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February 25, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
RALEIGH, N.C. - April Fools' Day isn't for another month or so, right? Pick up a paper today and flip to the sports section in the Miami Herald or Boston Globe and you're likely to be baffled. In South Florida, the Panthers are talking about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Huh? They've made it just once since 2000. In Beantown, the Bruins are in the middle of a meltdown. There is all sorts of chatter about whether general manager Peter Chiarelli should be fired, or whether coach Claude Julien will survive the summer if the Bruins don't make the playoffs.
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February 24, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goalie Steve Mason and defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be with the Flyers for their road trip, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be in the lineup for those two games. Last week, Mason, who is making a comeback from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, did not rule out playing in Carolina on Tuesday or in Toronto on Thursday. "Tuesday, I would say no, and Thursday is not likely," general manager Ron Hextall said before the Flyers outlasted Washington, 3-2, Sunday afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
THE Northeast's own Duane Swierczynski has a special place in the literary canon: He's the first guy to drop an F-bomb in an Archie comic. No, Swierczynski is not sullying the Riverdale gang with foul language. Instead, he's the author of "The Black Hood," the first in Archie's Dark Circle imprint of comics, out on Wednesday. "I'm sure my parents are very proud of that," he said. "If I had known that [milestone] before, I would have had Archie meet Samuel L. Jackson. " "The Black Hood," first created in 1940, centers on a cop who is horrifically wounded in a gunfight, leading him to become a vigilante crusading for his own brand of justice.
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February 24, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers made what they believed to be a smart, short-term personnel decision last week, signing defenseman Nick Schultz to a two-year contract extension, leaving a player more deserving of such a show of faith to wait a little longer to learn of his future. Michael Del Zotto has saved his NHL career this season with the Flyers. His game-winning goal in their 3-2 victory Sunday over the Washington Capitals was just the latest example of why swift-skating defensemen are so valuable in today's NHL, and why general manager Ron Hextall should have sought to sign Del Zotto before committing two more years and $4.5 million to Schultz.
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February 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In honor of Sunday night's Oscars, here is how the Flyers' season has developed, strictly in 2014 movies titles - and not the films' content. Unbroken : Goalie Steve Mason is recovering from minor surgery to his right knee, his third injury of the season, and could return to action this week. Every time he has been injured, he seems to come back stronger. Heading into the weekend, Mason was tied for fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.925) among goalies with at least 30 appearances and tied for ninth in goals-against average (2.27)
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February 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since he was fired as the Flyers' coach early last season, Peter Laviolette will return to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon, bringing along his best-in-the-NHL Nashville Predators. Led by the league's third-best defense (2.29 goals per game), the Predators will carry a 39-13-6 record into the matchup at 1 p.m. The Central Division-leading Preds have 84 points - 25 more than the Flyers. "Lavy did a lot of good things for this organization," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said.
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February 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers goalie Steve Mason continues to make progress from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, saying there's a chance he will return to the lineup next week. "I'm right on schedule in my recovery," he said after watching the Flyers' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Mason skated Wednesday at the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees and took Thursday off. He is expected to be back on the ice Friday. The Flyers play in Carolina on Tuesday, and in Toronto Thursday.
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February 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SITTING FOR the fourth consecutive game as a healthy scratch, including the one he missed to attend his grandmother's funeral in Nova Scotia, Andrew MacDonald's stint in the press box is raising eyebrows. "There's little talk," MacDonald said of his communication with coach Craig Berube. "He understands that I'm upset. I'm wanting to play, obviously. But at the end of the day, he's got decisions to make. It's not a situation that anyone wants to be in. " Sift through the video from last Tuesday's overtime loss in Montreal and it's not hard to see MacDonald was the Flyers' best defenseman that game.
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February 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BY THE TIME Kimmo Timonen hurried to the rink from the doctor's office, his teammates were already on the ice for practice. He didn't have much time to think - let alone scramble to throw on his equipment to join them for yesterday's morning skate, which sometimes doesn't last more than 20 minutes. When he put his head down and stepped on the ice in his gray jersey, the rest of the Flyers stopped and turned. They tapped their sticks on the ice, welcoming Timonen back to the ice for his first practice with teammates since last April.
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February 18, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
PHEW. That sigh of relief you just heard was from Flyers fans, thankful to learn rookie general manager Ron Hextall will not be fooled by his team's recent 6-0-3 surge in the standings. The Flyers will not be "buyers" in 13 days at the NHL's March 2 trade deadline. "I'm impressed with our guys' resiliency, for sure, but we're not depending on other teams to lose," Hextall said yesterday. "Five points is still a good haul. It's not as easy a feat as it seems, but it's certainly plausible.
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