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April 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Flyers and Lightning fans were playfully chanting back and forth during Thursday's game in Tampa Bay, Fla., trying to out-insult each other. At one point, Lightning fans started a mocking chant: "1975! 1975!" That, of course, was the last time the Flyers won the Stanley Cup. The drought figures to be extended, because even if the Flyers get past the Rangers in the opening round, and even if they win in the second round against (in all probability) the Penguins, they are no match for the Bruins.
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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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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