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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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March 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers fought like crazy to earn a point, but there was a feeling that they let one get away Tuesday night. Some of the Flyers also felt the game never should have reached overtime, after a goal was disallowed in the third period. Jiri Hudler's goal on assists from T.J. Brodie and Gloucester Catholic product Johnny Gaudreau with 1 minute, 23 seconds into overtime gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers, who were outplayed in the first part of the opening period, earned a point and now trail Boston by five points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE no Cinderellas in the NBA. Mull that for a moment. They have as many teams in their playoffs as the NHL does, as many revenue-producing rounds, but there is an almost zero percent chance that any seventh or eighth seed wins an NBA championship this year, next year, or any year after that. Not in the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup 3 years ago as an eighth seed. The Flyers reached Game 6 of the 2010 finals after making the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued to retool for the future early Monday morning, sending veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay for injured defenseman Radko Gudas and first- and third-round draft picks in June. The deal was completed on the last day of the trade deadline. "It was a little bit of a shock to wake up to that news," said Coburn, who spent seven-plus seasons with the Flyers and was their longest-tenured player. "There was a mix of tears and excitement in my house. " "Braydon was a very good player for us for a long time, but we got a lot of assets coming back," coach Craig Berube said.
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March 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In three previous games against the New York Rangers this season, the Flyers were 0-3 and were outscored by 10-2. In their final regular-season meeting, the Flyers reversed course with the help of an unusual occurrence - a shorthanded goal. Former Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the Flyers' second shorthanded goal of the season early in the third period of a 4-2 win over the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. That left the Flyers six points behind the Boston Bruins for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
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February 26, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RALEIGH, N.C. - Long after most of his teammates filed out to the team bus, Mark Streit sat in a stall inside the Flyers' cramped locker room at PNC Arena after his shower. He conversed quietly with Braydon Coburn. Streit paused to knot his tie and tug on his suit jacket, but mostly shook his head in disgust. He was not alone. Two days after whittling the Bruins' edge on the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot down to two points, the bipolar Flyers fell, 4-1, to the 27th-place Hurricanes last night.
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February 24, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goalie Steve Mason and defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be with the Flyers for their road trip, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be in the lineup for those two games. Last week, Mason, who is making a comeback from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, did not rule out playing in Carolina on Tuesday or in Toronto on Thursday. "Tuesday, I would say no, and Thursday is not likely," general manager Ron Hextall said before the Flyers outlasted Washington, 3-2, Sunday afternoon.
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February 23, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Columnist donnels@phillynews.com
WHEN CRAIG Berube replaced Peter Laviolette three games into the 2013-14 season, the Flyers were a mess. After failing to make the playoffs in the lockout-shortened previous season, they had lost their first three games of the new season and looked absolutely awful doing so. Paul Holmgren said it was a "gut" decision, canning a coach who had guided the team to a Stanley Cup finals appearance three seasons before. Owner Ed Snider said he had never seen his team have a worse preseason.
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