SPORTO: About Last Night

BY MIKE WOLVERTON SPORTS GUY Oy. Oof. Ugh. Has there ever been a worse goal to end a Stanley Cup Final? Has there ever been a worse goal? I’m not here to kill Michael Leighton, but you can’t win a Stanley Cup when you give up soft goals in four separate games. Yes, the Flyers wouldn’t have gotten as far as they did without Leighton, but in the Finals they needed him to at least be solid, not putrid. It’s the same old story for the last twenty years, outplayed between the pipes. And the Flyers have tried to address […]

ORANGE CRUSH: Next Stop, Blackhawk Downs

[photo by RYAN DEVERA] NHL.COM: It’s been 35 years since the Flyers last hoisted the Stanley Cup. [Flyers owner Ed] Snider was 42 at the time. He celebrated his 77th birthday in January. You could understand if his patience has worn thin. “When (the Bruins) scored those three goals, I said, ‘Well, it’s been a great run … we gave it a great shot,’” Snider told Monday night. “I have to be honest, I thought it was over. These guys never know what over is. They never quit.” MORE RELATED: A limited number of Stanley Cup Final tickets will […]

TONITE: Broad Street Bullying

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: It’s a bittersweet feeling to watch HBO’s lively and engaging new documentary on the mid-1970s Philadelphia Flyers. The “Broad Street Bullies” remain one of the most distinctively branded sports teams of modern times, an intriguing mix of wonderful hockey skill and medieval intimidation. You can’t argue with their success and this documentary doesn’t, celebrating their Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975 with gleeful exuberance. Even if you hated the Flyers, which most New York hockey fans did, it’s fun to watch. At the same time, the documentary acknowledges that in some ways the Flyers did hockey […]