slump, said, "Why practice a bad habit?" That's not exactly Jakub Voracek's philosophy.
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February 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Flyers, the Great Playoff Push was stalled Tuesday night by an old nemesis, Columbus. Despite getting outshot by 44-25, Columbus ended the Flyers' nine-game points streak with a 5-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers' first regulation loss since Jan. 9 against the New York Islanders. Columbus, which won four of five games against the Flyers this season, took a 3-2 lead midway through the third period when Matt Calvert finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play after a Vinny Lecavalier turnover.
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February 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - The Flyers' top goalie is injured for the third time this season, their best defenseman still hasn't played because of blood clots, and their No. 1 line is in a major funk.   Despite those setbacks, the Flyers, who host Columbus on Tuesday, are in their best stretch since 2011 - and have climbed back into the playoff hunt. "We're playing a good team game now and everybody is contributing," captain Claude Giroux said after the Flyers overcame an awful 15-minute second-period stretch and outlasted sad-sack Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday.
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February 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - Flyers coach Craig Berube kept his first line intact Sunday night in Buffalo, saying he wanted to give Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek a chance to snap out of their slump. The top line entered the night with one even-strength goal since Jan. 19 but had an opportunity for a breakout game against Buffalo, which had allowed a league-high 191 goals entering the contest. Michael Raffl returned to the lineup, and he could have been moved to left wing on Giroux's unit.
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February 15, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Flyers are showing a funny way of trying to sneak closer in the playoff race. For the second straight game, they picked up a point but blew a third-period lead and lost on the road. This time, they coughed up a 3-1 advantage en route to a 4-3 overtime defeat to Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Friday night. Artem Anisimov's first goal in 21 games, scored on a rebound, gave Columbus the win with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in overtime.  The Flyers had dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Montreal on Tuesday.
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February 11, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
MONTREAL - Braydon Coburn was a little excited. Participating in his first full-contact practice since being cleared to resume all activity, Coburn's emotion got the best of him at the Bell Centre yesterday. After battling with teammate R.J. Umberger in a three-on-three drill, Coburn and Umberger pushed and shoved and their gloves went flying. The two almost came to blows, fists cocked and ready to go, before the scuffle was quickly broken up. The entire sequence lasted 10 seconds, a true non-event.
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February 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The gloves went flying at nearly the same time the puck hit the ice on a first-period faceoff, which followed a television timeout. Timing included, the bout really didn't make much sense until the jersey numbers spinning around revealed the participants: Scott Laughton vs. Matt Niskanen. Wait, what? A highly touted rookie without a professional fight squaring off against a defenseman who has barely dropped the mitts in 545 career games? Ah, but yes. Less than a month ago, Niskanen knocked Laughton out of the game and out of the lineup with a clean, shoulder-to-chest hit on Jan. 14. Laughton, 20, suffered his first concussion as a pro. Even though Laughton admitted he needed to keep his head up more, he wanted to get that hit out of his system.
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February 7, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking rusty from a long layoff, the Flyers were fortunate to get a point Thursday night as their four-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason made 28 saves and was the main reason the Flyers inched to within nine points of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot. "We left the extra point out there," Mason said after the Flyers completed a solid 4-0-1 homestand. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot at the end of the second period, giving up two goals off of mistakes.
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