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Kevin Durso
Philadelphia, PA
A Philly sports fanatic who always has an opinion and I'm sharing it with the world
Interests: Philly sports, baseball, broadcasting, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers
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The Flyers hottest prospect is making the jump to the pros. Shayne Gostisbehere, the highly-touted defenseman for the recently crowned national champion Union College, has signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers and will play for the Adirondack Phantoms this weekend. It was a big weekend for Gostisbehere in the Frozen Four. In addition to being on Union's national championship team, he scored a goal and added two assists in the title game while being a plus-7 in the 7-4 victory over Minnesota. Gostisbehere was also named Most Outstanding Player for the Frozen Four. Gostisbehere was the Flyers third-round pick... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Flyerdelphia
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Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year, $30 million extension with the team on Tuesday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) When the Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald at the trade deadline, there was hope that they had found more than just a rental player. They wanted a long-term defenseman. On Tuesday, they got that. With the Flyers playoff run preparing to start on Thursday, the team signed MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million extension. MacDonald has played 19 games with the Flyers, picking up four assists. The 27-year-old defenseman is also averaging a whopping 22 minutes of ice time per game, proving... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers celebrate after scoring in the second period of their 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes. The Flyers and Rangers open their first-round playoff series on Thursday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The Flyers 6-5 loss in a shootout to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday hardly mattered. Half of the regular lineup didn't play in the Flyers first chance to rest up for the playoffs. A rookie goalie made his debut and it featured traidtional ups-and-downs. Usually Morning After is about the game that was just played. But instead of looking back, we're looking forward. The playoffs are upon us and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers and Rangers open their first-round playoff series on Thursday night from Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The regular season is now officially over and the Flyers are beginning preparation for a playoff series with the New York Rangers. On Sunday night, the NHL announced the entire NHL playoff schedule and released the dates and start times. Here is the schedule for Flyers-Rangers: Game 1 - Thursday, April 17 Flyers at Rangers 7:00 p.m. Game 2 - Sunday, April 20 Flyers at Rangers 12:00 p.m. Game 3 - Tuesday, April 22 Flyers vs. Rangers 8:00 p.m. Game... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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The Lightning celebrate after Tyler Johnson's first-period goal in a 4-2 win over the Flyers. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) The Flyers latest match with a playoff team cleared the playoff picture. One thing is certain, the Flyers will not have home ice to open the playoffs. A 3-1 Flyers loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning coupled with the New York Rangers 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres will force the Flyers to hit the road for the first round of the playoffs. The Lightning scored just two minutes into the game to grab an early lead. Tampa rookie Tyler Johnson... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Claude Giroux scores his second goal on Tuesday night's 5-2 win over the Panthers. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) "We'll take it game-by-game and we will make the playoffs." Remember those words? Claude Giroux, captain of the Flyers, made that bold statement eight games into the season with the Flyers record sitting at 1-7-0. It was October 21. On April 9, in Game 79 of the season, the Flyers locked up the playoff spot Giroux guaranteed with a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Naturally, as he has done several times already in his career, the captain played a big role... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Vincent Lecavalier celebrates with his teammates after scoring the first goal in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) With a playoff spot on the line, the Flyers turned in a second period for the ages. That set off a celebration in Philadelphia. The Flyers officially locked up a playoff spot with a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season. A scoreless first period was rather forgettable for the Flyers. They failed to score on an extended power play that featured... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Zac Rinaldo scored a goal and received a match penalty for elbowing the Sabres Chad Ruhwedel in the third period of the Flyers 5-2 win on Sunday. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) With the Flyers leading, 4-0, in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Zac Rinaldo laid a heavy hit on Chad Ruhwedel. Rinaldo has a history of suspensions and fines, which guaranteed some form of disciplinary action. The NHL has issued a four-game suspension to Rinaldo, which amounts to the remainder of the regular season for the Flyers. Rinaldo had scored his second goal of the season in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Scott Hartnell and the Flyers look to snap a string of four straight losses on Sunday night against the Sabres. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) Four straight losses has sent the Flyers reeling. Luckily, there is a break from playoff teams in the schedule. The Buffalo Sabres come to town on Sunday night as the final week of the regular season kicks off. The puck hits the ice at 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. The Sabres sit at the bottom of the East standings with a meer 51 points. They have won just two of their last 10 games. Buffalo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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The Bruins celebrate after Milan Lucic's second goal in the Bruins 5-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) The Flyers are now on a four-game winless streak and fading at the wrong time. One week ago, a loss was actually a moral victory. The Flyers had skated 65 minutes with the Boston Bruins. It was encouraging to see the Flyers hang with the NHL's best. Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins had a different vibe, especially when coupled with Thursday's loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers are a fading team and have to watch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Tuukka Rask stops Jake Voracek in the Bruins 5-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) Things were shaping up for another exciting finish. That's when the Boston Bruins shifted into a gear the Flyers simply couldn't reach. After playing to a 2-2 tie through 40 minutes, the Bruins scored two third-period goals to down the Flyers for the second time this week, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon from TD Garden. The Bruins opened the scoring late in the first. A loose puck in front found it's way to the tape of David Krejci. The Flyers had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Claude Giroux scores in the shootout in the Flyers 4-3 loss to the Bruins on Sunday, March 30. The Flyers and Bruins meet for the final time in the regular season on Saturday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The two teams taking the ice on Saturday afternoon turned in a classic just six days ago. The Flyers head to Boston to face the Boston Bruins again. The puck hits the ice at TD Garden at 1 p.m. The Flyers fell to the Bruins in a shootout on Sunday, 4-3, but frantically rallied to get a point in the standings with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Artem Anisimov fires a shot in the Blue Jackets 2-0 win over the Flyers. