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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was a silly, impulsive mistake, one made all the sillier because Scott Hartnell committed it in a game that meant so little. He'd gotten himself in a tussle with the Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Bellemore in the third period Sunday. The Flyers had clinched a playoff spot, knew that their first-round opponent would be the New York Rangers, and understood they had nothing to gain and much to lose in their regular-season finale. They were on their way to a 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes, and, well, at least there were 10 goals and a shootout to entertain everyone.
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April 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are cautiously optimistic that goalie Steve Mason will play in the playoff opener Thursday night against the New York Rangers. "I feel he will," general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday afternoon, "but you never know. We'll see how he feels in the morning" Tuesday. Mason was hurt in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Penguins' Jayson Megna knocked Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald into the 6-foot-4 goalie, snapping his head and neck back before he fell to the ice. Mason remained in the game for the final 3 minutes, 33 seconds of the second period before he was replaced by Ray Emery.
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April 14, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FIVE YEARS AGO, a wrecking ball tore a hole through the brick and mortar of the Spectrum - tearing down nearly 40 years worth of dusty Flyers and Sixers memories. On the periphery, the demolition of America's Showplace left the Flyers' top minor league affiliate in need of a new home after an impressive 13-year run across the street from the big club. That wrecking ball left the Phantoms' franchise in shambles. They've yet to recover. The Phantoms will play their final home game in Glens Falls, N.Y., this Friday to mercifully end the most embarrassing era of minor league production in the Flyers' 47-year history.
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January 31, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ANAHEIM - Sitting in his stall deep inside the bowels of the Honda Center, Pat Maroon wiped the dripping sweat from his forehead, but the concerned look on his brow remained. To this day, more than 3 years after the fact, the Flyers' draft pick isn't quite sure how he ended up in Southern California - playing for the NHL's top team, alternating nightly on lines between Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. His mind is still blown. The pain, the confusion and the details are all too clear.
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April 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCRATCHING his head, Ken Hitchcock pored over the video from his Blues' 4-1 loss to the Flyers on March 22 on his laptop and counted. The former NHL coach of the year sat back astonished with his findings. "I counted five separate times where the Flyers' defensemen started from behind our forwards at their goal line and beat us up the ice on the rush," a stunned Hitchcock said in St. Louis 2 weeks back. "Five times. " Mark Streit was at the forefront of the attack. After a lengthy adjustment period, Streit's offensive mindset has melted into the consciousness of his fellow defensemen, turning the Flyers' blue line into a scoring threat again.
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February 24, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
EDMONTON - This time, there were no late-game heroics. There are only so many times you can go to that well. And the Flyers already did that in Winnipeg on Tuesday night, when they salvaged an overtime win after Wayne Simmonds' tally tied the game with 9.7 seconds left in the third period. Last night, the Flyers pounded 15 shots toward the Edmonton net in the third period while allowing just five chances at the other end of the ice. The effort was too little, too late.
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - All you need to know about the kind of night Claude Giroux had in Game 1 against the Rangers is this: He had one good, clean look at a shot on goal all night, and he lifted his stick so high and swung it so wildly that he might as well have been Carl Spackler decapitating another one of Bushwood Country Club's chrysanthemums. The puck sailed wide of the net into the far corner of the rink, the only moment of note Giroux generated in the 17 minutes, 8 seconds he spent on the ice Thursday, and one game into this series, all the talk of matchups and playing styles and the identity of the Flyers' starting goaltender is already growing tiresome and, in a way, irrelevant.
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April 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NOW THE proud owner of a sparkling national championship ring with little left to accomplish at the collegiate level, the lure of the NHL was just too big for Shayne Gostisbehere to ignore. Gostisbehere, the Flyers' 2012 third-round pick, agreed to terms yesterday on a 3-year, entry-level deal just 3 days removed from helping Union College win its first NCAA crown, on Wells Fargo Center ice. He was named the Frozen Four's most outstanding player after finishing with one goal, four assists over the two games.
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April 18, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Flyers rookie Jason Akeson was living a dream yesterday morning. By the evening, he was caught in a hockey nightmare. Akeson, playing in just his third NHL game - and his first in the playoffs - was having a pretty good day all around up until a collision with Rangers forward Carl Hagelin changed Game 1 of this playoff series. Akeson charged hard at Hagelin trying to make a big hit along the boards at center ice. But his skate buckled a bit before impact and his stick swung up and cut Hagelin.
