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December 19, 2014 | BY FRANK ERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
STEVE MASON tomahawked his stick over the bench on his way off the ice, splintering it into pieces in pure frustration. Florida's Dave Bolland slipped a puck through his five-hole seconds earlier to hand the Flyers their 10th consecutive shootout loss. Even stopping five out of seven Panthers shooters in the breakaway competition wasn't good enough, given his teammates' brain scramble at the other end of the ice. The lost extracurricular point was the most tangible example of one of many games-within-the-game last night, with Mason's anger seeping through in his words for more than 5 minutes.
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May 4, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
INSIDE JAROMIR Jagr's locker stall, in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center and any arena where the Flyers play, a small memento is wrapped in blue felt. It is a trifold, no more than 6 inches in length. It sits next to Jagr's hockey tape, stick wax, and various weights and braces and training contraptions. It does not stand out, except for the shine reflecting off the gilded hand-painted faces of the Eastern Orthodox Church's Holy Trinity, and the fact that religious icons in hockey dressing rooms are rarer than Stanley Cup-clinching goals.
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March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a positive to the Flyers' falling out of playoff contention: They now will be part of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. By all accounts, McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound center, is a franchise cornerstone, a player who is being compared to (gulp) Sidney Crosby. Thanks to their Great Meltdown Against League Lightweights, the Flyers will be in the April draft lottery. They have the league's eighth-worst record, and if they stay there, they would have a 6 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick.
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April 21, 2011
Shutouts have been rare for the Flyers in the playoffs, but not against the Sabres this year. Consider: The 1-0 shutout Wednesday was the first time in franchise history that the Flyers have been shut out, 1-0, twice in the same series. The two shutouts are just the third and fourth 1-0 shutout losses in the playoffs in franchise history. The Flyers had not been shut out twice in a series since the 2002 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, when they were shut out in Games 2, 3 and 4 by Ottawa.
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April 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ONE YEAR AGO, Michael Del Zotto began the final week of the season on another non-playoff team in Nashville - and he wasn't even given the chance to play out the string. He was a healthy scratch in four of the Predators' final five games. The Flyers were eliminated from contention last week, yet this feels entirely different. It feels like home. Based on the way December played out for Del Zotto, he wasn't entirely convinced this would be the case. "I wasn't happy. It was no secret," the defenseman said.
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April 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF THERE was ever any doubt about whether Ron Hextall's views were in line with chairman Ed Snider on the subject of tanking, no longer. Yes, as Paul Holmgren joked on the day he was promoted to president last May, Hextall really does have a Flyers logo tattooed on his butt. Aware of the fans in Buffalo cheering for the Sabres to lose recently in a game dubbed the "McEichel Bowl" for increasing odds of landing generational talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Hextall shook his head on Wednesday night.
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November 25, 2008
FLYERS 4, STARS 3 SCORE BY PERIODSSHOTS ON GOAL Dallas. . . 1 2 0 - 0Dallas. . . 5 12 8 - 25 Flyers. . . 2 1 1 - 4Flyers. . . 14 4 7 - 25 SCORING First Period No. TeamPlayerAssistAssistTimeS-F 1. FlyersUpshall (3)Lupul (2)-3:170-1 2. StarsWilson (1)Sydor (2)-11:331-1 3. FlyersKnuble (9)Gagne (15)-16:001-2 Second Period 4. StarsModano (7)Eriksson (5)Parrish (2)2:302-2 5. FlyersCarter (15)Hartnell (6)-14:222-3 6. StarsModano (8)
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May 19, 2010 | by the Daily News
The Flyers have scored 13 unanswered goals in these playoffs. The last NHL team to do that was the Anaheim Ducks in 2006. This is the fourth time the Flyers have scored 10 or more unanswered goals in the playoffs: 13: 2010, Bruins & Canadiens 12: 1980, North Stars 11: 1987, Rangers & Islanders 10: 1974, Flames & Rangers  
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April 23, 2009
Game 4 can be summarized in three words: Marc-Andre Fleury. This was a classic case of a hot goalie stealing his team a game. The Pens goalkeeper was phenomenal, making 45 saves in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win. After a shaky performance in Game Three, Fleury was clearly the difference in sending the Penguins home with a three-games-to-one series lead. The Flyers came out hard in the first ten minutes of the game and had three power plays and plenty of quality scoring chances, in the first period, but could not crack the former No. 1 overall pick.
