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April 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY'RE GASSED. It shows in the plays they make - or, more accurately, don't make. The puck finally moves around on the power play, the open man gets the cross-ice feed, and instead of firing immediately, Claude Giroux's legs are a half-stride late, delaying the shot, allowing Braden Holtby to position himself. Jakub Voracek is late to a fat rebound in Game 1. Matt Read seems late for everything. He and Brayden Schenn get called for the kind of slashes that come from tired legs.
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April 20, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THINK BACK to the go-ahead goal. This is, admittedly, a bit of a chore, because the go-ahead goal occurred midway through the second period, well before Game 3 devolved into a hailstorm of fists, wristbands and power-play goals that left the Flyers and their fans one game away from elimination thanks to a 6-1 loss. But it is there where the story of the series really lies. Not the sliver of daylight between Steve Mason's glove and the post, nor the emphatic fist pump from the all-time great watching his wrister rattle around the back of the net, but the giveaway that ignited the pivotal sequence.
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April 20, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Before he walked into the Flyers' locker room Monday night and addressed the team after Game 3 of their playoff series against Washington, Jay Snider said it would be one of the most emotional moments of his life. "Normally," he said with conviction and deep admiration, "it would be Dad in there. " He was talking about Ed Snider, the Flyers chairman and cofounder who died of bladder cancer April 11 at age 83. During most of his 50 years with the team, Snider would walk from locker to locker after each home game, get to know the players, and, whether they won or lost, thank them for their effort.
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April 19, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
When the Flyers host Washington on Monday in a virtual win-or-forget-about-it matchup, it will be an emotional night, the team's first home game since club chairman and cofounder Ed Snider died a week ago. A tribute to Snider will be shown on the scoreboard before the game. "Tough week, obviously, for the whole organization, the whole city of Philadelphia and for the hockey team," defenseman Mark Streit said. "It's going to be very emotional before the game. I think we just have to find a way to use it as a positive and use that energy.
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April 19, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers played three-plus months of gritty, productive hockey, climbing past four teams and earning the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. But if they don't quickly solve the mystery of Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, they might be trading hockey sticks for golf clubs by this weekend. Trailing by two games to none in an intense, physical, first-round series, they will try to get close when the site shifts to the House That Ed Built, the Wells Fargo Center, on Monday.
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April 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - After it was over and the Flyers had dropped a 4-1 decision to Washington on Saturday night, captain Claude Giroux looked and sounded stunned. "I'm not too sure what to say, to be honest," he said softly. "I think we played a good game, but at the end of the day, we have to win the game. " The Flyers outshot the Capitals, 42-23, after managing just 19 shots in their 2-0 loss in Game 1. Now they head home for Games 3 and 4. "We've been playing well at home this year," Giroux said.
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April 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere conceded there was a stretch when he felt some fatigue creeping into his game, but he said he felt refreshed and ready for a grueling series with Washington. If the Flyers have any hope at an upset, they need Gostisbehere playing at his best. "I see him back at a high level," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said before Game 1 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Hakstol said that Gostisbehere was "on the upswing as we came down the latter part of the stretch" and that playing a long, grinding season was part of the experience.
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April 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Every spring is supposed to be the spring for Alexander Ovechkin. It never is. For the last nine years, nobody in the NHL has piled up individual achievements and collective letdowns like Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. He's led the league in goals six times, been named its most valuable player three times, and led the Capitals to six division titles and eight playoff appearances. Not once have they advanced past the tournament's second round. In the race for the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are always the hare, never the tortoise.
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April 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
ARLINGTON, Va. - Mike Richards once was among the bright young athletes in Philadelphia, a Stanley Cup finalist with the Flyers in 2010, an Olympic gold medalist with Canada earlier that year. After a trade and Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 with the Los Angeles Kings, Richards saw his life unravel last year, first with a demotion to the minor leagues and then an arrest at a Canadian border stop in June, after which he was charged with possession of the controlled substance oxycodone.
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April 12, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ED SNIDER hopped a cyber ride this weekend, Lauren Hart holding up her cellphone toward the singing fat lady he and his team made an eternal hockey symbol, an unintended symbol of his world view as well, even before he personally gave those Rooskies hell. "If Ed Snider can't be in the arena," Hart told anyone who asked, "I'll bring the arena to him. " Up on the scoreboard, Kate Smith was still a robust 67 years old, belting out her piece of God Bless America. Grainy a bit but no worse for the wear, she and her voice suspended forever in 1974, forever in time, or at least for as long as the Flyers play hockey.
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