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November 6, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
CALGARY - The Flyers' defensive woes have been magnified over the last few weeks. It hasn't helped they're struggling to put pucks in the net themselves, but they've given up too many shots and have been putting too much pressure on their goaltenders. They've also had trouble staying out of the penalty box, and their penalty-killing hasn't been all that great. They got a little help Thursday night, when Sean Couturier returned to the lineup after missing six games with a concussion he suffered on Oct. 21 in Boston.
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November 5, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDMONTON, Alberta - Flyers center Sean Couturier is making progress, but he missed his sixth straight game Tuesday. Couturier suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by Boston's Zac Rinaldo on Oct. 21. Couturier skated for 70 hard minutes and did drills at Rexall Place on Tuesday morning, and it seems likely he will return to the lineup Thursday in Calgary against South Jersey's Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames. "I feel a lot better. I feel ready to go," said Couturier, who said he has been symptom-free for a while.
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October 29, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
AFTER THE Flyers got off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate - ahead of their game with the Buffalo Sabres - Sean Couturier made his way to his locker stall a little bit later than most of the group. He was straggling behind after doing a little more skating since he remained out of Tuesday's lineup. Couturier was on the ice for only the second time since being struck by Boston's Zac Rinaldo last Wednesday. He had also practiced Friday. The Flyers listed him as day-to-day with an "upper-body" injury since that night in Boston, but Couturier revealed Tuesday afternoon that he was indeed concussed, the first time in his career.
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July 30, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
SEAN COUTURIER stepped onto the ice last night for an offseason workout in Drummondville, Quebec - where he played his junior hockey - and did so knowing he had some newfound security in his life. The Flyers' first-round pick in the 2011 draft, chosen eighth overall, was entering the final year of a two-year, $3.5 million contract that would have left him as a restricted free agent following the 2015-16 season. Now, he's signed through 2022. The Flyers and Couturier agreed on a reported six-year extension worth about $26 million.
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May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SEAN COUTURIER arrived back in Quebec on Monday night with a World Championships gold medal, a new coach for the Flyers and a brimming level of confidence. He just didn't have any clue that his solid three-week run for Team Canada in Prague with teammates Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn turned so many heads around the hockey world. "There weren't many North American media covering the tournament, so I didn't have that much of a sense," Couturier said. "The only thing I felt as the tournament went on was that I gained more and more trust from the coaching staff.
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October 9, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Based on their seven exhibition games and their season-opening, 2-1 win in Boston on Thursday, maybe the Flyers slogan should be, "The Kids Are All Right. " It's unusual to thrust a rookie onto the penalty-killing units, but that's what coach Peter Laviolette did with forwards Sean Couturier and Matt Read - and both were effective in the hard-fought victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Couturier, who is just 18, played more time on the penalty kill (4 minutes, 34 seconds)
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May 5, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
At the top of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's summer to-do list: upgrading an offense that struggled this season, especially in the playoffs. Truth is, the Flyers could use two new scorers, but that will happen only if Hextall can make a trade because, as it stands, cap restraints will probably allow him to add only one free-agent forward. During the regular season, the Flyers averaged 2.57 goals per game, 22nd in the NHL. In the six-game playoff series against Washington, they managed a total of six goals - and one was an empty-netter, and another was a shot that was going wide but deflected into the net off a Capitals defenseman.
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April 18, 2015
Flyers forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier were added to Canada's roster Thursday for the IIHF world championships in Prague, Czech Republic. They will join teammate Claude Giroux on Team Canada, which starts play May 1 against Latvia. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins withdrew from Team Canada because his fractured right foot needs more time to heal. - Sam Carchidi
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January 2, 2014
Thanks to goalie Steve Mason, the Flyers have improved in shootouts this season. Here are Mason's shootout numbers, compared with Ilya Bryzgalov's in his two years with the Flyers.                            Rec.   Shots GA Save % Steve Mason (2013-14)       3-3    20       6       .700 Ilya Bryzgalov (2011-13)      4-7    34        18    .471 Shooters' statistics The Flyers' statistics this season: Shots Goals Shooting % Claude Giroux.
