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April 7, 2008 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Alexander Ovechkin comes sailing down the wing, his skates trailing blue sparks, the best advice is to step aside or risk ending up pancaked like Wile E. Coyote in those old Roadrunner cartoons. That won't be an option for the Flyers. Possessing the NHL's most devastating combination of speed, power, skill and exuberance, Ovechkin will be a major headache for the Flyers when they play the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It will be the NHL playoff debut for the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Ovechkin, so he's likely to show more interest in winning than Pittsburgh did yesterday during the Flyers' 2-0 victory in the regular-season finale at the Wachovia Center.
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October 10, 2010
New Jersey 2 0 0 ? 2 First period: 1, New Jersey, Arnott 2 (Langenbrunner, Elias), 1:49. 2, Washington, Carlson 1, 2:24. 3, New Jersey, Tallinder 1 (Zubrus, Zajac), 13:44 (sh). Penalties: Zubrus, NJ (hooking), 6:26; Semin, Was (interference), 11:29; Parise, NJ (tripping), 13:06. Second period: 4, Washington, Fleischmann 1 (Semin, Carlson), 1:59. 5, Washington, Ovechkin 1 (Knuble, Carlson), 14:31. 6, Washington, Chimera 1 (Fleischmann), 18:25. 7, Washington, Ovechkin 2 (penalty shot)
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October 4, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even though they have only one more NHL exhibition game before they start the regular season, the Flyers still are playing a lot of youngsters who aren't expected to be on the 23-man roster. Maybe that explains why the Flyers (4-3) looked so outclassed in last night's 5-1 preseason loss to the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The Flyers' lineup included defensemen Danny Syvret and Luca Sbisa, and forwards Darroll Powe, Andreas Nodl and Frederik Cabana.
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December 20, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Josh Gratton was promoted. Andreas Nodl was demoted. And goalie Marty Biron was still feeling ill. Those were the Flyers' developments yesterday. Gratton, a hard-nosed winger, was recalled from the AHL Phantoms and will play on the fourth line today against the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals in a 1 p.m. matinee at the Wachovia Center. Nodl, a winger who had three assists and no goals (but several near-misses) in 24 games with the Flyers, was sent down to the Phantoms.
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January 28, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Flyers meet Atlanta tonight at the Wachovia Center, they will be a different team from the one that was blanked by the Thrashers, 1-0, in their last meeting. That Nov. 28 contest in Atlanta was during a stretch when the team's offense had vanished. The Flyers were also shut out by Vancouver in their next game, and coach John Stevens was sent packing. Fast-forward two months, and the Flyers' offense has been revived. Ditto their season. Tonight when they host the Thrashers, they will be riding an 11-4-1 wave in which they have averaged 3.6 goals per game.
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April 28, 2008 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When it got back to R.J. Umberger that he was going to start the playoffs on the Flyers' fourth line, he made it clear he was not overjoyed. In hockey parlance, fourth lines are frequently referred to as energy lines. Their role is to do the grunt work. Go out there, throw your body around, and make certain the other team doesn't score. Get some momentum going. Keep your scoring mentality in check. Don't take chances. Umberger thought he had more to give, and he said so. "I think I was just excited that the playoffs were starting, and I wanted to have a bigger role," Umberger said yesterday.
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January 14, 2008 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have no goalie controversy, coach John Stevens insists. Instead, Stevens feels he has the luxury of choosing between two fine stoppers - Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki. Whatever it's called, Stevens knows this much: His decision on which goalie to start has become more difficult in the last 10 days. "It's not always easy to get both of them as much playing time as they'd like," Stevens said yesterday after a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals. "It helps to have both guys playing well, but it does become difficult at times.
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May 2, 2008 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Be honest: You did not expect the Flyers to be leading by three games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Many people had the Montreal Canadiens winning the playoff series in six games. That's not going to happen. The Flyers are in command. It will take seven games for Montreal to win this series, which continues tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. But there are two days off between games, and that could affect the Flyers' momentum. "To me, it does not matter in a playoff situation because both teams are faced with the same schedule," Flyers coach John Stevens said yesterday.
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April 30, 2010
FOR THE second year in a row, an eighth-seeded team toppled a first-seeded team in the NHL playoffs. The seventh-seeded Flyers upset the second-seeded Devils, and the sixth-seeded Bruins stunned the third-seeded Sabres. So, you ask, why do these big upsets seem to happen in hockey more than any other professional sport? Only the NCAA Tournament has less predictability than your typical NHL postseason, which is a big part of its remaining relevance to American sports fans. You don't have to understand a neutral-zone trap or the nuances of Peter Laviolette's forecheck to understand how stunning Washington's early exit was. Conversely, understanding that trap or forecheck, or any other hockey nuance, doesn't always offer any more insight into how and why these things happen.
