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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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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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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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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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March 14, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Wayne Simmonds has blossomed into one of the league's most consistent right wingers, but if it wasn't for a trailblazer named Willie O'Ree, the Flyers forward might never have dreamed of reaching the NHL. O'Ree, who in 1958 became the NHL's first black player, made Simmonds believe at a young age that playing pro hockey was a possibility. "He had an effect on every single player of color coming into this league," Simmonds said before a recent game. "Without him, we wouldn't even be in this league . . . so there's a lot of respect I have for Mr. O'Ree.
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April 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Grit and goaltending have carried the Flyers to consecutive harrowing wins, enabling them to fight off elimination and reach Game 6 in their playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. They need more, however, to force a Game 7 against heavily favored Washington. If the Flyers are going to get within one win of equaling their Boston Miracle of 2010 - they lost the first three games in that series before jolting the Bruins en route to the Stanley Cup Finals - they need to have some quality offensive-zone time and need their power play, which is 1 for 21 in the series, to stop looking so disorganized.
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April 24, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - It's no secret the Washington Capitals were trying to teach Flyers left winger Brayden Schenn a lesson for what they thought was a cheap shot in Game 4. Ten seconds into the game Friday, Washington right winger T.J. Oshie went after Schenn, starting a long center-ice fight at the Verizon Center. Schenn landed several punches and won the bout - and seemed to give the Flyers some early momentum. "Obviously, they didn't like the play I did in the last game, cross-checking.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
IT WAS A strange scene to everyone except those who play this brutal and often unforgiving game. Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Ovechkin, talking side by side as medical men hovered over the motionless body of Scott Laughton. "We go to war with each other every single night," Simmonds would say later, after the Flyers hung on for a 2-1 victory. "But no one wants to see someone go down with an injury like that. " It may not always seem that way. It didn't seem that way moments before, when Laughton and Washington defenseman John Carlson competed full-speed for a puck and the ice between both and the backboards quickly evaporated.
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April 22, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers were looking for any kind of spark to keep their season alive. Who knew it would come from a fourth-line right winger who played five NHL games this season? Colin McDonald made his first Flyers playoff game a memorable one. The physical play of the 31-year-old McDonald played an important role in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Trailing three games to one in the best-of-seven series, the Flyers head to Washington for Game 5 on Friday. "He was great," Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds said of McDonald.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
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April 21, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
All you need to know about the state of the Flyers in their opening-round playoff series is this: The three players on their top line have as many combined points (one) as Washington goalie Braden Holtby. The Flyers trail the best-of-seven series, three games to none, and face elimination Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "The first thing we have to do is actually believe we can come back," said captain Claude Giroux, who is the only player remaining from the 2010 Flyers team that overcame a 3-0 series deficit and stunned Boston in seven games.
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April 21, 2016 | By Jason Nark and Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITERS
Blame "the bracelet incident" on the brain, Philadelphia fans, because human beings can be helpless during a terrible hockey game, unable to resist the sense of release that comes with joining a crowd booing or throwing something on the ice. The key to Monday night's rain of light-up bracelets at the Wells Fargo Center, experts say, would be finding Patient Zero, the first disgruntled Flyers fan who sparked the latest municipal embarrassment by...
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April 19, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers played three-plus months of gritty, productive hockey, climbing past four teams and earning the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. But if they don't quickly solve the mystery of Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, they might be trading hockey sticks for golf clubs by this weekend. Trailing by two games to none in an intense, physical, first-round series, they will try to get close when the site shifts to the House That Ed Built, the Wells Fargo Center, on Monday.
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April 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - For the Flyers, it was a goal that will live in infamy. Goalie Steve Mason, whose superb play carried the team into the playoffs, allowed a Jason Chimera goal from beyond center ice that gave Washington a 2-0 second-period lead, keying the Capitals' 4-1 victory Saturday night before a raucous crowd at the Verizon Center. The Capitals, outshot by a 42-23 margin but getting another stellar performance from goalie Braden Holtby, have a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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April 18, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
It wasn't until this past week that I began to make some personal sense out of the opening lines of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland : April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. In the first few days of Philadelphia's April the lilacs blossomed blue and victorious with Villanova's thrilling national college basketball championship followed by a parade and celebration in Center City.
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