Mark Recchi, Flyer, Remembered

Mark Recchi, Flyer, Remembered

Mark Recchi will retire a champion, having hoisted the Stanley cup for the third time in his long NHL career. Sadly, none of those came with the Flyers despite two memorable tenures in Philadelphia. Puck Daddy ran a feature that included perspectives from each of Recchi's NHL homes, even the small ones, and our own Rev contributed the Flyers portion. Here's Rev's portion, and a link to the rest of the post back at Puck Daddy. Definitely worth a look at the others, especially if you remember his time here well.

There are certain iconic numbers in Flyers history. Say the numbers 1, 2, 16, and 88 to a Flyers fan and it'll immediately trigger a response of Bernie, Howe, Clarke, and Lindros. Without question, all four players are associated with the Flyers. What may surprise you, considering the fact that over the course of his career he played for six other teams, is that Mark Recchi appeared in more games in the orange and black than all of the names listed above save for Clarke.

For a generation of Flyers fans, the image of Recchi wearing the No. 8 jersey and darting down the right wing while rocking a visor is just as iconic. The casual fan may not immediately think of Recchi as a Flyer, but in addition to appearing in 602 games in the orange and black he still holds the franchise record for points in a season with 123 (50 goals, 73 assists) back in 1992-93.

It could be argued that over a period of 15 years Recchi had as much influence on the fortunes of the franchise as any player. In the early 90's, as a member of the "Crazy Eights" line (along with Lindros and Brent Fedyk), he helped to right the ship of a floundering franchise. He was later shipped to Montreal in exchange for franchise cornerstones John LeClair and Eric Desjardins. After being reacquired during the 1998-99 season he helped to lead the Flyers to Game 7's in the 2000 and 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.

I can't say there was a signature Recchi play or goal from his time as a Flyer.  For me it was his ridiculous consistency. It was his pitter-patter skating style as he'd elude a defenseman looking to close down his angle as he crossed the blue line. Twenty years from now you could slap on a tape of Recchi wearing a Carolina Hurricanes jersey (which he wore for all of 20 regular season games) skating down the wing and I could pick him out in no time. It was his willingness to go into the corner at full speed and use his low center of gravity to separate his man from the puck. It was that patented right-to-left move where he'd dip the shoulder and somehow get off a ridiculous wrist shot.

Despite winning three Stanley Cup rings with three separate conference rivals he'll always be appreciated by Flyers fans.

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.