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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 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SUNRISE, Fla. - Plastered above the rolls of tape, chewing gum and the dock that controls their music selections, a conspicuous sign appeared yesterday in the Flyers' locker room in the humid BB & T Center. It read: "Discipline - Desire - Dedication," not an unusual slogan to join the Flyers on the road under Craig Berube this season. The only difference was the background, which featured Lord Stanley's chalice to go along with the Philadelphia skyline. It was perhaps the first mention of the Stanley Cup at any point this season.
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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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April 11, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - Five weeks ago, defenseman Andrew MacDonald was languishing through yet another fruitless season on Long Island. In the blink of an eye, he went from a franchise that has made the playoffs just twice since the 2004-05 NHL lockout to shoring up a playoff berth on a team heading in the opposite direction. "He definitely adds an element that is very good," coach Craig Berube said. "He moves the puck well and he's got very good composure with it, too. When I look at our 'D,' we've got a puck-mover on every pair that gets the puck up ice. It's a nice combination to have.
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April 9, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR ABOUT a week in consecutive summers, Michael Parks found himself at a Flyers' prospect development camp in Voorhees, N.J. There, at the Skate Zone, he went through drills alongside other NHL hopefuls like Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn, guys who these days don the orange and black at the Wells Fargo Center. Parks got a brief tour but never the opportunity to skate at the Flyers' arena. Until this week, that is, when he takes the ice for the University of North Dakota on college hockey's premier stage.
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April 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - The team that had the worst start in franchise history clinched a playoff berth Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. Captain Claude Giroux, who guaranteed the Flyers would make the playoffs when they had a 1-7 record, scored a pair of goals, sparking a 5-2 victory over lowly Florida and assuring that they will be playing in the postseason after being spectators last year. "I just believed in this team," Giroux said of his early-season prediction. "Last year, not making the playoffs was unacceptable.
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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 8, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
As he surged forward to step into a slap shot Sunday night, Mark Streit struck the puck with such force that when it clanged off the left goalpost, the sequence sounded like a pair of reports from a firing range. Streit beat Buffalo Sabres goaltender Nathan Lieuwen cleanly, and the puck caromed to Matt Read for an easy goal, for the first of Streit's three assists in the Flyers' 5-2 victory, and for the sort of dynamic play that the Flyers sought from Streit when they signed him last offseason.
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April 11, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - Wiping the perspiration from preparation for Game 80 from his brow, Kimmo Timonen was asked by a reporter yesterday how he was feeling when a familiar voice piped up from an adjacent stall. "Old," best friend Scott Hartnell answered for him. Timonen laughed. But even he, one of the fiercest competitors, could not deny the ill effects of Father Time. "Once you get to 39, you do feel old sometimes," Timonen said. "But that's the truth. It's been a long year, with the Olympics and the travel and the time changes and everything, but that's passed.
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April 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shayne Gostisbehere hopped over the boards and raced to the corner of the rink as the Wells Fargo Center horn sounded. The Union College defender tossed his stick, gloves, and helmet into the air after the Dutchmen knocked off Minnesota, 7-4, in the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four. He scattered his equipment on the ice alongside the gear of his teammates, who had done the same. The Flyers prospect started his week in Philadelphia with a Geno's cheesesteak and ended it with white confetti falling from the rafters of his likely future home.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the regular season is a barometer, the Flyers and New York Rangers will have a tight-checking, low-scoring series when they meet in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Amtrak series starts with games Thursday and Easter Sunday in New York. The Rangers have the stronger defense, the Flyers have the better attack. "We don't have to worry as much about them as ourselves," Flyers winger Matt Read said after scoring his 22d goal in a season-ending 6-5 shootout loss to Carolina on Sunday.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cal Heeter made a forgettable NHL debut Sunday as the Flyers ended their regular season with a 6-5 shootout loss to Carolina at the Wells Fargo Center. But in more important goaltender news, the Flyers (42-30-10) believe Steve Mason, who was injured in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win in Pittsburgh, will be able to start Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against New York on Thursday. "He's doing better," coach Craig Berube said after the Flyers finished with 94 points, two behind the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.
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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 15, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago this spring, Ron Hextall woke up before a Game 7 in Pittsburgh and told his coaches - including Paul Holmgren, his head coach - that this is how it would go: Hextall had suffered a first-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Game 6 of the series at the Spectrum. For Game 7, he would walk to the morning skate from the Flyers' hotel, a Hyatt. He would walk across the street and then up the hill to the Civic Arena, and if his knee felt OK, he would start in goal.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT BEGAN with a three-game skid so stale, so uninspiring that Peter Laviolette's head rolled just 6 days into a 195-day slog. From there, with Craig Berube installed, it got worse before it could get better. An ugly 0-3 became 1-7 before it turned into 4-10-1. The Flyers failed to net more than two goals in 14 of their first 15 games. Claude Giroux did not score once in his first 15 contests - before roasting an Edmonton team with a game-winner the day after the Oilers signed free-agent castoff Ilya Bryzgalov.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT HARTNELL said he is "not a Las Vegas oddsmaker," but teammate Kimmo Timonen has a pretty good idea where the money will be flowing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hint: Not many will be giving the Flyers much of a chance against the New York Rangers. "No question, they're going to be favorites," Timonen said. "They're really quick. They're smart. They're obviously a really good team. I won't say it's going to be easy, it's going to be tough games. But I'm really looking forward to it. " Two X-factors - the fact that the Flyers haven't won in eight tries at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011, and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist - likely will be swinging the action from Broad Street to Broadway.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT HARTNELL will pay for his stick-swinging incident on Sunday afternoon. Luckily for him, the hit from the NHL's Department of Player Safety will be on his wallet - and not the Flyers' lineup for Game 1 of their first-round series in New York against the Rangers. Hartnell was fined $5,000 yesterday for spearing Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore. He received a 5-minute major on the play and an automatic game misconduct. It was half the maximum fine ($10,000) he could have received.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmo Timonen had just finished an interview with a Finnish television crew last week and was in a pensive but happy mood. The Flyers' sturdy little defenseman was asked if it gave him more motivation to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs because he may retire after they end. "It does," he said. "But I haven't decided anything yet. I want to play these playoffs and see how I feel. I just want to put that decision behind me and focus on the games we have here. " Starting Thursday in New York, the Flyers face the Rangers in an intriguing opening-round series.
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April 15, 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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