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April 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the Flyers, the magnitude of the games has changed, but not the results at Madison Square Garden. It continues to be their Garden of Evil. They managed just 15 shots and dropped their ninth straight at the World's Most Famous Arena, opening the playoffs with a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, snapping a 1-1 tie and keying the Rangers' hard-earned win. The Rangers got a four-minute power play because of a double minor against rookie winger Jason Akeson, who played just one regular-season game and was making his NHL playoff debut.
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - All you need to know about the kind of night Claude Giroux had in Game 1 against the Rangers is this: He had one good, clean look at a shot on goal all night, and he lifted his stick so high and swung it so wildly that he might as well have been Carl Spackler decapitating another one of Bushwood Country Club's chrysanthemums. The puck sailed wide of the net into the far corner of the rink, the only moment of note Giroux generated in the 17 minutes, 8 seconds he spent on the ice Thursday, and one game into this series, all the talk of matchups and playing styles and the identity of the Flyers' starting goaltender is already growing tiresome and, in a way, irrelevant.
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April 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Settling into the Flyers' hotel overlooking Central Park, Scott Hartnell acknowledged he lingered awake longer than normal Thursday night in the city that never sleeps. "It was tough to sleep, knowing you lost Game 1 and it was right there going into the third period," Hartnell said. "I think you're going to see a different attitude, different mindset in Game 2. " The Flyers' attitude and mindset might be different, but after generating only 14 shots on Henrik Lundqvist after scoring on their first attempt on Thursday night, it doesn't sound as if Craig Berube's game plan will change all that much for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series tomorrow afternoon.
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April 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - After an encouraging one-hour workout Friday, Flyers goalie Steve Mason had a setback Saturday and will miss Game 2 of the opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Mason, who has been sidelined since suffering an upper-body injury April 12 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, indicated after Friday's workout that his goal was to play in Game 2. But after participating in a full-team practice Saturday afternoon at the Garden, he said he wasn't ready.
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April 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Craig Berube says his team isn't tired. The Flyers' third-period play recently suggests otherwise. The long grind that had them play the final 17 regular-season games - many against elite teams - over the last 30 days seems to have caught up with the Flyers. They have been flat and outskated in most third periods lately. If they don't awaken, they will soon have several months to catch up on their rest. Berube doesn't buy the theory that the Flyers are fatigued, or that it played a role in their disastrous third period Thursday in New York, where the Rangers pulled away from a 1-1 tie and won the playoff opener, 4-1. The Flyers should have been energized for the final 20 minutes, knowing they somehow were thisclose to taking the early control of the series.
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April 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Madison Square Garden has been a house of horrors for the Flyers since their last win there in 2011. The numbers since then: W      L      GF      GA 0       9       10       35
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April 21, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Say this for New York fans, they have a sense of humor. When the Rangers jumped out with two goals in the first 9 minutes of yesterday's Game 2, the Madison Square Garden faithful jeered the Flyers and goaltender Ray Emery with chants of "We Want Hex-tall. " The Rangers were on the verge of seizing the game, and taking early control of the series, when Emery responded by stopping the next 29 shots. "We don't win this game without Razor," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said succinctly.
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April 21, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Typically, NHL players playing their fourth career game do not get much attention, nor is there much pressure on them to make a significant impact. That is not the case for Jason Akeson. With 14:15 left in the second period yesterday, and the Flyers trailing the Rangers by a goal, the rookie came up big. After Vinny Lecavalier's shot from the point was brushed aside, and Brayden Schenn deflected it to the left of the goal, Akeson found himself all alone with the puck, and an open net. Akeson buried the shot, tying the game at 2 and giving the Flyers some tangible confidence for the rest of the game, a 4-2 win that evened their series against the Rangers.
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April 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Trailing by two goals barely 8 minutes into Game 2, the drama on Broadway was playing like something out of "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. " Like Kevin McAllister, the Flyers were begging to go home - if not begging to be swept in their first-round series against the Rangers. Having come back from a 2-0 series deficit only three times in franchise history, the Flyers' season seemed to be slowly slipping away. But Craig Berube did not call a timeout. Looking up and down the Flyers' quiet bench, it was Jake Voracek who piped up to tell his teammates to calm down.
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April 21, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The thing about having Ray Emery in goal, and it is a skate blade that slices two ways, is that you know where he's going to be. For the Flyers, who evened their opening-round series against the Rangers with a 4-2 win behind Emery on Sunday afternoon, they know he is going to be in the middle of the net and he's going to make enough stops to give them a chance. Subbing for starter Steve Mason, who might have dengue fever for all the organization is saying but probably has a concussion, Emery has given the Flyers that chance to win in both games of the series now. They didn't take advantage in the opener, preferring to commit bad penalties and put New York on the power play for much of the deciding third period.
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