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February 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
This should have been a mismatch. Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, 33, was the netminder for the minor-league Phantoms this time last week. But there he was Saturday afternoon staring down the Nashville Predators and their stellar goalie, Pekka Rinne, the leading candidate to win the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top netminder, and hoping to win a shootout. With a little help from teammates Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds - both of whom beat Rinne in the shootout - Zepp and the Flyers pulled off an upset, defeating the best team in the league, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.
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February 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his team coming off a loss to the league's worst team and preparing to face the best-in-the-NHL Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, Flyers coach Craig Berube is making some drastic changes. At practice Friday in Voorhees, Berube split up linemates Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek for the first time since 2012-13. They have been on the ice together for just one even-strength goal since the Christmas break. Giroux smiled when asked how strange it felt to be broken up with his partner.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
All-stars Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, linemates who are among the NHL's leading scorers, are slumping at the worst possible time - with the Flyers trying to gain ground in the playoff race. Voracek has not scored a goal in 14 games, excluding an empty-netter, and Giroux has not scored in nine games. Giroux said the line has been pressing. "I think we want to do a lot of things, and we're trying to do a little too much," he said Wednesday after practice in Voorhees. "We just need to play the game.
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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 Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY LIVE these days floating between impossible and improbable, their decimal-point chances to reach the postseason improved more than tenfold via a point streak that has created light, if not much actual heat. The Flyers finally lost a game they needed to win last night for the same reason they have gained points despite tepid efforts. Ray Emery, whose improbable return to form has been as big a reason as any for the Flyers' post-All-Star surge and that exponential jolt of hope, allowed four Columbus goals on only 24 shots in a 5-2 defeat, battling pucks all night, creating needless havoc in his own zone with fat rebounds.
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February 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - Funny game, hockey. Ray Emery's career appeared on life support last month, but the veteran goalie now has a chance to be the Flyers' (playoff) lifesaver. If the Flyers make the playoffs - and let's get this straight, they are still a long shot - Emery will have played a major role. He was thrust into the starter's position because of the latest injury to Steve Mason, and he appears up for the challenge. He is much sharper, much more confident than the goalie who struggled mightily for most of January.
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February 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With their next four games against NHL lightweights Columbus and Buffalo, the Flyers have a chance to inch closer toward the last Eastern Conference playoff spot. Columbus (23-26-3), which is 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, will be the tougher opponent. The Flyers are 1-1-1 against the Blue Jackets this season, and 1-0 against the Sabres (16-36-3), who are last in the NHL with 35 points. "We can't worry about who we're playing or who other teams are playing," said captain Claude Giroux, whose team plays in Columbus on Friday and in Buffalo on Sunday.
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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 9, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
KIMMO TIMONEN shook his head as he unlaced his skates yesterday, still sweating after ending his longest on-ice absence since he started playing hockey at age 7 in Finland. "I saw a couple articles where people say crazy things," Timonen said. "People who don't know what they're talking about saying I'm going to bleed out on the ice if I get cut. " Words dripping with sarcasm, he added, "Good image for my family. " Timonen took the first stride toward resuming his career yesterday - on blood-thinning medications, with a blood disorder, a month shy of his 40th birthday - with one message in mind.
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