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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