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TCL's 2012 Stanley Cup Coverage: Night One



It's night one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and The Checking Line will be right there with you as we cover the two marquee games of the night!

At 7:30PM, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers will take their rivalry to new heights as the meet in the first round in the Eastern Conference. Plenty of Flyers writers will be there to take in the action with you.

Then, at 8:00PM, the Detroit Red Wings will be in Nashville to take on the Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Can the Wings overcome their recent struggles and take out a Predator team that seems on a mission to finally put things together? Our Red Wings staff...

Flyers Corner - Penguins Preview

TCL Flyers writer Mark Trible sat down with Seth Hastings (founder of 'HartnellDown'), The Hockey Guys' Dustin Leed, and The Fourth Period's Penguins writer, Joe Depto.

The four talked about the series at length.

Joe addressed what Pittsburgh should be worried about in the series and how the Flyers have found success at CONSOL Energy Center.

Seth spoke about the importance of Ilya Bryzgalov and the pressure he faces.

Everyone chimed in with some series MVP predictions. They also forecasted how everything will go down in the Keystone Clash.

What You Need To Know (TCL Penguins Edition)


In what is due to be one of the most exciting playoff series in recent history, the Pittsburgh Penguins are set to play the Philadelphia Flyers in round one.  This marquee matchup will feature the two highest scoring teams in the NHL as well as two bitter rivals.  It is sure to be filled with emotion and hatred, but we are going to analyze the measurable the evidence and find out what this series is sure to bring.

Forwards – A former Hart and Art Ross trophy winner, a two time Art Ross winner, and a budding superstar are only a few of the immense talents that will be seen on the ice.  Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin averaged over 1.4 points per game...

These Flyers are Less Hated

You know the drill.

As the playoffs are ready to get underway, the strategy of the fans that watch is usually rather simple.

It includes rooting for their favorite team and rooting against the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s the way it’s been and seemingly the way it would be forever.

Once the ‘Bullies’, the type of hockey that has become synonymous with the Flyers logo is quite a divisive connection. It’s not hard to see why, nor has it ever been.

Hockey grew up and got rid of the nonsense. The old time hockey is still around, but the examples are few and far between. Instead of frantically worrying about players being jumped on the ice, fans now dissect split-second hits.

Game 82, A Playoff Preview

The stage has been set, and the opponents have been decided: the Philadelphia Flyers (47-29-9) will be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-29-6) in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Based on games played by both teams on Thursday night, Pittsburgh will end the season in 4th place and the Flyers in 5th in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Rangers clinched the East with a win over the Flyers on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, the Flyers and Penguins will meet in Pittsburgh for the last game of the regular season. It will be a preview of the playoff series to come, and will likely be an interesting game, based on the last matchup between the teams.

I Blame The Media


It is more popular than Tebowing  and only the cool kids are doing it.  It’s called “whining squared” and it is something the NHL does not need. 

After a rivalry game last Sunday, the Penguins and Flyers were sent into a heated war of words; in which both teams are whining about the other teams whining, both teams complaining about the others team being dirty.  It seems that this vicious circle has no end as well.

 John Tortorella and Sidney Crosby went off to the media recently about a knee on knee hit as well as comments made by John Tortorella.  By now most of you have seen the comments, consisting of Torts callin...

Final Week Final Thoughts

Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.

Wheeling Nails Trenton With A Loss in Titans Home Finale

The final home game of a disappointing 2011-12 season for the Trenton Titans saw the Titans lose by a score of 4-1 in front 4,213 fans at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.

Trenton gave up the first goal yet again in the first period as Matt Schepke beat Dave Caruso on a wrist shot in the slot late in the first period. Just over a minute later, Paul Crowder made it 2-0 on a power play with Steve Silva in the box for tripping.

In The Dead Of Night


It has been 6 years, 6 very up and down years since Evgeni Malkin left for the United States.  He snuck out of Finland, while his team was playing a KHL scrimmage game.  Arriving in the US, Malkin only spoke about a dozen English words, but his contagious smile and attitude proved to be universal.  His pay this season has not only improved, it has grown leaps and bounds.  After two seasons of injury and sub par play, Evgeni Malkin had to watch as his team suffer a disappointing loss in the playoffs.  The hit was deep, but it was one that forced the man they call Geno into superstardom. 

His training over the summer was the most intense of h...

Flyers Look Like Contenders

Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Flyers are a contender.

It didn’t seem possible when the team blew itself up in the offseason to take on young players. It really didn’t seem possible when Chris Pronger went down for the season. It didn’t seem possible when Ilya Bryzgalov kept hemorrhaging goals.

Things have changed.

Through the course of the season the plan that seemed like madness now seems like perfect sanity.

With young players stepping up and filling roles, the Flyers have been balanced and outstanding offensively.