Monthly Archives: May 2011

Flyers sign goaltending prospect

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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The Flyers announced today that they’ve signed 23 year old Finnish goaltender Niko Hovinen.

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Bullish on the ‘Pen – Phillies win 5-4 over Braves behind strong relief

By STEVE WILDMAN
Senior Baseball Insider – swildman@highhopesblog.com
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Ryan Howard provided the power for the Phils' in their 5-4 win over Atlanta on Friday night (Courtesy AP)

Looking at the calendar, its easy to see that the Phillies will have a pretty good idea where they stand in the National League after the month of May.  The Phillies came in to Atlanta for a three game series on Friday after a series in Florida versus the Marlins, and a home series versus the Braves earlier in the week.  Their next four series feature opponents who either lead or are in second in their respective divisions.  So if there ever was a character building stretch of games in the month of May, this would be it.

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Soul still can’t find trust in quarterback

By SHAY RODDY
Managing Editor — sroddy@highhopesblog.com
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QB Ryan Vena and head coach Mike Hohensee at the Soul's practice on Market St. last Thursday.

There was no mistaking Philadelphia Soul head coach Mike Hohensee Wednesday when he said he has no trust in either of his quarterbacks.

Sitting at 6-2 and coming off an ugly 58-42 loss in which the Soul was simply unable to slow the attack of the Jacksonville Sharks, QB Ryan Vena got the nod when the Georgia Force came to town Friday night.

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Injuries reveal source of Flyers’ problems

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Captain Mike Richards, who will undergo offseason surgery, has faced questions and accusations regarding his leadership. (Courtesy Philly.com)

The days immediately following a playoff exit are interesting and exciting, but not enlightening. To really understand what went wrong, it’s best to wait until the dust has cleared, the worst of the headlines have been run, and the players finally reveal what’s been ailing them.

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Flyers’ season over – swept out of Boston

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Claude Giroux and Mike Richards fought hard for their team, but simply couldn't match the play of the Boston Bruins. (Courtesy Philly.com)

There will be no miracle this time around. History will not be made. The Flyers went down without a fight in a series sweep, losing the final game 5-1.
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Flyers face 3-0 deficit once more

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Zdeno Chara celebrates his first period goal, 30 seconds into the game. (Courtesy Philly.com)

The Flyers said going into Wednesday’s game that they would play it like a Game 7, with their season on the line. That mentality simply wasn’t there on the ice, as their play showed a lack of pride in an ugly 5-1 loss.

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VIDEO: Flyers head to Boston down 2-0

Shay Roddy and Matthew Nadu report on the Flyers’ status as they head to Boston for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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JVR grows up on the greatest of stages

By MATTHEW NADU
Staff Writer — mnadu@highhopesblog.com
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Lauren Hart sings "God Bless America" in front of a group of servicemen and women.

Echoes of  “U-S-A!” chants were still ringing throughout the Wells Fargo Center long after the Philadelphia Flyers starting line-up was announced.

Even after Philadelphia police and firefighters were honored on the ice and as the combined voices of Lauren Hart and Kate Smith belted out the final verses of  “God Bless America,” shock waves were running up every single spine in the arena.

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GALLERY: Flyers fans show love for country and team

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Photos © Matthew Nadu/ High Hopes.

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Flyers fall in OT, down 2-0 in series

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Tim Thomas stops Danny Briere on a breakaway. Thomas made 52 saves on the night. (Courtesy Philly.com)

It was another game of ups and downs for the Flyers, who rode a rollercoaster night all the way to an unfortunate overtime loss.

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