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Archive: April, 2012

Devils should be worried

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 7:26 PM
The Flyers won a game, just a game, just one of the four games that they will need in order to get past the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But the way it happened should leave the Devils wondering -- because this was a great chance for them to take the series opener... Read more

3 Big Answers: Sixers to NBA Playoffs; Dawkins to HOF?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:56 AM
Video: Will Brian Dawkins be one of the few safeties voted into the Hall of Fame? How significant is a winning record for the Sixers? The Daily News' Rich Hofmann and CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss those questions and the Phillies' struggles. Read more

Next stop for Dawk: Hall of Fame

Monday, April 23, 2012, 10:28 AM
The news, inevitable for all who wear a uniform, arrived Monday morning: Brian Dawkins is retiring. Next stop: Canton. Having been paid to watch this Eagles team for 3 decades now -- and if that isn't the gig of the century, I don't know what is -- there are few certainties and many conflicted feelings... Read more

Flyers win series

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2:56 PM
And a 24-year-old shall lead them. Claude Giroux. Yes. On the first shift of what turned out to be the clinching game of the Flyers-Penguins series, this is what the Flyers’ best player did. He leveled Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the first 5 seconds of the game. He scored a goal at 32... Read more

Flyers fail to clinch

Friday, April 20, 2012, 10:08 PM
PITTSBURGH -- As it turns out, desperation wears many faces: Evgeni Malkin, searching and destroying and the consequences be damned; Kris Letang, breaking out the deep-passing game, stretching the Flyers again and again; Marc-Andre Fleury, still imperfect in goal but gradually continuing to get his... Read more

Flyers get buried, 10-3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 10:20 PM
Well, then. Maybe this is happening a little earlier than we thought, given how the first three games of the series went, but it was going to happen sometime this spring, and now it has. We have arrived at the point in the proceedings where the coach earns his money. The Flyers’ Peter Laviolette... Read more

Fixing the NHL disciplinary system

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:45 PM
I have a lot of respect, and sympathy, for someone in the position currently occupied by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s dean of discipline. The game is fast and brutal. The stakes at this time of year are enormous. Every incident is different. And the imperatives of the sport, given the current... Read more

Flyers chat with Rich Hofmann

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:27 AM
Rich Hofmann of the Daily News stopped by Wednesday for a live chat ahead of Game 4 of the Flyers-Penguins series. Read the transcript below. If you're on a mobile device, click here to read the transcript. Read more

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
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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