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Flyers owner Ed Snider rips 'pathetic effort'

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider (left) and general manager Paul Holmgren stand near a goal...

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider (left) and general manager Paul Holmgren stand near a goal with the Flyers NHL Winter Classic jerseys during an unveiling event in Philadelphia November 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider is not pleased with the way the team has performed so far this season.

“The effort was pathetic,” Snider told reporters Friday after another loss, this time 3-0 to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night. “We were losing all the battles along the boards. We can’t continue to be a team that can’t score. If we can’t score, we can at least win the battles along the boards.”

It’s no secret the Flyers are having trouble scoring. They are dead last in team offence, scoring a paltry 1.47 goals a game.

“I’ve been in the game for 47 years,” Snider said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve had teams that have struggled. Sometimes we have bad goaltending, but we’re scoring four goals a game and giving up five. I’ve never seen a team that can’t score, particularly with the talent that we have.”

Vincent Lecavalier leads the team with five goals, while captain Claude Giroux has yet to find the twine in 15 games this season.

“If I was the fans, I’d be booing myself, too,” Giroux said about the shutout loss at home. “It’s not acceptable. “We’re a better team than this. We’ve got to go and play the game and start winning them.”

GRIGORENKO ITCHING TO PLAY

Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Mikhail Grigorenko is itching to get back in the lineup after sitting for three straight games.

Head coach Ron Rolston went with the same lineup that won Tuesday in San Jose against the Sharks when the Sabres faced the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night.

“I understand his decision to stick with the roster that won the game,” Grigorenko told the Buffalo News. “He’s the coach and guys played well the last game, so I don’t think you have to change anything. But I don’t understand why I was scratched in the previous games.”

The 19-year-old was coming off one of his better games when he registered three shots and won seven of nine faceoffs against the New York Rangers on Oct. 31.

Grigorenko, who insists he needs experience to improve as a player, has one assist in 13 games this season entering action Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

CAPS EXTEND CHIMERA

The Washington Capitals signed forward Jason Chimera to a two-year extension Friday.

The new deal will pay the 34-year-old veteran $2 million a year for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

The extension comes on the heels of Chimera being named the NHL’s Third Star earlier this week.

In 726 career NHL games with the Caps, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Chimera has 126 goals, 279 points and 716 penalty minutes.

WINCHESTER SUSPENDED

Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester was suspended three games for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly during a game on Thursday night, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

Winchester’s elbow made contact with Kelly’s head at 4:52 of the first period in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory. No penalty was called on the play.

“Rather than make a legal check, Winchester elevates and extends his left elbow, making significant contact to Kelly’s head,” NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan said. “On this play, the degree in which Winchester extends his elbow and the force of contact to Kelly’s head is significant.”

Kelly, 32, left the game after the hit but returned and had an assist and plus-2 rating in 16 minutes. In 15 games this season, he has three goals and two assists.

The 30-year-old Winchester, who has four goals and three assists this season, will miss the Panthers’ next three games against the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks. He will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 for a game against the Minnesota Wild.


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