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October 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SHAYNE Gostisbehere will make his NHL debut tonight, the first step in determining his length of stay in Philadelphia. A permanent spot on the Flyers' roster is far from guaranteed - though an exceptional start could go a long way in convincing GM Ron Hextall he is ready for the bright lights. Before deciding on Gostisbehere last night, Hextall spent most of yesterday working the phones to try to acquire a veteran replacement for the injured Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, both out for about a month.
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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 28, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL MASON'S cellphone bill may be a bit higher this month than normal. That's because his son, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, said he's needed a few lengthy phone calls to vent after a frustrating start to the season. Mason, 26, is off to a tough start. He doesn't have a win in five games and his save percentage is .878, tying him for 50th in the NHL. He has been in this position before - many times, in fact, in Columbus. This isn't his first time playing with a shoddy defense.
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the new-look Flyers, there is a silver lining to the injuries that have decimated their defense. Despite playing with a patchwork defense for at least the next month, their schedule during that span includes some weak opponents - including Edmonton, Florida (twice), and Colorado - and they should be able to remain respectable until Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald return from injuries in about four weeks. In addition, the Flyers will get a chance to see if the heralded Shayne Gostisbehere - a slick-skating defenseman who had three points and an amazing plus-7 rating while leading Union to a 7-4 win over Minnesota in the NCAA final last spring at the Wells Fargo Center - can make the quantum leap to the NHL. Gostisbehere, who played three games this season for the Phantoms of the AHL before his NHL debut Saturday night against Detroit, will make watching the Flyers a lot more intriguing in the coming weeks.
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
And the beat goes on. Somehow. Despite being outshot by a ridiculously wide margin, the Flyers did what they always seem to do when they face the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center: find a way to win. Brayden Schenn's third-period power-play goal and Ray Emery's brilliant goaltending lifted the Flyers to an improbable, 4-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, extending their home winning streak against the Red Wings to nine...
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September 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - During training camp, one of the more interesting moves made by Flyers coach Craig Berube was creating a line that has Sean Couturier centering Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Last season, Couturier and Read were together with numerous other wingers, including Steve Downie. The addition of the high-scoring Simmonds gives them a fast, feisty player who distracts goalies, wins board battles, and could jump-start Couturier's production. "They've kind of got a little bit of everything on that line," Berube said Sunday before the Flyers lost a preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. "You have Read, who has speed and makes plays; Couturier is a good centerman who makes plays in the middle of the ice; and a guy [Simmonds]
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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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September 26, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BRAYDON COBURN first got a glimpse of current teammate Shayne Gostisbehere in 2012, before the Flyers even drafted "Ghost," when he was the defensive partner of Coburn's younger brother, Greg, at Union College. Coburn, the longest-tenured Flyer, would take a ride to see Union whenever time permitted in his busy NHL schedule, especially if the Flying Dutchmen dipped through Princeton. Last night, Coburn had a front-row ticket to watch the future of the Flyers' blue line - alternating shifts between the pairing of Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin.
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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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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 28, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason said his mother would like "more than anything" to have a conversation with her son where the two actually talk. The Flyers goalkeeper calls home after each game - win or lose - to talk with his parents, who live near Toronto. And after his last few starts, Mason has used the calls to vent. "Sometimes the conversations last 10 seconds with a couple [expletives]," said Mason, after Sunday's practice. "They put up with it. They're my parents. " Mason started five of the season's first six games.
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October 28, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL MASON'S cellphone bill may be a bit higher this month than normal. That's because his son, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, said he's needed a few lengthy phone calls to vent after a frustrating start to the season. Mason, 26, is off to a tough start. He doesn't have a win in five games and his save percentage is .878, tying him for 50th in the NHL. He has been in this position before - many times, in fact, in Columbus. This isn't his first time playing with a shoddy defense.
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October 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers coach Craig Berube said he was undecided on whether Steve Mason or Ray Emery would be his starting goalie Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. "I'm going to sleep on it tonight and see what happens," Berube said after practice Monday in Voorhees. Emery, who has started the last two games, came out early for practice, usually an indication that he would start the next game. Emery is 3-0-1 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, and he keyed Saturday's 4-2 win over Detroit.
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October 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SHAYNE Gostisbehere will make his NHL debut tonight, the first step in determining his length of stay in Philadelphia. A permanent spot on the Flyers' roster is far from guaranteed - though an exceptional start could go a long way in convincing GM Ron Hextall he is ready for the bright lights. Before deciding on Gostisbehere last night, Hextall spent most of yesterday working the phones to try to acquire a veteran replacement for the injured Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, both out for about a month.
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
And the beat goes on. Somehow. Despite being outshot by a ridiculously wide margin, the Flyers did what they always seem to do when they face the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center: find a way to win. Brayden Schenn's third-period power-play goal and Ray Emery's brilliant goaltending lifted the Flyers to an improbable, 4-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, extending their home winning streak against the Red Wings to nine...
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the new-look Flyers, there is a silver lining to the injuries that have decimated their defense. Despite playing with a patchwork defense for at least the next month, their schedule during that span includes some weak opponents - including Edmonton, Florida (twice), and Colorado - and they should be able to remain respectable until Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald return from injuries in about four weeks. In addition, the Flyers will get a chance to see if the heralded Shayne Gostisbehere - a slick-skating defenseman who had three points and an amazing plus-7 rating while leading Union to a 7-4 win over Minnesota in the NCAA final last spring at the Wells Fargo Center - can make the quantum leap to the NHL. Gostisbehere, who played three games this season for the Phantoms of the AHL before his NHL debut Saturday night against Detroit, will make watching the Flyers a lot more intriguing in the coming weeks.
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last six-plus months, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere led tiny Union College to the NCAA national championship, signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers, and played a handful of professional games on the AHL level. The whirlwind took him back to the Wells Fargo Center - site of Union's NCAA title win in April - for his NHL debut Saturday night against visiting Detroit. "It's definitely been a ride, for sure," the soft-spoken Gostisbehere said after the morning skate. "But you just have to stay humble and stay focused.
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October 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE LAST time Shayne Gostisbehere played a meaningful hockey game on Wells Fargo Center ice, he netted three points and skated off with Union College's first NCAA championship in a win over powerhouse Minnesota. Gostisbehere, 21, will have a slightly different set of nerves and expectations when he makes his NHL debut tonight against Detroit. Many hope Gostisbehere will provide a shot in the arm for the sagging Flyers, who announced yesterday both top pairing defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald will miss the next 4 weeks with injuries.
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October 25, 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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