Flyers second-round schedule released

Thanks to the Delco Times GAME 1 – Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia – 3:05 PM (NBC) GAME 2 – Monday, May 2 at Philadelphia – 7:35 PM GAME 3 – Wednesday, May 4 at Boston – 7:05 PM GAME 4 – Friday, May 6 at Boston – 8:05 PM * GAME 5 – Sunday, May 8 at Philadelphia – 3:05 PM (NBC) * GAME 6 – Tuesday, May 10 at Boston – TBD * GAME 7 – Thursday, May 12 at Philadelphia – TBD * - If necessary

A Game 7 primer

What: Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 Sabres vs. Flyers. Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia. Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m. What’s at stake: Advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The History: The clubs have not yet faced each other in a terminal series contest. The Stats: Philadelphia won its last Game 7, an Eastern Semifinal in Boston, on May 14, 2010, erasing an 0-3 series deficit. The Flyers won their previous seventh game on home ice, in an East semifinal against Toronto, on April 22, 2003. Buffalo lost its last Game 7, an Eastern Conference Final at Carolina, on June 1, 2006. The …

Counterpunches

The first in an occasional series, in which Flyers Faithful scans the papers of the opposition to see how they’re portraying events. We make no assurance of journalistic integrity here. On Thursday, with the Flyers and Sabres deadlocked at two games apiece, we have our first instance of Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff going to the papers and complaining about what the other team is complaining about. Ruff generally slips into this mode any time he senses his team is about to lose the actual edge on the ice, which, in his 14 year tenure, has been about a zillion …

NHL, NBC announce new 10-year partnership

Courtesy of NBCUniversal NEW YORK (April 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League and the NBC Sports Group have reached agreement on a landmark 10-year television and media rights deal, taking the partnership through the 2020-21 season. The expanded partnership, under which NBC remains the exclusive network home and VERSUS the exclusive cable home of the NHL® in the U.S., is highlighted by the first-ever national distribution of all Stanley Cup® Playoffs contests, including, for the first time, exclusive coverage starting with the Conference Semifinals. The agreement also calls for the NBC Sports Group to televise 100 regular season games …

It Never Ends

Terry Murray must have thought he was a genius in the Spring of 1997. He had two quality goaltenders: Ron Hextall and Garth Snow. He had the benefit of home-ice advantage in the first round against a mediocre opponent — the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since Hextall faltered a bit down the stretch as the Flyers eventually lost the Atlantic Division lead and fell to third in the East, Murray hatched a plan so simple it was stupid: Start Snow and let him go as long as he performed well, and when he didn’t turn to the veteran Hextall. It managed to …