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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 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 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 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Sam Morin's impressive training camp, the Flyers considered keeping the 19-year-old defenseman on the roster before "reality" hit and they sent him back to juniors Friday. "It gets a little tempting, and then you kind of hit 'refresh' and think about reality, which is these are preseason games and there's a lot of young players in the lineups and a lot of the older players in the league aren't necessarily brining the good stuff," general manager Ron Hextall said. The 6-foot-7, 224-pound Morin will play for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
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October 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Right winger Wayne Simmonds missed the Flyers' last preseason game Thursday night because of a lower-body injury. Simmonds led the Flyers with 29 goals last season. Coach Craig Berube said Simmonds' status for the season opener Wednesday in Boston was unknown, but it seems a good sign that he will travel with the team Friday to Cape Cod, where the Flyers will have two practices and some bonding activities. Blair Jones, a free-agent signee who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in training camp, replaced Simmonds on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read on Thursday.
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