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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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March 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Nick Grossmann, who has missed the last four games with head and shoulder injuries, may return to action Tuesday when the Flyers host his former team, the Dallas Stars. "There's an outside chance," said general manager Ron Hextall, noting that Grossmann skated at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees on Monday. Before trading Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, the Flyers were overloaded with defensemen. But their blue line is thin because of injuries to Grossmann and Michael Del Zotto, who will miss about another week.
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March 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - Flyers captain Claude Giroux says shootouts are "mind games" between the shooter and the goalie. If so, perhaps Flyers shooters are overthinking the process and need to start relying on their instincts in the breakaway competition. No matter how much time they spend on it in practices, the Flyers struggle mightily when games reach the dreaded shootout. Sunday night was the latest example. The Flyers played a solid road game but dropped a 2-1 shootout in Ottawa. That made them 3-9 in shootouts this season and an NHL-worst 30-60 since the rule was adopted in 2005-06.
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August 28, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Nick Cousins, regarded as the Flyers' top prospect, was charged with sexual assault and arrested over the weekend, police in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, said Sunday. Cousins, 19, and two of his Sault Ste. Marie Soo Greyhounds teammates - Mark Petaccio, 18, and Andrew Fritsch, 19 - were charged with sexual assault against a female known to them, according to a release from the Sault Ste. Marie police. Petaccio, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right winger, is from Sicklerville, N.J., and he has a bail court date on Monday.
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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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April 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who missed the playoff opener against the host Rangers because of an upper-body injury, is "doing better," coach Craig Berube said. Berube originally said Mason would arrive Friday, but he was at Madison Square Garden by game time Thursday. The Flyers said after the game that Mason would practice with the team Friday in New York. Berube said he didn't know if Mason would be available for Sunday's game. Still, he seemed encouraged that the goalie was on his way to recovery.
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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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April 18, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - The best goaltender on the ice last night wore orange and black. There's your silver lining in a gruesome, 4-1 Game 1 loss to the New York Rangers, a defeat that seemed to suggest that this nine-game losing streak in Madison Square Garden is more about personnel than coincidence. Ray Emery was supposed to be the big difference between the teams. They had an Olympic goalie. You had a rebuilt 31-year-old backup between your pipes. But Ray was not the problem. The problem was that besides him, there wasn't a single player wearing that jersey who was better than the player in the same role wearing blue.
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February 6, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
J OHN BOLARIS is back on the regular broadcast beat for the first time since he was fired from Fox 29 in 2012, but this time he's radio-bound. Bolaris will host "CenterStage with John Bolaris," on WTEL (610-AM) (WIP's former signal) from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week. His first guests include Mayor Nutter and "Mob Wives" star Natalie Didonato . "I'm just going to be honest and real, nothing phony," Bolaris said. Bolaris told me that "CenterStage" will interview celebs both local and national, trying to get to the person underneath the status.
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January 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news shook Flyers center Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare to the core. Twelve people were killed Wednesday when masked gunmen attacked the Paris offices of a satirical news magazine that has published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. "I woke up this morning to hear the news, and it seemed too crazy to be real," Bellemare, who was raised in Paris, said after the Flyers practiced in Voorhees on Wednesday. "I'm kind of eager to go home and see what's going on. It's all around the news, and what has happened is terrifying.
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March 24, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE BODIES are still warm. There are 2 more weeks, eight more games, and a summerlong autopsy to be performed on the rotting Flyers. How did we get here? How did this happen? Just 16 days ago, the Flyers were 15 seconds away from clawing within two points of Boston, making this last month of the season not only relevant but maybe even magical. Let's take a look back at 5 days that sunk the Flyers' season, in chronological order: 1. June 23, 2014: Scott Hartnell traded to Columbus in exchange for R.J. Umberger.
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March 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDMONTON, Alberta - The countdown is underway to the end of another Flyers season without a Stanley Cup. The Flyers, Cup-less since 1975, have eight games left after Saturday's matchup in Edmonton, and they will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. A year removed from an impressive 42-27-10 record under first-year coach Craig Berube - and a seven-game playoff loss to a New York Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals - the Flyers have regressed. They took a 29-29-15 record into Saturday and had lost eight straight road games.
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March 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - Flyers captain Claude Giroux says shootouts are "mind games" between the shooter and the goalie. If so, perhaps Flyers shooters are overthinking the process and need to start relying on their instincts in the breakaway competition. No matter how much time they spend on it in practices, the Flyers struggle mightily when games reach the dreaded shootout. Sunday night was the latest example. The Flyers played a solid road game but dropped a 2-1 shootout in Ottawa. That made them 3-9 in shootouts this season and an NHL-worst 30-60 since the rule was adopted in 2005-06.
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March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown onto the ice after Flyers center Brayden Schenn apparently scored the first hat trick of his career. As it turned out, Schenn will have to wait to accomplish the feat. The fans didn't seem to mind. They got to watch the Flyers continue their surprising domination of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers 7, Red Wings 2. Seconds after Schenn scored his "third" goal, Lou Nolan announced that his first goal had been changed and was being credited to Wayne Simmonds.
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March 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' much-maligned defense has played better lately, but their offense has not responded, causing the team to fall out of the playoff race. "We're not finishing, not executing - especially me," said second-line center Sean Couturier after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "I've been having a lot of quality scoring chances lately and haven't been finishing. . . . I think all year, we've been through stretches where we're not executing, we're not finishing. It's not always about competing.
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March 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Nick Grossmann, who has missed the last four games with head and shoulder injuries, may return to action Tuesday when the Flyers host his former team, the Dallas Stars. "There's an outside chance," said general manager Ron Hextall, noting that Grossmann skated at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees on Monday. Before trading Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, the Flyers were overloaded with defensemen. But their blue line is thin because of injuries to Grossmann and Michael Del Zotto, who will miss about another week.
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March 11, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
NOW THAT the Flyers have been pronounced dead for the fifth time this season, one last, lingering question remains for Ron Hextall over the final 15 games. Where does Craig Berube fit in this mess? First, let's get Bloody Sunday out of the way. To be fair, Scotty Bowman wouldn't have been able to get the Flyers to regroup after Saturday's last-second debacle in Boston. Their collapse a day later against the Devils was human nature. Berube can't play for the players - he can only say as much as possible to try and avoid it. "I mentioned it, I talked about it," Berube said of the letdown.
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March 9, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After Brad Marchand's backhander caromed off Michael Del Zotto's skate and feathered into the net, the man most responsible for the Flyers remaining a possible playoff team skated across the TD Garden ice and stomped down a dark tunnel. Steve Mason was brilliant again Saturday, making 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins that reduced the Flyers' postseason hopes to a pipe dream, and there was a fitting symbolism in the way the Flyers collapsed around him after they had taken a late one-goal lead.
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March 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have been outshooting and getting better chances than opponents recently, but their inability to finish the scoring opportunities is a major reason they are still five points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. The Flyers have left some critical points on the table, and they are in virtual must-win situations Thursday against powerful St. Louis at the Wells Fargo Center and Saturday afternoon in Boston, which has two games in hand. In their last five losses - to Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto, and Calgary - the Flyers have had a lopsided shots advantage in four of the games.
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March 5, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Staff Writer donnels@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL said he wouldn't scrap the Flyers' young talent at the trade deadline and he was true to his word. That doesn't mean, however, that all of them will be around when the prospects already in the system and those who will join them via the draft develop into NHL players. In fact, one of the determinations facing Hextall this summer is who qualifies as young and who doesn't. Who still has unrealized potential and who has done as much as they're going to do in an NHL uniform?
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