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April 20, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington's overwhelming advantage in special teams has put the Capitals on the brink of sweeping the Flyers in their best-of-seven opening round Stanley Cup series. Once again the Flyers couldn't score on the power play or stop the Capitals when they had the man advantage during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Capitals are up three games to none heading into what could be the clinching game Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0 for 13 this series on the power play after failing to score on the five times they had the man advantage on Monday.
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March 7, 1989 | By David T. Shaw, Special to The Inquirer
After sewing up the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League title for its fourth consecutive year, the only challenge left for Conestoga's hockey team is ending the regular season with its unbeaten record intact. Despite being seemingly flawless by improving to 15-0-1 with a pair of wins last week, things have not gone as smoothly as they might for your typical undefeated team. It appears that the seams on the Pioneers' near-perfect season have been stretched to the limit, and the reason is simple: Everyone is out to get them.
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October 16, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' power play is 2 for 27, second-worst in the NHL, and has failed to connect in its last 15 attempts. "The power play is all about chemistry, confidence, knowing exactly where everybody is. We didn't practice that in the preseason. At all," defenseman Kimmo Timonen said after Monday's practice in Voorhees. "I knew it was going to be trouble early in the year and it has been. Now it's just a matter of getting back to basics and practice, having meetings, talk, see what everybody's doing wrong.
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January 20, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SHOOOOOOOOOOT! Watch any power play at the Wells Fargo Center - either in person or on television - and it is the one word you'll hear over and over again, fans urging their favorite players to stop passing in a circle and finally put the puck on net. It is a phenomenon not wholly unique to Philadelphia, but also really not all that common around visiting NHL arenas. It is a topic that always draws a laugh inside the Flyers locker room. They hear it. And they want to score, too. "They always want you to shoot," Wayne Simmonds was saying recently.
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November 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - The Flyers' special teams have not been very special lately, playing a major part in their tailspin. The Flyers, losers of three straight, are 0 for 10 on the power play in their last four games, and their penalty kill has allowed goals in five consecutive games. The team's power play finished third in the NHL with a 23.4 percent success rate last season. In the first 10 games this year, the Flyers are 24th in the league, clicking at 12.5 percent. "When things aren't going too well, we maybe just try to do too much," left winger Michael Raffl after Sunday's practice at the University of British Columbia.
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April 17, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - If the Flyers are going to have any chance to upset top-seeded Washington, they need to jump-start their power play. Excluding the meaningless season finale against the Islanders - both lineups included several players who usually sit in the press box - the Flyers' power play is 0 for 17 in the last five games. In the series-opening 2-0 loss Thursday in Washington, the Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play, including three failed opportunities in a scoreless opening first period.
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April 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' power play struggled at the Wells Fargo Center all season, and that puzzling pattern continued in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers. While on the power play, they managed just four shots on goal, had 10 shots blocked, and went 0 for 5. That will have to change if the Flyers are going to even the series - which the Rangers lead, two games to one - on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. Coach Craig Berube was satisfied with the amount of zone time the Flyers had during their power plays, but not with the puck movement.
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April 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' special teams' failure proved fatal in their series against Washington, which won the opening-round playoff matchup with a 1-0 Game 6 victory Sunday at the electric Wells Fargo Center. With the game scoreless, the Flyers couldn't score on a two-minute five-on-three in the second period, managing just two shots on that power play. "If we don't get through that," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, "this building probably explodes. " "We just had to find a way to get a goal on the power play," captain Claude Giroux said.
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November 8, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE STRANGE statistical anomaly was bound to end. It did last night with the Flyers allowing their first goal of the season at home on the penalty kill, snapping a perfect 19-for-19 start at Wells Fargo Center in seven games. Before that, no Flyer - not even coach Craig Berube - could explain the stark difference in the team's penalty kill at home vs. on the road. Heading into last night's 4-1 win over the Panthers, the Flyers were tied for the NHL's penalty-killing lead at home (17-for-17)
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June 22, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
How do we explain the meteoric rise of Donald Trump on the political stage? The GOP political hopeful has been able to translate his remarkable pop-culture appeal into electoral power. Forget the polls and the pundits. Perhaps the best way to understand is to watch Shakespeare's tale of another man who entered politics after first becoming an immensely popular cult figure: Julius Caesar. It just so happens that one of the best Shakespeare companies in the country, will premiere a new production of Julius Caesar on Wednesday on the campus of DeSales University in Lehigh County.
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May 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
R.J. Umberger's days with the Flyers appear numbered, but the veteran winger still believes he can contribute to an NHL team. "I know I can play a third-line role," Umberger, 34, said when the Flyers cleared out their lockers last month. "I know I can play a fourth-line role if a team wants me to do that. I know I can do it. No problem. I can accept it. " With the Flyers, he was a healthy scratch in 23 of the last 24 games, playing only in the meaningless season finale in Brooklyn.
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April 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' special teams' failure proved fatal in their series against Washington, which won the opening-round playoff matchup with a 1-0 Game 6 victory Sunday at the electric Wells Fargo Center. With the game scoreless, the Flyers couldn't score on a two-minute five-on-three in the second period, managing just two shots on that power play. "If we don't get through that," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, "this building probably explodes. " "We just had to find a way to get a goal on the power play," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
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April 20, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington's overwhelming advantage in special teams has put the Capitals on the brink of sweeping the Flyers in their best-of-seven opening round Stanley Cup series. Once again the Flyers couldn't score on the power play or stop the Capitals when they had the man advantage during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Capitals are up three games to none heading into what could be the clinching game Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0 for 13 this series on the power play after failing to score on the five times they had the man advantage on Monday.
SPORTS
April 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY'RE GASSED. It shows in the plays they make - or, more accurately, don't make. The puck finally moves around on the power play, the open man gets the cross-ice feed, and instead of firing immediately, Claude Giroux's legs are a half-stride late, delaying the shot, allowing Braden Holtby to position himself. Jakub Voracek is late to a fat rebound in Game 1. Matt Read seems late for everything. He and Brayden Schenn get called for the kind of slashes that come from tired legs.
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April 17, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - If the Flyers are going to have any chance to upset top-seeded Washington, they need to jump-start their power play. Excluding the meaningless season finale against the Islanders - both lineups included several players who usually sit in the press box - the Flyers' power play is 0 for 17 in the last five games. In the series-opening 2-0 loss Thursday in Washington, the Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play, including three failed opportunities in a scoreless opening first period.
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April 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Here is a look at the Flyers-Capitals NHL first-round playoff series that starts on Thursday: Flyers keys The Flyers have not had much offense against the Capitals, scoring a total of nine goals in the four regular-season meetings. Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek each had two goals. More overall production will be needed if the Flyers are going to pull off a monumental upset. The Flyers must also neutralize the Caps' explosive top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie and getting off to better starts so they are not chasing the game.
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April 15, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IT IS NO great secret in hockey that special teams often can make the difference. A team that performs well on the power play and penalty-kill units probably will win. The team that falters in these two areas usually will lose. The special teams of the Washington Capitals present an interesting challenge for the Flyers as the teams open their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series Thursday night at the Verizon Center. The Capitals finished the regular season ranked fifth on the power play, scoring on 21.91 percent of their chances.
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April 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - There is a fine line between, "Hey we were in front of the net all game" and, "We were in the guy's grill all game. " It is a line that separates how a game is characterized and how it is often won. "I think sometimes we go to the net, and we just cruise by it," Wayne Simmonds was saying before Thursday night's 2-0 loss to Washington. "We don't stop. You can flash by the net as much as you want, but if you don't stop you're not going to get that second or even third opportunity.
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