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January 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without any full practices since he injured his right knee on Jan. 10, goalie Steve Mason relieved shaky Ray Emery and keyed the Flyers' 4-3 shootout win over lowly Arizona on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Mason stopped 22 of 23 shots and Wayne Simmonds won the shootout after a pretty deke on goalie Mike Smith as the Flyers won their second straight shootout and handed Arizona its seventh consecutive defeat. "He's been working hard to get back, and he was the best player for us on the ice," winger Jake Voracek said after the Flyers overcame an early 2-0 deficit.
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January 29, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE only two domains of which to choose from these days for fans of the local hockey team. One is the Land of Hope and Dreams, where impossible or highly improbable are vulgarities better left unspoken, where last night's 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes is viewed as another step in a long climb toward a potential playoff berth. The other is Futureland, occupied by those who see too many flaws in the current team to warrant the optimism needed for that other world.
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January 19, 2015 | By SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Sports Columnist
LEADERSHIP. When a team is performing better than expected or worse than expected, the word is invariably evoked. By words, example or both, great leaders compel teammates to test the limits of their abilities, to play better than what their resumé or skill set might suggest. That's the widely held belief anyway. Teams without leaders? Well they generally look a lot like the Flyers do these days - fragile, mentally weak, underachieving, bowing their heads at the first sign of trouble, succumbing to adversity rather than playing through it. "Well you do need good leadership to be a successful team," Craig Berube said this week, before the Flyers recorded back-to-back shutouts in losses to Washington and Vancouver.
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January 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in the last five days, the Flyers breathed a collective sigh of relief after they leaned that an injury to one of their marquee players was not serious. That counts as good news these days for a team that began Wednesday eight points out of a playoff spot. On Wednesday, an MRI exam apparently showed that goalie Steve Mason's mysterious injury was not major. The Flyers did not reveal the test results but said he would take part in the morning skate Thursday and might face visiting Washington later that night.
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January 8, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF RON Hextall's true, no-holds-barred appraisal of the Flyers' roster began last night against Ottawa, consider Wayne Simmonds among the first to make a statement. Simmonds imprinted his intention to remain in Philadelphia in the forehead of Senators forward Colin Greening, his second fight in as many games to spark a team that hasn't had much fight at all in the last 2 weeks. "It was a rather mellow game," Simmonds said. "I was trying to do whatever I could to get the guys going.
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January 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason was brilliant in the shootout (four stops on five shots) and the 65 minutes as the Flyers snapped a 10-game, two-year losing streak in shootouts. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season, and are now 28-56 since the breakaway competition started in 2005-06.
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January 7, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TUNE INTO any baseball telecast, especially in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line, and you're likely to see a particular hitter's career numbers against that pitcher flash on the screen. In hockey, you're only likely to see a goaltender's career record against a certain opponent. Individual matchups are often lost in hockey. "Well, at least I know a lot of coaches pay attention to that type of stuff," Flyers netminder Ray Emery said, laughing. The game-inside-the-game tonight will be Senators forward Clarke MacArthur going up against Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.
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January 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - About two hours before the opening faceoff at the Prudential Center on Saturday night, Flyers coach Craig Berube said the availability of Claude Giroux hinged on how the captain felt during warm-ups. Giroux's absence from the 15-minute pregame skate offered a swift answer to that question. With the freaky lower left leg laceration he suffered the prior night keeping Giroux off the ice, the Flyers were tasked with trying to stop the bleeding of a four-game losing streak without their best player.
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December 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - For the first time since he was fired three games into last season, Peter Laviolette, now the head coach of the Nashville Predators, will face the Flyers on Saturday night in Music City. Jake Voracek can't wait. "I'm sure he's going to be pretty fired up," said Voracek, the Flyers' coming-of-age right winger who leads the NHL with 46 points, "and I'm pretty excited about it. " The Flyers will make their fourth stop on a critical eight-game road trip. They are 3-0 on the trip, averaging 5.3 goals per game.
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December 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The three-day holiday break does not seem to come at a good time for the surging Flyers. "You want to skip Christmas?" coach Craig Berube deadpanned when asked about the momentum of the Flyers, winners of the first three games of an eight-game road trip. "I don't mind. " After the laughter stopped, Berube said: "That's just what you have to deal with. The guys can use a little break here, a couple of days, and then get refocused and get back at it in Nashville.' The Flyers (14-14-6)
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