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Archive: May, 2010

Three things to look for in Flyers' Game 5

Monday, May 24, 2010, 12:00 PM
With the Prince of Wales Trophy in the house, three things to look for as the man in the blue blazer and the cotton gloves from the Hockey Hall of Fame polishes off the final fingerprints. Or not... 1) The emotional wave. Naturally, geometrically, the Flyers' bandwagon in Philadelphia continues to... Read more

Leighton's magical ride continues

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 7:29 PM
MONTREAL -- Bernie (no last name necessary) never did it. Hexy (no proper name necessary) never did it, either. But Michael Leighton has done it. He now has three shutouts in the same Stanley Cup playoff series following his 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre. Three in one series is... Read more

Flyers seize control

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 5:44 PM
MONTREAL -- The Flyers are now one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere returned to the lineup for the first time in about a month, and the Flyers regained control of their NHL Eastern Conference final series against the Montreal Canadiens with a 3-0 victory. That is... Read more

Flyers flattened in Montreal

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 9:48 PM
The Flyers' first question on a night like this is simple enough: Did someone get the number of that autobus? Run over -- that is what happened to the Flyers on Thursday night in the Bell Centre. They arrived in Montreal with a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference final series against the Canadiens... Read more

Three things to look for in Flyers' Game 3

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 2:27 PM
After watching the Flyers' morning skate at the Bell Centre -- including Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere, both of whom will remain inactive for now -- there were a couple of things people seemed to be talking about. Three things, then: 1) The start. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has been unhappy with... Read more

Flyers shut out Montreal again

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 9:32 PM
However you look at it, we are witnessing a bludgeoning. The Flyers are the walking, talking, skating, winning definition of "role reversal," and it feels just fine -- for now. They beat the Montreal Canadiens again last night, 3-0, at the Wachovia Center. They lead the NHL Eastern Conference... Read more

Flyers-Canadiens, Game 2: three things to look for

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:01 PM
A playoff series exhibits its heartbeat from the moment the puck is dropped for the first time in Game 1. But Game 2 is when a series acquires its soul. With that, three things to look for in Flyers-Canadiens, Game 2: 1) The overall importance: This has been said before but it bears repeating, that... Read more

Flyers dominate Canadiens, 6-0

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 9:38 PM
After seven games of hell against the Boston Bruins, it was hard to know exactly what to expect from the Flyers in the first game of the NHL Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens. A letdown would have been entirely understandable. A nervous, taut kind of game against a battle-tested... Read more

Flyers in 7 (and it hurts my head just to type it)

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 10:20 AM
The oddsmakers have made their first, tentative statement. Bodog.com has the Flyers as slight favorites to win the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal against the Montreal Canadiens. Another site I saw has them essentially even. It seems fitting, as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds continue to find a place to... Read more

Flyers do the impossible

Friday, May 14, 2010, 9:32 PM
It was a riddle wrapped within an enigma, a microcosm within a microcosm and then raised to some unfathomable power: The Flyers, trailing 3-0 in the series, brought it back to 3-3; the Flyers, tailing Game 7 by 3-0, also brought it back to 3-3. We have never seen anything like it. We likely never... 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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