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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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October 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Lost in the shuffle of the Flyers' 6-5 comeback win in Dallas on Saturday night was the fact that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was part of a historic event. The Flyers' 29-year-old center and his fellow countryman and role model, Dallas' Antoine Roussel, became the first France-born players to face each other in an NHL game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "It was special," Bellemare said in his thick French accent. "It felt great. " Bellemare and Roussel went to dinner Friday night, but that their main topic wasn't the history they were about to make.
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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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October 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are not overly concerned about being in Dallas, where a Liberian man died of Ebola and two nurses who treated him contracted the disease. "They keep saying it's more possible for us to get in a car accident or a plane accident - knock on wood - than to catch the Ebola virus," winger Wayne Simmonds said after the Flyers finished practicing in Voorhees on Friday and boarded a plane for Dallas, where they play the Stars on Saturday night. "I'm hoping what they say is the truth.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The Flyers, of all teams, have committed a league-low 12 minor penalties, and they have averaged the NHL's fewest penalty minutes per game (seven) in the first five games. It's a small sample, but it is still eye-opening for a franchise that usually leads the NHL - or is near the top - in both categories. It's been "way less taxing" on his penalty killers, said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Chicago on Tuesday night. "We've been good so far, and we have to continue to check properly, because when your sticks are in the air and you're hooking and tripping and stuff, you're going to get penalties.
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October 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Lost in the shuffle of the Flyers' 6-5 comeback win in Dallas on Saturday night was the fact that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was part of a historic event. The Flyers' 29-year-old center and his fellow countryman and role model, Dallas' Antoine Roussel, became the first France-born players to face each other in an NHL game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "It was special," Bellemare said in his thick French accent. "It felt great. " Bellemare and Roussel went to dinner Friday night, but that their main topic wasn't the history they were about to make.
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October 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are not overly concerned about being in Dallas, where a Liberian man died of Ebola and two nurses who treated him contracted the disease. "They keep saying it's more possible for us to get in a car accident or a plane accident - knock on wood - than to catch the Ebola virus," winger Wayne Simmonds said after the Flyers finished practicing in Voorhees on Friday and boarded a plane for Dallas, where they play the Stars on Saturday night. "I'm hoping what they say is the truth.
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October 16, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE OPTIMIST rolled out of the Flyers' dressing room last night feeling confident, knowing that his team erased not one but two daunting deficits against a clear-cut Stanley Cup contender before falling in a skills competition. "I think this was our most competitive, for me, of the four ," coach Craig Berube said. "I think for an overall 60 minutes, this was the best one. The result wasn't what we wanted. " The pessimist trudged out of the Wells Fargo Center after last night's 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim feeling the loneliness of a zero in the win column, knowing the Flyers still have to face six of the last eight Stanley Cup winners to close out October.
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October 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winless Flyers received mixed medical news Monday: Center Vinny Lecavalier, who injured his left foot Saturday, will miss two weeks. But defenseman Braydon Coburn, sidelined the last two games because of an undisclosed injury, was upgraded to day-to-day. Coburn did not practice Monday in Voorhees, so he is not expected to play Tuesday against visiting Anaheim (2-1). He probably will return Saturday in Dallas, where the Flyers start a three-game road trip. Lecavalier, 34, missed 13 games because of various injuries last season.
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October 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WOE AND 2, with an October schedule that features not a single cupcake, aside from the Devils game that they just blew, the Flyers held a team meeting yesterday. Coach Craig Berube pointed out the highlights and lowlights of the Flyers' stumble out of the gate, but left his team with one parting message: Don't listen to the media. "You guys [media] talk about it, people in general, about bad starts all the time," Berube said. "You can't let it creep into your focus of playing the game.
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October 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Flyers as they were coasting to their first win of the season Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. They had a total team meltdown. They fell back on their heels, allowed Montreal to come at them in swarms, and blew a 3-0 lead. And the game. P.A. Parenteau scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Canadiens to a stunning 4-3 win, ending their 10-game losing streak at the Wells Fargo Center, including the playoffs. Montreal improved to 3-0 - with all the wins on the road.
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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Flyers have made it difficult on themselves at the start of a season. They host Montreal, which has started the year with consecutive road wins, on Saturday night and are in danger of slipping to 0-3 for the third straight season. The schedule doesn't get easier. After facing the Canadiens, the Flyers meet four of the league's projected heavyweights - Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh. "We have to clean up our little mistakes," defenseman Mark Streit said after a team meeting at their Voorhees practice facility Friday, one day after the Flyers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting New Jersey, "but on the other hand, we did some good things as well, so we have to be positive out there.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wayne Simmonds threw his arms in the air as he embraced Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Vinny Lecavalier while the frenzied sellout crowd stood in disbelief Thursday night. Simmonds knew. The right winger knew his shot had beaten the buzzer to end the astonishing last few minutes of the second period, knew the Flyers had come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, knew this game suddenly had a different feel to it. But the Flyers couldn't sustain the momentum. Dainius Zubrus scored what proved to be the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils outlasted the Flyers, 6-4, and ruined their home opener.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Flyers' speedy fourth-line center, was overjoyed by his accomplishment. "I don't know if I really realize what's going on," he said before the season opener Wednesday against the Bruins. "I don't know if it's because it's so many years that you don't believe in this kind of stuff, that it's going to happen to you. " At 29, Bellemare became the ninth French-born player to reach the NHL when he played in the Flyers-Bruins matchup. "It's a big step for our country, for all our hockey fans - to have one more representative of the country," he said.
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