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March 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After sitting out Tuesday for the first time in the last nine games, Flyers goalie Steve Mason returned to the net and looked refreshed and in control Thursday night. "He was a rock for us back there tonight," defenseman Braydon Coburn said after Mason made 33 saves - many of them spectacular - and winger Wayne Simmonds scored two goals as the Flyers outlasted the Dallas Stars, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers, second in the Metropolitan Division, opened a three-point lead on the New York Rangers (and remained three points ahead of Columbus)
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March 21, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE PUCK was spinning on its edge like a top. It began to curve right as it hit the ice after Wayne Simmonds flicked it from near the Flyers bench. Simmonds knew his last-minute prayer had an outside shot of broaching the empty Dallas net - before being steered wide by a Stars defender - but he tracked the puck with interest. He was inches away from his second career hat trick. "I saw it curving and sliding, I didn't think it actually had a chance," Simmonds said, laughing.
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March 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After dispatching the Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh Penguins on consecutive weekend days, the Flyers face a healthier, more dangerous opponent Tuesday night, hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The task doesn't look as daunting because of the momentum built by the Flyers' 4-0 and 4-3 wins over a Pittsburgh team that was shorthanded because of injuries to five key players. "We need to keep going as a team and move forward," said defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who has eight points and is plus-6 in the seven games he has played since helping Finland win a bronze medal in the Olympics.
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March 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Special teams contributed mightily as the Flyers swept a home-and-home weekend series from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh took the league's best power-play (24.8 percent success) into Sunday, but went 0 for 4 with the extra man and allowed a shorthanded goal to Matt Read in the Flyers' 4-3 victory. In Saturday's 4-0 Flyers win, the Penguins were 0 for 5 and also surrendered a shorthanded score to Read. "I think Lappy did a great job of video scouting," said center Sean Couturier, referring to assistant coach Ian Laperriere, "and we were well-prepared.
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March 18, 2014 | BY RICH HOFMANN, Daily News Staff Writer hofmanr@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - In the two games over the weekend, the Flyers' power play was 3-for-7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins' power play was 0-for-9 against the Flyers while allowing two shorthanded goals. Which explains a bunch. Wayne Simmonds scored twice on the power play in yesterday's 4-3 win at Consol Energy Center. Matt Read, for the second straight game, had a shorthanded goal. And if this one wasn't as lopsided as Saturday's 4-0 Flyers win in Philadelphia, it was another game when the special teams complemented a balanced effort from a team that believes its balance is its strength.
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March 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a hockey game was heading into its final frantic minutes, the late Gene Hart, a Hall of Fame Flyers broadcaster, used to have a trademark expression: "Fasten your seat belts, folks!" The same applies to the Flyers' make-or-break finish to their intriguing season. The last month of the regular season may not be as intense as the True Detective finale, but it will be great theater. Seventeen games in 30 days. Four points separating the second- and sixth-place teams fighting for two remaining playoff spots in the Metropolitan Division.
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March 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
PLASTERED HIGH on a beige cinderblock wall along the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, there is an orange basketball rim that strangely blends in. There is no backboard, no glamour of a big stage - though it is positioned down the corridor from where the Sixers' court is kept. It is a few feet from the loading docks, where you might think it was installed so arena workers could shoot a few hoops while on break. You probably wouldn't have guessed that Flyers captain Claude Giroux asked for the hoop to be set up. Shooting hoops is as much a part of his pregame routine as grilled cheese sandwiches - a chance to decompress before taking the ice. Part of that is because he isn't as talented a soccer player as some of the Flyers' European players, as one-touch soccer games are an NHL pregame staple.
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March 9, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The streaking Flyers play in Toronto Saturday night, but the conversation in the locker room after Friday's practice centered on two of their star players - Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds - getting ready to face the Harlem Globetrotters on the hardwood. Giroux and Simmonds will play for the World All-Stars in the game at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds, who played basketball in high school, said the Globies would probably make him and his hockey teammate look "pretty stupid.
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March 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The newest Flyers defenseman, Andrew MacDonald, worked well with Luke Schenn in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Washington. "I knew him a little bit before he even got traded here," Schenn said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "We were a little familiar with each other, and it was easy to go over some stuff before the game. " Four years ago, Schenn and some mutual friends on the New York Islanders vacationed in Mexico during the Olympic break. MacDonald was also on that trip. "We hung out a lot," Schenn said, "and I got to know him pretty well, so it was pretty easy to welcome him to the team.
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March 7, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
STEVE MASON has started 10 of the Flyers' 11 games since Jan. 25. It is Mason's highest frequency of starts this season, surpassing seven out of eight games from Dec. 12-30, though this number is slightly overstated with the Flyers' 16-day Olympic break in between. His workload isn't about to let up, not with Ray Emery on the shelf again with a lower-body injury. In a strange way, the timing of Emery's injury has been fortunate for the Flyers. They just entered a 9-day span in which they play just two games - at Toronto tomorrow and home against New Jersey on Wednesday - a rare break in the March schedule.
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