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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 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 Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
STRUGGLING dressing rooms in hockey are filled with words about hope and belief. Probability and percentages? These are dirty words, to be replaced quickly by pledges of effort and faith in each other. So when Jakub Voracek was asked about his team's chances upon his return from the NHL All-Star break and said he had done the math and the math wasn't good, it could easily have been perceived as a white flag. "We've got, what 45 points?" he said then. "To me, we're going to need 94, 95 points.
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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 23, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Columnist donnels@phillynews.com
WHEN CRAIG Berube replaced Peter Laviolette three games into the 2013-14 season, the Flyers were a mess. After failing to make the playoffs in the lockout-shortened previous season, they had lost their first three games of the new season and looked absolutely awful doing so. Paul Holmgren said it was a "gut" decision, canning a coach who had guided the team to a Stanley Cup finals appearance three seasons before. Owner Ed Snider said he had never seen his team have a worse preseason.
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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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