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August 18, 2011
The Flyers announced Wednesday that they will host the Washington Capitals in a preseason rookie game at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will mark the conclusion of a Flyers rookie and prospect camp held before the main Flyers camp, which will begin with on-ice workouts Sept. 17. Prospects scheduled to participate in the camp and game include recently acquired center Brayden Schen; 2011 eighth-overall pick Sean Couturier; 2011 draft picks Nick Cousins, Colin Suellentrop, Marcel Noebels, and Derek Mathers; and Jason Akeson, Oliver Lauridsen, Zac Rinaldo, and Eric Wellwood.
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May 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere seem connected. Both had outstanding chemistry on the Flyers' top power-play unit this season, and both recently underwent hip and abdominal surgeries on the same day. And both could be added to their respective World Cup of Hockey teams this week. The 23-man rosters must be finalized by Friday. The eight-team, two-week tournament will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct 1. Each team will carry 20 skaters and three goalies. Teams announced their first 16 roster selections in March.
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May 5, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
At the top of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's summer to-do list: upgrading an offense that struggled this season, especially in the playoffs. Truth is, the Flyers could use two new scorers, but that will happen only if Hextall can make a trade because, as it stands, cap restraints will probably allow him to add only one free-agent forward. During the regular season, the Flyers averaged 2.57 goals per game, 22nd in the NHL. In the six-game playoff series against Washington, they managed a total of six goals - and one was an empty-netter, and another was a shot that was going wide but deflected into the net off a Capitals defenseman.
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April 30, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Reviewing the Flyers' 2015-16 season, one that included lots of grit, lots of good moments, and, sadly, the death of the man most responsible for the franchise's birth, Ed Snider.   Best moments. An emotional Lauren Hart, holding a phone, sang "God Bless America" to the sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd while FaceTiming an ailing Snider in California on April 9. The Flyers then beat the hated Penguins, 3-1, to clinch a playoff spot on the next-to-last day of the regular season.
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April 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
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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
When you score a total of five goals, excluding an empty-netter, in a six-game playoff series, you don't need to be Scotty Bowman to assess the Flyers' biggest off-season needs. Here's a look at the team and its wish list heading into next season: Center The Flyers need more scoring here. Put free-agent Steven Stamkos on the Orange and Black, and they would be golden down the middle. But that is probably a pipe dream. David Backes, who can play center or wing but has a bit of mileage on him, is an interesting 6-foot-3, 221-pound free agent who would bump Sean Couturier down to the third line and give the Flyers a quality top three of Claude Giroux, Backes and Couturier.
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April 26, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
At one end of the Wells Fargo Center ice, the Washington Capitals had begun a celebration tinged with relief, and along the boards near the middle of the rink, Claude Giroux stayed bent over at the waist, not skating, not watching the Capitals rub each other's head and tap each other's stick, not doing much of anything but dwelling. "Not good enough," he said later. "I'm pretty frustrated with myself. Got to find a way. Doesn't matter how it is. Got to find a way. " Six games, and Giroux, the Flyers' captain and leader and most important and complete forward, had not scored a goal.
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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 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
IT WAS A strange scene to everyone except those who play this brutal and often unforgiving game. Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Ovechkin, talking side by side as medical men hovered over the motionless body of Scott Laughton. "We go to war with each other every single night," Simmonds would say later, after the Flyers hung on for a 2-1 victory. "But no one wants to see someone go down with an injury like that. " It may not always seem that way. It didn't seem that way moments before, when Laughton and Washington defenseman John Carlson competed full-speed for a puck and the ice between both and the backboards quickly evaporated.
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April 22, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was a hockey play, nothing more or less. There were just less than four minutes left in the first period Wednesday night of the Flyers' 2-1 victory in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals. Scott Laughton, speeding down the left wing, the puck on his stick, tried to hold a hairpin turn to the front of the Capitals' net, and John Carlson did what he was supposed to do. Carlson is the Capitals' best defenseman - as fast as most forwards and, at 6-foot-3 and 215, two inches taller and 25 pounds heavier than Laughton - and he got himself close to Laughton and pushed him off course, putting his hands and stick to Laughton's torso just as Laughton cut toward the net. Laughton careened into the boards.
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