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NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEWARK, N.J. - Two nights after the Flyers' stunningly listless loss, coach Peter Laviolette wanted his team to be more physical, get more active on the forecheck, and spend more time at New Jersey's end on Thursday night. The Flyers, Laviolette said in a pregame news conference, were "out to right a wrong. " They didn't, but you couldn't blame the King of Spring. That would be diminutive center Danny Briere, who sent the game into overtime with his eighth goal in the playoffs, tops in the NHL, and had another dominating effort.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012
OK, EIGHT GAMES into this marathon of attrition, and what do we know about this playoff edition of the Flyers? I mean, really know for sure. The goalie has played good enough most of the time, spectacular some of the time and not-so-hot at other times. The kids have amazed at times and disappeared at times, and the leadership has been inspired some of the time and disappointing at others, like Tuesday night. A game like that wasn't supposed to ever happen again, remember? That was the embarrassed message that Flyers de facto captain Claude Giroux sent out after that 10-3 Game 4 loss against Pittsburgh, then backed it up with a solid effort in Game 5 and a spectacular one in Game 6. And what did we learn then?
SPORTS
May 1, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Briere's flair for postseason heroics, and James van Riemsdyk's rekindling his playoff magic from last season were the main stories in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon. But several little things contributed mightily to the opening-game victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. Things such as rookie Eric Wellwood's using his speed to draw two New Jersey penalties. Or the Flyers winning 55 percent of the faceoffs, including Claude Giroux taking 13 of his last 19 draws - after going just 1 for 6 during his team's awful first period.
SPORTS
May 1, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THIS TIME OF the year it's a game of attrition. At least it's supposed to be. The Rangers lose Brian Boyle; bodies were falling for the Bruins like toy soldiers. You make do. Except for here. Here in Philadelphia they keep adding on. Erik Gustafsson has become an important piece. Sunday will be noted as James van Riemsdyk's renaissance, but if you watched, and particularly if you were there, you saw Eric Wellwood flying past Devils, drawing penalties, his effect on the game growing in possibilities . . . and potence.
SPORTS
May 1, 2012 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
DANNY BRIERE is not normally a participant in the Flyers' pregame, two-touch soccer warmup drill in the bowels of an arena, but he proved on Sunday afternoon that his foot-eye coordination is second to none. Briere clearly kicked a puck past Martin Brodeur just 2:13 into overtime, delivering what many thought was the Flyers' first home playoff overtime game-winner since June 2, 2010. They had lost three home overtime playoff games in a row, including Chicago's Stanley Cup-clinching win in Game 6 in 2010.
NEWS
April 23, 2012
MARCH YOUR Penguins back home, Pittsburgh, and from your series loss to Philadelphia, take this lesson: Flightless birds shouldn't puck with the Flyers. From Claude Giroux's first goal just 32 seconds into the game to Brayden Schenn's final tally just seconds from the end, the orange and black clicked like clockwork on Sunday, even if the old ultraviolence seen earlier in the series was lacking. Flyers fans at the Wells Fargo Center worked like a well-oiled machine, too - pulsing in unison, chanting as one and blowing their lids when the team finally secured the opening round of the Eastern Conference in Game 6. "I am awesome!"
SPORTS
April 20, 2012 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK said he would be crazy to not want to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Whether or not van Riemsdyk actually makes his first playoff appearance of the year on Friday night in Pittsburgh remains to be seen, but he said after skating on Thursday that the decision was out of his hands. "It's always a fun time of year to play and it sucks watching from the sidelines," van Riemsdyk said. "This is the time of year, no matter what, when your number is called, you suck it up and deal with [the pain]
SPORTS
April 18, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
During his earlier teenage years, when Sean Couturier wasn't on the ice refining his skills, he watched as many NHL games as possible, and there was one explosive player who became his favorite. A guy named Evgeni Malkin. The same guy Couturier is frustrating in the first round of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Couturier, the 19-year-old Flyers rookie center, has gotten under the skin of Malkin, the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center who had an NHL-high 109 regular-season points and is heavily favored to win the league's MVP award.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon shaved his face with soap and a razor for the first time in nearly three years Tuesday morning. Bourdon's scruffy growth is usually thicker than his French Canadian accent. After all, this is the season of the playoff beard - an annual rite of passage for the 320 or so players who qualify for a chance to compete for Lord Stanley's silver chalice. For Bourdon, who was in the AHL less than two weeks ago, the shave was an unexpected first-time experience.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Flyers rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon shaved his face with soap and a razor for the first time in nearly 3 years on Tuesday morning. His scruffy growth is usually thicker than his French-Canadian accent. After all, this is the season of the playoff beard - an annual rite of passage for the 320 or so players who qualify for a chance to compete for Lord Stanley's silver chalice. And Bourdon wanted to start from scratch. For Bourdon, who was in the AHL less than 2 weeks ago, the shave was an unexpected first-time experience.
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