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May 3, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash didn't score a goal for the Rangers, and the Flyers stopped New York's last 21 power plays. How, then, did the Flyers lose the first-round playoff series in seven games? Quite simply, they didn't have the puck enough, and didn't match the Rangers' speed or defensive excellence. So general manager Paul Holmgren - assuming he stays in the position and doesn't hand the baton to assistant GM Ron Hextall - has a rather substantial to-do list in the offseason.
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May 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers coach Craig Berube used the home-ice advantage for favorable matchups Tuesday night, and the best consisted of his third line against the Rangers' most potent line in their playoff series. The defensive play of center Sean Couturier and wingers Matt Read and Jason Akeson against a Rangers line that had been giving them fits was one reason the Flyers are heading to Wednesday's deciding Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers' line of center Derek Stepan and wingers Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis was silenced as the Flyers scored a 5-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
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April 29, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Flyers were given two early power plays and had a chance to take the lead, seize the momentum, and change the makeup of Game 5 of their playoff series at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. Instead, they struggled mightily on both opportunities - managing a total of two shots - and soon allowed the opening goal for the fourth time in the five games of the series, paving the way for a 4-2 Rangers victory. "If the power play executes in the first period . . . it might be a different game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.
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April 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The upper-body injury to goaltender Steve Mason could have been a real kick to the lower body for the Flyers, but they survived his absence at the start of the series and thrived with him in net during their Game 4 victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. And so the seven-game series between the Flyers and New York Rangers has dwindled to a best-of-three affair with one of the teams about to be pushed to the brink of elimination Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The shortened series still appears to favor the Rangers as much as it did before the entire thing started 10 days ago in New York.
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April 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
JASON AKESON skated beyond the blue line, pulled back as if winding up to shoot, and sent the puck toward the net. But not exactly at the net. The puck ricocheted off the boards at a perfect angle, just so that it left Matt Read with the puck on his stick and an opening around Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Read put it home. Then he found himself wondering. "I asked [Akeson] when we got back to the bench if he meant to do that and he just smiled," Read said after last night's 2-1 win against the Rangers in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series.
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April 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start. They have made more comebacks than Joan Rivers, winning a club-record 11 games after trailing in the third period this season. And, so, you can understand why they are not overwhelmed because they face a two-games-to-one series deficit against the New York Rangers. Game 4 is Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "We believe in ourselves," center Sean Couturier said after the Flyers held a team meeting Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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April 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - After being pushed around in the third period of their previous eight games, the Flyers finally pushed back. Just at the right time. They didn't go into a defensive shell, didn't spend the third period buried in their own end, and they finished off a critical 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. "We were being active in the third period; we didn't back up," winger Jake Voracek said after the Flyers evened the series at one game apiece.
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April 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Flyers don't have to answer questions about failing to win at Madison Square Garden anymore. Getting goals from two unlikely sources - Jason Akeson and Luke Schenn - the Flyers evened their opening-round playoff series Sunday afternoon, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit and jolting the New York Rangers, 4-2, at the Garden. Akeson, who gained a measure of redemption from a double-minor penalty that led to the Game 1 loss, and Schenn scored the first playoff goals of their NHL careers as the Flyers ended a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden, knotting the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.
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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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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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