April 14, 2010 |
The most physically demanding tournament in professional team sports begins Wednesday with the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's a time of the year when injuries become closely guarded secrets, coaches can't be taken at their word, nerves become frayed, and razors and shaving cream are set aside as players carry on the tradition of growing playoff beards. Eight weeks from now, a grubby-looking captain of one of the 16 clubs involved in the playoffs will hoist the Stanley Cup. It's likely his face will reveal the pain and sacrifice it took, but his smile will light up the arena or, in the game's vernacular, the building.
April 20, 2009
DOUG ROSS lives on the side of a mountain now, separated from a world that moved too fast, used too many things, made too much noise. "He's anti-technology," Jared Ross was saying about his dad after scoring his first NHL goal in the Flyers' 6-3 playoff victory over Pittsburgh yesterday. "No cable. No cell phone. No computer. "He just got an answering machine a couple of weeks ago. " He has a television, though, and 1,500 feet above Huntsville, Ala., his rabbit ears can pick up the NBC affiliate with hardly any snow on the screen at all. "So I'm sitting alone in my front room, talking to my mother," Doug Ross was saying over the phone.
April 15, 2009 |
Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Ed Moran: Flyers in 7 Rich Hofmann: Flyers in 7 Sam Donnellon: Pittsburgh in 6 Ed Barkowitz: Pittsburgh in 6 Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Ed Moran: Boston in 5 Rich Hofmann: Boston in 5 Sam Donnellon: Boston in 6 Ed Barkowitz: Boston in 7 Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers Ed Moran: Washington in 6 Rich Hofmann:...
April 8, 2009 |
This has been a season of firsts for Claude Giroux. He made an NHL team, scored his first goal, is recognized as one of the up-and-coming rookies in the game and now he is looking forward to his first NHL playoff series. "I'm very excited," Giroux said. "I've been watching playoffs since I was a little kid. It was my favorite hobby. I wouldn't miss a game, even the late games on CBC. I would never miss them. It's just exciting hockey and I can't wait to get my first crack at it. " If Giroux's first playoff experience goes as well as his first NHL regular season, he should be more than just a kid in his first postseason.
May 16, 2008 |
Marty Turco has quite an opportunity in front of him. The Dallas goalie is 0-9-2 in the NHL at Joe Louis Arena, where he will have a chance to stop nagging questions and extend the Western Conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings. "It's nothing short of an exciting challenge for all of us, and for me personally," Turco said after helping the Stars stave off elimination. Stars forward Steve Ott said the stage will be set perfectly for Turco tomorrow in Game 5. "He wants that win probably more than anybody," Ott said.
April 30, 2008 |
It's anybody's guess what goes on inside the head of a struggling goalie, but according to Carey Price, whatever is going on in his head is not the result of anything the Flyers are doing. Yes, the 20-year-old Montreal rookie said, the Flyers are doing a lot of yapping in an attempt to throw him off his game. And they really gave him an earful after they put three shots behind him in the second period of the 3-2 Canadiens' loss Monday night, which gave the Flyers a two-games-to-one lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
April 29, 2008
THE RESULTS from our primary convinced me that the Flyers should've dropped out of the playoffs. After all, they were ahead three games to one and lost twice in a row. They should have known enough to throw in the towel right then. They won the final game, but come on - it was on a power play. That doesn't count. The Caps won more games in the regular season anyway. For the sake of unity, the Flyers should've withdrawn and let the Capitals move on. Sharon Ward Philadelphia VIRTUALLY unnoticed by the media was Bill Clinton's cryptic early campaign remark that a Clinton-McCain matchup would be quite civil, the most civil in the history of electoral politics.
April 21, 2006 |
EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Ottawa (52-21-9) vs. No. 8 Tampa Bay (43-33-6) Strengths: Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley lead a swift, highly skilled group of forwards, but the real strength of the Senators is along the blue line with towering Zdeno Chara and the seasoned Wade Redden. The defending champion Lightning will rely on their deep and talented group of forwards. Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis head a well-balanced crop. Weaknesses: Ottawa has few, but the uncertain status of injured goalie Dominik Hasek could become a distraction.
February 5, 2003 |
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ossi Vaananen will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a knee injury after being hit by a car. Vaananen, 22, was struck Saturday night outside Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Coyotes said yesterday. He had played in the YoungStars game at the NHL All-Star weekend and was waiting at a taxi stand when a driver lost control of his car and hit him, the team said. An MRI Monday disclosed a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The Arizona Republic said two reporters from Vaananen's native Finland also were injured.