Alex the Great in town; Snider at book signing

   The new-look Flyers, off to an impressive 2-0 start, will be trying to contain Washington's Alex Ovechkin when they play their home opener Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.

   Stopping Ovechkin is like going a day without hearing media reports (ugh) about Jon and Kate.

  Virtually impossible.

   Ovechkin, the left winger who was the league's MVP last season, has three goals and three assists for the 2-0 Caps, whose lineup includes former Flyer Mike Knuble, one of the classiest players to ever wear the orange and black.

    Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger figure to be shadowing Ovechkin when he's in the Flyers' zone Tuesday.

   The Flyers have received brilliant goaltending from Ray Emery (1.00 GAA, .963 save percentage) excellent penalty killing and opportunistic scoring (thanks, in part, to a stunningly weak Martin Brodeur) as they have started 2-0 for the first time since 1998-99.

   Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have two goals apiece, and rookie James van Riemsdyk has chipped in with three assists.

   Stevens understandably plans to use the same lineup that has produced the 2-0 start. The one change he may make: moving Timonen to the right side of the defense so he can match up with Ovechkin. 

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   Ed Snider, the Comcast-Spectacor chairman, will sign copies of the new commemorative book entitled “God Bless the Spectrum” at the Barnes & Noble in Center City (Walnut Street and 18th Street) on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

  The book, which features more than 200 color photos, retails for $24.95 and is now available at Barnes & Noble, and at souvenir stands at the Wachovia Center.

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   About 600 tickets remain for Tuesday's game..... Ray Emery (1.00 GAA) play play all three games this week, facing the Caps, Penguins (Thursday) and Ducks (Saturday).   

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    Tuesday's home opener is only on Versus, so DirecTV customers won’t have access to it.

    Here are some restaurants/bars in Philadelphia with the DISH Network, which carries Versus:

    Brian’s Sports Bar, 5007 Frankford Ave.; Flames House Restaurant, 7930 Bustleton Ave.; California Pizza Kitchen, 4040 City Avenue #1; New Heaven Restaurant, 1119 Walnut St. 
_ Sam Carchidi

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