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April 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never mind that Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, a winger who had a breakout season in Toronto. Schenn was struggling earlier this season, so he was benched. Never mind that Vinny Lecavalier has credentials that may get him into the Hall of Fame someday. The veteran center wasn't producing as a second-line left winger, so he was dropped to center on the fourth line late in the season. Never mind that the Flyers traded popular center Max Talbot to Colorado for Steve Downie.
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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 16, 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 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude Giroux's bottom line - he finished third in the NHL with 86 points, and is expected to be one of the league's three MVP finalists - is remarkable when you consider how his season began. With no points in his first five games. With no goals in his first 15 games. The slow start was hindered by finger surgery following a bizarre golf injury, one that bothered his stickhandling and made it difficult for him to get enough power behind his shots. Giroux was a frustrated sort in the season's first month.
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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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February 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second of two parts BOISBRIAND, Quebec - In NHL scouting circles, one of the phrases often kicked around is that an up-and-coming player needs to "find his chair. " The figure of speech originates from chairs in an orchestra, where key members are sprinkled around the room in different roles, ultimately working in unison to produce a harmony. In the hockey world, players sit in different chairs within an organization, expected to fulfill different roles in order to help the team win. Samuel Morin, the Flyers' intimidating first-round pick selected 11th overall last summer at the age of 17, is searching for his chair.
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April 14, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EVEN AFTER 80 games, the Flyers' playoff picture remains ridiculously convoluted. Just about the only things we know are that the Flyers have clinched a berth - and that they will be opening on the road. Where? Your guess is as good as anyone. There are still 270 possible outcomes to determine the Flyers' first-round opponent. Out of those 270, approximately 105 scenarios have them opening at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The rest are split: 83 for Pittsburgh and 82 for Boston.
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April 18, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THEY ARE HIM and he is them: that is the lesson of Ray Emery and the Flyers and the playoffs that are suddenly upon them. There are exceptions, yes, because the perfectly tidy narrative does not exist in hockey - except the one about the Flyers always having a goaltending issue in the playoffs. Oh, wait. Regardless, if you look back on the season, Emery's play seems to be largely a function of the play in front of him - not always, but more than with Steve Mason, the regular starter.
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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 17, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
IN SIX SEASONS with two teams, Jakub Voracek has yet to skate off the ice at Madison Square Garden a happy man. Wayne Simmonds has the same lack of positive vibe over the same amount of seasons, so maybe they are not exactly the right people to analyze why the Flyers have lost eight straight games in the storied building despite what appears to be a parity of talent between the teams over that span. Then, again, who better? "We just haven't kept it simple enough," Voracek said yesterday after practice.
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