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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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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 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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November 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - As the Flyers prepare for the Western Canada portion of a five-game road trip that started badly Friday, you should be warned: Be patient, because until some cap room is cleared after the season, this looks as if it's going to be a bumpy ride. Viewer discretion is advised. With little cap room to make offseason improvements, the Flyers look very similar to the team that missed the playoffs and never developed an identity last year. So it should not be a surprise that the Flyers are 4-4-2 and looking lost after three straight defeats.
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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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November 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CALGARY, Alberta - Right winger Wayne Simmonds walked into the Flyers locker room after their latest loss Tuesday and you could almost see the smoke coming out of his ears. Simmonds was incensed at how the Flyers had turned pucks over, at how they couldn't generate any offensive continuity, at how they had allowed the Edmonton Oilers - a team with a 4-8 record and without rookie sensation Connor McDavid for the final 22 minutes or so - to control the third period and register a 4-2 victory.
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January 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Now that he has about $4.1 million in salary-cap space and his team is in the playoff hunt, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is not ruling out adding a forward before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. "If we can improve our team in any way without mortgaging the future, we'll look at it," Hextall said Thursday. "I mean, if young players can make us better, of course we'll look at it. " He is likely looking at Jonathan Drouin, 20, a left winger who is on the trade market. Drouin has great potential but has underachieved in Tampa Bay after being the third overall draft pick in 2013.
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January 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
If the Flyers are going to end a three-game losing streak and go into the all-star break in a positive frame of mind, all they have to do is beat the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in D.C. The same Capitals that have the NHL's best record (35-8-3) and lead the league in most offensive and defensive categories. Oh, and both Flyers goalies appear to be injured or ill, despite denials from the organization. Michal Neuvirth, who is expected to get Wednesday's start, was limping badly and received medical attention after Monday's 3-2 loss to Boston.
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January 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers whiffed on a chance Monday night to sweep the season series from Boston for the first time in franchise history. Brett Connolly tipped in Zdeno Chara's shot with 1 minute, 54 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the stunned Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers' third straight loss, all in regulation, and it pushed them further behind in the wild-card race. The losing streak started when they allowed the winning goal with 7.5 seconds left against Toronto.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is considering some minor changes to his lineup, and there is a chance that struggling right winger R.J. Umberger is replaced by speedy rookie Jordan Weal in the matchup against visiting Boston on Monday. Umberger has not scored in his last 48 games, including 30 this season. He has six assists and is plus-1. Hakstol said that he wasn't going to "scramble things" but that he would likely make a change. "I think we have to play better, regardless of what the combinations are," he said Sunday after practice in Voorhees.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers, coming off two straight one-goal losses, will face one of the many teams they are chasing in the wild-card hunt, Boston, on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "We've got to be better than we have been the last couple games," winger Wayne Simmonds said Sunday after practice in Voorhees. "We've been out of sorts a bit. We haven't been playing 60-minute hockey. We've been playing here and there, but not the full games. " Before losing to Toronto and Pittsburgh, the Flyers were on a 5-0-1 run. In the last two games, they were outscored at even strength by a combined 5-1 margin, and they allowed a total of 80 shots.
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January 24, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' strong even-strength play helped fuel their recent 5-0-1 surge, but it has regressed dramatically in the last two games. As a result, they will take a two-game losing streak into Saturday's matchup against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. "You have to be better in the five-on-five," winger Jake Voracek said after the Flyers squandered an early 2-0 lead and fell to Pittsburgh, 4-3, at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday. "But we can't hang our heads here. " The Flyers have been outscored at even-strength, 5-1, over their last two games - 3-1 by Toronto, and 2-0 by the Penguins.
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January 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers scored the game's first two goals, both on the power play, and you could almost hear the home fans moaning Thursday night that the Orange and Black were still in the Penguins' collective heads. But a strange thing happened to the Flyers as they aimed for their ninth straight win over their hated archrivals: They found a way to lose. The Flyers' uncanny dominance of the Penguins came to a halt, 4-3, before the 400th straight sellout crowd at the electric Consol Energy Center.
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January 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - Sam Gagner was promoted from the Phantoms and was the Flyers' second-line center Thursday night, replacing the injured Sean Couturier. Gagner, who was banished to the minors Dec. 29 because of salary-cap issues, centered Michael Raffl and Bryaden Schenn. The Flyers would say only that Couturier had a lower-body injury and was day to day. In nine games with the Phantoms, Gagner had a goal, five assists, and a plus-3 rating. He had two goals and three assists in 18 games with the Flyers before being sent to Lehigh Valley, making room for Mark Streit to come off the long-term injured list and join the team.
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January 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PITTSBURGH - The names were hard to hate, mostly because you'd never heard of them before. It had been 291 days since the Flyers had upped their winning streak against the Penguins to eight, and the indifference that names such as Olli Maatta, Ben Dumoulin and Bryan Rust evoked when the teams finally met Thursday night was not overwhelmed by any plays or shenanigans of their more recognized and despised stars. Yes, Sidney Crosby scored an impossible wide-angle goal that harkened to his Olympic gold-medal winner and Evgeni Malkin did his puck-possession magic at times, despite Scott Laughton and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare doing their best to fill in for injured Sean Couturier - Malkin's regular blanket since these teams last met in a playoff game nearly four years ago. And Phil Kessel, another old Olympic hero, brought Pittsburgh all the way back from a 2-0, first-period hole, knocking in a loose puck during one of an endless string of power plays to grab the lead, scoring an even-strength 2-on-1 in the third period for the deciding goal of a 4-3, defense-to-the-wind Penguins victory.
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January 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Henrik Lundqvist remained on one knee for a moment, looking on in almost bewilderment as the Flyers celebrated an early lead. The New York Rangers goaltender was caught on the wrong side of the net as Sean Couturier sent a pass across the crease to Brayden Schenn, who fired it home less than four minutes into the first period. It had all the signs of a long afternoon for Lundqvist, who has long been a thorn in the Flyers' side. Instead, it proved to be a rare miscue. Lundqvist returned to his feet and rallied the Rangers to a 3-2 win. He recorded 34 saves, including a series of key stops late in the third period.
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January 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jake Voracek slowly skated past the visitors' bench on Saturday afternoon while the New York Rangers emptied onto the ice. Voracek's shootout attempt had sailed wide of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, bouncing off of the boards and sending the Rangers into celebration after a 3-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers' valiant effort - which included a tying goal in the third period - was for naught after they were held scoreless in the shootout. Shayne Gostisbehere, Claude Giroux, and Voracek each missed their chances without barely testing Lundqvist.
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