Archives for April 2006

Saturday’s Philadelphia Coverage (updated 2:00 p.m.)

On an Even Keel (Philadelphia Inquirer)

These ‘idiots’ have really started to pull together (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Hitchcock says team needs to maintain focus after wins (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Desjardins gives Sabres a phantom goal (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Umberger’s glad to make a different highlight reel (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Miller takes blame for goal (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Flyers square series with ‘bizarre’ win (Philadelphia Daily News)

This story has more than a few plot twists (Philadelphia Daily News)

More is expected from young players (Philadelphia Daily News)

Game 4 recap (Philadelphia Daily News)

It’s all even (Bucks County Courier Times)

Flyers may be getting to Miller (Bucks County Courier Times)

Team making others believe (Bucks County Courier Times)

Umberger delivers knockout punch (Delaware County Times)

Forsberg is leading with his great play (Delaware County Times)

Vengeful Umberger rattles Sabres (Allentown Morning Call)

Forsberg lifts his game and hoists the Flyers (Allentown Morning Call)

Savoring experience (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Forsberg clearly gives team the edge (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Gauthier just goat to Sabres fans (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Clutch Flyers even series (Trenton Times)

Umberger gives Flyers scoring lift (Trenton Times)

Flyers rebound after 2-0 deficit (Salem Sunbeam)

Fan support crucial to Flyers (Salem Sunbeam)

Flyers enjoy a wild, wild night (Reading Eagle)

Pter the great (Reading Eagle)

Forsberg’s Eight Points Lead Series (

Flyers Tie Series at Two Games Apiece (

News and Notes (

Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4

‘”We missed too many opportunities,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We didn’t convert.”‘

Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4

‘”I think today, in the last game at home, we played our game,” said Forsberg. “That’s what we have to do up there (in Buffalo).”‘

Flyers Win Game 4; Series Tied 2-2

‘Buffalo took a 2-0 lead when Daniel Briere scored halfway through the period. Philadelphia, however, rallied with three-straight goals from Eric Desjardins, Peter Forsberg, and Petr Nedved to take the lead early in the third period.’

Flyers Even Series

‘But just as they did in game three on Wednesday, the Sabres couldn’t deliver the knockout punch and it’s a brand new series.’

Philadelphia evens series

‘”They got some bounces and made the plays when they needed to.”‘

Sabres throw up a big choke, lose to Flyers 5-4

‘Once again the Sabres showed a distinct lack of killer instinct, didn’t finish Philly off and lost the game as a result. More disturbing was the fact Ryan Miller let in yet another incredibly soft goal at the worst possible time after his team had tied the score late in the third period. Choke is the only word I can think of to describe the Sabres’ game tonight.’

Campbell cast into spotlight

'"I don't think it's happened too much in my career before," said Campbell, who played his junior hockey for Ottawa of the OHL. "But I go back to the main point and that is that there are good, clean hits delivered in hockey and the fans love it. And if somebody has to hit me, as long as it's a good clean hit, that's all that matters. It's a part of hockey that will always be there."'

Game Four: Sabres Vs. Flyers Notes

'The Sabres are 23-12 all-time in Game 4's, including 7-0 in the past seven.'

Sabres vs. Flyers – Round 1, Game 4

‘Look for the Sabres to improve on the power play tonight, it was an area of focus for Ruff. As for the rest of the game plan, look for more of the same. Buffalo will try to open the game up and skate Philly into the ground. The Flyers will look to trap, clutch and lay out cheap shots to slow Buffalo down.’

Sabres play it safe

'Sabres officials have not ruled out a return in tonight's Game 4 for Numminen, who has suffered from an irregular heartbeat in the past. Having said that, the Sabres will err on the side of caution in this case.'

McKee hears Leaf rumors

‘Instead it’s some of McKee’s friends and family who are attempting to recruit the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent to the Leafs when he hits the open market this summer.’

Gauthier claims spear was incidental contact

‘Gauthier claims it was incidental contact. According to the replays, he wasn’t even looking at Dumont when his stick nestled into the gut of the Sabres player, he argued. And to those that doubt him, Gauthier insists this was not Brain Fart No. 3. “He’s a friend,” said Gauthier, who has played golf with Dumont in Quebec during the off-season. “If I’m going to do that, I’m going to do that to someone I hate, not my friend.’

Sabres shrug off Broad Street boos

‘”They’re a pretty intense crowd,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. “J.P.’s laying on the ice, visibly in pain and they’re giving it to him. That’s just the nature of the city. They’re not going to take any prisoners.”‘

Honestly, hated Flyer isn’t all bad

‘”Everybody needs somebody to hate in a series,” he said. “I guess I’m the guy. I guess it’s deserved.”‘