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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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December 2, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, fading fast in the Metropolitan Division, are getting ready to start their only California trip of the season, and some of the players think it's coming at a perfect time. "It's going to be our most important trip of the season," said high-scoring winger Jake Voracek, whose team has lost eight of its last nine games. "Last year, one of the reasons we made the playoffs is because we were successful on that road trip, and I don't see a reason why we shouldn't do the same thing.
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December 1, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Your first impulse is that the Flyers, losers of eight of their last nine games, can't get any lower. Then you quickly realize they are playing their next four games on the road, where they have lost seven straight, and you wonder whether Craig Berube will still be the coach when the team plays its next game at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11 - or whether general manager Ron Hextall has Dan Bylsma on his speed dial. To be fair, Berube deserves only a little bit of the blame.
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November 30, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THIRTY-NINE hours after the Flyers held a players-only meeting in the visitors' locker room at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, Steve Mason led the team onto the Wells Fargo Center ice to applause. The Flyers were reeling, six losses in seven games leaving them a point behind where they stood through 21 games last season. The next 60 minutes of ice time would be their last at home for almost 2 weeks. And the road has not been kind to this Flyers team. But even in the friendly confines of their South Philly arena, the Flyers were outplayed once again.
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November 30, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The penalty-box attendant lifted the door's latch, freeing the Rangers player onto the ice and prompting a chorus of boos throughout the Wells Fargo Center. It was the conclusion of another listless Flyers power play and another failed attempt for the Flyers to find a spark Friday afternoon in a 3-0 loss. The Flyers had six power plays without scoring a goal - and gave up a shorthanded goal. Despite having an extra skater, the Flyers outshot New York by only 6-5 on their own power plays.
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