The Boston Bruins are once again set to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers following their hard-fought 4-3 OT victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. The B’s are hungry and will look to make up for last season’s playoff showing when the Flyers came back to win from a 3-0 deficit in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli insists that his team may find their next opponents easier to handle despite their recognized strength and size. “They’re bigger, first and foremost,” he said. “You saw that Montreal stretched the ice, and they’re always coming at you. These guys don’t stretch the ice as much, but they can go to the weak side a lot in their neutral zone, and they’re coming in rushes, but they don’t stretch it as much. They’re more north-south; they’re like us to a certain degree. They’ve got skill players; they’ve got some heavy players. Obviously there are more similarities between us and them than there are between us and Montreal.”
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Playoff ScheduleGame 1: Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia, 3:00 PM
Game 2: Monday, May 2 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4 at Boston, 7:00 PM
Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Boston, 8:00 PM
Game 5: Sunday, May 8 at Philadelphia, 3:00 PM (if necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Thursday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD (if necessary)
Philadelphia Phillies Ace Roy Halladay allowed six scattered hits through nine innings, striking out the game’s final two batters in six pitches to lead his team past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night at Nationals Park. The 13-year veteran shutout the Nats all the way until the bottom of the ninth, letting up a pair of RBI singles to Laynce Nix and Danny Espinosa before closing the game himself. “It may be naive, but I never felt in trouble,” said Halladay. “I felt like it was just a matter of making good pitches. There was never a panic or rush feeling.”
Ben Francisco grounded out to shortstop in the top of the fourth for Jimmy Rollins to score to give Philadelphia the initial one-run advantage. Placido Polanco then singled to shallow center in the fifth to score Wilson Valdez. Halladay scored Philadelphia’s final run later that inning courtesy of Washington starter John Lannan beaming Ryan Howard.
The 8-3 Phillies will matchup with the Nationals once more this Thursday before welcoming the Florida Marlins to Citizens Bank Park for three games over the weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!
Michael Vick led his Philadelphia Eagles downfield for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to claim victory over the Houston Texans 34-24 Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles were up 20-10 at the half before Arian Foster found the end zone twice in the third block, setting the stage for Vick and Co. to rally for their eighth win of the season. Vick completed 22 passes for 302 yards and two TD’s while collecting 48 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
“This young man is playing as good as anybody I’ve seen play in the NFL and I’ve been doing it for a while,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of Vick. “He’s special and we just tried to contain him, but obviously he still had a big night. He’s been doing it against a lot of people. We had a couple of chances for turnovers. He gave us a couple of opportunities that we just didn’t take advantage of.”
The Eagles now sit atop the NFC East Division as the Texans trail the Jaguars, Colts and Titans in the AFC South. Philadelphia is set to take on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, December 12th at Cowboys Stadium. Houston will be featured in Monday night’s contest against the Baltimore Ravens December 13th.
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are set to meet in this year’s National League Championship Series starting Saturday, October 16th at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are entering familiar territory in light of their ability to reach the NLCS on three consecutive occasions. San Francisco last won the pennant in 2002 and they had not reached post-season play since 2003.
“We were fortunate to have come out on top,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy after their Game 4 win on Monday night. “We know it. We knew we had our hands full with the pitching. We’re fortunate to have outstanding pitching, too, and what a job they did.” Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is the projected Game 1 starting pitcher for San Francisco. During the regular season he collected a 16-10 record with a 3.43 ERA. His debut NLDS start featured 14 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Roy Halladay will be set to challenge Lincecum on the hill, which should make for the most appealing pitching duel in the 2010 playoffs. Halladay just recently pitched the first post-season no-hitter in over 50 years against the Cincinnati Reds. The 12-year veteran was 21-10 this season with a 2.44 ERA. NLCS tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Complete NLDS ScheduleGame 1 Oct. 16 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm
Game 2 Oct. 17 Giants at Phillies 8:00 pm
Game 3 Oct. 19 Phillies at Giants 4:00 pm
Game 4 Oct. 20 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm
Game 5 Oct. 21 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm if necessaryGame 6 Oct. 23 Giants at Phillies 3:30 pm if necessaryGame 7 Oct. 24 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm if necessary
Roy Halladay struck out eight through nine innings in the midst of his first career post-season start, no-hitting the Cincinnati Reds to lead his Philadelphia Phillies to victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The 13-year veteran became the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs behind Don Larsen, who tossed a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. “It’s surreal, it really is,” said Halladay. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”
The Phillies lineup produced all four runs in the first two innings to take the pressure off their ace. Shane Victorino scored the initial run courtesy of a Chase Utley sacrifice fly to right. Victorino came through again in the second with a base hit to center to bring in two runs. Even Halladay contributed from the plate with an RBI single and run scored. “This is what you come here for,” Halladay continued. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.” Game 2 is scheduled for Friday, October 8th at 6:07 PM. Find the best deals for Phillies vs. Reds NLDS tickets right here at Ace!
