Archive for May 4th, 2011

Random Thoughts: Flyers Edition

May 4th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Random Thoughts: Flyers Edition | Filed in General

At this point, why not just throw Boucher AND Bobrovsky in front of the net and work with only four skaters?

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My thoughts on the Miami Heat

May 4th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on My thoughts on the Miami Heat | Filed in General

The Miami Heat's "Big 3" has it figured out and at the perfect time.

By Brandon Pemberton

www.brandononsports.WordPress.com

Before the playoffs started, on my own personal blog I picked the Miami Heat to lose to the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games. I know it’s a seven game series, but after watching the Heat beat the Celtics handily in the first two games my opinion is swaying on the Heat. Early in the season I wan’t sold on them being a legit title contender due to their inability to close those out games down the stretch, hold leads, and lack of production from the bench.

After beating the Sixers in the first round in five games, the Heat have waken up and are playing their best basketball at the right time. Dwayne Wade(25 ppg,7rpg,5apg) has been the team’s scorer and closer, while Lebron James(25ppg, 9 rpg,5 apg) has done it all for his team. Chris Bosh(17ppg, 9.7 rpg) has found his role on the team, playing the pick and roll, hitting the mid-range jumper, and rebounding the ball. Mario Chalmers has hit some timely open 3’s and Joel Anthony’s hustle and defense has been critical to the Heat’s current success.

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What the Flyers must do tonight to win

May 4th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, TalkSportsPhilly

In game 2 we saw a much different Flyers team then the one that played in game 1. They were much more aggressive and not afraid to fire the puck at the net. They finished with two team postseason records,22 shots in the 3rd period, and 54 shots in the game. Still it was not enough, Tim Thomas sparkled in net on Monday night which sets up tonight’s game as a must win for the orange and black.

The Flyers have to come out and be just as aggressive tonight. An early goal would be the perfect start. If Boston can gain the momentum early it will keep the TD Bank Center rocking, which makes it difficult for any team to win in. The road teams have had quite a bit of success in these playoffs so far. Last night both road teams won game 3 which can give the Flyer faithful some extra hope. This is also a team that for some reason played better on the road than at home this season. This again goes along with the theory that they play much better when they are in a situation that does not favor them. Hence why they always play better when they are down.

While the Flyers did outplay the Bruins in game 2, there were some long stretches where the Bruins controlled play in the Flyers zone. When Bobrovsky came in to relieve Boucher in the second the Bruins dominated the play. If it wasn’t for Bobs stand up play in those last six minutes the Flyers would have found themselves down 3-2 going into the 3rd. Tonight the Flyers have to avoid getting caught in there own zone. There can’t be any lazy passes or stretches, because if there are the Bruins will find a way to capitalize.

Perhaps most importantly tonight the Flyers have to figure out a way to score on Tim Thomas. Even though he was fantastic in net, the Flyers had more than enough opportunities to put the biscuit in the basket. Zherdev had the best look of the night, but just couldn’t flip the puck over the leg pad of Thomas. Briere did have a fantastic look at the very end of the 3rd period, however he did not see the puck until it was well behind him, I think he was surprised that it bounced out to him like it did.

Prediction – If the Flyers can come out and take the crowd out of the equation it will make the task at hand a little bit easier. There can be no bad stretches, or lethargic play. If the Flyers can play a full 60 minute game then the series will stand at 2-1 after tonight, but if they let up just a little bit, then they will be looking at the same fate of last year.

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