Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup News’

Because It’s the Cup!

April 24th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Because It’s the Cup! | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Some call it Christmas, others call it the NHL playoffs. If you are a die-hard of a hockey fan, as I am then you understand just how awesome and intense playoff hockey is.

There really isn’t anything better, and this year it has lived up to all its hype.

Interesting stat, there was a seven team turnover from last year’s NHL Playoff’s (seven teams from last year did not qualify this year), the highest turnover rate in the history of the NHL. That speaks volumes of how much the game has changed, from a business/salary cap perspective, and also from the balance of talent surrounding the league.

As a Flyers fan it is obviously tough not watching them compete for the cup, however I have caught quite a few games and they are some of the most evenly matched and entertaining series’ I can remember. Old-time hockey seems to be making more of an appearance as the refs are letting the boys play and blowing the whistles less. Tons of hits, fights, highly electric offensive displays, stellar goaltending performances, and a series that shockingly ended in a sweep.

The highly talented Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Jets first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg back in 2011. The original franchise was last seen in the playoffs 19 years ago. That was a tough one for die-hard Jets fans to swallow.

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40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup

May 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL, Sports

The ’74 Stanley-Cup-Champion Flyers had it all: speed, scoring, checking, fighting, grit, determination, goaltending, and a great head coach. They were one of the most depth teams in the league, and the most physical, dangerous team, yet they combined that physicality with scoring. The Broad Street Bullies clinched their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 1-0 shutout victory vs. the rival Bruins in Game 6 of the Cup Finals — on May 19th, 1974.

Just seven years prior, they were one of seven-new NHL expansion teams coming into the league.

Goaltender Bernie Parent was in his second different stint with the team, after originally being drafted by and playing for the Bruins, being selected by Philadelphia from Boston in the ’67 Expansion Draft, and being traded from Philly to Toronto and back to Philly.

It was a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride for Parent.

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