Second Half Begins as First Half Ends, With Bob in Net

Second Half Begins as First Half Ends, With Bob in Net

The Flyers
are up on the Island tonight, getting ready to face a club just
slightly ahead of the one they beat in Carolina on Tuesday. The
Islanders are fresh off a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, which
actually tends to happen more than you'd think. Detroit is one of the
few teams in the league that has trouble beating them. The Flyers are
not, a trend we hope continues tonight.

Sergei Bobrovsky will be rewarded for his stellar play against the
Hurricanes with another start tonight. I'm surprised only because when I
saw he was facing the 'Canes, a team that can score, I half thought
that Lavy was setting up Ilya Bryzgalov with the easier of the two easy
matchups this week. Only the Kings have scored fewer goals than the
Isle, who have just 96 tallies in 40 games (2.3 average).

And here's your customary hedging on all of the above… They did just
beat the pants off the Red Wings, and if the Flyers let this game get
too caught up in trips to the box, which has been known to happen
between these clubs, it will play into the Islanders strengths.

The Isles boast the fifth best power play in the league, and their PK unit is nothing to sneeze at either (83.5%).

It's Claude Giroux's birthday. What better night for the top line to get back on the score sheet.

Can the rookies stay hot? Brayden Schenn could be a sleepy giant
just now getting a grip on his club, and Sean Couturier has potted two
in his last two games. If an opposing side wants to take a single line
out of the game, as was the case with Ottawa against the G Unit, there
are three other groups ready to be the hot shit on any given night.

7:00 pm start from the Island.

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


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.