Roy Oswalt tossed a gem for the Philadelphia Phillies to expand their NL East lead to six, allowing just one hit through seven innings to defeat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park. The lone run came in the eighth inning when Raul Ibanez doubled to left to score Jason Werth. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge came in to keep the Braves scoreless for the final six outs.
After watching starters Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay beat out their division rivals, Oswalt knew it was his job to keep building momentum for the club with six games left on the regular season schedule. The Phillies are now six games ahead of the Braves and will look to officially claim the division in their next series against the New York Mets. “I didn’t want them to do something I couldn’t do,” said Oswalt. “I’m trying to push them as much as possible and they’re doing that off me. Anytime you feed off each other, it helps down the stretch.” Find the best deals for Philadelphia Phillies playoff tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard contributed a three-run blast in the fourth inning as part of his six RBI’s in last night’s 10-6 victory over the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels allowed just four hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts to earn his 10th win of the season. Florida produced all six of their runs during a late-game surge in the eighth, but the Phillies lineup had already built up enough insurance to solidify the W.
Hamels, a four-year veteran, has come alive late in the season with three straight victories. He struggled in August, producing a 0-4 record but has since found his rhythm. “Baseball is a long season, and you go with what you’ve got,” said Hamels. “I think I was able to make good pitches and be aggressive. That’s all you can ask for. That’s something that I’ve tried to strive for – just try to make good, aggressive pitches and execute pitch by pitch.”
The Phillies are currently a half game ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East with post-season play just around the corner. They are next scheduled to matchup with the New York Mets for three games this weekend starting Friday, September 10th at 7:05 PM.
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2x All-Star first baseman Derrek Lee is set to join the Atlanta Braves lineup after the Chicago Cubs struck a deal to land three minor league pitchers with hopes to build for the future. The young talent consists of right-handers Robinson Lopez, 19, and Tyrelle Harris, 23, and lefty Jeffrey Lorick, 22. The Cubs are currently five games out of the AL Central behind the Minnesota Twins.
Lee, a 13-year veteran will look to contribute immediately in Atlanta to help the organization remain atop the NL East Division with post-season play just around the corner. Dealing for the 34-year old allows Troy Glaus to re-locate to third base as Chipper Jones remains sidelined with a torn ACL.
“It doesn’t get any better,” said Jones when asked about Lee joining the club. “Outstanding character guy. Outstanding player. Defensively at first base, he’s top-notch. And he gives us another right-handed presence in the middle of our lineup.” Lee has earned a .251 batting average with 16 home runs and 56 RBI’s so far this season. His travels will be easier than expected as the Cubs are next set to host the Braves at Wrigley for three games starting Friday, August 20th.
The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to gain a starting pitcher to strengthen their depleted rotation after losing their last five of six since the All-Star break. Sources have said for the organization to be interested in Houston’s Roy Oswalt, Arizona’s Dan Haren, Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and Oakland’s Ben Sheets. The Phillies are currently shopping outfielder Jayson Werth to free up money as they extend an opportunity for top prospect Domonic Brown. The Tampa Bay Rays are most interested in acquiring the seven-year veteran. Other teams in the hunt for Werth include the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hinted earlier this week that the club will likely make improvements before the trade deadline. “I view us as buyers and I view us as a team that’s still going to be a contending team, but it depends on the guys that are in this clubhouse,” he said. “Listen, our team can get hot as anybody. But they’re not going to be able to just turn the light switch on and have it happen, they’re going to have to work to get there.” The Phillies are scheduled to take on the St Louis Cardinals for two more games before hosting the Colorado Rockies this weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!