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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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November 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Penguins and Flyers have developed one of the more heated NHL rivalries, something that Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby addressed on Wednesday. Crosby was asked if this rivalry was special. "Yes, I think you expect the other team's best and it brings out the best in everybody," Crosby said after the morning skate. "Other than that, you do kind of feel the games have more intensity and you prepare kind of accordingly. " Crosby said there are several reasons for the rivalry, with the first being history.
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November 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers continued their turnaround Wednesday night in a place where they have surprisingly achieved more than their share of success. Brayden Schenn scored twice for the Flyers as they pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Since the arena was built, the Flyers are 7-1-1 there. Slowly, the Flyers (7-10-1) are creeping back to respectability, having won three in a row for the first time this season. Pittsburgh (11-7)
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October 19, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In retrospect, Peter Laviolette was nothing more than a prisoner of the moment, an overexuberant coach making a proclamation that would never stand the test of time. He had watched Claude Giroux skate a shift for the ages at the start of Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Giroux had delivered a crushing body check to Sidney Crosby before scoring the first goal in a series-clinching victory for the Flyers, and Laviolette used the postgame news conference to call Giroux "the best player in the world.
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October 18, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FOR THE FIRST 39 minutes and 58 seconds, it was less rivalry and more little brother Flyers swatting at big brother Penguins. Then, with the Flyers being outshot by a 29-13 margin, Wayne Simmonds redirected a power-play goal with 2 seconds remaining in the second period to flip the game on its head. Only Steve Mason kept the Flyers in a game they had no business being in. "It was pretty much as bad a second period as you could possibly have," Brayden Schenn said. "We got out-worked, out-muscled, out-battled.
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