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January 20, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers center Danny Briere is no longer out of the all-star mix. Bypassed by the NHL when it named 36 all-stars last week, Briere was added Wednesday to replace Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who will miss the game for personal reasons. Briere said he felt he was originally overlooked because of "politics" but added that he held no grudge - and that he was thrilled to be added to the team because he can bring his three boys to the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C. "I'm really excited for the chance to take my kids to it," said Briere, whose sons are 9, 11, and 12. "They're at a prime age for these types of things.
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April 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Alex Ovechkin is the most feared goal scorer in the NHL, and although he scored in Washington's 4-1 win on Saturday over the Flyers, he has made his biggest contribution in their playoff series by literally throwing his weight around. A major reason the Capitals hold a two-games-to-none lead in their best-of-seven series is that the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Ovechkin has been pounding the Flyers with some killer checks. Ovechkin knocked Sean Couturier out of the series with a clean but hard hit Thursday in the Caps' opening, 2-0 win over the Flyers.
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April 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
If the Flyers want to shock the hockey world and knock off Washington in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, it's advisable they stick to Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin like his favorite deodorant. Ovechkin led the NHL this season with 50 goals - including a league-best 19 on the power play - and how the Flyers defend him and his dangerous linemates, center Nicklas Backstrom and right winger T.J. Oshie, will play a major role in determining the seven-game series. "They have everything - skill, speed and size," left winger Michael Raffl said after practice Wednesday in Voorhees, where the Flyers prepared for Thursday's series opener in Washington.
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April 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
ARLINGTON, Va. - Alex Ovechkin is a towering presence, the most dangerous goal scorer of his era. At age 30, the Washington Capitals left winger is already among the best in NHL history. At 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, he combines a physical presence with a lethal shot that has made him a dominant force in his 11 NHL seasons. But Ovechkin hasn't truly taken over in the postseason, where he and the Capitals have endured a mountain of misery. Both hope to see a change when the Capitals open their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Flyers on Thursday at the Verizon Center.
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April 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Every spring is supposed to be the spring for Alexander Ovechkin. It never is. For the last nine years, nobody in the NHL has piled up individual achievements and collective letdowns like Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. He's led the league in goals six times, been named its most valuable player three times, and led the Capitals to six division titles and eight playoff appearances. Not once have they advanced past the tournament's second round. In the race for the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are always the hare, never the tortoise.
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December 18, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
ON PAPER, Sean Couturier and the Flyers failed. Couturier had one assignment: to prevent the NHL's most lethal Russian from scoring as best as humanly possible. Since Alex Ovechkin - who has more career game-tying goals (seven) in the final minute of regulation than anyone - scored with 47.9 seconds left to tie the game, the Flyers must have had a breakdown, right? They did. But that's not where the breakdown came in. Really, the game never should have gotten to that vomit-inducing finish - and would never have been in question if the Flyers didn't surrender two other goals in the previous 8 minutes.
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November 2, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers will catch a break Friday: Washington's superstar right winger, Alex Ovechkin, who is second in the NHL with 10 goals, will not face them at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers right winger Jake Voracek took a cautious approach to the news that Ovechkin would sit out with an upper-body injury. "Obviously, he's one of the best players in the league and is a big part of their team, but I think they'll come in even harder," Voracek said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "Sometimes, when a team's best player doesn't play, they know they have to dig in even harder.
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April 8, 2013
Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice Sunday to make it five goals in two games, and the host Washington Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goals - giving him 16 in 14 games - to pull even with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL. Also in the East: Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to give the host Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over New Jersey that extended the Devils' losing streak to seven games.
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March 12, 2013
About three hours after asking for more respect from NHL officials, Washington's Alex Ovechkin was called for two penalties within seconds of each other, leading to a pair of goals that put the New York Rangers ahead for good Sunday in a 4-1 win over the host Capitals. Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan took advantage of Ovechkin's miscues to give New York a two-goal lead in the second period. Derek Stepan and Brad Richards also scored, and Martin Biron made 28 saves for the Rangers. Ovechkin said "some refs don't like some personalities on our team" and are too quick to call a penalty when they hear a complaint.
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February 25, 2012
Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury to combine with Jason Chimera on a pair of goals 16 seconds apart Friday night, and the Washington Capitals ended a three-game losing streak by beating the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. Ovechkin missed Washington's previous game, at Ottawa on Wednesday, with a lower-body injury. As it is, the two-time MVP is having what might wind up as his worst NHL season, with only 25 goals and 21 assists so far. He went into Friday with all of four goals in the preceding month.
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February 5, 2012
Alex Ovechkin could afford to be a bit rusty in his return to the Washington Capitals because goalie Tomas Vokoun was anything but on Saturday. Vokoun made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season and Alexander Semin scored on the second of Washington's two penalty shots in the Capitals' 3-0 win over the host Montreal Canadiens. Ovechkin was back in the Capitals lineup after serving a three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh's Zbynek Michalek. Despite being held off the scoresheet, he was already looking forward to Washington's next game, in Boston.
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