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June 7, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Chris Pronger had his uniform on straight, his helmet was positioned properly, and his skates were laced tightly. It's his game that was upside down, and the Flyers caught a strong dose of what happens when their premier defenseman, the player who was having the most significant impact in the Stanley Cup Finals, has a rough night. They lose. It doesn't take a hockey aficionado to realize the Flyers would be lounging at their summer cottages if No. 20 wasn't patrolling the blue line, using his mean edge, his stick, and his vast experience to fend off trouble.
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November 27, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Late in overtime Friday afternoon, Chris Pronger waved his left arm in front of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for a split second while the Flyers were on a four-on-three power play. Was Pronger waving for teammate Mike Richards to shoot the puck or move closer to the net? Or was he trying to distract the veteran goalie? Ghislain Hebert, in his first full season as an NHL referee, believed the latter. As a result, Richards' goal was disallowed and the game went to a shoot-out, in which Calgary prevailed to gain a controversial, 3-2 win in a Black Friday special at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 13, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger should have had a stirring retirement celebration before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh, saluting a career that will undoubtedly put him into the Hall of Fame. Instead, the charade continued. Pronger attended the game at the Wells Fargo Center, sat in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite and, perhaps because he is in the process of making a comeback (wink, wink), wasn't even acknowledged on the scoreboard. Earlier Thursday, during a news conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Pronger talked about trying to make a return from post-concussion syndrome.
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June 1, 2010
1. Dustin Byfuglien 2. Dan Carcillo 3. Duncan Keith 4. Ian Laperriere 5. Chris Pronger
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August 4, 2010
The Flyers on Tuesday revealed that veteran defenseman Chris Pronger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week. General manager Paul Holmgren called the procedure "minor" and said Pronger would be ready when camp opens Sept. 17 in Voorhees. The Flyers said his surgery was to "remove loose bodies" in the knee. He has already started his rehab. Pronger's knee problem, however, may explain why the Flyers are so heavy on defensemen; they have eight on their roster.
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May 1, 2011
Here are standout statistics from Game 1: The combined save percentage of the Flyers goalies was .788. Anything below .900 is considered subpar, but below .800? Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell logged just 12 minutes of ice time. Chris Pronger was up to 19:45, his most playing time since returning from injury in Game 6 vs. Buffalo. The teams were a combined 1 for 10 on the power play, continuing a bad trend for both teams. In fact, Boston (0 for 5) has not scored with the man advantage in the postseason.
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June 11, 2010
When the 2010-11 NHL schedule is released later this month, it would be understandable if defenseman Chris Pronger circled the date that his Flyers play Chicago. First, the Chicago Tribune called him "Chrissy" and showed him wearing a figure-skating outfit in a doctored photo earlier this week. And then little-used Chicago forward Adam Burish blasted the defenseman in a TV interview after the Blackhawks' Stanley-Cup-clinching 4-3 overtime win on Wednesday at the Wachovia Center.
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February 20, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is on the verge of reaching out to former Flyer Keith Primeau to help him get through the most difficult period of his career - and perhaps his life. Pronger, the Flyers' star defenseman, whose Hall-of-Fame career may be over, has been sidelined by a concussion and has not played since November. Primeau's career was shortened because of a concussion. "That has been brought up lately; there are a lot of parallels between the two," Lauren Pronger, Chris' wife, said during the Flyers Wives Carnival on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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May 15, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Before Simon Gagne's game-winner with 7:08 remaining, there was long-forgotten James van Riemsdyk. Van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' youngest player at 21, wasn't considered a threat by the Boston Bruins - being that he was scoreless not only in the series but also in his short, 12-game playoff career. But without van Riemsdyk's ice-breaking first-period goal, which cut the deficit from three goals to two last night in Game 7, the comeback of all comebacks might not have been possible.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Someday, Flyers prospect Sam Morin hopes to remind folks of his idol, Chris Pronger. That's why Morin seeks advice from the former standout defenseman whenever he gets the chance. After Saturday's opening day of rookie camp in Voorhees, Morin recalled a conversation he had with the once-menacing Pronger, who had a simple message: Play mean, but play smart. "I got into an incident this past year with my stick, and he just told me not to do it again," said Morin, a 6-foot-6, 224-pound defenseman who has gained 13 pounds in the last year.
