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March 18, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The ending was so Flyers-Penguins. On a play that was very much offside, except in the eyes of the linesman, the Penguins' Sidney Crosby came streaking in and, with about a second left, managed to reach around Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and bang a backhand off the goal post. Thus was a 4-3 victory preserved for the Flyers, leaving goaltender Steve Mason in a good enough humor to muse on Sid and the puck and the post, saying, "I think that's all I gave him, though.
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March 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - With the Flyers protecting a one-goal lead in the final frantic seconds Sunday afternoon, goalie Steve Mason tried desperately to scramble back into position as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby came crashing toward the net and put a shot off the right post. "I think that's all I gave him," Mason cracked after the Flyers escaped with a 4-3 victory at the Consol Energy Center, completing a weekend sweep of the injury-ravaged Penguins. Mason kidded that the post was "part of the equipment.
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March 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unlike most Flyers-Penguins games, Saturday afternoon's matchup was devoid of any drama. The Flyers weren't complaining. They dominated from the opening faceoff and coasted to a 4-0 victory over their archrivals in front of a loud, sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. Matt Read scored two goals, Sean Couturier shut down Sidney Crosby, and Steve Mason collected his fourth shutout of the season as the Flyers remained in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. "Some games, there's ups and downs," Vinny Lecavalier said after notching his 15th goal, "but I felt we played with the momentum for 60 minutes.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Some of Pittsburgh's best players were missing Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, but eight minutes into the first period, it was the Flyers who were shorthanded after defenseman Andrew MacDonald was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. The Penguins still were "really dangerous," according to Flyers center Sean Couturier, because Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were not among the missing, and they are "two of the best players in the league and the world. " Even though it was early in the game, this was a potential turning point in the first half of a weekend showdown between the two Pennsylvania hockey teams that love to hate each other.
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March 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Back in 2012, in a moment of postgame euphoria, then-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Claude Giroux the "best player in the world" after the center helped eliminate heavily favored Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Since then, Laviolette has taken lots of criticism for that statement, especially from those who believe the Penguins' Sidney Crosby is head and shoulders the class of the NHL. Fast-forward to this season. Crosby - whose Penguins visit the Flyers in a Saturday matinee - leads the NHL with 88 points, while Giroux entered Thursday tied for 10th with 65 points.
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March 14, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
OUT OF ALL the decisions Craig Berube will be forced to make on the fly this weekend in back-to-back games against the Penguins, perhaps his toughest choice will be one of the few that he actually can plan ahead: his starting goaltenders. Ray Emery, who hasn't dressed since pulling himself from the loss to San Jose on Feb. 27, skated for more than 90 minutes yesterday in practice - adding an interesting wrinkle to Berube's decision. Emery saw most of the work in practice while spare Cal Heeter, the Phantoms goaltender who has served as Steve Mason's backup for the past 2 weeks, largely stood to the side.
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February 13, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE BEAR has been poked. From the time North American journalists began arriving in Sochi last week, Russia's preparations to host 2,800 athletes and millions of visitors for 98 sporting events have been mocked around the globe. But almost universally, most participants at the Games have lauded the facilities and ease of access. Yet Russians are focused on just one way to measure the true success of the 2014 Winter Olympics: whether its men's hockey team can win gold on home soil in the sport it once dominated.
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February 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - While the NHL has been criticized in some quarters for shutting down its season while the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in Sochi, Russia, the enthusiasm of the participants can't be emphasized enough. Take Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, for example. There is no bigger name in the sport. The NHL superstar certainly boosted his international profile by scoring the game-winning goal during Canada's 3-2 overtime win against the United States during the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game in Vancouver.
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November 19, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
ASK CRAIG BERUBE what has been the one difference in his Flyers over the past 2 weeks and his answer is direct. "Confidence. Team confidence," Berube said in Winnipeg on Friday night. "They believe that they can win games if they play with it. " You could point to a whole number of reasons why the Flyers are 4-1-2 in their last seven games, as compared to 2-7-0 in their nine games before that. Steve Mason and Ray Emery have been excellent. The Flyers have seen an uptick in scoring, thanks to production from their top two lines.
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November 15, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - Brayden Schenn enjoyed his coming-out party in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Penguins, making a name for himself with six points in six games as the Flyers ousted their most hated rival. Today, he awakes as the Flyers' leading scorer with 12 points. And, thanks to a two-goal effort from Schenn, which delivered a nail-biting 2-1 win last night over those same Penguins, the Flyers finally have the statement victory needed to declare they've officially turned the corner they've been talking about the last 2 weeks.
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