Thats right Philly….As we approach the NHL playoffs ,which in my humble opinion is the best playoffs bar none, we are witnessing greatness. Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been white hot. In fact since December 10th he has the most points in all of the NHL. This after he did next to nothing for the first twenty games due to a freak hand injury playing golf ! Reports claimed he could barely grip a stick for the first few weeks of the season. Motivated in part to several snubs by Team Canada for the winter Olympics, Giroux has been playing like a man on a mission quickly climbing up the scoring charts and more importantly leading his team to victory. The Flyers have won three straight games, with a home and home sweep of hated division leading rival Penguins and last nights victory vs current Cup champs the Chicago Blackhawks the Flyers now have obtained second place in the division. Giroux had multiple points in each of those games and last night provided the game winner in OT with four seconds left. With his team poised for the post season and himself now fourth overall in scoring in NHL , a Hart trophy ( NHL MVP) is within reach….No doubt Philly is Flyered up.
The Flyers get the win 4-2 against the New York Rangers. This is the first win back since the Olympic break after losing to the Sharks 7-3 on Thursday. Kimmo Timonen returned to the ice with 2 assists and 2 shots. Steve Mason was in goal with 35 saves. The Flyers are in third place in the Metropolitan Division and Pittsburgh leads the division. Philadelphia is in the race for second place within one point. The Flyers will face the Capitals on Sunday at 12:30 PM. The Capitals are on a four game winning streak at the moment. Washington is coming off a 4-2 win against Boston. The player to watch will be Alex Ovechkin who reached his 800th career point against Boston.
Tonight the Flyers begin thier final twenty three game stretch to position themselves for a possible deep playoff run. All eyes will be on the Orange & Black wondering if the three week olympic break will derail the team which seemed to be hiting its stride before Sochi. Goalie Steve Mason was steller in net in his last five starts with two shut outs , four wins accompanied by an absurd .75 goals against avg & equally absurd .977 save percentage. Tonights game vs a very good San Jose Sharks team will provide a litmus test of whether the Flyboys can pick up where they left off before Sochi…..
Don Tollefson was charged with theft on Tuesday after turning himself in to Warminster Police, in Bucks County. Tollefson was a former sports broadcaster for WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, and WXTF or Fox 29.
Tollefson was charged with defrauding 100 investors for a estimated total of $100,000. Investors would purchase sports packages for what they thought would be going to charity or benefit the Special Olympics , Tolleson allegedly took the money for trips to sporting events like the Super Bowl. He failed to refund or come up with the paid trips. Investors claim he was unable to file the required paperwork to accept charitable contributions. A magistrate set bail at $250,000. He was unable to post bail at this time.
Happy Presidents Day!
No sports tonight in Philly for the Flyers and Sixers. Maybe some time off will make our teams stronger.
The Sixers will host Cleveland tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers will host the Sharks on February 27 at home.
Of course, the Olympics if fun for us NHL fans. I just want something else to watch on TV.
Go Sixers. Go Flyers.
The Flyers have won their third straight game against Colorado 3-1 at home tonight. Steve Mason had 28 saves behind the net. Kimmo Timonen returned to the ice tonight.
Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored for second straight game. The third goal was scored by Claude Giroux with 19.8 seconds left in the third period.
The Flyers have won 15 homes and 14 games on the road. The Flyers are now third place in the Metropolitan Division.
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The Flyers former GM Keith Allen died Tuesday at age 90. Allen was hired as the first head coach of the Flyers in 1967. In their inaugural season, the Flyers finished first in their division with the best record among the six new teams. The Flyers fell to third place in their division in 1968-1969 season. Allen was then named the GM of the Flyers. He helped created the brand we all love and know the “Broad Street Bullies”. The Flyers won the Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. He earned the name “Keith the Thief”.
Allen was elected in the Hockey Hall Fame as a Builder in 1992. He was the executive vice president of the Flyers.
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The Flyers bounce back to beat the LA Kings 2-0 tonight. Steve Mason had 35 saves. The two goals were scored by Wayne Simmonds in the second period and Claude Giroux in the third period.
Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal tonight. Simmonds was signed on August 15, 2012 with a six year extension worth a average of $4 million annually.
Congratulations to Wayne Simmonds!
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