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August 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the most frustrating season of his NHL career, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will bring a resolute attitude to the Flyers. "It was a bit of a humbling season," Del Zotto said Wednesday. Traded from the New York Rangers to Nashville in January, he was spurned in the free-agent market until the Flyers signed him to a one-year, $1.3 million deal on Tuesday. "This offseason is the most motivated I've ever been to get back and prove people wrong - and get back to where I was before.
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July 1, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE NAME of "Mr. Irrelevant," otherwise known as the 210th pick, had not been registered by the Stanley Cup champion Kings even 10 minutes Saturday and Ron Hextall was ready to put his first-ever draft in the rearview mirror. The Flyers have work to do. "First on my agenda right now is to go back to Skate Zone and take a look at our [salary] cap," Hextall said. "We have the hard number now, so we've got to look at it and see where we can try to maneuver. " The Flyers need to do some serious maneuvering just to fill out their roster for the upcoming season, let alone entertain pricey free agents when the signing window opens tomorrow at noon.
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May 20, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE WAS a great goaltender, and an underappreciated amount of skill, and it was all cradled lovingly in a clenched fist. Those were the Flyers who won the Stanley Cup, 40 years ago. They won, and they won again, and they might have won a third consecutive time if the goaltender, Bernie Parent, had not been injured. And then, well, you know. The Parent injury, Leon Stickle, the Edmonton dynasty, the choking situation, the Lindros controversy, Michael Leighton apparently missing the lesson about acute angles in geometry class - to repeat, you know.
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May 5, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
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May 1, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FUNNY THING about Erik Gustafsson. For a professional hockey player who still is trying to get his career going, he sure seems to be in the right place at the right time quite often. Take last night in the middle of the second period. Gustafsson was sitting in the penalty box after a questionable high-sticking penalty and goaltender Steve Mason had just made a scintillating glove save on Benoit Pouliot. As the clock on his penalty clicked down, Gustafsson stood up and sprung out of the penalty box. As he did, Braydon Coburn flipped the puck out of the defensive zone.
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April 30, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
From his first playoff game as an NHL head coach through his fifth, Craig Berube has made a succession of decisions that have defied the stability he had cultivated within weeks of his ascension to the job. This does not make him a poor coach. It makes him a desperate one, and it speaks to the task before him and the Flyers ahead of Tuesday's Game 6 against the Rangers. After he replaced Peter Laviolette in early October, Berube didn't need much time to reverse the course of the Flyers' season.
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April 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New York Rangers have the upper hand in their playoff series with the Flyers because they have dominated even-strength play. New York, which can wrap up the series in six games with a win at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, has outscored the Flyers, 11-6, in even-strength situations, excluding empty-net goals. The Flyers are giving the Rangers too much space, forward Brayden Schenn said. "When we have that support, that's when you can make those little plays and have two guys in the battle instead of one guy battling," Schenn said.
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April 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCRATCHING his head, Ken Hitchcock pored over the video from his Blues' 4-1 loss to the Flyers on March 22 on his laptop and counted. The former NHL coach of the year sat back astonished with his findings. "I counted five separate times where the Flyers' defensemen started from behind our forwards at their goal line and beat us up the ice on the rush," a stunned Hitchcock said in St. Louis 2 weeks back. "Five times. " Mark Streit was at the forefront of the attack. After a lengthy adjustment period, Streit's offensive mindset has melted into the consciousness of his fellow defensemen, turning the Flyers' blue line into a scoring threat again.
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March 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HIGH ON THE LIST of reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions and are in position to repeat that feat is their depth. They roll one quality line after another at you, building pressure until you buckle. Depth is also high on the list of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers have resurrected from their early grave to become one of those teams even the elite hate to play. Claude Giroux's heroic goal with 4.2 seconds left in overtime punctuated a game in which the Flyers, not the champs, rolled out the relentless pressure, outshooting Chicago, 37-25, and rallying from two early soft goals allowed by a clearly rusty Ray Emery.
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