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November 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Flyers' Steve Mason and Jake Voracek said Friday's game against their former team, Columbus, was just another matchup on the schedule, two other players had different sentiments: Scott Hartnell and R.J. Umberger, wingers who were traded for each other last June in a salary-cap-related deal. "I'm a pretty emotional person, and to see the guys, and to be in that arena and not go in the home dressing room, and see the trainers and coaches and everyone that I love will be tough," Hartnell said on a conference call Wednesday from Columbus.
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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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November 4, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - There is a disturbing trend that is one of the main reasons the Flyers are below the .500 mark: poor starts to games. The Flyers (4-5-2) seem to always be chasing the game, always climbing uphill, always expending a lot of energy making a comeback. Inexplicably, they have allowed the first goal in nine of their 11 games. It happened in their latest road trip, and it contributed to one-goal losses against Tampa Bay and Florida. In the 2-1 defeat to the injury-ravaged Panthers, the Flyers allowed a patchwork lineup - two Florida players were recalled from the AHL, and a defenseman had to play wing - to take control of the first period.
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October 30, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BRAYDEN SCHENN swiped the puck off Jake Muzzin's stick just inside the Flyers' blue line and took off on an overtime breakaway. The only audible sound inside the Wells Fargo Center, aside from a building crescendo of anticipation, was the noise of 19,873 seats flipping up as butts rose out of them. "From blue line to blue line, I just put my head down," Schenn said. "It was just an all-out sprint to try and create separation. I think it was maybe around the [Kings'] blue line that I tried to look and see what's open.
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October 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
They gave prizes to the best Halloween costumes worn at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. Flyers goalie Ray Emery got in the spirit of things. He came disguised as Bernie Parent. Emery made 38 saves, and Brayden Schenn scored in overtime as the Flyers jolted the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, before a roaring sellout crowd. Schenn, an ex-King who was acquired in the Mike Richards deal in 2011, scored on a breakaway with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left in overtime.
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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CRAIG BERUBE was about to give a tour of the Flyers' locker room to his young son and his friend on Sunday afternoon, but he couldn't resist having a little fun. His leading scorer, Jake Voracek, opted out of that day's on-ice practice for a "maintenance day," and Berube let him have it. "Why weren't you on the ice today? You couldn't go?" Berube hollered, jokingly. "You're soft!" Berube entered the room with a huge, satisfied grin. Voracek, 25, may be a little bit softer this season.
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October 28, 2014
In 2011, the Flyers made two blockbuster trades on the same day: They sent Jeff Carter to Columbus for Jake Voracek, a first-round pick that turned into Sean Couturier, and a third-round pick that turned into Nick Cousins . They also traded Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick, which they parlayed into Nick Grossmann . The Kings later acquired Carter from Columbus, and...
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October 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
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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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