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May 31, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources. "He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said. The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy. " Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said.
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April 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have extra motivation as they end their disappointing season Saturday afternoon against Ottawa at the Wells Fargo Center: They will be trying to prevent the surging Senators from clinching a playoff spot. "They'll be coming in with a lot of intensity, something I think we need from an opponent," said Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who will finish the best season of his seven-year career. "Hopefully, we'll be able to come away and ruin their season. " Ottawa (42-26-13), which owns a stunning 22-4-4 record since Feb. 10, can clinch a playoff spot if it registers one point.
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April 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued to play down to their competition Thursday night. They suffered their 12th straight loss in games against teams not in a playoff spot, dropping a sleep-inducing 3-1 decision to Carolina at the Wells Fargo Center. "The intensity is not as high as when we play good teams," said Claude Giroux, who hit the post with 52 seconds left. "Maybe it's preparation. I'm not too sure it is, but we need to figure it out. " They will have all summer to do so. The season ends Saturday afternoon against visiting Ottawa, which needs one point to clinch a playoff spot.
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April 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers coach Craig Berube is signed through the end of next season, but he knows that doesn't guarantee he will return. The Flyers, futile on the road and against the league's weaker teams, are going to miss the playoffs, and general manager Ron Hextall said he will evaluate Berube after the season, which ends Saturday. Berube was asked if he thought his chances were good that he would return. "I'm confident, but I don't really think about it," he said Thursday after the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.
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April 10, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is of little consolation to the Flyers that they are playing looser in April. They will sit out the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons. With not as much at stake in the games, the Flyers are 3-0-1 in April with two wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins and one over the New York Islanders, two clubs in playoff contention. "When we go out there with kind of a carefree attitude, it makes things flow a little easier where other teams may be holding their sticks a little tighter, maybe causing their own problem," goalie Steve Mason said Wednesday after the Flyers held off-ice workouts at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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April 10, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SEPTEMBER. That's the toughest time to make the Flyers, forward Ryan White was saying the other day. White, 27, has nearly 200 NHL games under his belt, but has only cracked an opening roster once in his career. At this level, it doesn't matter how many games you played in the previous season. Nick Cousins is now learning that lesson. Cousins watched Jason Akeson skate in all seven of the Flyers' Stanley Cup playoff games last spring. Akeson lasted just 12 quiet games this season before being shuttled back to the AHL. He isn't alone.
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April 10, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY COULDN'T win on the road. They couldn't take a punch, at least at the start of the season, and later, when the fight seemed to be turning in their favor. Shootouts were another thing that seemed to have gotten in their collective heads, and when you roll it all together, it's kind of incredible the Flyers stayed as relevant in the local sports conversation as they did, all the way up to that lost weekend in early March. But that's the good news, if there is such a thing to this season, why they did for as long as they did. Over this long, arduous haul a few people have stepped up as leader types, in the room and on the ice, guys who had been riders in years past.
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April 9, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
JAKE VORACEK buried his head on the bench. He just fumbled two empty-net chances in the neutral zone while inexplicably searching to find linemate Claude Giroux his first career hat trick. "I was trying to refocus for overtime, to be honest," Voracek said, after the Flyers blew a two-goal lead in a matter of 76 seconds. "It was a tough pill to swallow. " Craig Berube wasn't watching. He was formulating a game plan for bonus hockey. "I wasn't even really paying attention," Berube said.
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April 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers gave away toasters, blenders, refrigerators, and other assorted prizes on fan appreciation night at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. As an added bonus, they gave their fans their first victory over the New York Islanders this season. In a wild finish that saw three goals scored in the final 1 minute, 44 seconds, Brayden Schenn won it by firing a shot from above the left circle that somehow beat goalie Jaroslav Halak with 2.1 seconds left, giving the Flyers a crazy 5-4 win over the dazed Isles.
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April 8, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
FIGURE THIS one out: Brayden Schenn has accumulated nearly 15 percent of his entire season's point total in the last three games. In the penultimate week of a non-playoff season. Add his recent performance to the list of perplexing items about this Flyers team, up there with the disparaging road record (10-20-11), Steve Mason's win total (17) despite a franchise-record save percentage (.929), and Craig Berube's depth charts. Schenn, 23, tied for the league lead in scoring last week with six points - three goals and three assists - in the Flyers' three games (2-0-1)
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April 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
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