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Flyers dig another hole

Monday, May 31, 2010, 10:59 PM
CHICAGO -- Twenty-eight seconds. Shorter than a television commercial, longer than eternity. How long does it take to lose a hockey game? How long does it take to challenge the fates, again? In one 28-second span of the second period, the Flyers lost Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. In just that... Read more

Three things to watch in Flyers' Game 2

Monday, May 31, 2010, 3:31 PM
CHICAGO -- There have been about a dozen media availabilities in the last week and only one game played, which amounts to too much talk and not enough action. Game 2, though, is upon us -- and the coaching wheels are beginning to spin. Three things to watch, then: 1) The Carcillo effect. We know this... Read more

Flyers not rattled

Monday, May 31, 2010, 5:50 AM
CHICAGO -- The Flyers scored five goals against the Blackhawks, had the lead in the game three different times, didn’t take a penalty and still managed to lose. Which means that Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the working definition of a wasted opportunity. Which means that after everything... Read more

Flyers goaltending conundrum

Sunday, May 30, 2010, 12:24 AM
CHICAGO -- This is not 1997 -- let us begin there. This is not the Stanley Cup Final from back then, when Flyers coach Terry Murray changed goaltenders, from Ron Hextall to Garth Snow, after Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings, and then changed back to Hextall after Game 2. After Game 3, Murray made... Read more

Flyers lose Game 1 shootout

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:55 PM
CHICAGO -- "Wild" does not begin to describe the evening. "Wide-open" does not do the action justice. As someone ducking his head into the press box said last night, "Yeah, we all knew we were at the Stanley Cup Final -- but little did we know that it was the 1987 Stanley Cup... Read more

Three things to watch for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:45 AM
CHICAGO -- With all of the pre-game interviewing and prognosticating completed (and, truth be told, nobody really had anything left to ask or answer by Friday afternoon), the Flyers and Blackhawks are about ready to start deciding which team gets to lug the Stanley Cup to fire halls, sports arenas... Read more

How big an underdog are the Flyers?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 9:51 AM
If life indeed begins on opening day, and if Bill Parcells is right when he says that you are what your record says you are, the Chicago Blackhawks had the third-best record in the NHL this season with 112 points, the Flyers were tied for the 18th-best record with 88 points, and we all might as well... Read more

Flyers: wide-eyed opportunists

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:42 PM
In the Stanley Cup playoffs, anything really can happen. This just in... Just a look at the numbers for the last five tournaments -- since the lockout and the rules changes that opened up the game to more skill -- tell you all you need to know about the importance of opportunism most of all. The... Read more

Flyers to the Finals!

Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:37 PM
Sometimes, there is no need for either adjectives or embellishment. There are moments that speak for themselves, moments such as this one. The Flyers are going to the Stanley Cup Finals. For the first time since 1997, the Flyers will play for the big silver trophy that they have not won since 1975... Read more

Canadiens deny sandstorm

Monday, May 24, 2010, 12:30 PM
Two days after several Flyers observed some kind of sand-like substance in the tunnel outisde of their dressing room -- which some believed to have caused them to need to repeatedly re-sharpen their skates during their Game 4 victory, and which resulted in towels being laid in the hallway later in... Read more
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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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