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Rangers take advantage of the power play to win Game 1 over Flyers

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A four-minute power play in the third period helped the Rangers score twice in 47 seconds. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

A four-minute power play in the third period helped the Rangers score twice in 47 seconds. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Sarah Kwak

NEW YORK — This was supposed to be a special day for Flyers winger Jason Akeson — he was playing in his first NHL playoff game, and making just his third appearance in the league overall. It’s one he’ll remember for the rest of his life, though chances are, he’ll want to forget it as soon as Friday. Skating on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read, the youngster was earning his ice time. He was aggressive, and finishing his checks — but one, he finished poorly.

Game 1 of the first-round series between Philadelphia and the Rangers was knotted 1-1 midway through the third period at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night when the 23-year-old Akeson went in to hit New York winger Carl Hagelin on the boards in the neutral zone. Akeson took Hagelin off the puck, but his stick caught Hagelin up high. When a rookie dreams of changing the course of a game with his stick, this isn’t what he imagines. Akeson’s blade drew blood, and a double minor.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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    Goalie Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the New York Rangers

    If it’s spring, there must be questions about the quality of the Flyers’ playoff goaltending. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 24: Flyers 2, Rangers 1

    Jan. 12: Rangers 4. Flyers 1

    March 1: Flyers 4, Rangers 2

    March 26: Rangers 3, Flyers 1

    Notable injuries

    Rangers: D Ryan McDonagh (shoulder, day-to-day), LW Chris Kreider (hand, day-to-day)
    Flyers: G Steve Mason (upper body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Tampa Bay’s Ondřej Palát knocks in a dreaded own goal

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    Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

    Despite Ondrej Palat’s gaffe, the Lightning still beat the Flyers, 4-2. Photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

    By Mike McMahon

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondřej Palát has been one of the most electrifying rookies to watch this season, with his 22 goals and 36 assists putting him squarely in the Calder Trophy conversation. On Thursday night, he scored another goal, but this one won’t go in the books as number 23 — because it went into his team’s net:

    Flyers forward Sean Couturier, who coincidentally was Palát’s linemate when they played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was credited with the goal that tipped off of Palát’s stick and went over the shoulder of Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback.

    Tampa Bay ended up winning the game anyway, 4-2. It’s seems, though, that the Lightning’s often electric offense is fairly proficient at putting biscuits into either net. Just ask captain Steven Stamkos, who deposited one into his own basket with a delayed penalty in one of the more bizarre plays you will see.

     


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo gets match penalty for hit on Sabres’ Chad Ruhwedel

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    By Darian Somers

    Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo received a match penalty for a hit on Buffalo’s Chad Ruhwedel 4:29 into the third period on Sunday.

    The infraction occurred when Rinaldo came across the ice and dropped his shoulder, making contact with Ruhwedel’s head. From one angle, it appears that Rinaldo jumped into the hit that sent Ruhwedel spinning to the ice. The Sabres’ defenseman left the ice under his own power and did not return to the game.

    According to Buffalo News beat writer Mike Harrington, Ruhwedel suffered a concussion.
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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Jeff Carter of L.A. Kings answers boos with goal in return to Philadelphia

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    Ex-Flyers Mike Richards (left) and Jeff Carter had a successful trip to Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Ex-Flyers Mike Richards (left) and Jeff Carter had a successful visit to Philadelphia. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    Jeff Carter was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to Columbus in 2011. Eight months later, the Blue Jackets flipped the forward  to the Los Angeles Kings. Tonight, due to the lockout shortened schedule that precluded Eastern and Western Conference teams from meeting during the 2012-13 regular season, he finally returned to the Wells Fargo Center in Philly for the first time.

    The trade to Columbus was unwanted, as Carter had just signed a long-term deal with the Flyers, but the Philly faithful still felt inclined to give him all they had and they gave him the Zach Parise treatment, booing every time he touched the puck.

