Monthly Archives: May 2010

Blackhawks outgun Flyers in Game 1; 6-5

By JAY BOEHMER
Staff Writer — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Michael Leighton was not at his best last night. (Photo: Philly.com)

Nearly a week layoff.  Anticipation.  Fanfare.  Media days.  Not things hockey players are used to.  It showed as each of these top tier teams came with a sloppy performance in Game 1 of these Stanley Cup Finals.

Neither goaltender, both riding a magical hot streak during their first trek through the playoffs, nor defense, both headlined by ace shutdown stars, were able to keep this game under control.

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Richards vs. Toews: A matchup for the ages

By CHRIS DiFRANCESCO
Columnist — cdifrancesco@highhopesblog.com
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Flyers’ captain Mike Richards hopes to steer the team toward it’s third Stanley Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)

Both are one the best captains in the NHL, two of the top stars in the entire league, were linemates in the 2010 Olympics for the Gold medal winning team Canada.

They are the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and Flyers’ Mike Richards.

Of all the interesting matchups leading into Saturday nights game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Richards vs. Toews is probably the most anticipated.

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Flyers ready to rock and roll with pep rally

By MATTHEW NADU
Staff Writer — matthew.nadu@yahoo.com
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Just because the Stanley Cup Finals don’t start until Saturday doesn’t mean Flyers fans can’t suit up now.

That’s right it’s rally time.

The Flyers are encouraging fans to get Flyer’d up at the Wachovia Center Friday from noon to two. The rally will feature official Cup merchandise along with alumni appearances, live music and free food! The Prince of Wales Trophy that Flyer Mike Richards so eagerly hosted up after Philadelphia knocked off the Canadians will also be on display.

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The 2010 Stanley Cup schedule’s in!

By MATTHEW NADU
Staff Writer — matthew.nadu@yahoo.com
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Memorial Day weekend doesn’t get much more memorable than this.

Don’t discard the regular booze, babes and beaches just add some ice.

For the first time since 1997 it’s the Summer of Hockey in Philadelphia and the Stanley Cup Finals fall right on the opening weekend.

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Panic (!) at the Ballpark – Phillies lose 5-0 to Mets

By STEVE WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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Tonight it was Mets starter Hisanori Takashashi who silenced the Phils offense. (Photo: AP)

Can we panic now?

It’s hard to remember the last time the Phillies went through a slump like the one they’re currently experiencing.  And we’re not talking about a stretch where they’re just losing games, but a stretch where they look this bad.

There’s no blaming a knuckle-baller on the offensive ineptitude tonight, as Japanese starter Hisanori Takahashi doesn’t have one in his arsenal.  In fact, there’s really not one thing you can pin point to place blame on tonight.   The only way you can describe this team at the plate is “Lost.”

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Richards rises to legendary status

By CHRIS DiFRANCESCO
Columnist — cdifrancesco@highhopesblog.com
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Mike Richards didn't hesitate to pick up the Prince of Wales Trophy after the Flyers clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo: Getty Images)

One shift.

One hit.

One goal.

That’s all it took to make Flyers captain Mike Richards a Philadelphia sports legend.

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Unbelievable: Flyers advance to Stanley Cup Finals

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Making it Interesting: Phils fall to Sox, 8-3

By STEVE WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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Roy Halladay struggled mightily in today's loss. (Photo: David Mialetti/Philly.com)

If the Phillies could get a hang of this interleague play thing, they could have the NL East division title wrapped up in August the past few years.

After a promising start to this weekend’s opening interleague series vs. the Boston Red Sox on Friday night (5-1 win), the Phillies dropped to last two games by a combined score of 13-3.  While last night’s game was disappointing, with Matsusaka almost no-hitting the Phillies,  today’s 8-3 drubbing was especially painful to watch.  Roy Halladay (6-3) took the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.

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Flyers shutdown, shutout Habs

By JAY BOEHMER
Staff Writer — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Photo: Ed Hille/ Philly.com

After a performance to forget in their lackluster Game 3 loss, the Philadelphia Flyers needed a bounce back game, and they needed it fast.  This Game 4 is a pivotal one, with the difference between a 2-2 and a 3-1 series being monumental.  A loss here would take away all the hard work from the first two games, turning it into an abbreviated best-of-three series in which Montreal holds the momentum.  This team wasn’t going to let that happen.

The Flyers came out with one of their best first periods of the series, though they didn’t have much to live up to.  The Canadiens matched them pretty well, however.  Each team played a hard checking, up tempo style as the two teams exchanged quality scoring chances.

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Flyers falter in 5-1 loss

By JAY BOEHMER
Staff Writer — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com

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Danny Briere with the puck is pursued by Scott Gomez. (Photo: Yong Kim/ Staff Photographer)

The Flyers knew they had to adjust following their Game 2 win at home.  The first two wins of the series had come easily, but everyone knew that it wasn’t enough.  The series wasn’t going to be just handed to them.

Laviolette and his team were saying the right words, but no one on the ice seemed to take them to heart.  The Flyers came out flat and failed to show any signs of life until the game had already slipped away.

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