Your Philadelphia Phillies Win 100 Games

Your Philadelphia Phillies Win 100 Games

Not only did the Phillies win their second game in as many days behind a real solid six innings from Cliff Lee but they also reached the eye-popping number of one hundred wins for the season.

It's only the third time in the organization's entire storied existence that they've reached that triple-digit plateau and the first since 1977, long before we were born. They can tie the franchise record of 101 wins with one more victory over the Braves or set a new high of 102 by finishing the season winning out.

They earned the W this evening at the expense of the Braves, whose once seemingly stone-cold lock as a playoff team is now flirting dangerously close to a meltdown of epic proportions.

You have to love seeing the Phillies pen shutout the Braves in a playoff-like atmosphere for the Braves. Joe Savery got a big out against a lefty and made way for Stutes who looked like the fanbase fell in love with earlier this summer. Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson shut it down in the eight and ninth.

Raul Ibanez had a pair of big hits, both for RBIs and Jimmy Rollins, who jacked a solo shot to right,  looks like he's hitting a nice stride just in time for the postseason. Shane Victorino in the five-hole as switch hit protection for Howard appears to work like a charm as Vic kills lefty relievers.

Cliff Lee had a hiccup or two early, but once he settled in and got his curve working he was filthy. He could have easily gone another couple of innings were this a postseason game.

The Phillies reach 100 wins and are finding a nice groove over the past couple games. Was there a recent losing streak? Can't seem to remember one.

As a fan who grew up watching some of those most atrocious Phillies teams at the Vet, watching our current squad win five-straight NL East Championships and reach 100 wins on the season does not go unappreciated.

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

On Tuesday, the Matt Rhule era at Temple ended.

Rhule bolted North Broad Street for Baylor University, from the lowly American Athletic Conference to the Big 12, a natural progression in college football.

And, in a classy move, Rhule took out a full page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking Philadelphia and Temple.

As for Temple — to quote a common phrase Rhule used while at Temple — what's next?

We don't know yet, but we'll find out in the coming weeks.

Led by interim head coach Ed Foley, No. 24 Temple will face Wake Forrest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John Tavares, Jason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight -- including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season -- before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders (see full recap).

Schwartz lifts Blues over Canadiens in OT
ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.

Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron scored for Montreal, which completed a five-game trip 2-3.

Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-3.

Schwartz lifted a backhander past goalie Al Montoya with 1:22 left in overtime.

Stastny and Schwartz scored in a 2:51 span in the third period to tie it at 2 (see full recap).

Blackhawks blank Coyotes to snap modest skid
CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa had two goals, Scott Darling made 22 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game slide.

Artem Anisimov and Dennis Rasmussen also scored to help Chicago maintain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Darling made a handful of tough stops but wasn't heavily tested in his first shutout this season and third of his career. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, who had an appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game -- surpassing his total of 13 last season in 64 contests (see full recap).