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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 | 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 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 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
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 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 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 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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