The Flyers' 2012 quarterfinal playoff series with the Penguins featured fights, goals, suspension-inducing hits, poor goaltending and worse defense. Let's also not forget Peter Laviolette breaking a stick over the boards during a philosophical debate with Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma on the final day of the regular season.
For Flyers fans, it was about as good as it gets (minus a Stanley Cup).
And for the Penguins ... well, they're still trying to figure out what the hell happened.
For reference, Pittsburgh killed off 237 of its 270 penalties during the 2011-12 regular season, good enough for the third-best percentage in the league (87.8). Come playoff time, the Pens surrendered 12 of their 31 goals allowed while the Flyers were on the power play, meaning they successfully killed off less than half of the Flyers' man-advantages (11 of 23, 47.8 percent).
Thanks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we'll let Brooks Orpik, Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby take it from here:
Orpik: "It was just a big lack of confidence. I think it was more a mental collapse than anything."
"...they were all tentative mistakes, really. Guys who were maybe afraid to make a mistake."
"Our attitude was a little fragile."
Fleury: "The Flyers are the Flyers. I hate losing to them."
"That [series] was crazy bad. Everything just went all wrong, all the time."
Crosby: "I don't think it's one that's easy to analyze -- I think we've all tried to do it -- but even if you ask people outside the series, they'll never be able to explain fully what happened."
Hmm. I don't know. I feel like this does a decent job:
Position Title: Intern
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned
1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA
Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.
About NBC internships
The Phillies have officially dipped into the trade waters.
The team traded reliever Pat Neshek and cash to the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Jose Gomez and right-handed pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.
Neshek was the Phils’ lone All-Star this season as he pitched 40 1/3 innings and posted a 1.12 ERA. At one point, he had an 18-inning scoreless streak over 19 appearances.
More coming ...