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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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April 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DAN CARCILLO tapped a pass through Ray Emery's five-hole and turned to celebrate in front of the same Sea of Orange at Wells Fargo Center that once swallowed him up after a playoff overtime winner in 2010. Across the ice, on the Flyers' bench, coach Craig Berube was getting ready to wave the white flag - not on this first-round series, just Game 3. He told Steve Mason, surprise backup du jour, to get up and get active. Trailing by three goals, Mason trudged into the net during a television timeout to little fanfare.
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April 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - In his second NHL playoff game, all Flyers rookie Jason Akeson had to do was forget about his first one. Akeson atoned in a major way for his double-minor penalty for high-sticking in Game 1 that led to two power-play goals in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Sunday at the same arena, things turned out much better for the 23-year-old winger. Akeson knocked in a goal with three seconds remaining on a second-period power play to tie the score during a 4-2 win over the Rangers that evened the series at one game apiece.
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April 18, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - The best goaltender on the ice last night wore orange and black. There's your silver lining in a gruesome, 4-1 Game 1 loss to the New York Rangers, a defeat that seemed to suggest that this nine-game losing streak in Madison Square Garden is more about personnel than coincidence. Ray Emery was supposed to be the big difference between the teams. They had an Olympic goalie. You had a rebuilt 31-year-old backup between your pipes. But Ray was not the problem. The problem was that besides him, there wasn't a single player wearing that jersey who was better than the player in the same role wearing blue.
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April 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, their No. 1 goalie injured and unable to play in Game 1 Thursday against the New York Rangers, put on a brave face. Steve Mason, injured Saturday in Pittsburgh, is out. Backup Ray Emery is in. "I don't think our team feels like it's a blow at all," Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "Listen. There's injuries. Things happen. You're not always 100 percent. Good teams find a way to get it done. " In his only appearance against the Rangers this season, Emery dropped a 4-1 decision in New York on Jan. 12. Lifetime, he is 7-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .936 save percentage against New York.
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April 17, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
IN SIX SEASONS with two teams, Jakub Voracek has yet to skate off the ice at Madison Square Garden a happy man. Wayne Simmonds has the same lack of positive vibe over the same amount of seasons, so maybe they are not exactly the right people to analyze why the Flyers have lost eight straight games in the storied building despite what appears to be a parity of talent between the teams over that span. Then, again, who better? "We just haven't kept it simple enough," Voracek said yesterday after practice.
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April 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never mind that Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, a winger who had a breakout season in Toronto. Schenn was struggling earlier this season, so he was benched. Never mind that Vinny Lecavalier has credentials that may get him into the Hall of Fame someday. The veteran center wasn't producing as a second-line left winger, so he was dropped to center on the fourth line late in the season. Never mind that the Flyers traded popular center Max Talbot to Colorado for Steve Downie.
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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT BEGAN with a three-game skid so stale, so uninspiring that Peter Laviolette's head rolled just 6 days into a 195-day slog. From there, with Craig Berube installed, it got worse before it could get better. An ugly 0-3 became 1-7 before it turned into 4-10-1. The Flyers failed to net more than two goals in 14 of their first 15 games. Claude Giroux did not score once in his first 15 contests - before roasting an Edmonton team with a game-winner the day after the Oilers signed free-agent castoff Ilya Bryzgalov.
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April 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - If the Flyers are going to make a Stanley Cup playoff run, they will have to end a puzzling late-season trend: fizzling in the third period. It's puzzling because the Flyers have been outstanding in the third period during most of the season; they have a club-record 11 wins in games in which they trailed in the final period. But in the last five games, they have been outscored, 11-3, in the last 20 minutes. That's the main reason they have fallen out of the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division, guaranteeing they will start next week's playoffs on the road.
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April 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Anders Lindback didn't play like a backup. The 6-foot-6 Tampa Bay goalie played more like Ken Dryden in his prime, making 34 saves and leading the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Flyers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night. "We had tons of chances, and it seemed he was pulling saves out of his butt," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. The loss, coupled with the Rangers' 2-1 escape over Buffalo, enabled New York to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division.
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