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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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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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April 22, 2012
Here is staff writer Sam Carchidi's key to the game:   For the Flyers, containing the Jordan Staal line - which has been more effective than the heralded Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby units - and getting better production from Danny Briere and his linemates. Briere, Brayden Schenn, and Wayne Simmonds are a combined minus-16 in the last two games.
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February 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - The Flyers dominated the game, but couldn't finish enough of their numerous scoring chances Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. That's the abridged version of the team's latest failure to beat one of the NHL's worst teams. Toronto 3, Flyers 2. The Flyers lost despite having 49 shots on goal to the Maple Leafs' 17. "We did a lot of good things. We put pucks on net," said captain Claude Giroux, who had Jake Voracek back on his line in the second half of the game.
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February 27, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TORONTO - If the death of the Flyers' playoff chances was greatly exaggerated in December, or even at the All-Star break a month ago, it almost surely is not now. Losing back-to-back games to two of the worst teams in hockey - teams that aren't even necessarily trying to win - will do that. The Maple Leafs and Hurricanes are more interested in pingpong balls for draft stud Connor McDavid than meaningless points in the dog days of the season. Last night was a little different than Tuesday in Carolina, or even the two abysmal letdowns last week.
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February 26, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RALEIGH, N.C. - Long after most of his teammates filed out to the team bus, Mark Streit sat in a stall inside the Flyers' cramped locker room at PNC Arena after his shower. He conversed quietly with Braydon Coburn. Streit paused to knot his tie and tug on his suit jacket, but mostly shook his head in disgust. He was not alone. Two days after whittling the Bruins' edge on the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot down to two points, the bipolar Flyers fell, 4-1, to the 27th-place Hurricanes last night.
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February 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
This should have been a mismatch. Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, 33, was the netminder for the minor-league Phantoms this time last week. But there he was Saturday afternoon staring down the Nashville Predators and their stellar goalie, Pekka Rinne, the leading candidate to win the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top netminder, and hoping to win a shootout. With a little help from teammates Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds - both of whom beat Rinne in the shootout - Zepp and the Flyers pulled off an upset, defeating the best team in the league, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.
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February 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his team coming off a loss to the league's worst team and preparing to face the best-in-the-NHL Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, Flyers coach Craig Berube is making some drastic changes. At practice Friday in Voorhees, Berube split up linemates Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek for the first time since 2012-13. They have been on the ice together for just one even-strength goal since the Christmas break. Giroux smiled when asked how strange it felt to be broken up with his partner.
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February 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Put a fork in the Flyers. That's what most fans are probably thinking after the Flyers did the inexplicable Thursday night at the stunned Wells Fargo Center: They lost to a woeful Buffalo team that had just three wins in a little more than two months. Buffalo 3. Flyers 2. In a shootout. Brian Flynn scored the game-winner, giving the Sabres a 7-2 record in shootouts. The Flyers fell to 2-7 in shootouts. Buffalo, the NHL's worst team, entered the night with three wins since Dec. 16, going 3-21-2 in 26 games.
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February 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY LIVE these days floating between impossible and improbable, their decimal-point chances to reach the postseason improved more than tenfold via a point streak that has created light, if not much actual heat. The Flyers finally lost a game they needed to win last night for the same reason they have gained points despite tepid efforts. Ray Emery, whose improbable return to form has been as big a reason as any for the Flyers' post-All-Star surge and that exponential jolt of hope, allowed four Columbus goals on only 24 shots in a 5-2 defeat, battling pucks all night, creating needless havoc in his own zone with fat rebounds.
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February 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ever since Flyers coach Craig Berube combined Wayne Simmonds with Matt Read and Sean Couturier, that line has thrived. Simmonds had been playing recently on a line with the since-demoted Scott Laughton and Ryan White until Berube made changes in a 3-1 Flyers win in Washington on Feb. 8. "I thought at times with the matchups and the way things were going, Wayne wasn't getting enough [chances]," Berube said Tuesday before the Flyers faced Columbus. "I always thought Wayne should be on that line with those guys.
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February 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
VINNY LECAVALIER hunched over and put his stick over his knees, slowly making his way to the bench with 19,082 groaning at his egregious turnover, which ended up in the back of the net. Roger Neilson would've had a field day with the Zapruder-like video. A brilliant save by Ray Emery landed on Lecavalier's stick on the half-wall, moving up the ice. Lecavalier shoveled the puck on his backhand, thinking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was curling toward him. He never even lifted his head.
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February 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - Michael Raffl wheeled around the net and hugged a wraparound between the post, his goal providing a win and cover for an inexplicable outing for the Flyers. Too often this season, the Flyers have played down to their opposition. Last night was no different. The only thing more brutal than the coldest day in Buffalo since Jan. 19, 1994, was the Flyers' second period, in which they were thoroughly outplayed and outchanced by the last-place Sabres. The fiery chatter in the Flyers' locker room during the second intermission was not from the lips of coach Craig Berube, but rather from the players themselves.
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