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April 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate. Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season. "I know they were obviously watching me close in that series," said Schenn, who got away with a cross-check to the back of Evgeny Kuznetsov's leg in Game 4. "To be honest, I didn't even know I hit Oshie in the head.
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April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers are a year ahead of schedule. By using a late-season surge to earn a surprising playoff berth and then extending Stanley Cup favorite Washington to six games, young players Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Cousins, and Brandon Manning gained unexpected and invaluable experience. In addition, Vinny Lecavalier's retirement assures them of $2.25 million in increased salary-cap space and could help them land a much-needed top-six forward in the offseason free-agent market. The Flyers (41-27-14)
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April 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
In 2014, Michal Neuvirth was traded from Washington to Buffalo because the Capitals thought Braden Holtby was their goalie of the future. Two years later, the unflappable Neuvirth is punishing his former team. Since being inserted into the lineup with the Flyers trailing by three games to none, Neuvirth is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a ridiculous .987 save percentage, carrying the Flyers back into the playoff series. "He gave us life," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has been a major difference maker as the Capitals have taken three straight games from the Flyers in their opening-round playoff series. Whether Holtby is able to compete in Game 4 Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center remains to be seen. Holtby left practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate. He was favoring his left leg. As for his status, Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters, "He just got nicked up, went off and we will see where he is tomorrow.
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April 21, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was suspended for one game Tuesday for his hit on the Capitals' Dmitry Orlov late in Washington's 6-1 win Monday. Bellemare, who checked Orlov from behind and knocked him into the boards, will not be able to play in Game 4 Wednesday against the visiting Caps. Orlov slowed down before being hit. The NHL's suspension leaves the Flyers without two of their top penalty killers: Bellemare and Sean Couturier, who suffered a shoulder injury in Game 1. Ryan White may move from right wing to center on the fourth line, and Colin McDonald could be inserted at right wing on that unit.
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April 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Michal Neuvirth could see this question coming after Game 2, as he sat next to Steve Mason in the visiting locker room at the Verizon Center, the two of them putting forks to paper plates loaded with grilled chicken and pasta with red sauce. A couple of hours earlier, a puck had completed a 101-foot journey by sliding through Mason's legs and into the net for a stunning, freakish goal in a Flyers loss to the Capitals, and Neuvirth didn't even have to raise his head to issue a preemptive two-word response to anyone who wanted a postgame comment from him. "No way," he said, and kept on digging into his dinner.
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April 21, 2016 | Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WHEN, EVENTUALLY, everyone can step back and see the forest instead of the trees, the landscape should be particularly pleasing if your winter fetish involves the color orange. It is adorable to see this pack of puppies think it can run with the big dogs. It is amusing to watch delusional supporters react with indignation at losses on the ice and losers who throw things on it. The Flyers face elimination Wednesday night at the hands of the Washington Capitals. It is the first of what they hope will be at least three elimination games.
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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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