Found April 15, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, This probably is just the echo of the Child of the ’60s conspiracy-theorist rattling inside my brain, but is it wrong to wonder whether Gary Bettman’s campaign on behalf of Sidney Crosby amplified by a tribute to his “greatness” on Monday is part of an effort to co-opt No. 87 when the collective bargaining talks commence in earnest following the playoffs? Understand: Crosby is a great player who competes every second of every shift and whose conduct off the ice is an enduring advertisement for the NHL and endorsement of the way he was raised by his family. But the Favored Son status granted to Crosby by Sixth Avenue does the star no favors among the larger constituency. When has any commissioner ever before leaped to an unsolicited defense of a player by defining implied criticism of a specific athlete from an opposing coach to be, “gamesmanship,” “noise” and “a potshot” the way Bettman did at the beginning of the week regarding Rangers coach Joh...

Crosby at the center of Pens-Flyers brawl

Sid the Kid is letting his fist do the talking this afternoon. During the second period of a pivotal game 3 showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, the usually mild-mannered Crosby scuffled with the Flyers Claude Giroux. As this fight was wrapping up, Kris Letang and Kimmo Timonen started throwing punches, with Letang opening up a cut on Timonen’s...

Frustrated Crosby not bothering Flyers

Sidney Crosby got too caught up in his hatred for the Philadelphia Flyers to recall that one of his best friends wears the orange and black. No worries, though. Max Talbot isn't going to delete Crosby's number from his cell phone. ''He's definitely a great friend,'' Talbot said Tuesday. ''He was heated up in the moment and that's OK. It&...

Hulk Hogan shows up for Flyers-Penguins

Let’s be honest. Game 3 on Sunday between the Flyers and Penguins isn’t going to be known for the hockey was that was played. The numerous, ugly skirmishes that took place on the ice overshadowed the scoring barrage the Flyers unleashed on the Pens and surely will fuel the arguments of hockey’s biggest critics. It was, cliche as it sounds, like the WWE out there at times...

Sidney Crosby a joke who needs to be punched in the face: Chris Therien

Former ex Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Therien, color commentator on Philadelphia Flyers radio broadcasts on Sports Radio 94 WIP, is not a big Sidney Crosby fan: "You know what, Crosby is... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Bettman watches Panthers' return to playoffs

The first Florida Panthers' playoff game in 12 years was one that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn't miss. Bettman was in the crowd Friday night for Game 1 of Florida's Eastern Conference first-round series against New Jersey, a matchup that officially marked the end of what was the NHL's longest active playoff drought. The Panthers' most recent playoff game...

What A Class(less) Act: Flyers Down Penguins 8-4 to Take 3-0 Series Lead

Today, the entire hockey world got to witness what we in Philly have seen in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization since the likes of Crosby and his lackeys entered the league: Completely classless, cheap shotting, cowards that are catered to by the referees and the NHL. The Flyers are obviously in their heads, and today's 8-4 win and 3-0 series lead was a direct result of that...

Holding Back On Crosby

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Tell you a quick story. Just before Crosby suffered his first concussion in January 2011, I was scheduled to do an interview with him. As part of the preparation, I asked a few Flyers for their opinions. They were complimentary—even Mike Richards, who hated him the most. They said he’d really decreased his complaining on the ice and just played...

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers Game 3 breakdown

If the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t going to engage in a few line brawls in the series, then this series would have been seriously overhyped. Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby stare down each other during Sunday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.The fact that Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr are in orange sweaters alone had all the makings for...

Hatred and Violence Are at the Heart of Our Sport, and Sunday All the World Saw It

In their bloodlust, Arabs and Jews have nothing on the Flyers and Penguins. (Isn’t it grand!) Really, in a relative sense, what transpired on the ice in Philadelphia yesterday made the Middle East seem one big, happy, if diverse, family. Yesterday’s matinee jihad in the City of Brotherly Love was all consuming — it enveloped even Sidney Crosby. There were thugs aplenty in...

Penguins and Flyers Series Has Had All But One Thing

Coming into the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was a league wide consensus that the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers would be one of the best series that the opening round had to offer.Even with all the lead up, what has unfolded in the first three games could not have been seen by anyone.Through three games there has been 32 goals scored...

John Toperzer: Questions abound a day after Pens' Game 3 showing Sunday

Fallout from Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Flyers Follow me on Twitter @JohnToperzer With an extremely busy day on tap and my head still reeling from Sunday's fiasco, I pose the following questions to the readership. 1. How many games will the Penguins win against the Flyers in this series? 2. Is Sidney Crosby’s explanation of his actions Sunday credible because...

The Stanley Cup Fountain In Times Square

On Wednesday morning the NHL and NBC celebrated the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Times Square with a 21-foot tall, 6,600 lbs. replica of the Stanley Cup. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus, former NHLers Clark Gillies, Adam Graves, Grant Marshall and the actual Stanley Cup attended the festivities in New York City.  

Playoff Gameday - Round One, Game Two - Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins - 7:30 PM/ET Flyers Lead Series 1-0 Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA TV: ROOT, CSN-PH, NBCSN, TSN, RDS It's only game two, so this isn't a "must win situation" by definition, but it's pretty close. Being down 0-2 in the series and heading back to Philadelphia would be brutal. We...
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