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October 21, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Claude Giroux picked up where he left off last season. His linemate, Jake Voracek, has at least one point in all five games this season, the only Flyer to do so. The last Flyer with points in at least five straight games to start a season was Chris Pronger, back in 2011. Only one player in the NHL - the Rangers' Rick Nash (six) - has more goals than Wayne Simmonds (five). Giroux, Voracek and Simmonds each have seven points on the young season and all three rank in the top 20 in league scoring, despite the fact that Simmonds was held off the scoresheet Saturday night in Dallas.
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October 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Of all the statistics - including success on the power play and penalty kill, faceoff percentage, and shots on goal - there is one category that tells the true tale of an NHL team's strength. Five-on-five play. The reason is simple: Teams play most of the time at even strength, so five-on-five success is considered the ultimate gauge. In last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, for instance, two of the top five five-on-five teams were the Los Angeles Kings (No. 1, 1.29 goals scored for every one allowed)
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October 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
IMAGINE, FOR one second, that the names and numbers were removed from the Flyers' jerseys during training camp. Imagine that contracts and salary-cap information were thrown out the window. Imagine that age really was just a number and experience counted only for as much as length of service in the NHL Players Association pension plan. Then judge the Flyers' defense. Pick the best six players and give them a name and a uniform number on Opening Night next Wednesday. Judging by that criteria alone, few who closely watched the Flyers this preseason would not have prospect Shayne Gostisbehere in their lineup at the Garden on Causeway Street in Boston.
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October 3, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The latest rumor barely rolled off a reporter's tongue and Ron Hextall grinned, albeit only for a second. "I'm not going to talk about trades," Hextall said. "But I will give you one other piece of advice: Don't believe everything you read. " The rumor, from TSN's Bob McKenzie, said Hextall is actively shopping a defenseman - particularly Luke Schenn or Nick Grossmann - in order to open up a space in the lineup for 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin. Hextall wasn't happy.
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October 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The momentum the Flyers built with a dramatic comeback win in Dallas three nights earlier did not carry into Tuesday night at the United Center. Instead, the Flyers looked lost during an uninspired opening period in which they allowed three goals in a 2-minute, 6-second span en route to a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane - whose name will live in Flyers infamy because of a certain goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals - had a pair of power-play tallies as Chicago (4-0-1)
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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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October 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - He has a seat on the Flyers' chartered plane. He attends every practice - even the two in Cape Cod last weekend - and usually sits alone. He doesn't spend much time around the locker room. He is always sharply dressed, wearing a suit, and his strawberry blond hair is neatly coiffed. He is not a coach. He is not part of the medical or public relations staff. He does not carry equipment bags or massage players' sore shoulders. In fact, the only hint that he works for the team is that he carries a computer bag emblazoned with the Flyers logo.
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September 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
LONDON, Ontario - One year ago, Anthony Stolarz made his NHL exhibition debut with the Flyers at Budweiser Gardens, the same arena he's called home for the last two seasons with the OHL's Knights. He split the game with Steve Mason, stopping 14 of 15 shots. Except after the game, as the rest of the Flyers were packing their bags for a 2-hour bus ride across Ontario, goaltending coach Jeff Reese was waiting for Stolarz at his locker. Reese congratulated Stolarz, the Flyers' second-round pick in 2012, then quietly broke the news that he would not be accompanying the team on the rest of the trip.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
RUMORS HAD been swirling during recent months, and the Flyers finally confirmed that a trade was happening. After spending the last 16 years on the team's Comcast SportsNet television broadcast crew - with much of that time spent wedged between the players' benches - Steve Coates will be heading back to the radio booth. The Flyers announced in a press release yesterday that "Coatesy" would be trading places with radio color commentator and longtime Flyers defenseman Chris Therien.
