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Three things to look for in Flyers' Game 1

Friday, April 30, 2010, 9:25 PM
Three things to look for in Saturday's Game 1 against the Bruins. 1) Weathering the layoff. Long-term, the 9 days off will help the Flyers. (I know, I know, in the long term, we'll all be dead. But stick with me here.) The problem will be Game 1, especially in the first period of Game 1, when the... Read more

Rich Hofmann chats Flyers

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 10:40 PM
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Even Laperriere's toughness not enough this time

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 5:51 PM
As it turns out, it took a speeding puck, some adhesive glue, about six dozen stitches, two doctors and, probably, a straitjacket -- but it appears that the Flyers' Ian Laperriere is out for the rest of the playoffs with a brain contusion and a mild concussion. This quote, from general manager Paul... Read more

Why Howard deal makes sense

Monday, April 26, 2010, 3:08 PM
You buy tickets. The Phillies' owners take a cut and then pass the rest of it on to the players. It is a simple concept, when you think about it. Ownership has once again demonstrated its determination to prolong this incredibly sweet spot in time. And now it means that Ryan Howard is going to be here... Read more

In Boosh they trust

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 9:42 PM
NEWARK, N.J. -- Before this, before now, the Flyers had played in three five-game playoff series in their history in which they held the other team to fewer than 10 goals. Stunningly, given everything, we have now seen a fourth. Exorcising historical demons, turning away 27 shots, holding the New Jersey... Read more

LWWWLWLLWWLWLLWW

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 2:20 PM
That is all. Talk to you in January. Read more

Flyers steamroll Devils

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 10:10 PM
Everyone knew the stakes. To state them was to state the obvious. Peter Laviolette did not mind stating them, either -- that a win in Game 4 would put the Flyers in a great position and that a loss to the New Jersey Devils would put them back in the soup. Reality. Deal with it. Laviolette is that way... Read more

Carcillo wins overtime thriller

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 8:58 PM
The Flyers played their best game of the series so far, and it wasn't close. Even having to kill off a slew of penalties, they dominated the New Jersey Devils -- physically and territorially -- in a way that they hadn't been able to do in either of the first two games on the road. Fired up by the... Read more

Devils even the series

Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:14 PM
NEWARK, N.J. -- Sports Illustrated ranked the NHL playoff goaltenders this week, No. 1 to No. 16. You do not have to guess who No. 16 was. At this point, all you have to do is appreciate the irony. With Brian Boucher, with the Flyers, with this playoff series against the New Jersey Devils, everybody’s... Read more

Flyers take first step

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 9:59 PM
NEWARK, N.J. -- Chris Pronger was talking about the Stanley Cup tournament the other day, his sport’s most special time; sorry, Olympics. On the eve of the Flyers’ annual journey, which could last until next week or until June, Pronger said, “It’s the hardest trophy in sports... 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 hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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