June 22, 2016 |
How do we explain the meteoric rise of Donald Trump on the political stage? The GOP political hopeful has been able to translate his remarkable pop-culture appeal into electoral power. Forget the polls and the pundits. Perhaps the best way to understand is to watch Shakespeare's tale of another man who entered politics after first becoming an immensely popular cult figure: Julius Caesar. It just so happens that one of the best Shakespeare companies in the country, will premiere a new production of Julius Caesar on Wednesday on the campus of DeSales University in Lehigh County.
May 12, 2016 |
R.J. Umberger's days with the Flyers appear numbered, but the veteran winger still believes he can contribute to an NHL team. "I know I can play a third-line role," Umberger, 34, said when the Flyers cleared out their lockers last month. "I know I can play a fourth-line role if a team wants me to do that. I know I can do it. No problem. I can accept it. " With the Flyers, he was a healthy scratch in 23 of the last 24 games, playing only in the meaningless season finale in Brooklyn.
April 26, 2016 |
The Flyers' special teams' failure proved fatal in their series against Washington, which won the opening-round playoff matchup with a 1-0 Game 6 victory Sunday at the electric Wells Fargo Center. With the game scoreless, the Flyers couldn't score on a two-minute five-on-three in the second period, managing just two shots on that power play. "If we don't get through that," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, "this building probably explodes. " "We just had to find a way to get a goal on the power play," captain Claude Giroux said.
April 22, 2016 |
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
April 20, 2016 |
Washington's overwhelming advantage in special teams has put the Capitals on the brink of sweeping the Flyers in their best-of-seven opening round Stanley Cup series. Once again the Flyers couldn't score on the power play or stop the Capitals when they had the man advantage during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Capitals are up three games to none heading into what could be the clinching game Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0 for 13 this series on the power play after failing to score on the five times they had the man advantage on Monday.
April 20, 2016 |
THEY'RE GASSED. It shows in the plays they make - or, more accurately, don't make. The puck finally moves around on the power play, the open man gets the cross-ice feed, and instead of firing immediately, Claude Giroux's legs are a half-stride late, delaying the shot, allowing Braden Holtby to position himself. Jakub Voracek is late to a fat rebound in Game 1. Matt Read seems late for everything. He and Brayden Schenn get called for the kind of slashes that come from tired legs.
April 17, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - If the Flyers are going to have any chance to upset top-seeded Washington, they need to jump-start their power play. Excluding the meaningless season finale against the Islanders - both lineups included several players who usually sit in the press box - the Flyers' power play is 0 for 17 in the last five games. In the series-opening 2-0 loss Thursday in Washington, the Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play, including three failed opportunities in a scoreless opening first period.
April 15, 2016 |
Here is a look at the Flyers-Capitals NHL first-round playoff series that starts on Thursday: Flyers keys The Flyers have not had much offense against the Capitals, scoring a total of nine goals in the four regular-season meetings. Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek each had two goals. More overall production will be needed if the Flyers are going to pull off a monumental upset. The Flyers must also neutralize the Caps' explosive top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie and getting off to better starts so they are not chasing the game.
April 15, 2016 |
IT IS NO great secret in hockey that special teams often can make the difference. A team that performs well on the power play and penalty-kill units probably will win. The team that falters in these two areas usually will lose. The special teams of the Washington Capitals present an interesting challenge for the Flyers as the teams open their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series Thursday night at the Verizon Center. The Capitals finished the regular season ranked fifth on the power play, scoring on 21.91 percent of their chances.
April 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - There is a fine line between, "Hey we were in front of the net all game" and, "We were in the guy's grill all game. " It is a line that separates how a game is characterized and how it is often won. "I think sometimes we go to the net, and we just cruise by it," Wayne Simmonds was saying before Thursday night's 2-0 loss to Washington. "We don't stop. You can flash by the net as much as you want, but if you don't stop you're not going to get that second or even third opportunity.