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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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October 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - You could excuse the Flyers if they consider the Consol Energy Center their favorite NHL arena. They own the building. R.J. Umberger, a 32-year-year-old winger who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, scored his first goal in his second stint with the Flyers, sparking a 5-3 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night. Since the arena opened in 2010-11, the Flyers are an amazing 10-1-1 in regular-season games here. Umberger, who also contributed an assist and a first-period fight, snapped a 2-2 tie with 13 minutes left as he converted a pass from Claude Giroux (two assists)
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October 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The shootings Wednesday in Canada's capital city, Ottawa, rattled Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who lived in the city as a teenager, not far from Parliament. "It's the White House of Canada," he said before the Flyers faced the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. A suspected gunman was killed after two shooting incidents - one at Canada's National War Memorial, located near the Parliament building, and another round of shooting inside Parliament. A soldier was also killed, and the area around Parliament was locked down.
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October 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In their first extended road trip of the season, the Flyers passed the test. Somehow. Though they had some unsettling defensive moments, the Flyers won two of three games - sandwiching wins in Dallas and Pittsburgh around a one-sided defeat in Chicago - to bring some equilibrium to a shaky start. "It's a good trip," coach Craig Berube said. "You're not happy about certain things, but when you look at the big picture, we got two wins on the road. We'll take it and go home, get rested up, and play Saturday.
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October 23, 2014
GOING HOME Flyers winger R.J. Umberger is excited to play the Penguins, the team he adored as a boy. D3.
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October 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Craig Berube signaled for a timeout, steam practically billowing from his ears behind the Flyers' bench. Patrick Kane had just poked in a power-play rebound to give the Blackhawks their second goal in 32 seconds and Berube was fired up. The Flyers coach furiously pointed a multiple players and looked up and down the bench seething with anger. His timeout, though, only prolonged the playing of Chicago's catchy "Chelsea Dagger" goal song. Or, as it's better known in Philadelphia, the song that tormented Michael Leighton in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals.
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October 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The momentum the Flyers built with a dramatic comeback win in Dallas three nights earlier did not carry into Tuesday night at the United Center. Instead, the Flyers looked lost during an uninspired opening period in which they allowed three goals in a 2-minute, 6-second span en route to a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane - whose name will live in Flyers infamy because of a certain goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals - had a pair of power-play tallies as Chicago (4-0-1)
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October 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Flyers winger R.J. Umberger is returning home Wednesday to Pittsburgh, excited to renew the heated rivalry with the team he adored in his childhood, the high-scoring Penguins. "It's going to mean a little more coming back and being a Flyer again," Umberger said before Tuesday's game in Chicago. "It's something I'm anxious to be part of again, like earlier in my career. " Umberger, who grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum Borough, spent the first three years of his NHL career with the Flyers before being dealt to Columbus and playing six seasons with the Blue Jackets.
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October 23, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - R.J. Umberger knew something was up when he finally climbed to his feet and heard both benches screaming. It was his first shift of the game on Saturday night in Dallas. There was a routine play on the boards just outside the Flyers' blue line. Umberger went to play the puck when Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth barreled down on him. The two collided. It didn't appear to be all that different than one of the other 44 hits. "I just remember us falling, kind of off-balance," Umberger said.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The Flyers defense is on the verge of getting a major upgrade. Recovering from a foot injury, top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn continued to make progress during Monday's practice at the United Center, and he could return Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. "Today was a good day," Coburn said after an 80-minute practice in which he had several defensive partners. "I feel like there was some improvement, and I feel more comfortable out there, so I'm hoping I can have a good day tomorrow.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The Flyers, of all teams, have committed a league-low 12 minor penalties, and they have averaged the NHL's fewest penalty minutes per game (seven) in the first five games. It's a small sample, but it is still eye-opening for a franchise that usually leads the NHL - or is near the top - in both categories. It's been "way less taxing" on his penalty killers, said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Chicago on Tuesday night. "We've been good so far, and we have to continue to check properly, because when your sticks are in the air and you're hooking and tripping and stuff, you're going to get penalties.
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