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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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April 11, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The mistake that could have kept the Flyers out of the playoffs has been weighing on Wayne Simmonds' mind for more than 21/2 weeks. It happened on March 22, in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, with the Flyers leading by two goals and on a power play, with less than two minutes left in regulation, with Simmonds in possession of the puck in his team's defensive zone. He had what he described Saturday as a "brain fart. " He thought he could ice the puck, to kill time, without stopping play.
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April 11, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Detroit and Boston lost in regulation earlier Saturday, opening the door for the Flyers to clinch a playoff spot with a win. Thanks to sizzling right winger Wayne Simmonds, they did just that. Simmonds scored two goals as the Flyers outlasted Pittsburgh's 'B' team, 3-1, at the electric Wells Fargo Center and earned the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. "When you work so hard to get to this point in the year, I thought we deserved it," said Simmonds, who has 32 goals, including seven in the last seven games.
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April 9, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
It wasn't the result the Flyers wanted or needed, but they were able to scramble to earn one point when none seemed likely Thursday in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers still control their playoff fate. If they win their next two games, Saturday at home against Pittsburgh and Sunday at the New York Islanders, they will clinch a spot, regardless of what other teams do. "The point is huge, but it would be better if we had two," said winger Jake Voracek, summing up the feeling of the Flyers.
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April 8, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - The Flyers' playoff charge was delayed Wednesday in Detroit, and they will have to regroup if they are going to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Red Wings 3, Flyers 0. In the most important game of the season for both teams, the Flyers started somewhat flat, allowed a bizarre first goal and never recovered before a frenzied crowd at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to register his first shutout since opening night against Toronto on Oct 9. "Maybe we could have gotten in his face a little more, tried to take his eyes away, but he made a lot of good saves," defenseman Mark Streit said.
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