May 7, 2013
Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the host New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night. The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York defenseman Marc Staal returned after being sidelined since early March when he was struck near the right eye by a puck. New York still trails, two games to one, in the Eastern Conference series, with Game 4 Wednesday in New York.
April 17, 2013 |
MONTREAL - Forget the rumors about Peter Laviolette's being fired after the season. It sounds as if the Flyers' fiery coach is staying. Without formally announcing it, general manager Paul Holmgren gave Laviolette a strong vote of confidence in Montreal on Monday. Asked whether he planned to make a coaching change after the season, Holmgren was succinct. "I haven't even thought along those lines," he told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the [injury]
March 30, 2013 |
The contrast only makes it worse. A year ago, the Flyers eliminated their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The year before, the Flyers went one round further than the Penguins. The year before that, the Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. On Thursday, Penguins fans woke up to news that their first-place team had acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in a late-night trade. Iginla joined winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray, brought in as Pens general manager Ray Shero loads up for a run at the Cup. Flyers fans?
March 10, 2013 |
BOSTON - The Flyers are in crisis mode. They have lost three straight, haven't scored in the five periods since taking an early 4-1 lead before collapsing against Pittsburgh on Thursday, and are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons. After a listless 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, coach Peter Laviolette, whose job isn't as safe as it looked a month ago, held a closed-door meeting with his players that lasted 20 minutes. Twenty minutes to coax the Flyers into playing 60 minutes each game.
January 17, 2013 |
THE NEW JERSEY Devils signed center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the deal on Wednesday, shortly after Zajac scored a goal in a scrimmage against Albany of the AHL. The deal will run 8 years, and pay Zajac, who should be the No. 1 center this season, $46 million. Lamoriello said the two sides had started to work on the new contract before the NHL lockout began in September. They finished it after the league and its players finalized a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
December 18, 2012 |
After a 4½-week binge of laser-cutting, wiring, soldering, programming, and debugging, it all came down to the moment when a tall man in a dark gray suit took the stage. "It's time to plaaayyyy some HOCKEY!" he shouted. Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" blared from the sound system. The crowd, many of them zonked from pulling repeated all-nighters, was in a state of near-delirium. This was Robockey 2012 - hockey played by wheeled robots. It is the culmination of a notoriously tough engineering course at the University of Pennsylvania - taught every fall by Jonathan Fiene, the man in the gray suit - and it is a wild scene.
November 9, 2012
THE NINTH class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame was inducted on Thursday night. It is a legendary list, as always: * Dan Baker, winner of the Legacy of Excellence award: Baker has been the Phillies' public-address announcer for 40 years and the Eagles' public-address announcer since 1985. * Debbie Black: Saint Joseph's all-time leader in steals and assists. Led Hawks to two Big 5 titles and an Atlantic 10 title. * Johnny Callison: Four-time All-Star who was MVP of the 1964 All-Star Game and runner-up for NL MVP award.
November 4, 2012 |
The Winter Classic, the crown jewel of the NHL's regular season, was canceled Friday, making some wonder if scrapping the entire 82-game season will be next. The league announced that the Jan. 1 matchup between Detroit and Toronto at Michigan Stadium was canceled because a collective bargaining agreement is not in place. Setting up the event, along with the alumni game at Detroit's Comerica Park, would be virtually impossible on short notice, the league said. The lockout reached its 48th day Friday, but representatives for the players and owners planned to resume bargaining Saturday at an undisclosed location.
June 14, 2012 |
Ian Laperriere waited until after the Stanley Cup Finals ended, with the Los Angeles Kings on top, to announce something that was two years in the making. Laperriere, 38, officially announced his retirement from hockey Tuesday. He spent the last two seasons of his contract working with the Flyers' prospects in a coaching role after being sidelined with postconcussion syndrome. Laperriere spent only one season in a Flyers uniform, but will go down as one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his sacrifice, dedication, and passion.
June 10, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On the exact two-year anniversary of Patrick Kane's crushing, Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal at the Wells Fargo Center, the New Jersey Devils kept Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne without a title. For two more days, at least. In prolonging their season, the Devils did two things with a 2-1 win over the Kings in Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals that no other team was able to accomplish so far in the postseason: beat Los Angeles on the road and push the Kings to a sixth game in a series.