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October 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - A few days ago, winger Matt Read predicted that the Flyers' three-game road trip would be the "turnaround of our season" and that the team would "start to learn how to win games. " On Saturday night, after a wild and crazy finish at the stunned American Airlines Center, Read's words looked prophetic. The Flyers made a stirring, late comeback to send the game into overtime, then won it, 6-5, on a power-play goal by Claude Giroux with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in OT. It was the third straight Flyers (1-2-2)
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October 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe they'll recover, like last season, and become a very good hockey team. But right now, the Flyers are going through a frustrating period and are off to another dismal start. They dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Anaheim on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, slipping to 0-2-2, which gives them the same point total they had at this time last year (1-3). William Karlsson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. The Flyers have lost seven straight shootouts, and are a league-worst 27-53 lifetime in the penalty-shot showcase.
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October 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' early-season schedule is one of their toughest in recent history. Now they head on the road for three games, starting Saturday in Dallas before stopping in Chicago and Pittsburgh. All three teams are expected to be NHL heavyweights, although the Stars were 0-1-1 entering Tuesday. The Flyers then face formidable challenges against Detroit, defending champion Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay. "It's a tough little run," winger R.J. Umberger said before the Flyers fell to Anaheim in a shootout Tuesday.
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October 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winless Flyers received mixed medical news Monday: Center Vinny Lecavalier, who injured his left foot Saturday, will miss two weeks. But defenseman Braydon Coburn, sidelined the last two games because of an undisclosed injury, was upgraded to day-to-day. Coburn did not practice Monday in Voorhees, so he is not expected to play Tuesday against visiting Anaheim (2-1). He probably will return Saturday in Dallas, where the Flyers start a three-game road trip. Lecavalier, 34, missed 13 games because of various injuries last season.
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October 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TURNS OUT, the chain around Brayden Schenn's neck was more choker collar than leash - given how quickly and how hard it was yanked by Craig Berube last week. Schenn's experiment on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek did not last five full periods during the regular season. He was pulled from the line during the second period of last Thursday's loss to New Jersey. It wasn't just a momentary shake-up, either. When the puck dropped on Saturday night against Montreal, it was Michael Raffl flanked to Giroux's left for the opening draw.
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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Flyers have made it difficult on themselves at the start of a season. They host Montreal, which has started the year with consecutive road wins, on Saturday night and are in danger of slipping to 0-3 for the third straight season. The schedule doesn't get easier. After facing the Canadiens, the Flyers meet four of the league's projected heavyweights - Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh. "We have to clean up our little mistakes," defenseman Mark Streit said after a team meeting at their Voorhees practice facility Friday, one day after the Flyers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting New Jersey, "but on the other hand, we did some good things as well, so we have to be positive out there.
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October 9, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Claude Giroux's last 14 months have included finger surgery after his golf club shattered, an arrest for grabbing a policeman's buttocks in an Ottawa bar - "my misguided attempt at humor," he said - and a lower-body injury suffered 15 minutes into this season's training camp. "Bad luck," Giroux said, "kind of follows me. " Not on the ice. The Flyers captain has blossomed into one of the NHL's elite players. Giroux finished third in the NHL in scoring with 86 points and third in the MVP voting last season.
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October 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLEANS, Mass. - Ed Snider thinks right winger Jake Voracek is on the verge of NHL stardom. "This kid," Snider said early in training camp, "has a chance to be a superstar. " Is the Flyers' chairman, mindful that Voracek was part of the package the Flyers acquired in 2011 for scoring machine Jeff Carter, overdosing on hyperbole? Or is the 25-year-old Voracek, coming off the best season of his six-year career, ready to take the next step in his development? Relayed Snider's comments, Voracek smiled.
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October 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
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September 28, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, is a big, small town. The type of town where everyone knows everyone - even more so among the small fraternity of hockey players from the prairie lucky enough to make it to the NHL. Journeyman forward Blair Jones is 3 years older than Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, a bit older still than Brayden Schenn. Their paths never would have crossed in minor hockey circuits or junior hockey. But when Jones signed with the Flyers after the free-agency period opened on July 1, his phone lit up with text messages from the Saskatoon connection.
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