November 13, 2015 |
ON A NORMAL day, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol would have watched the previous night's game film before the next day's practice. Tuesday night wasn't one of those normal nights, and Wednesday wasn't one of those normal practice days, though Tuesday's performance might feel pretty normal to Flyers fans. "I didn't need to," Hakstol said of watching the film, something he did later Wednesday. Hakstol knew exactly what the problem was in the game, which was followed by a second closed-door meeting in 15 games.
November 12, 2015 |
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Flyers' fourth-line center and a key member of their penalty kill, took part in the morning skate Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center and may be able to return to the lineup later this week. "It all depends on how many full practices I get. I hadn't practiced on the ice for 10 days, and then I got a 30-minute skate [Monday]," Bellemare said Tuesday. "Today was the first game-like practice, but it was a pregame skate - no contact, nothing. I need to get some of those.
November 11, 2015 |
GROWING UP - well, at 22 he still is growing up - Richaun Holmes religiously watched his favorite NBA team on the television. A native of Lockport, Ill., about an hour outside of Chicago, he studied each and every player who came through the Bulls' system as a youth. He dreamed of one day playing for them. Holmes had a dream come true Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, even if he wasn't playing for his favorite childhood team. He got to start his first NBA against them, though, as he filled in the starting spot vacated by Nerlens Noel, who was down because of sore wrists suffered in Friday's game in Cleveland.
November 4, 2015 |
BRETT BROWN probably got his first good night of sleep in a while on Monday, even though his team suffered another scoring drought and dropped its third straight game to start the season, this time by 107-100 to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. The night started so promising, and unexpected, as the 76ers tore out to a 32-18 lead after the first quarter. But LeBron James and company got a little more serious to start the second quarter and outscored the Sixers by 64-40 over the second and third to secure the game on a night when James became the youngest player to reach the 25,000-point mark.
October 30, 2015 |
MATT KLENTAK'S name had barely found its way into Twitter universe last week when a familiar name kept buzzing his cellphone. "Blowing up with messages from Shane Victorino," said the new Phillies general manager. "He's super excited. He said, 'Matt, when the team is good in the postseason, that town is rocking. There is no better place . . . You are going to love that town, those fans . . . It's through the roof.' " Seven years to the day that the Phillies blew our collective roof off with the city's first championship in 25 years, an alternate universe played out Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
October 30, 2015 |
Bill Burr is most well-known as a stand-up comic, but when I spoke with him recently, I had to ask about his aviation skills. The comedian got his helicopter pilot's license in May, a feat he calls the "greatest accomplishment of my adult life. " (I'm an aviation buff myself.) Burr performs Friday, Nov. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 Broad St.), and he gave me a sneak peek as to what we can expect. "I've got everything from sinking cruise ships to talking gorillas," he quipped.
October 22, 2015 |
A five-day layoff was not good to the Flyers. Neither was Dallas goalie Antti Niemi. The Flyers seemed out of sync in the first two periods and Niemi was sharp throughout the game, helping the Stars stretch their winning streak to four games with a 2-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. The Flyers (2-2-1), who had shutout wins in their two previous games, will try to regroup in Boston on Wednesday. Sean Couturier scored on a rebound with 11 minutes, 3 seconds left to cut Dallas' lead to 2-1. With 5:20 remaining and the Flyers on a power play, Niemi stopped Wayne Simmonds in front, then made a sprawling stop to deny Michael Raffl on the rebound.
October 16, 2015 |
The Flyers' uncanny regular-season home success against the powerful Chicago Blackhawks continued Wednesday night. Sizzling backup goalie Michal Neuvirth recorded his second consecutive shutout and Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux, and Matt Read scored goals, keying the Flyers' 12th straight regular-season home win against the Blackhawks, 3-0, at the electric Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (2-1-1) got stellar goaltending and penalty killing, outhit the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, and put together their third strong effort in four games.
October 15, 2015 |
IF THEY happen to pass each other in the bowels of Wells Fargo Center, Dave Hakstol will say hello to the most accomplished player to come through the University of North Dakota, Jonathan Toews. The first-year Flyers coach isn't going to go out of his way, he said. This isn't a reunion where the former Sioux coach greets the Chicago Blackhawks' captain, who scored 85 points in his two seasons in Grand Forks under Hakstol. Hakstol has said all along he's not in this thing for himself or looking for anything personal in his first season in the NHL. And, so, his focus yesterday - when his team met for an optional skate - and tonight is on the 60-minute game between his team and Toews' team.
October 13, 2015 |
Now that the papal visit's excitement has ebbed, it's time for the city and the Secret Service to pivot to preparing for the next big event in Philadelphia: the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Once again, tens of thousands of guests are expected. And not all of them as well-mannered as the pope's pilgrims: There's a move afoot to keep bars open late that week. But before you book a DNC-cation for July 25-28, you should know that the crowd won't be nearly as big - one official likened it to an Eagles game - and Center City won't be paralyzed the way it was for the pope.