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3 Big Answers: Fighting in NHL Playoffs; 76ers' Chances

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:52 AM
Video: Is it too early to start making Stanley Cup plans for the Flyers? Is fighting in the NHL playoffs out of control? Will the Sixers squeak into the postseason? Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann has answers. Read more

Flyers/Penguins: Violence sells

Monday, April 16, 2012, 2:49 PM
Purists can decry the inhumanity to man that the Penguins and the Flyers exhibited for each other in a fight-filled Game 3 of their playoff series, but the numbers don't lie. Violence sells. The NHL has announced that Game 3 drew a 2.3 overnight rating, which is paltry compared to some other sports... Read more

Flyers gain stranglehold

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 6:15 PM
What we have learned through three games and three victories for the Flyers against the Pittsburgh Penguins: That goaltending in the playoffs can be overrated. That rookies in the playoffs can play like veterans. That fighting is still a part of playoff hockey. That the Penguins are barely breathing... Read more

Bryzgalov's magic glove

Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:26 PM
In recent Flyers playoff history, the most memorable save by a goaltender remains Brian Boucher’s sprawling robbery of the New Jersey Devils’ Patrick Elias in Game 3 of the 2000 Eastern Conference finals. But for a sheer, visceral wow, it is hard to match the glove save that Ilya Bryzgalov... Read more

Another Flyers comeback stuns Penguins

Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:21 PM
PITTSBURGH -- Just a few days, and a few million heart attacks ago, the widespread expectation was that Flyers-Penguins would be spectacular bloodsport. People saw the way the regular season ended, and the history of animus between the franchises, and the closeness of the two teams in the standings... Read more

Flyers need to pressure Penguins' D

Friday, April 13, 2012, 5:37 PM
PITTSBURGH -- We must begin with all of the usual caveats, especially these two: that pucks can take funny bounces, and that goaltending is uber-important. Which means that there are a lot of factors that might determine the outcome of this playoff series between the Flyers and Penguins. Still, take... Read more

Briere leads huge Flyers comeback

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:25 PM
PITTSBURGH -- Even as late as Wednesday morning, Danny Briere was admitting nothing other than that he was feeling better every day. Under orders not to say anything in the days following the upper back contusion he suffered at the hands of the Penguins’ Joe Vitale with a week to go in the regular... Read more

Flyers/Pens: Calm before the storm

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:33 PM
PITTSBURGH -- There is little left to say but there were plenty of people saying it in the Flyers' and Penguins' locker rooms at Consol Energy Center. The buildup to this first-round playoff series has been enormous, fueled by the emotions of the last couple of weeks. Given a chance to revisit the... Read more

3 Big Answers: It's not yet time to panic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:58 AM
Video: With Ryan Howard & Chase Utley out, should the Phillies be nervous? Who's to blame for the 76ers' slide? Which team is better, the Flyers or the Penguins? Rich Hofmann of the Daily News discusses these topics. Read more

D-E-M-E-T-R-E-S-S. What's in a name?

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 11:55 AM
The legend of Howard Mudd grows. We already knew that he was a molder of men, a mad scientist among offensive line coaches, and the inspiration for a frequently hilarious fake Twitter feed called @HowardMuddFacts. Now we know this: that it was Mudd who insisted that his newly-signed left tackle, Demetress... Read more
About this blog
Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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