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December 6, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - With all the empty blue seats at the sleepy Nassau Coliseum Sunday afternoon, it felt like a meaningless preseason game. There was little life in the ragged, old building. But while there was no atmosphere, the game counted, and the Flyers did what they usually do when they face the lowly New York Islanders. They found a way to beat them. Goals by Andreas Nodl and Danny Briere erased a late 2-1 deficit and propelled the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the NHL's worst team.
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December 4, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' recent mini-slide - 0-1-2 in their last three games - and Pittsburgh's 10-0-1 surge has created a new leader in the Atlantic Division. The Penguins have moved atop the division, two points ahead of the Flyers, who have a game in hand. Pittsburgh's streak, which includes wins in its last eight games, has caught the Flyers' attention. "It should light a fire to see we're down to fourth" in the Eastern Conference, "and teams keep winning around us," coach Peter Laviolette said after Friday's practice in Voorhees.
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November 27, 2010
Flyers Notes After being benched earlier this season, Flyers wingers James van Riemsdyk and Nik Zherdev have responded in a positive way. In Friday's 3-2, shoot-out loss to Calgary, each scored a goal to continue their strong play. After not scoring in his first 17 games, van Riemsdyk has netted a goal in each of the last three. He had never scored goals in consecutive games until this week. "I think our line just has some great chemistry, kind of naturally.
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November 25, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. - After being rested for two games, rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was scheduled to returnto the Flyers' lineup Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Before sitting, Bobrovsky had started 12 straight games and established himself as the team's No. 1 goalie. Brian Boucher had started the previous two games - a 5-4 shoot-out win in Washington and a 3-2 victory over Montreal. Bobrovsky took an 11-3-1 record into Wednesday, along with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
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November 25, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Playing their first game since ascending to the top of the 30-team NHL, the Flyers seemed to like life in the penthouse suite. The Flyers, with blossoming winger Andreas Nodl contributing a shorthanded goal and an assist, continued their blistering scoring Wednesday night as they defeated the Minnesota Wild, 6-1, at the Xcel Energy Center. With 32 points, the Flyers are first overall in the league. After Monday's win over Montreal, they took the top position (after at least 20 games)
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November 17, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
MONTREAL - Looking back at his first nine games of the season, Kimmo Timonen can't remember a stretch as offensively fruitless in his entire 12-year NHL career. Through that stretch, Timonen did not collect a single point - a rarity for a defenseman who has twice broken 50 points in a season. As a whole, the Flyers' defense had struggled to pick up points. No defenseman scored in the Flyers' first 10 games; the Flyers and Los Angeles were the last two NHL teams to not have a goal from a defenseman.
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November 13, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
Ian Laperriere's equipment has hung neatly in his locker at the Flyers Skate Zone since Sept. 27, the last time he skated with his teammates. It serves as a stark reminder of the perils of one of hockey's most unheralded and unappreciated art forms: shot-blocking. To lay your body in front of a frozen piece of vulcanized rubber that travels at speeds of more than 100 mph is not for the faint of heart. But it's something that has set the Flyers apart, just one reason they have rolled to a 10-4-2 record - their best start in 5 years - and are 7-0-1 in their last eight games.
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October 29, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - Brad Powe has accompanied his son, Flyers forward Darroll Powe, on more hockey road trips than he could possibly count. But he wouldn't trade these last three father-son bonding trips for anything. Brad Powe is one of only 13 family members accompanying the Flyers to Pittsburgh, as the Flyers will face off against the Penguins tonight at Consol Energy Center in the third matchup between the teams this month. Fathers, brothers and even a brother-in-law were permitted to travel with the team for the 1-night stay in the Steel City, which includes a team dinner and concludes after tomorrow night's home game with the Islanders.
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October 28, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Flyers' 6-3 win over Buffalo Tuesday, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff tried to dissect the defeat. "If you want to give a team energy," Ruff said, "you put them on the power play. " Apparently, Ruff wasn't aware that the Flyers had been showing about as much energy on the power play as Ryan Howard when he watched the Called Strike That Will Live in Philly Sports Infamy. Before Tuesday, the Flyers were 25th in the 30-team NHL by clicking on just 8.6 percent (3 for 35) of their power plays.
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October 28, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
It sounds hard to believe, but more than 10 percent of the NHL's regular-season schedule has come and gone for the Flyers. With a 4-4-1 record, there have been ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and brief flashes of brilliance. Like the rest of the team, the Flyers' offense has hardly been consistent. Consider this: In their last two wins (Tuesday night against Buffalo and Saturday night against Toronto), the Flyers' 11 combined goals accounted for 44 percent of the team's total scoring output through nine games.
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