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April 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude Giroux's struggles have drawn considerable attention. The Flyers captain hasn't scored a goal during the first four games of the opening Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers that is tied at two games apiece. Ending the drought will quiet the critics. Coach Craig Berube thinks that Giroux has been affected by the criticism. "I think he can be more patient," Berube said after practice Saturday and before the Flyers departed for New York and Game 5 at noon Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
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April 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The upper-body injury to goaltender Steve Mason could have been a real kick to the lower body for the Flyers, but they survived his absence at the start of the series and thrived with him in net during their Game 4 victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. And so the seven-game series between the Flyers and New York Rangers has dwindled to a best-of-three affair with one of the teams about to be pushed to the brink of elimination Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The shortened series still appears to favor the Rangers as much as it did before the entire thing started 10 days ago in New York.
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April 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start. They have made more comebacks than Joan Rivers, winning a club-record 11 games after trailing in the third period this season. And, so, you can understand why they are not overwhelmed because they face a two-games-to-one series deficit against the New York Rangers. Game 4 is Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "We believe in ourselves," center Sean Couturier said after the Flyers held a team meeting Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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April 25, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Considering they had just lost a pivotal game by three goals and are now one more stinker from an untenable position in their playoff against New York, the Flyers were remarkably pleased with themselves after an abbreviated practice Wednesday. "We played a strong game," coach Craig Berube said. "Saying that, we didn't do enough. We didn't score goals. " Unfortunately for the Flyers, that is still how they decide the outcomes of these games, and merely possessing the puck, which they did much better in Game 3, is only part of the equation.
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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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