    Carter responded by opening the scoring early in the second period with this:

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Watch: Flyers unveil statue of former coach Fred Shero

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    By Darian Somers

    Before the bitter on-ice rivalry between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh began on Saturday, the two teams were brought together outdoors as the Flyers unveiled a statue of their hall of fame coach Fred Shero. The late Shero’s son, Ray, is the current general manager of the Penguins and watched as construction workers lifted the curtain on the eight-foot tall statue of his father outside of the Wells Fargo Center’s XFINITY Live, where the Spectrum once stood.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux show off moves with Globetrotters

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    Wayne Simmonds showed off his basketball skills along with teammate Claude Giroux. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The Philadephia Flyers might have some concern about losing Wayne Simmonds — to the 76ers.

    The Flyers’ hard-hitting winger showed off his basketball moves as he and fellow teammate Claude Giroux played with the Harlem Globetrotters during their stop at Wells Fargo Center in Philly on Sunday after it was announced earlier this week that the two would be joining the world famous hoops troupe.

    Using a hockey stick, Giroux set up Simmonds for an alley-oop that Simmonds was able to slam home.

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Flyers and Capitals rack up 56 penalty minutes in first period line brawl

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    By Mike McMahon

    The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals were at it again on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, adding to their long history of big hits and huge fights.

    Their latest incident occurred at 11:59 in the first period when Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn hit Caps center Ryan Stoa into the rounded boards at the end of Washington’s bench. The hit itself was clean, but that didn’t stop a line brawl from breaking out. When the dust settled, Philly center Vincent Lecavalier and Washington defenseman John Erskine were handed game misconducts, Caps forward Tom Wilson racked up 17 PIM as a total of 56 were meted out. For his part in the melee, Schenn received five minutes for fighting, while teammate Wayne Simmonds was charged with two separate two-minute minors.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Zombie Wayne Simmonds on Flyers goalie Steve Mason’s new mask

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    Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason's new zombie mask

    With his game back from the dead, Steve Mason is sporting a scary new lid. (Flyers Nation via Twitter)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Mason's new goalie mask has Zombie Wayne Simmonds on it.

    (Adam Kimelman via Twitter)

    Steve Mason’s apparent zombie obsession makes perfect sense.

    More than simply a reflection of the current zeitgeist, the undead serve as the perfect metaphor for the career of the Flyers puckstopper — lifeless in Columbus, only to be revived unexpectedly this season in Philadelphia (although his game is starting to show signs of decay lately).

    But also: Zombies are awesome, which makes them an ideal theme for Mason’s new mask. His freshly painted bucket not only offers a parade of shambling walkers, it features a Zombie Wayne Simmonds.

    Let that sink in for a minute: Zombie Wayne Simmonds …

    And here’s a look at one of his new sticks, also painted with images of flesh-eating ghouls.

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014
  • Goalie fight! Flyers’ Ray Emery squares off against Capitals’ Braden Holtby

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    By Eli Bernstein

    It’s been a tough season so far for the Flyers. An 0-3 start led to the (probably overdue) firing of coach Peter Laviolette in October, but the shakeup on the bench hasn’t resulted in a turnaround. Thanks mostly to an anemic offense and hit-or-miss defense, Philadelphia is currently sitting on six points, good for last place in the entire NHL.

    The Flyers’ offense wasn’t exactly its usual moribund self, and actually got off 30 shots against Caps netminder Braden Holtby. Not one found the back of the net though, and so after Ward scored 5:23 into the third period to make the score 7-0, the hosts decided to make some fireworks with their fists instead.

    The brouhaha began after Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds leveled Caps defenseman Steve Olesky with a check near the Washington blue line. Tom Wilson immediately came to his teammate’s defense, and as the refs watched the two tangle, Flyers goalie Ray Emery rushed down the ice, intent on going mano-a-mano with his counterpart Holbty.

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  • Published On Nov 01, 2013


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