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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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February 24, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
EDMONTON - This time, there were no late-game heroics. There are only so many times you can go to that well. And the Flyers already did that in Winnipeg on Tuesday night, when they salvaged an overtime win after Wayne Simmonds' tally tied the game with 9.7 seconds left in the third period. Last night, the Flyers pounded 15 shots toward the Edmonton net in the third period while allowing just five chances at the other end of the ice. The effort was too little, too late.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT BEGAN with a three-game skid so stale, so uninspiring that Peter Laviolette's head rolled just 6 days into a 195-day slog. From there, with Craig Berube installed, it got worse before it could get better. An ugly 0-3 became 1-7 before it turned into 4-10-1. The Flyers failed to net more than two goals in 14 of their first 15 games. Claude Giroux did not score once in his first 15 contests - before roasting an Edmonton team with a game-winner the day after the Oilers signed free-agent castoff Ilya Bryzgalov.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT BEGAN with a three-game skid so stale, so uninspiring that Peter Laviolette's head rolled just 6 days into a 195-day slog. From there, with Craig Berube installed, it got worse before it could get better. An ugly 0-3 became 1-7 before it turned into 4-10-1. The Flyers failed to net more than two goals in 14 of their first 15 games. Claude Giroux did not score once in his first 15 contests - before roasting an Edmonton team with a game-winner the day after the Oilers signed free-agent castoff Ilya Bryzgalov.
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April 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - If the Flyers are going to make a Stanley Cup playoff run, they will have to end a puzzling late-season trend: fizzling in the third period. It's puzzling because the Flyers have been outstanding in the third period during most of the season; they have a club-record 11 wins in games in which they trailed in the final period. But in the last five games, they have been outscored, 11-3, in the last 20 minutes. That's the main reason they have fallen out of the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division, guaranteeing they will start next week's playoffs on the road.
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April 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Anders Lindback didn't play like a backup. The 6-foot-6 Tampa Bay goalie played more like Ken Dryden in his prime, making 34 saves and leading the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Flyers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night. "We had tons of chances, and it seemed he was pulling saves out of his butt," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. The loss, coupled with the Rangers' 2-1 escape over Buffalo, enabled New York to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division.
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April 11, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - Down the palm tree-lined street across from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the road-weary Columbus Blue Jackets were watching the Flyers' every move. Already in town ahead of their own meeting with the Lightning tonight, the Blue Jackets' hopes of climbing in the Metropolitan Division rose with every blaring goal horn - which they could probably hear from their balconies on a gorgeous Florida spring night. The Flyers will begin their quest for a Stanley Cup on the road.
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April 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Despite a critical goal from seldom-used winger Jay Rosehill, the Flyers' skid continued with a closer-than-it-looks, 5-2 loss to Boston at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins scored two late goals 31 seconds apart to snap a 2-2 tie and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal as the Flyers suffered their fourth straight defeat - and sixth loss in the last seven games. "We've been getting some opportunities, but they have to go in the back of the net, plain and simple," said winger Scott Hartnell, whose team ended a 165-minute, 1-second goalless streak but was outscored, 4-1, in even-strength situations, excluding the empty-net goal.
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April 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BY THE TIME Steve Mason shuffled to the bench for an extra attacker, thousands of empty burgundy seats checkered the backdrop of the Flyers' third loss in a row. Last night, the Wells Fargo Center might as well have been Columbus, or Florida, or any other struggling hockey market - fans streaming for the exits with minutes to play and no hope of another brilliant comeback. When the final horn blasted, signaling the merciful end of the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, boos rained down from the few brave souls remaining.
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April 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DRENCHED IN sweat, Steve Downie sat in his stall inside the Flyers' empty locker room in St. Louis on Tuesday morning - just staring off into the distance. He had just gone through a grueling pregame skate routine - reserved for the Flyers' scratches - with assistant coach Ian Laperriere, Hal Gill and Steve Mason, and he was exhausted. Yet, he didn't hustle to get his equipment off to get back to the team hotel for lunch. He sat there in all his equipment. Something just didn't look right.
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April 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT HARTNELL waddled into the Flyers dressing room with a limp, a scowl on his face and a bag of ice taped under his shorts. In the third period of yesterday's gloriously physical game, Hartnell was taken down on a partial breakaway and his face smacked off the post so hard it's a miracle he wasn't covered in blood. Somehow, someway, Hartnell kept all of his teeth intact. "Desperation," Hartnell described. "Guys were laying their bodies on the line, taking hits to make plays.
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March 30, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SINCE TAKING his seat at the Flyers' master controls three games into the season, coach Craig Berube hasn't really pushed too many buttons. Calm and collected, Berube has let his players play, for the most part. Lines have rarely been overhauled, except in the case of injury. Only on very few occasions have players been criticized publicly. In turn, Berube has restored the confidence of a once-fragile team that would crack under the first hint of pressure. So, it came as a bit of a surprise yesterday when Berube decided to drop highly paid veteran Vincent Lecavalier to the fourth line before game No. 73 of the season.
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March 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There is something about Madison Square Garden that brings out the worst in the Flyers. It happened again Wednesday night as they were defeated by the New York Rangers, 3-1, in a second-place showdown that produced the Flyers' eighth straight loss at the Garden since 2011. The Flyers, who seemed oddly lethargic for such a key game, have been outscored, 31-9, in the eight Garden losses. "We got away from what was making us successful," losing goalie Steve Mason said.
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