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April 20, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
They did the things they always do this time of year, in these situations, facing these odds. The Flyers have certain traditions and tropes that over the years have become rites of spring, and down two games to the Capitals, they dug deep into the Postseason Pump You Up Playbook on Monday night. There was Lauren Hart's paranormal duet with Kate Smith on "God Bless America. " There were the bright orange T-shirts and glow-in-the-dark wristbands that they handed out to all the fans who entered the Wells Fargo Center; among those wearing the shirts, you felt like a gnat that had landed on Donald Trump's scalp.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over the brief period last fall that offered the promise of something new and fresh in Philadelphia pro sports, Ron Hextall was the outsider who was the insider. For two months, from late October to late December, all four general managers were here and working at once: Chip Kelly, Sam Hinkie, Matt Klentak, and Hextall. They were the men charged with shepherding the city's four franchises into prosperous futures. They were the ones who were going to do things differently from how things always had been done around here - that pell-mell push to win now, to satisfy the hungriest fans in the country - and still succeed.
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April 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Since they finished with 24 fewer points than best-in-the-NHL Washington in the regular season, conventional wisdom says the Flyers have no pressure in the opening-round playoff series. The Flyers, who needed a late-season surge just to reach the playoffs, are playing with house money. All the pressure should be on the Capitals. "It's easy from the outside to say that, but when you go into the playoffs, there is pressure because we want to win," said Ron Hextall, the Flyers' second-year general manager.
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April 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Even in his failing days as he battled bladder cancer, Ed Snider had the urge to let general manager Ron Hextall know how much a Stanley Cup playoff run would mean to him - and to subtly suggest that maybe, just maybe, it might be a good idea to make a deal. Snider, who died at his California home Monday at 83, was known for being impatient and signing high-priced free agents during many of his years as the Flyer chairman. However, after Hextall became the GM two years ago, Snider was on board with his plans to rebuild the team through the draft.
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April 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
When the Flyers face the heavily favored Washington Capitals in the NHL playoffs, they will wear patches on their jerseys to honor Ed Snider. They will also play with heavy hearts because of Snider's death Monday after a long battle with bladder cancer. "I'm pretty glad we were able to make the playoffs for him," captain Claude Giroux said in a somber tone at the Flyers' Voorhees practice facility on Monday. "The whole year we were playing for him, and that's not going to change for the playoffs.
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April 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For the first time in 25 days, Michal Neuvirth was in the net as the Flyers finished their regular season Sunday night against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. Neuvirth, who had been sidelined by a knee injury, got a start to get some of the rust off in case he is needed in the playoffs. The Czech Republic native wasn't tested much, however, as the Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit and defeated the tank-happy Islanders, 5-2, as Michael Raffl collected a goal and two assists.
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April 12, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - During Dave Hakstol's first summer-development camp with the Flyers, weeks after they'd hired him from the University of North Dakota, months before he led them to an improbable playoff berth, he did something out of character for even a neophyte NHL head coach. On the ice, going through drills and small scrimmages, were young players from all levels of the Flyers' organization, some who might get called up during the season, others who would spend the year in the minors or juniors, few who would see Hakstol again anytime soon.
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April 12, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ED SNIDER hopped a cyber ride this weekend, Lauren Hart holding up her cellphone toward the singing fat lady he and his team made an eternal hockey symbol, an unintended symbol of his world view as well, even before he personally gave those Rooskies hell. "If Ed Snider can't be in the arena," Hart told anyone who asked, "I'll bring the arena to him. " Up on the scoreboard, Kate Smith was still a robust 67 years old, belting out her piece of God Bless America. Grainy a bit but no worse for the wear, she and her voice suspended forever in 1974, forever in time, or at least for as long as the Flyers play hockey.
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April 8, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
STANDING in the hallway outside the Gene Hart press box, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall pointed out that any meaningful game at this stage of the season is good experience. Well, the Flyers are about to have a very educational weekend. Thursday night's loss to the Maple Leafs, the NHL's worst team, would have been more dismal if not for Wayne Simmonds' goal in the final minute. The point the Flyers earned by forcing overtime allowed them to maintain control of their postseason hopes, albeit precariously.
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April 8, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - Defenseman Travis Sanheim and forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the Flyers' first two selections in the 2014 draft, will make their pro debuts Friday for the Phantoms in their AHL game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Both joined the Phantoms this week after their junior seasons ended. Lehigh Valley has six games remaining. Phantoms coach Scott Gordon told reporters that playing the final two weeks of the season in the AHL would "give them the feeling of what expectations are, what the pace of the play is like.
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