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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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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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June 24, 2011
The trades: Mike Richards to Los Angeles Kings for center Brayden Schenn, right wing Wayne Simmonds and a 2012 second-round pick. Jeff Carter to Columbus for right wing Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets' first-round pick (eighth overall) and third-round pick in this weekend's draft. The signing: Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9-year, $51 million deal
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June 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
HOURS AFTER trading Scott Hartnell to Columbus yesterday for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers announced they agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension with Brayden Schenn. The team, per its policy, did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the extension is worth an average of $2.5 million per year. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Ron Hextall said he regarded re-signing Schenn as a top priority. The 22-year-old center was set to become a restricted free agent when free agency begins on July 1. "I'm happy with the deal I got," Schenn said yesterday evening on a conference call with reporters.
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May 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers will have at least another day to grow their playoff beards. Facing elimination, they got a hat trick from Wayne Simmonds and superb goaltending from Steve Mason as they defeated the New York Rangers, 5-2, before a sellout crowd at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, evening the series at three games apiece. Game 7 will be Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Flyers have one win in their last 11 games. It will be the teams' third game in four nights.
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May 1, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
TWO PICTURES from a beat-down. First: The clock says there is 6:23 left in the second period. The Flyers are holding a 2-0 lead. They are killing a phantom penalty, a high stick on Erik Gustafsson. The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center is in high dudgeon, which is different than the normal dudgeon in that it is even more profane. Booing, howling - and here come the Rangers, two-on-one. Benoit Pouliot has the puck on his stick and a clear, clean shot. He fires from 23 feet, according to the score sheet.
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May 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE PUCK traveled no more than 10 feet combined on Wayne Simmonds' three goals. Fourteen garbage bags later, filled with 639 hats and one pair of sneakers celebrating Simmonds' first career playoff hat trick, the team that has always believed once again captured the imagination of this playoff-starved city. There was no need to cancel the Flyers' pending Amtrak reservation at 30th Street Station last night. On the back of the Wayne Train, the Flyers staved off elimination and improbably got back to level ground in their best-of-seven, Metropolitan Division semifinal with a 5-2 thrashing of the Rangers to force a deciding Game 7. "He was all over the puck," captain Claude Giroux said of Simmonds.
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April 30, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
From his first playoff game as an NHL head coach through his fifth, Craig Berube has made a succession of decisions that have defied the stability he had cultivated within weeks of his ascension to the job. This does not make him a poor coach. It makes him a desperate one, and it speaks to the task before him and the Flyers ahead of Tuesday's Game 6 against the Rangers. After he replaced Peter Laviolette in early October, Berube didn't need much time to reverse the course of the Flyers' season.
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April 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude Giroux's struggles have drawn considerable attention. The Flyers captain hasn't scored a goal during the first four games of the opening Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers that is tied at two games apiece. Ending the drought will quiet the critics. Coach Craig Berube thinks that Giroux has been affected by the criticism. "I think he can be more patient," Berube said after practice Saturday and before the Flyers departed for New York and Game 5 at noon Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
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April 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The upper-body injury to goaltender Steve Mason could have been a real kick to the lower body for the Flyers, but they survived his absence at the start of the series and thrived with him in net during their Game 4 victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. And so the seven-game series between the Flyers and New York Rangers has dwindled to a best-of-three affair with one of the teams about to be pushed to the brink of elimination Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The shortened series still appears to favor the Rangers as much as it did before the entire thing started 10 days ago in New York.
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April 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start. They have made more comebacks than Joan Rivers, winning a club-record 11 games after trailing in the third period this season. And, so, you can understand why they are not overwhelmed because they face a two-games-to-one series deficit against the New York Rangers. Game 4 is Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "We believe in ourselves," center Sean Couturier said after the Flyers held a team meeting Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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April 25, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Considering they had just lost a pivotal game by three goals and are now one more stinker from an untenable position in their playoff against New York, the Flyers were remarkably pleased with themselves after an abbreviated practice Wednesday. "We played a strong game," coach Craig Berube said. "Saying that, we didn't do enough. We didn't score goals. " Unfortunately for the Flyers, that is still how they decide the outcomes of these games, and merely possessing the puck, which they did much better in Game 3, is only part of the equation.
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April 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS' power-play statistics in the regular season were a bit mystifying. Their 58 goals with a man advantage ranked third in the NHL, but their power-play percentage on the road was 10.1 percent higher than at the Wells Fargo Center. Their performance in Tuesday night's Game 3 loss at home to the Rangers followed a similar blueprint, as they failed to capitalize on any of their five power plays. It will again be a key to watch tonight in Game 4, in which the Flyers will look to even the series at 2-2 and ensure this is not their last game in South Philly this season.
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