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June 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Flyers fans, it is their worst nightmare: a Stanley Cup Final matching the hated New York Rangers against a Los Angeles Kings team that has several key players who used to play for the Orange and Black. The Rangers, who eliminated the Flyers in seven opening-round games, will be aiming for their first title since 1994, while the Kings will be trying to capture their second championship in three years. The Big Market Series marks just the third time the teams are meeting in the playoffs, and the first time since 1981.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TURNS OUT, not even chemotherapy can slow down Flyers chairman Ed Snider. Snider, 81, completed treatment this week for an undisclosed form of cancer, Comcast-Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman confirmed yesterday. Richman described the cancer as "non-life-threatening," noting Snider did not miss a beat at work. "He is happy and healthy," Richman said. "He is doing well and continues to be working. Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not impacted by either his condition nor his treatment.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
FLYERS CHAIRMAN Ed Snider recently shared his thoughts about the 40th anniversary of the team's first Stanley Cup. Here are some excerpts from the conference call: Q: When May 19, 1974, pops into your head, what's the first image that you remember that day? A: My brain isn't that good that I can remember that, but I can tell you that the tension of a game 1-0 like that, it's pretty amazing. It was like constant tension throughout the game, and the relief when we finally won and when Bobby Orr was called for the penalty . . . it was mind-boggling that this could really possibly happen.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
THE QUIET neighborhoods. That's one memory of the May 19, 1974 Sunday afternoon - 40 years ago today - when the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup, beating favored Boston, 1-0, at the Spectrum. While I was in the Spectrum, with the usual sellout audience of 17,007, Philly residents later told me how eerily quiet their neighborhoods were that sunny afternoon. Folks were either at the game, watching it on television or listening on the radio. It was as if the city stood still, waiting for the outcome.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE WAS a great goaltender, and an underappreciated amount of skill, and it was all cradled lovingly in a clenched fist. Those were the Flyers who won the Stanley Cup, 40 years ago. They won, and they won again, and they might have won a third consecutive time if the goaltender, Bernie Parent, had not been injured. And then, well, you know. The Parent injury, Leon Stickle, the Edmonton dynasty, the choking situation, the Lindros controversy, Michael Leighton apparently missing the lesson about acute angles in geometry class - to repeat, you know.
SPORTS
May 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erik Gustafsson, who in 31 games had the highest plus-minus rating of any Flyers defenseman this season, is heading to the KHL in Russia. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that he was "disappointed" Gustafsson had signed with Avangard, but that he wished the young defenseman well. Gustafsson, 25, is a pending restricted free agent. The Flyers said they intend to give him a qualifying offer and retain his rights if he returns from Russia at some point. If the Flyers don't re-sign Kimmo Timonen, Gustafsson figured to find a regular spot in the defensive rotation until some promising prospects - most notably, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - are NHL-ready.
SPORTS
May 9, 2014
Name: Ron Hextall Title: Flyers general manager Age: Turned 50 on May 3 Experience: Was the Flyers' assistant GM this past year after serving in the same role for the LA Kings . . . Was part of the managerial staff that helped the Kings win the 2012 Stanley Cup . . . Was also the general manager of the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' top minor league affiliate . . . Worked in the Flyers' front office from 1999-06, first as a scout and...
SPORTS
May 9, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ABOUT AN hour prior to every Flyers home game this season, long before players even took the ice for warmups, a highlight video played featuring all of Ron Hextall's bloodiest adventures. There was his end-to-end brawl with Toronto's Felix Potvin 1997; the time Washington's Rob Pearson thought it would be smart to stop and say something to Hextall at the Cap Center in 1995; his two-handed slash of Edmonton's Kent Nilsson in the 1987 Stanley Cup finals; and of course, his revenge against Montreal's Chris Chelios during the 1989 playoffs.
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