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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 - 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 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 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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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 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have climbed back into the playoff hunt because there is no panic in their game. Unlike in recent seasons, they are playing with poise, not rattled when they fall behind, and winning most close games. The latest example came Wednesday when they scored two goals in the final 9 minutes, 50 seconds to rally past Boston, 3-2, in a game goalie Steve Mason said was a must-win. "Our confidence," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who started Wednesday's comeback with his 11th goal of the season, "is at an all-time high now. " It should be. The Flyers, 19-15-7, are four games over the .500 points-percentage mark for the first time all season.
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January 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' MVP of the first half of the season is - backup goalie Michal Neuvirth. At least that was the result of an informal survey in the locker room Wednesday before the Flyers reached the season's halfway point by facing Boston. Many players chose Claude Giroux as the team's MVP. Some selected Steve Mason. One player mentioned rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, even though he has played only 23 games, and another nominated Sean Couturier. But Neuvirth's name was mentioned more than any other.
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