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March 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HIGH ON THE LIST of reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions and are in position to repeat that feat is their depth. They roll one quality line after another at you, building pressure until you buckle. Depth is also high on the list of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers have resurrected from their early grave to become one of those teams even the elite hate to play. Claude Giroux's heroic goal with 4.2 seconds left in overtime punctuated a game in which the Flyers, not the champs, rolled out the relentless pressure, outshooting Chicago, 37-25, and rallying from two early soft goals allowed by a clearly rusty Ray Emery.
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March 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After dispatching the Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh Penguins on consecutive weekend days, the Flyers face a healthier, more dangerous opponent Tuesday night, hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The task doesn't look as daunting because of the momentum built by the Flyers' 4-0 and 4-3 wins over a Pittsburgh team that was shorthanded because of injuries to five key players. "We need to keep going as a team and move forward," said defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who has eight points and is plus-6 in the seven games he has played since helping Finland win a bronze medal in the Olympics.
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March 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CLAUDE GIROUX remembers his first goal against Martin Brodeur as a little different than the 113 others he has scored in his 398-game NHL career. The date was Dec. 12, 2009 - part of his first full season in the league - and he used a power-play pass from one future Hall of Famer, Chris Pronger, to beat another in Brodeur. "I think I was a little bit more proud," Giroux said. "He is one of the best goalies I've ever played. " Giroux and the rest of the Flyers are running out of chances to beat him again.
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March 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Say what you will about Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, but the man truly believes in the team he has assembled. Need proof? Consider this: With his job possibly hanging in the balance - if the Flyers miss the playoffs for a second straight year, one wonders if the big boss, Ed Snider, will remain patient - Holmgren only tweaked his roster at the trade deadline. In separate deals, he acquired Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders and dealt Andrej Meszaros to Boston.
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February 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After the Flyers beat the Colorado Avalanche last Thursday, team chairman Ed Snider said something that seemed to strike at the heart of how his franchise has operated for generations. The victory was one of five for the Flyers' in their final six games before the Olympic break, and it inspired Snider to praise his team in a gush of enthusiasm. "I love where we are right now," he told reporters. "We're playing extremely well. I'm excited about the team. I think our goaltending is outstanding.
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February 11, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FLYERS' five Olympians arrived in Russia this morning with their heads held high. They traded in their Flyers equipment bags for ones adorning the familiar Swiss crest or Finnish flag and didn't hear any snickers or jokes. Once the laughingstock of the NHL, firing their coach three games into this season, the Flyers have been impressive. How impressive? If you were to look at their 30-23-6 record and third seed in the Metropolitan Division, you'd say, 'Eh, not that great.
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February 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Maybe it's a coincidence, but Steve Mason's game has gotten back on track ever since he had a conversation Sunday with the greatest goalie in Flyers history, Bernie Parent. Mason talked with Parent at length while they were at the Flyers Wives Carnival. At the time, Mason was in the middle of his first slump since he was acquired from Columbus late last season: a 4.56 goals-against average and a .851 save percentage in a six-game stretch. After that tailspin, Mason put together three straight strong efforts - all after he had a talk with Parent and goalie coach Jeff Reese.
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February 5, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every four years, as the Winter Olympics reenter the atmosphere, Americans are bombarded with quirky stories meant to interest them in obscure sports they'd ordinarily ignore. You know, the bobsledder who supports himself selling artichokes; the biathlete with three ears; the snowboarder raised by Hasidic hippies. But of all the odd story lines to surface in advance of this month's 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, few are as head-scratching as this one: The Veterans Stadium security guard who became USA Luge's CEO. Luge - sledding down mountainsides on one's back at 90 m.p.h.
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February 3, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Claude Giroux and the four other Flyers who remain from the 2010 Stanley Cup final roster glided onto the ice yesterday afternoon at the Toyota Sports Center. Above them, hanging on the wall atop the benches, was a large photo of the Kings huddled around the Stanley Cup. You have to squint to see them, their familiar toothless grins hidden behind grizzly playoff beards. But Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are lying next to each other - as it has almost always been.
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January 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty years ago, the Flyers were the city's most popular team as they won the franchise's first Stanley Cup and were known as the Broad Street Bullies for their physical - opponents called it "dirty" - style of play. Former Flyers center Terry Crisp smiles at the nickname, which was created by Jack Chevalier of the old Evening Bulletin. Fact is, he loves the identity it gave to his team. "I'm still in the game and no matter where I go, people say, 'Oh, you were a Broad Street Bully,' " Crisp, now in his 16th season as a Nashville broadcaster, said last Thursday before the Predators faced the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
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