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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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September 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - During training camp, one of the more interesting moves made by Flyers coach Craig Berube was creating a line that has Sean Couturier centering Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Last season, Couturier and Read were together with numerous other wingers, including Steve Downie. The addition of the high-scoring Simmonds gives them a fast, feisty player who distracts goalies, wins board battles, and could jump-start Couturier's production. "They've kind of got a little bit of everything on that line," Berube said Sunday before the Flyers lost a preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. "You have Read, who has speed and makes plays; Couturier is a good centerman who makes plays in the middle of the ice; and a guy [Simmonds]
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October 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
IMAGINE, FOR one second, that the names and numbers were removed from the Flyers' jerseys during training camp. Imagine that contracts and salary-cap information were thrown out the window. Imagine that age really was just a number and experience counted only for as much as length of service in the NHL Players Association pension plan. Then judge the Flyers' defense. Pick the best six players and give them a name and a uniform number on Opening Night next Wednesday. Judging by that criteria alone, few who closely watched the Flyers this preseason would not have prospect Shayne Gostisbehere in their lineup at the Garden on Causeway Street in Boston.
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October 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - A few days ago, winger Matt Read predicted that the Flyers' three-game road trip would be the "turnaround of our season" and that the team would "start to learn how to win games. " On Saturday night, after a wild and crazy finish at the stunned American Airlines Center, Read's words looked prophetic. The Flyers made a stirring, late comeback to send the game into overtime, then won it, 6-5, on a power-play goal by Claude Giroux with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in OT. It was the third straight Flyers (1-2-2)
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October 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - You could excuse the Flyers if they consider the Consol Energy Center their favorite NHL arena. They own the building. R.J. Umberger, a 32-year-year-old winger who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, scored his first goal in his second stint with the Flyers, sparking a 5-3 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night. Since the arena opened in 2010-11, the Flyers are an amazing 10-1-1 in regular-season games here. Umberger, who also contributed an assist and a first-period fight, snapped a 2-2 tie with 13 minutes left as he converted a pass from Claude Giroux (two assists)
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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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March 26, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
MIKE RICHARDS and Jeff Carter come back to Philadelphia for the first time as a duo and it is impossible not to look back, and to wonder. It is a waste of time, of course, the wondering - but sometimes you can't help yourself. What if they had not been traded? What would this team look like? "I think it's a long time ago," Claude Giroux was saying. "A lot has changed since. I think there's only four guys on the team who were there in 2010. So a lot has changed. We have a new look in the Flyers' organization.
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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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September 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Claude Giroux's undisclosed lower-body injury, suffered 15 minutes after camp opened Friday, has had a domino effect on the Flyers. In Day 2 of coach Craig Berube's first camp, three of the lines were altered Saturday because of the injury. Brayden Schenn, who had been penciled in as the top-line left winger with Giroux and right winger Jake Voracek, moved to center - the position he primarily played last season, while Michael Raffl played left wing. Raffl had been on the third line the previous day. Because he played at center and wing last season, Schenn said he feels "confident and comfortable at both positions.
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October 2, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phantoms will play Albany, the New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. It is open to the public and free. The Phantoms' lineup will include Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Harry Zolnierczyk and Erik Gustafsson, all of whom spent considerable time with the Flyers last season. The Oct. 11 NHL openers and the first few weeks of the season are expected to be canceled later this week.
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October 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - You could excuse the Flyers if they consider the Consol Energy Center their favorite NHL arena. They own the building. R.J. Umberger, a 32-year-year-old winger who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, scored his first goal in his second stint with the Flyers, sparking a 5-3 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night. Since the arena opened in 2010-11, the Flyers are an amazing 10-1-1 in regular-season games here. Umberger, who also contributed an assist and a first-period fight, snapped a 2-2 tie with 13 minutes left as he converted a pass from Claude Giroux (two assists)
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October 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - A few days ago, winger Matt Read predicted that the Flyers' three-game road trip would be the "turnaround of our season" and that the team would "start to learn how to win games. " On Saturday night, after a wild and crazy finish at the stunned American Airlines Center, Read's words looked prophetic. The Flyers made a stirring, late comeback to send the game into overtime, then won it, 6-5, on a power-play goal by Claude Giroux with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in OT. It was the third straight Flyers (1-2-2)
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October 16, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE OPTIMIST rolled out of the Flyers' dressing room last night feeling confident, knowing that his team erased not one but two daunting deficits against a clear-cut Stanley Cup contender before falling in a skills competition. "I think this was our most competitive, for me, of the four ," coach Craig Berube said. "I think for an overall 60 minutes, this was the best one. The result wasn't what we wanted. " The pessimist trudged out of the Wells Fargo Center after last night's 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim feeling the loneliness of a zero in the win column, knowing the Flyers still have to face six of the last eight Stanley Cup winners to close out October.
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October 16, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers played good hockey against a good team Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, and the best thing they could say afterward was that at least it was not good for nothing. They were still winless after four games and far from pleased with their 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but when you're off to a slow start for the second straight season you look for progress any place you can find it. And, after an inexplicable third-period collapse against Montreal over the weekend, this definitely represented movement in a positive direction even if it was also another reminder that the Flyers are in trouble whenever a hockey game is decided by that silly little thing called a shootout.
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October 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe they'll recover, like last season, and become a very good hockey team. But right now, the Flyers are going through a frustrating period and are off to another dismal start. They dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Anaheim on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, slipping to 0-2-2, which gives them the same point total they had at this time last year (1-3). William Karlsson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. The Flyers have lost seven straight shootouts, and are a league-worst 27-53 lifetime in the penalty-shot showcase.
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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Flyers have made it difficult on themselves at the start of a season. They host Montreal, which has started the year with consecutive road wins, on Saturday night and are in danger of slipping to 0-3 for the third straight season. The schedule doesn't get easier. After facing the Canadiens, the Flyers meet four of the league's projected heavyweights - Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh. "We have to clean up our little mistakes," defenseman Mark Streit said after a team meeting at their Voorhees practice facility Friday, one day after the Flyers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting New Jersey, "but on the other hand, we did some good things as well, so we have to be positive out there.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - The puck slid out toward the blue line as smoothly as a new stick of deodorant. Steve Mason tracked it intently. The TD Garden ice was chewed up, a product of a warm October Opening Night, compounded by a frenzy of action in the Flyers' zone in the third period. Otherwise, the slate was clean for the Flyers, both on the season and the night. Minutes earlier, they had battled back to knot a seemingly lost game when a strange bounce off Jake Voracek's stick connected with Sean Couturier's shoulder.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - An ineffective power play and a stagnant attack ruined the Flyers' season opener Wednesday night at TD Garden. So did Chris Kelly. With 1 minute, 51 seconds left in regulation, Kelly's goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win before a frenzied crowd. Adam McQuaid's shot appeared to graze goalie Steve Mason's blocker and fluttered into the air before dropping near the crease, where Kelly tapped it into the net to snap a 1-1 tie. "He broke his stick," Mason said of McQuaid's shot, "and it threw the timing off. The thing that threw me off the most, two guys skated in front and I lost sight of the puck . . . and it landed right in the crease and they were able to put it home.
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October 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLEANS, Mass. - The Flyers got some encouraging news Monday morning: High-scoring right winger Wayne Simmonds practiced in Cape Cod and showed no ill effects from a foot injury - a sign that he may play in Wednesday's opener in Boston. It was the first time Simmonds skated since last Tuesday, when he injured his left foot blocking a shot in a 4-2 preseason win against the visiting New York Rangers. He was wearing a boot Sunday. "I felt as good as I could today," Simmonds said after Monday's 70-minute practice.
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October 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
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