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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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October 9, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WAYNE SIMMONDS said he tried not to watch much hockey when the Flyers' season ended nearly six months ago. But sometimes you can't help it. So he watched, like many others, as the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Tampa Bay Lightning and hoisted the Stanley Cup in June. "It feels like it's been an eternity," Simmonds said after yesterday's practice. "Going home early, not making the playoffs, you sit on your couch and try not to watch the other teams play. You end up watching them play.
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December 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
OVER THE span of the last month or so, Wayne Simmonds hasn't really been reading. Not about himself, his lack of goal production or even his team's rough stretch of play. "I know what it's going to sound like or what it's going to read like," the Flyers' second-line winger said after Monday's practice. "I put a lot of weight on my own shoulders to perform for this team and for everyone in this dressing room. All I can really do is go out there and work as hard as I possibly can. "If I'm not scoring I'm going to try and bring another piece to the team to help win while I'm trying to score at the same time.
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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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February 4, 2016 | BY SAM CARCHIDI, Staff Writer
T HANKS TO wingers Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek - and a late five-minute penalty kill - the Flyers started the unofficial second half of the season with a win Tuesday night that they hope will propel them toward a playoff spot. Simmonds scored a pair of goals and Voracek contributed three assists as the Flyers outlasted Montreal, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's huge. It's a pivotal point for our season now," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "We have a game every other day, and this is where we make our money.
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February 4, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Anthony Stolarz cut an imposing figure inside the Flyers' locker room after the team's morning skate Tuesday. At 6-foot-5 and a day removed from an impressive performance in the AHL All-Star Game, the rookie goaltender got the call to the NHL after Michal Neuvirth was sidelined with an injury during practice Monday. In all likelihood, Stolarz is the future goaltender for a team that appears to be too inconsistent to make the postseason, let alone a deep Stanley Cup playoff run right now. The Flyers, their coach and their general manager, however, are still living in the present, hopeful that they can sneak into the hockey tournament, where Ron Hextall learned as an assistant GM four years ago with the Los Angeles Kings that anything can happen.
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February 4, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Thanks to wingers Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek - and a late five-minute penalty kill - the Flyers started the unofficial second half of the season with a win Tuesday night that they hope will propel them toward a playoff spot. Simmonds scored a pair of goals, and Voracek contributed three assists as the Flyers outlasted Montreal, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's huge. It's a pivotal point for our season now," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "We have a game every other day, and this is where we make our money.
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January 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers whiffed on a chance Monday night to sweep the season series from Boston for the first time in franchise history. Brett Connolly tipped in Zdeno Chara's shot with 1 minute, 54 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the stunned Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers' third straight loss, all in regulation, and it pushed them further behind in the wild-card race. The losing streak started when they allowed the winning goal with 7.5 seconds left against Toronto.
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January 27, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ON SUNDAY NIGHT Vinny Lecavalier, the worst free-agent signing in Flyers history, scored his fourth goal in nine games as a Los Angeles King. Monday morning, Jordan Weal sent tremors through Flyerland when he skated with the second power-play unit as the Flyers again scrambled to find scoring, now hoping to end a two-game skid that, left unchecked, could sabotage their tenuous playoff hopes. Weal's practice time heightened two days of titters about Beal replacing R.J. Umberger, who hadn't scored a goal since Donald Trump was just a reality TV star.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is considering some minor changes to his lineup, and there is a chance that struggling right winger R.J. Umberger is replaced by speedy rookie Jordan Weal in the matchup against visiting Boston on Monday. Umberger has not scored in his last 48 games, including 30 this season. He has six assists and is plus-1. Hakstol said that he wasn't going to "scramble things" but that he would likely make a change. "I think we have to play better, regardless of what the combinations are," he said Sunday after practice in Voorhees.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers, coming off two straight one-goal losses, will face one of the many teams they are chasing in the wild-card hunt, Boston, on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "We've got to be better than we have been the last couple games," winger Wayne Simmonds said Sunday after practice in Voorhees. "We've been out of sorts a bit. We haven't been playing 60-minute hockey. We've been playing here and there, but not the full games. " Before losing to Toronto and Pittsburgh, the Flyers were on a 5-0-1 run. In the last two games, they were outscored at even strength by a combined 5-1 margin, and they allowed a total of 80 shots.
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January 20, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers are surging and no longer considered an afterthought on their opponents' schedules. When they need a clutch goal, they get one. When they struggle to score, like they did Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, their goalie bails them out. Detroit was dominant at times, but goalie Michal Neuvirth had the answers in a 2-1 shootout victory. The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! It was a strange weekend for the Flyers. They outplayed the Rangers and lost, 3-2, in the dreaded shootout and then were outplayed by the Red Wings for two periods before gutting out just their third win in 28 years at the Joe. Neuvirth was superb despite sitting out the previous four games while Steve Mason went on a 3-0-1 run. Remember when the Flyers always seemed to be searching for a No. 1 goalie?
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January 19, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
DETROIT - For most of the last three decades, the Joe Louis Arena has been the Flyers' house of horrors. On Sunday night, however, they overcame an early five-minute penalty, a controversial Detroit goal, and a third-period deficit as they grittily recorded a rare win in the noisy old building. In a shootout, no less. Jake Voracek's shootout goal gave the Flyers a hard-earned 2-1 win over the Red Wings. Including the postseason, it was just the Flyers' third win at The Joe in 24 games (3-19-2)
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January 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have climbed back into the playoff hunt because there is no panic in their game. Unlike in recent seasons, they are playing with poise, not rattled when they fall behind, and winning most close games. The latest example came Wednesday when they scored two goals in the final 9 minutes, 50 seconds to rally past Boston, 3-2, in a game goalie Steve Mason said was a must-win. "Our confidence," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who started Wednesday's comeback with his 11th goal of the season, "is at an all-time high now. " It should be. The Flyers, 19-15-7, are four games over the .500 points-percentage mark for the first time all season.
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