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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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November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
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December 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - With 10 losses in their last 11 games, the Flyers are doing a pretty good impersonation of the tanking 76ers. Unlike the Sixers, however, there's a bit too much talent for the Flyers to land the top draft pick - unless general manager Ron Hextall has a (tempting) fire sale. The Flyers, of course, are not close to being a Stanley Cup contender, but if coach Craig Berube gets them playing the type of relentless hockey they displayed for most of last season, they still could sneak into the playoffs.
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December 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IT WAS DURING the Flyers' three-game California trip 2 weeks ago, Sean Couturier said, when the team's checking line began to uncover some chemistry. The trio started to better find each other on the ice, force more turnovers on the forecheck and create more scoring opportunities. The line's improved play, the 22-year-old center reasoned, is the most prominent reason for his personal offensive surge of late, three goals and four assists over the last seven games. On a six-game point streak, a mark that ties his career high, he entered this week in the midst of his best scoring stretch of the season.
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December 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Couturier tied a personal milestone on Saturday, and Scott Laughton created one. Together, these two young Flyers centers and former first-round draft choices have given the team a spark. Couturier scored just 53 seconds into the game, and Laughton, making his 18th NHL appearance, scored his first goal as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers have earned points in five consecutive games and are 2-0 in a four-game homestand that continues Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Couturier tied a career high by scoring a point in his sixth straight game.
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December 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Flyers' 28th game, there was a Matt Read sighting at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Read had his first goal in 11 games - and his first multi-point performance of the season - as he sparked the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. "I wouldn't say I was losing confidence, but getting frustrated a little bit," said Read, who had just one goal in his previous 20 games. ". . . Things just bounced my way tonight. " The Flyers, opening a four-game homestand, have a modest four-game points streak, during which they are 2-0-2.
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December 12, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AMONG THE story lines that have defined the first 2 months of this hockey season in Philadelphia, a lack of secondary scoring has been among the most prominent. Take Matt Read, for example. Here is a guy with 20-plus goals in each of the full NHL seasons he's played. But for whatever reasons, his play through 27 games of this year mystifyingly yielded forgettable results: two goals, six assists and a -8. The Flyers would benefit greatly if the Read they saw last night is the Read they get for the final two-thirds of this season.
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December 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers rookie Scott Laughton is a different player than the skinny 18-year-old center who made a brief NHL stop two years ago. He's bigger, more confident, more comfortable with his surroundings. And based on the way coach Craig Berube talks about him, he may be here to stay. "I like the way he's competed," Berube said the other day. "He has a heavy stick and he's done some good things. " When the Flyers finish an 11-day, five-game road trip in Columbus on Tuesday night, the 6-foot-1, 177-pound Laughton will play in his 11th game since being recalled from Lehigh Valley on Nov. 18. "I'm feeling better every game," said Laughton, the Flyers' first-round pick (20th overall)
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December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
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December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - It turns out that all the Flyers needed to end their road miseries was to face the defending Stanley Cup champions. Oh, and to have Steve Mason put together one of his best performances of the season. Sparked by Mason's brilliant goaltending, the Flyers ended their nine-game road losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, Saturday at the Staples Center. "He's been unbelievable for a long time," winger Wayne Simmonds said after the Flyers won despite being outshot, 38-16.
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December 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - With 10 losses in their last 11 games, the Flyers are doing a pretty good impersonation of the tanking 76ers. Unlike the Sixers, however, there's a bit too much talent for the Flyers to land the top draft pick - unless general manager Ron Hextall has a (tempting) fire sale. The Flyers, of course, are not close to being a Stanley Cup contender, but if coach Craig Berube gets them playing the type of relentless hockey they displayed for most of last season, they still could sneak into the playoffs.
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December 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Flyers' road losing streak continues, but they managed to salvage a point Wednesday night. Somehow. The Flyers were about to be 5-3 losers as Devante Smith-Pelly had a 20-foot shot for an empty-net goal that would close out an Anaheim victory at the Honda Center. But Smith-Pelly lost control of the puck, the Flyers raced down the other end, and Wayne Simmonds scored on his own rebound with 2.6 seconds remaining to knot the score at 4. No matter. Anaheim won in a shootout, 5-4, with Corey Perry scoring the game-winner against Steve Mason.
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December 3, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Flyers cofounder Ed Snider is miffed by his team's lack of secondary scoring. "Never seen anything like it in all the years I've been in hockey," Snider said in a telephone interview from his Montecito, Calif., home on Monday afternoon. "Even when we were an expansion team" in 1967-68, "somebody chipped in here and there. " In their last nine games, the Flyers have gotten just two goals from forwards who were not on their first line. The lack of secondary scoring helps explain why they are in a 1-7-1 slump and have fallen to sixth place in the eight-team Metropolitan Division.
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