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The 2-0 score showing on the scoreboard at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night indicated a close game. It was far from that. It was a game that had dire consequences for both teams. For the Flyers, a win would have all but guaranteed them a playoff spot. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, a loss would have all but ended their playoff hopes. From start to finish, the Flyers played unispired hockey. For a team just seven games away from the playoffs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Kyle Kendrick makes his 2014 debut in the Phillies series finale against the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia) The Phillies chance to claim an early series vanished at the hands of the bullpen on Tuesday night. Wednesday night's game becomes the swing game. The Phillies (1-1) may have a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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T.J. Oshie scores in the shootout against Ray Emery in the Flyers 1-0 loss to the Blues on Tuesday night. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) It happened again. 65 minutes of pure edge-of-your-seat excitement was spoiled by a skills competition. I've said it several times about games like Tuesday's 1-0 loss for the Flyers to the St. Louis Blues - a game that good should not be decided like that. What is the reward? An extra point in the standings and a false evaluation of teams. Ryan Miller and Ray Emery deserve all the points a team can get for their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Tuukka Rask makes one of his four saves in the shootout, stopping Jake Voracek. The Bruins beat the Flyers in a shootout, 4-3, on Sunday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) If you were nervous about how the Flyers would perform against the NHL's best on Sunday, you weren't alone. The last time the two teams had met, the Flyers were crushed, 6-1. That of course did start the Flyers playoff push, as their recent success has all but guaranteed them a playoff spot in eight more games. The result was the same on Sunday - as the Boston Bruins prevailed, 4-3,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Claude Giroux and the Flyers face Patrice Bergeron and the East-leading Boston Bruins on Sunday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) It has oftened been discussed when the Flyers turned their season around. One such date was a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Jan. 25. The Flyers are 14-5-1 since that game. The team that may have started it all returns for a Sunday afternoon match. The Flyers are Bruins face off at 12:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. Until their recent two-game skid, snapped on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Flyers and Bruins... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek celebrate Giroux's third-period goal in the Flyers 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) In a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Flyers fourth line generated the best scoring chances. Despite Jake Voracek's power-play goal in the closing minutes, the Flyers effort wasn't nearly good enough. Craig Berube called out his top line and made some changes to the rest. Tye McGinn was on the second line. Michael Raffl was on the third. And veteran Vincent Lecavalier was centering the fourth line. On a 5-on-3, Lecavalier scored... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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DeSean Jackson spent the first six years of his career with the Eagles. The Eagles released the star wide receiver on Friday. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) The Philadelphia Eagles and DeSean Jackson finally parted ways after weeks of speculation on Friday afternoon. There were many different avenues for the Eagles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Eagledelphia
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The Flyers struggled to out-work Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers defense in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to New York. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) When Monday's result played out how it did, the Flyers seemed to push it aside. It was certainly understandable. The team had just won five straight games. One game lost didn't seem to hurt too much, not in terms of morale and fight. After all the Flyers had also tied the game on Monday with two third-period goals. If not for one of the NHL's best goalies, perhaps that result is also different. Wednesday's result was the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Derek Dorsett celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game. The Rangers beat the Flyers on Wednesday night, 3-1. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) King Henrik was at it again. Once again, the Flyers were the victim. The Flyers suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, falling 3-1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The high-energy pace favored both teams early, but the Rangers would ultimately get the better chances. Midway through the first, Derek Dorsett scored off a Flyers turnover to give the Rangers the lead. That score would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
Bobby Clarke is one of three news members of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. (Photo Courtesy of Flyers.com) The legendary Flyers captain now holds a place in selecting future enshrined players in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bobby Clarke, the Flyers long-time captain, leading scorer and former general manager will hold a spot on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the Hall announced on Wednesday. Clarke, a 1987 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, remains the most prolific Flyer in team history. Captain of both Stanley Cup Champion teams in franchise history, Clarke finished his career with 358... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Claude Giroux and Marc Staal battle for the puck. The Flyers and Rangers meet in New York on Wednesday night. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) If the playoffs started today, this would be the scenario for the Flyers: a trip to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers are coming off their first loss of this 12-game stretch, making tonight's game all the more important. The Rangers were able to move past the Flyers in the standings with a dramatic win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, giving the Flyers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Dwight King beats Ray Emery for the game-winning goal in the Flyers 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) The headline may sound foolish. The Flyers just played six games in 10 days against playoff opponents and not just any playoff opponents. Every team they faced is comfortably in the playoff picture. The challenge in those games was different than the one they face now. When you're winning, it feels like everything is going your way. The Flyers had everything going for them from the beginning of this 12-game stretch. It's how they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
Steve Downie suffered an upper-body injury in the opening minutes of Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) Early in Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues, Flyers forward Steve Downie suffered an upper-body injury that forced him out of the game. The play looked harmless and accidental. Downie and Blues forward Patrik Berglund collided. To this point, there is no further update on Downie other than his status as day-to-day. The Flyers are still calling this an upper-body injury, despite the fact that Downie's head was impacted on the collision and he suffered a concussion... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Flyerdelphia