Monday, April 26, 2004

Half way there

With their 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, the Flyers took a 2-0 lead in their eastern conference semi-finals matchup. The series resumes at the Air Canada Centre this Wednesday and Friday. Tim Panaccio says the Flyer's power play is in full effect. Bill Fleischman says the same can't be said of Toronto's execution with the man advantage. Phil Sheridan is glad Robert Esche came up huge again last night, because in the second period, the Flyers were "scared shotless." Nice. Speaking of their second period doldrums, Sam Donnellon says coach Hitchkock is "going to chat about it in the next day or so." Ray Parillo notes that, dating back to last year, Toronto had been held to a single goal in their last 5 playoff trips to the Wachovia Center. Ed Moran is glad that, for the first time in years, the Flyers are the ones with the hot goalie. Rich Hofmann says that, despite playing well in the first two games here, the Maple Leafs have nothing to show for it.

Bob Brookover documents the messy divorce proceedings between Andy Reid and ex-Eagle John Welbourn, who was shipped to the KC Chiefs yesterday. Of the split, Bob Ford quotes the coach as saying "John said some things that he shouldn't have said." Perhaps his tirade on WIP Friday morning punched his ticket out of town. Les Bowen says the Eagles will take a "weight and see" (Daily News headline writer's words, not mine) approach with their first round draft pick Shawn Andrews, who first ran into Donovan McNabb at The Cheesecake Factory. You can't make this stuff up. John Smallwood can't get very excited about drafting somebody for the O-Line. Marc Marducci presents his report card in this year's draft, giving the Eagles a "less than strong" grade. Perhaps Marc should stick to the Sixers. Oh, that's right...

Todd Zolecki laments the lack of support the Phillies have been giving Vicente Padilla, who dropped to 0-3 after yesterday's game in Montreal. Marcus Hayes believes Padilla is just downright unlucky. Of course, his team batting .206 with runners in scoring position (3rd worst in MLB) probably doesn't help.

Tonight, TNT has Pistons/Bucks at 7 followed by Kings/Mavs at 9:30. There's already been 3 sweeps this year in the opening round, the first time that's happened since 1997. Of course, having a best-of-7 first round only exaggerates these lopsided affairs. So far, the higher seeds have dominated, going a combined 23-5 through yesterday's games. For those interested in the NHL's western conference proceedings, ESPN has San Jose/Colorodo at 8.

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