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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 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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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 21, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was suspended for one game Tuesday for his hit on the Capitals' Dmitry Orlov late in Washington's 6-1 win Monday. Bellemare, who checked Orlov from behind and knocked him into the boards, will not be able to play in Game 4 Wednesday against the visiting Caps. Orlov slowed down before being hit. The NHL's suspension leaves the Flyers without two of their top penalty killers: Bellemare and Sean Couturier, who suffered a shoulder injury in Game 1. Ryan White may move from right wing to center on the fourth line, and Colin McDonald could be inserted at right wing on that unit.
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April 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Michal Neuvirth could see this question coming after Game 2, as he sat next to Steve Mason in the visiting locker room at the Verizon Center, the two of them putting forks to paper plates loaded with grilled chicken and pasta with red sauce. A couple of hours earlier, a puck had completed a 101-foot journey by sliding through Mason's legs and into the net for a stunning, freakish goal in a Flyers loss to the Capitals, and Neuvirth didn't even have to raise his head to issue a preemptive two-word response to anyone who wanted a postgame comment from him. "No way," he said, and kept on digging into his dinner.
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April 20, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington's overwhelming advantage in special teams has put the Capitals on the brink of sweeping the Flyers in their best-of-seven opening round Stanley Cup series. Once again the Flyers couldn't score on the power play or stop the Capitals when they had the man advantage during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Capitals are up three games to none heading into what could be the clinching game Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0 for 13 this series on the power play after failing to score on the five times they had the man advantage on Monday.
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April 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Alex Ovechkin is the most feared goal scorer in the NHL, and although he scored in Washington's 4-1 win on Saturday over the Flyers, he has made his biggest contribution in their playoff series by literally throwing his weight around. A major reason the Capitals hold a two-games-to-none lead in their best-of-seven series is that the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Ovechkin has been pounding the Flyers with some killer checks. Ovechkin knocked Sean Couturier out of the series with a clean but hard hit Thursday in the Caps' opening, 2-0 win over the Flyers.
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April 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - After it was over and the Flyers had dropped a 4-1 decision to Washington on Saturday night, captain Claude Giroux looked and sounded stunned. "I'm not too sure what to say, to be honest," he said softly. "I think we played a good game, but at the end of the day, we have to win the game. " The Flyers outshot the Capitals, 42-23, after managing just 19 shots in their 2-0 loss in Game 1. Now they head home for Games 3 and 4. "We've been playing well at home this year," Giroux said.
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April 17, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - If the Flyers are going to have any chance to upset top-seeded Washington, they need to jump-start their power play. Excluding the meaningless season finale against the Islanders - both lineups included several players who usually sit in the press box - the Flyers' power play is 0 for 17 in the last five games. In the series-opening 2-0 loss Thursday in Washington, the Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play, including three failed opportunities in a scoreless opening first period.
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