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February 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
After struggling to make an impact at center, Scott Laughton may have found a home at his new position, left wing. A center in juniors and the AHL and NHL levels, Laughton has four points since being shifted to left wing three games ago. "Three games in a row he's been a good player. He's made an impact each night," coach Dave Hakstol said after perhaps Laughton's best NHL performance, a dominating effort in Tuesday's frustrating 3-1 loss in Carolina. "He's generated opportunities with some of his speed, his tenacity.
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February 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The medical update on Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier was encouraging. The Flyers centers skated at the team's Voorhees practice facility Sunday, and general manager Ron Hextall said both might play in Tuesday's key game in Carolina. Couturier has missed the last nine games with a foot/ankle injury, and Hextall said he was "ahead of schedule. " The Flyers are 3-3-3 in those games. Giroux sat out Saturday's 5-4 overtime win in Toronto with a suspected head injury. Giroux, the team's top scorer with 49 points, has a better chance to play Tuesday than Couturier.
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February 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The legend of the Ghost That Saved the Flyers is growing. It spread north of the border over the weekend, in Montreal and Toronto, as Shayne Gostisbehere extended his NHL record for rookie defensemen by scoring in his 14th and 15th consecutive games. "I'm living the dream," Gostisbehere, a Florida native, said with a smile after scoring 29 seconds into overtime and giving the Flyers a critical 5-4 win Saturday in Toronto. "It's just cool how my teammates have been doing it with me and see how happy they get. It's awesome.
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February 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.
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February 20, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Radko Gudas represents everything that the Flyers once were and should no longer aspire to be. He is supposed to be their intimidator, a defenseman who provides an all-important physical presence to a lineup that otherwise lacks it, someone who gives opponents pause before they consider coming after Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek or another of the team's truly indispensable members. He is supposed to be all those things. He has proved to be something else entirely: a cheap-shot aficionado, reckless, careless, damaging to the Flyers' chances of winning and to other athletes' health and safety, a player who can't be trusted by either his teammates or his opponents to play a tough, clean game.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wouldn't give a timetable on when he expects his top prospects to join the big-league team, but it wouldn't be surprising if defenseman Ivan Provorov and right winger Travis Konecny were in the Orange and Black's lineup next season. Both are dominating on the junior level. Here is a look at some of the Flyers' best prospects and how they have performed this season: 1. Ivan Provorov, 19, D, 6-foot, 201 pounds Stats with Brandon (WHL)
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February 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
NEWARK, N.J. - Rookie coach Dave Hakstol, trying to get his team's sporadic offense going, made some tweaks to his first three lines Tuesday for the game against the New Jersey Devils. "We want to change the rhythm a little bit of what we're doing," Hakstol said before the game. "I think we need a little bit more out of the lineup, including those [top] guys. " The moves worked. The Flyers erupted for a 6-3 win over a Devils team that took the stingiest defense (2.14 goals per game)
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February 17, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers, losers of five of their last six games, are in danger of fading out of the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt unless they make a major turnaround on their five-game road trip. "Our goal is to make the playoffs," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the Flyers fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Sunday night. "Nothing is going to change until we get there. It's how we respond now. We have to turn some negatives into positives. " Gostisbehere, arguably the team's MVP even though he was not recalled from the minors until mid-November, has done his part.
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February 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere earned an NHL and team record Saturday, but he thought it was a bittersweet afternoon. His team lost a point to a playoff challenger, and he lost a defensive partner during a 2-1 overtime defeat to the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center. Adam Henrique's power-play goal with 2 minutes, 2 seconds left in overtime earned two points for the Devils. Gostisbehere's power-play goal in the third period gave him points in 11 consecutive games, an NHL record for a rookie defenseman.
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February 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's loss to the New Jersey Devils and will be out indefinitely. "At this point it looks like he is going to be out long term, we don't know for sure yet," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said after the 2-1 overtime defeat at the Wells Fargo Center. When asked whether "long term" meant weeks or months, Hextall said: "I don't know yet. Probably weeks, for sure. " Del Zotto departed for good after suffering his injury with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left in regulation.
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