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February 3, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds missed Saturday's game against Carolina because of a concussion suffered when he was elbowed by John Erskine during Friday's 3-2 loss in Washington, general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed. Simmonds, who missed the last two-plus periods against the Capitals, will be reevaluated Sunday, Holmgren said, adding that Simmonds has head and neck injuries. "It's disappointing," coach Peter Laviolette said before the game. "We certainly can use him in the lineup right now with his ability to score, and his physical presence.
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August 17, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
WAYNE Simmonds did not flinch. Even in the middle of tenuous labor negotiations between the NHL and its players' association, Simmonds said he did not need to think long when Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dangled a 6-year contract extension. "Just to be a part of the Flyers organization for a substantial amount of time," Simmonds said, "I jumped on it. " Simmonds jumped into Philadelphia's hockey scene headfirst last season, producing new career-highs in goals (28) and points (49)
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September 23, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - The Flyers are rallying around teammate Wayne Simmonds, the right winger at the center of an apparent racial incident during Thursday night's exhibition game in London, Ontario. Simmonds, 23, one of the few black players in the NHL, had a banana thrown at him from the stands as he went in on a breakaway to start the shootout against Detroit. Simmonds scored, but the Flyers lost the game, 4-3. Simmonds said after the game - and again on Friday after the morning skate in Detroit - that he wants to move past the incident and not rehash it anymore.
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April 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes, underachieving teams that have tumbled out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, played a meaningless game Saturday night at PNC Arena. But don't tell that to Wayne Simmonds. The 24-year-old right winger scored his first career hat trick, sparking the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Simmonds had such a good night that even when he blocked a shot it led to a Flyers goal. He finished with a career-high four points.
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October 15, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of the attention has been on former Flyers captain Mike Richards' return to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night with the Los Angeles Kings. But another player who will be on the ice was a big part of the blockbuster summer trade: hard-nosed Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds. Acquired from the Kings with Brayden Schenn and a No. 2 pick in 2012, Simmonds will face his former teammates for the first time. "It's my old team, and I have a little bit to prove, but I think it's more that we have to focus on our team game," Simmonds said after Friday's practice in Voorhees.
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January 19, 2015 | By SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Sports Columnist
LEADERSHIP. When a team is performing better than expected or worse than expected, the word is invariably evoked. By words, example or both, great leaders compel teammates to test the limits of their abilities, to play better than what their resumé or skill set might suggest. That's the widely held belief anyway. Teams without leaders? Well they generally look a lot like the Flyers do these days - fragile, mentally weak, underachieving, bowing their heads at the first sign of trouble, succumbing to adversity rather than playing through it. "Well you do need good leadership to be a successful team," Craig Berube said this week, before the Flyers recorded back-to-back shutouts in losses to Washington and Vancouver.
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December 20, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The Flyers' five-game road winning streak was snapped Monday night, but they used some late theatrics to salvage a point at the Pepsi Center. Colorado escaped with a 3-2 shootout win, scoring on all three shots against Ilya Bryzgalov after the overtime. "I hate shootouts," Bryzgalov said after the Avs' sixth straight home win. Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout, but Matt Read's shot hit the crossbar. Ryan O'Reilly had the game-winner in the shootout.
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October 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
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January 19, 2015 | By SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Sports Columnist
LEADERSHIP. When a team is performing better than expected or worse than expected, the word is invariably evoked. By words, example or both, great leaders compel teammates to test the limits of their abilities, to play better than what their resumé or skill set might suggest. That's the widely held belief anyway. Teams without leaders? Well they generally look a lot like the Flyers do these days - fragile, mentally weak, underachieving, bowing their heads at the first sign of trouble, succumbing to adversity rather than playing through it. "Well you do need good leadership to be a successful team," Craig Berube said this week, before the Flyers recorded back-to-back shutouts in losses to Washington and Vancouver.
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January 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in the last five days, the Flyers breathed a collective sigh of relief after they leaned that an injury to one of their marquee players was not serious. That counts as good news these days for a team that began Wednesday eight points out of a playoff spot. On Wednesday, an MRI exam apparently showed that goalie Steve Mason's mysterious injury was not major. The Flyers did not reveal the test results but said he would take part in the morning skate Thursday and might face visiting Washington later that night.
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January 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason was brilliant in the shootout (four stops on five shots) and the 65 minutes as the Flyers snapped a 10-game, two-year losing streak in shootouts. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season, and are now 28-56 since the breakaway competition started in 2005-06.
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January 8, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF RON Hextall's true, no-holds-barred appraisal of the Flyers' roster began last night against Ottawa, consider Wayne Simmonds among the first to make a statement. Simmonds imprinted his intention to remain in Philadelphia in the forehead of Senators forward Colin Greening, his second fight in as many games to spark a team that hasn't had much fight at all in the last 2 weeks. "It was a rather mellow game," Simmonds said. "I was trying to do whatever I could to get the guys going.
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January 7, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TUNE INTO any baseball telecast, especially in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line, and you're likely to see a particular hitter's career numbers against that pitcher flash on the screen. In hockey, you're only likely to see a goaltender's career record against a certain opponent. Individual matchups are often lost in hockey. "Well, at least I know a lot of coaches pay attention to that type of stuff," Flyers netminder Ray Emery said, laughing. The game-inside-the-game tonight will be Senators forward Clarke MacArthur going up against Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.
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January 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - About two hours before the opening faceoff at the Prudential Center on Saturday night, Flyers coach Craig Berube said the availability of Claude Giroux hinged on how the captain felt during warm-ups. Giroux's absence from the 15-minute pregame skate offered a swift answer to that question. With the freaky lower left leg laceration he suffered the prior night keeping Giroux off the ice, the Flyers were tasked with trying to stop the bleeding of a four-game losing streak without their best player.
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December 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - For the first time since he was fired three games into last season, Peter Laviolette, now the head coach of the Nashville Predators, will face the Flyers on Saturday night in Music City. Jake Voracek can't wait. "I'm sure he's going to be pretty fired up," said Voracek, the Flyers' coming-of-age right winger who leads the NHL with 46 points, "and I'm pretty excited about it. " The Flyers will make their fourth stop on a critical eight-game road trip. They are 3-0 on the trip, averaging 5.3 goals per game.
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December 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The three-day holiday break does not seem to come at a good time for the surging Flyers. "You want to skip Christmas?" coach Craig Berube deadpanned when asked about the momentum of the Flyers, winners of the first three games of an eight-game road trip. "I don't mind. " After the laughter stopped, Berube said: "That's just what you have to deal with. The guys can use a little break here, a couple of days, and then get refocused and get back at it in Nashville.' The Flyers (14-14-6)
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December 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT HAS come to this for the Flyers: a seemingly must-win matchup tonight with the suddenly surging Florida Panthers, one week before Christmas, in a game that would have been a throwaway in seasons past. Except, this isn't last year for the Flyers. The hole to dig out of is even deeper. "It does feel different than last year," coach Craig Berube said. "It is different. There was a coaching change last year, changing a lot of things system-wise and things like that. It is different.
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December 18, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CLAUDE GIROUX roared through the neutral zone and dished off to Jake Voracek inside the Tampa Bay Lightning zone. Time was running out - under 2 minutes to play - and the Flyers needed just one goal to remain undefeated in regulation in six straight games. Craig Berube had five forwards and Mark Streit on the ice, with goalie Steve Mason pulled for the extra attacker. Two of those five forwards are in the top five in the NHL in points. Another is in the top 10 in goals. Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier could have been on the ice. Without execution, without crisp passing, there is no last-minute magic.
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