Flyers On Strike.. Again

Flyers On Strike.. Again

So I spent Saturday boozing in South Philly, mostly watching college football insanity, but also taking in my first Flyers game in ages.  How amazing was that football though?  I thoroughly enjoyed Notre Dame getting their hearts ripped out but was rather shocked to see Michigan pull that last second crap on PSU.

So the Flyers played Saturday night.. they don't play again until Saturday?  Since when does the NHL have an All-Star break in the first two weeks of the season?  I bet you reader(s) didn't even notice the fact that the Flyguys have a week off. (Unless you live in Texas)

So the Cingular Pavillion is pretty legit.  I went with a Steve's Prince of Steaks which was absolutely fantastic.  Under the circumstances it was one of the tastiest whiz withs I ever consumed.   I was previously under the impression that the new bar would be similar to McFadden's at the Ball Park in that you could enter the bar without a ticket to the game.  This was not the case on Saturday night and one worker said it may be be available to the public at some point.  Who knows what the real deal is?  Some specs on the new digs:

The newly constructed addition on the 11th Street side of the facility
features two legendary Philadelphia restaurants, Chickie’s & Pete’s
and Steve’s Prince of Steaks
, and will open in time for the
Philadelphia Flyers regular season opener on Wednesday, October 5. The
Cingular Pavilion will open two hours prior to every Wachovia Center
event and will remain open after each event, as well, for all ticketed
The Cingular Pavilion features 28 large, 45” High Definition LCD
Screens and six additional 35” monitors for fans to view live game
, and televised sports events, as well as a state-of-the-art
audio system for live music from local musicians, and live broadcasts
from area radio stations. The Cingular Pavilion features both table-top
seating and bar stools for customer convenience. The newly expanded
concourse also features a sliding glass door to further extend
activities into the outside pavilion in warmer weather.

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins come alive late in third to steal Game 1 vs. Predators

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins come alive late in third to steal Game 1 vs. Predators


Jake Guentzel broke a 37-minute shot drought to score the winning goal in the final minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

The Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and then Nick Bonino, when the puck went in off Nashville's Mattias Ekholm. The defending Cup champions then didn't have a shot for exactly 37 minutes as the Predators roared back to tie the score at 3.

Nashville got goals from Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau as it dominated Pittsburgh in the second period and most of the third. A waved-off goal by P.K. Subban in the first period on a coach's challenge loomed large when Guentzel beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in the third on the Penguins' ninth shot.

Bonino sealed it with an empty-netter.

Pittsburgh had the fewest shots by a winning team in a Cup Final game with 12.

Best of MLB: White Sox beat Red sox, spoil David Price's uneven season debut

Best of MLB: White Sox beat Red sox, spoil David Price's uneven season debut

CHICAGO -- Red Sox lefty David Price had an uneven season debut while Melky Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, helping the Chicago White Sox rally past Boston 5-4 on Monday.

Price, who missed the first part of the year with a left elbow strain, threw 88 pitches in five innings. The former AL Cy Young Award winner gave up two hits, including Cabrera's three-run homer, walked two and hit two batters. He also struck out four.

Price was in line for the win before Kevan Smith hit an RBI double off Matt Barnes (3-2) in the seventh, tying it at 4. Cabrera had an RBI single with two outs.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia injured his wrist in the first inning and exited in the second. He was hurt trying to beat out a hit when first baseman Jose Abreu slid into the bag and Pedroia fell over him.

Juan Minaya (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson closed for his eighth save in nine chances (see full recap).

Astros use 11-run eighth inning to cruise past Twins, 16-8
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Beltran homered and singled during an 11-run burst in the eighth inning against Minnesota's beleaguered bullpen, and the Houston Astros overwhelmed the Twins 16-8 Monday in a matchup of AL division leaders.

The Astros combined eight hits, two walks, a hitter batter and a balk in the eighth to rally from an 8-2 deficit. The Twins tried three pitchers in the inning, a day after they used eight relievers in a 15-inning loss to Tampa Bay.

Beltran finished with four hits and Carlos Correa had three, including a home run. Alex Bregman also homered for Houston, which had a season-high 18 hits, 13 of them in the last two innings.

Jordan Jankowski (1-0) got his first major league win with 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Brad Peacock. He allowed four earned runs and gave up home runs to Miguel Sano and Robbie Grossman but he benefitted from the Houston hit parade.

Craig Breslow (1-1) took the loss (see full recap).

Blue Jays pound Reds, 17-2
TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki hit his fourth career grand slam, Marcus Stroman won his fifth straight decision to help the Toronto Blue Jays rout the Cincinnati Reds 17-2 on Monday night.

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who have 43 home runs in May.

Smoak had four RBIs while Martin went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk. Toronto's 23 hits were a season-best. The Blue Jays had a franchise-high 25 hits against Texas on Aug. 9, 1999.

Ezequiel Carrera went 4-for-4 with a walk and Devon Travis had four hits, extending his hitting streak to 13, as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games.

Adam Duvall hit a solo home run for Cincinnati, his third homer in two games and fifth in the past five.