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Archive: April, 2009

Sixers lose badly, final team meeting at noon Friday

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 11:33 PM
With just under eight minutes left to last night's 114-89 elimination loss to Orlando, the courtside illuminaries were dialing up the next chapter in their lives. On the far end of the court, Jimmy Rollins, in a green Phillies warmup, was talking on his cell. Former Sixers President and GM Billy King... Read more

Sixers on the brink -- again

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 10:11 PM
The other day Peter Luukko, who oversees both arena sports, said it would be folly to panic over the Flyers first-round exit. Despite a season of almost seeking a level of mediocrity, Luukko proclaimed the team to be close to the elite, proclaimed to still be excited about their core group. Well,... Read more

Sixers miss Magic chance, series tied at 2

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 9:21 PM
In last year’s playoffs, the beginning of the end to the Sixers Disney-esue ride against Detroit came in the third quarter of the fourth game, when the Pistons erased a 10-point Sixers lead by doing what they do best —defending. For the Magic, doing what they do best is dropping it into... Read more

Flyers survive and advance

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 9:40 PM
Survive and advance. Among the oddities of this series, one that stands out is this: Some of the most dominating periods have also been the most fruitless. Take tonight’s 3-0 Flyers victory in Game 5 in Pittsburgh. Looking to bury their cross-state antagonizers, Pittsburgh fired 15 first-period... Read more

Flyers see summer in immediate horizon

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 9:44 PM
Well another early summer seems imminent for the Flyers after last night’s loss to the Penguins, which of course implies several things. A cry for a Bernie-Parent-like goalie. A cry about the NHL’s daffy officiating. I’d hate to be those guys. Every time they memorize the rule... Read more

Biron the better goalie so far

Sunday, April 19, 2009, 5:48 PM
The Flyers may still be losing this series, but after today’s 6-3 Game 3 victory Marty Biron is outplaying Pittsburgh’s Marc Andre-Fleury. At least statistically. He’s made more saves, allowed fewer goals and really, was within a late power play goal Friday of stealing Game 2 in... Read more

Flyers lose but get a confidence builder

Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:44 PM
PITTSBURGH -- You can look at this 3-2 overtime loss two ways. One is that the Flyers were thisclose to tying this series and gaining home-ice advantage. The other is that the Flyers were thisclose to tying this series and gaining home-ice advantage. It was an opportunity missed. It was a confidence... Read more

Penguins too fast, too skilled

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 9:38 PM
PITTSBURGH – The Flyers thought they had figured out how to play Pittsburgh after that 3-1 nationally televised victory here a few Sunday afternoons ago. Get your sticks busy, play positional, patient hockey, and wait for the Penguins to become needy. Pittsburgh played along that day, trying... Read more

Did Phils fans hold up their end?

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 3:24 PM
The Phillies' stumbling start has obscured another stumbling start: Ours. At least ye who vacated your much sought after seats before the final pitch this week. You know who you are. Sure there was not much offense and not much to cheer about over the first 2 ½ games. And if you left early... Read more

Are Flyers underachievers? (And Final 4 musings)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 2:46 PM
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