February 19, 2014 |
THE KNOCKOUT games of the Olympic hockey competition are about to begin. Be prepared, as these are ritually accompanied by the knocking of the NHL in comparison to this great and glorious tournament. Flyers owner Ed Snider really is right - the NHL gets nothing out of the Olympics, unless you count the condescending grief. You know how it goes - tons of talent concentrated on a few teams; big ice surface encouraging a more beautiful, less brutal game; how can you possibly watch a Flyers-Islanders game after this?
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI - At some point during the Olympic men's hockey tournament, which continued Thursday with a pair of games, a Flyers executive in Philadelphia might receive a mysterious text from a "clean phone" here. Before that team official could decipher the message - which might read something like, "3 . . . MCL . . . Grade I . . . 7-day hold" - he would need to crack the code. There are 149 NHL players here. Each of their teams has a list of numbers that, like the "3" in this example, correspond to their players.
February 14, 2014
NBC Sports officials, in a briefing on Sochi Olympics viewership, said on Wednesday that digital traffic on its non-TV platforms was 54 percent higher than the Vancouver Olympics four years ago and that Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal expected to earn more than $800 million in advertising revenue on these games. NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said he was "hopeful" that ailing host Bob Costas "will be back in the chair soon. " - Bob Fernandez
February 11, 2014 |
THE FLYERS' five Olympians arrived in Russia this morning with their heads held high. They traded in their Flyers equipment bags for ones adorning the familiar Swiss crest or Finnish flag and didn't hear any snickers or jokes. Once the laughingstock of the NHL, firing their coach three games into this season, the Flyers have been impressive. How impressive? If you were to look at their 30-23-6 record and third seed in the Metropolitan Division, you'd say, 'Eh, not that great.
February 10, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - While the NHL has been criticized in some quarters for shutting down its season while the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in Sochi, Russia, the enthusiasm of the participants can't be emphasized enough. Take Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, for example. There is no bigger name in the sport. The NHL superstar certainly boosted his international profile by scoring the game-winning goal during Canada's 3-2 overtime win against the United States during the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game in Vancouver.
January 31, 2014 |
The Flyers close out their January schedule in Anaheim on Thursday with their 14th game in 29 days. It has been a slog through the icy wastelands of North America that included two sets of back-to-back games and a standard of play that ranged from solid to sluggish to something approaching narcolepsy. Hockey is hard enough under the best conditions, particularly for a starless team that needs everyone playing well in order to compete, but it is almost ridiculously difficult given the schedule mandated by the NHL this season.
November 21, 2013 |
BOBBY RYAN'S journey to NHL stardom had its share of well-documented potholes. But when times were toughest, he often recalled that special night in South Philadelphia in 1996. Ryan, an Ottawa Senator who is on his way to another 30-goal season, was 9 years old and among the raucous crowd for Team USA's opening game against Team Canada in the best-of-three inaugural World Cup championship series at what is now the Wells Fargo Center. NHL players were not yet participating in the Olympics, so there was a wonderful novelty to the competition.
July 30, 2013 |
THE UNION handed the Vancouver Whitecaps FC their first MLS home loss of the season, 1-0, on Saturday night. The only goal was in the 85th minute from Antoine Hoppenot. The win improved the Union's record to 9-6-7. Vancouver is 9-5-7. "[Aaron] Wheeler played me a good ball and I was through," Hoppenot said of the goal. "The ball was bouncing, and all I had to do was put it into the back of the net. Most of the work was done by Wheeler, so you've got to thank him for that goal.
July 29, 2013 |
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Union spent most of Saturday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps playing with a man advantage, but it didn't always seem that way. Finally, in the 85th minute, they broke through. Substitute Antoine Hoppenot delivered the winning goal as the Union claimed a 1-0 victory at sun-drenched B.C. Place. The Union (9-6-7, 34 points) went up a man just eight minutes into the game, when Keon Daniel exploited what has become one of the team's strengths: annoying opponents to the point where they commit rash fouls.