Defense on Bench

Coaching adjustments: Pay attention to the point

Early on in the season, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in some trouble. Their slow start has been well documented at this point, but it is all too easy to forget how close they seemed to come to turning it around before the wheels came off for good. By the 11th of February, they had already completed over 25 percent of their regular season schedule, finding themselves below .500; but they had finally started to find their way into the win column. With seven of a possible eight points over a four-game stretch, the team traveled to Toronto with every …

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”Les aventures loufoques de Herpen au Canada”

When I last appeared here, I croaked out almost 3,000 words for my young, budding writers on the often contradictory, shadowy nature of sports media. This time around, there will be nothing of the sort. Have you ever embarked on a road trip, only to be held up at Canadian customs because someone in your party decided to joke that the entire group’s purpose for crossing over was to storm the country to reclaim the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America? Did you wonder why they did it, given there were actually two firearms just kinda …

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Spezza, Alfredsson Lead Sens To Shootout Win In Philly

Despite a three-goal deficit after the first 20 minutes, the Flyers were still able to earn a point in their 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon. After Philly scored three goals in the second period to tie the game, the Sens won the shootout thanks to goals from Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza. Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil tallied for the Senators, who moved four points ahead of eighth-place Washington. Craig Anderson turned in a superb performance, making 36 saves and rescuing his club from the prospect of taking only one point away. “Our team …

Hockey Day in America

Hey kids! Can’t stand all that trash talk about how the NHL is the sixth most popular sport in the United States? Are you tired of trying to find hockey games on your cable provider because your eyes become like pinholes after buzzing through the first 90 stations? Feel like strangling the next person who asks why teams wear dark jerseys when they play at home? Then I’ve got something for YOU! The very first Hockey Day in America, coming Sunday to an actual national network famed for international sports and a basic cable channel best known for outdoorsy-type endeavors. The marquee matchup …