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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Flyers not hitting 'panic button'

PHILADELPHIA >> For the second time in two seasons, the Flyers are 0-and-2.
The last time, they went 0-and-3 and …
“There was a feel of huge panic here,” Claude Giroux said Saturday, after a morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. “Guys were trying to figure out what was going on. And after three games, our coach got fired. So that was a big panic button.”
The Flyers will play the 2-0 Montreal Canadiens Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Craig Berube said he would not change the lines that finished the Flyers' 6-4 loss Thursday against visiting New Jersey. Nor have the Flyers promoted any defensemen from the Phantoms, even with Braydon Coburn still out with a lower-body injury.
One change: Ray Emery will be in goal, replacing Steve Mason, who played the first two games. Thursday, Mason allowed five goals on 25 shots.
“It's the third game in four days,” Berube said. “It's his (Emery's) turn. He is sharp and is ready to go.”
The Flyers remain relatively unconcerned about their 0-2 straits.
“First and foremost, we are playing an intense brand of hockey,” said Wayne Simmonds, who scored twice against the Devils. “We've been moving our feet and skating a lot. It's just the little mistakes that have sealed our fate. If we can stay away from those, we'll be OK.”


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