Quotestart: Bowa Bullish, Roseman's Proposal, MLS Proud of Philly, Collins on Yoga, Lavvy on Shootout

Quotestart: Bowa Bullish, Roseman's Proposal, MLS Proud of Philly, Collins on Yoga, Lavvy on Shootout

The morning's news in key quotations…

Phillies
Former
manager/player Larry Bowa: "I'd be shocked if they don't get to the
World Series," the former Phillies shortstop and manager and current MLB
Network analyst said Tuesday. "I just think their pitching is too good.
They've got a good lineup. They've helped their bench. I think it might
be a better team than it was last year." [Reading Eagle]

Eagles
GM Howie Roseman: “I don’t like to talk about, ‘What ifs,’
” Roseman said Tuesday. “We were 8-8, and we have work to do. We’ve got
to look at everything we’re doing and make sure we evaluate it honestly
and learn from our mistakes. We’ll study everything around the league,
the way everybody else does things, and we’ll get better.

“I’m not going to sit here in a bubble and say, ‘We’re so great.’
When we look back, there are things we wish we had done better. I can
get better, we all can get better.” [CSNPhilly


Union
Manager Peter Nowak on Sebastien Le Toux likely leaving for
Bolton: “I think for every player, regardless of their age, if an
opportunity like that presents itself, then you've got to grab it by the
horns,” Nowak said. “We’ll see what happens next but that’s the story
right now.” And, CEO Nick Sakiewicz: “If we can give a player an
opportunity like this and capitalize from it and reinvest that money
into the team to get better, we’ll do that.” [PhiladelphiaUnion]

Yesterday also saw the announcement that the 2012 MLS All-Star Game
will be hosted by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester. There's
a lot online about that, but I liked this quote in particular from
league commish Don Garber: "We have broken through in Philadelphia...
Frankly, it's worked a little better here than we thought it would
have." [The Goalkeeper]

Sixers
Head coach Doug Colins on the team's new training element
to stay limber in a rapid-paced season: “We have erred on the side of
rest, just trying to keep our guys as mentally fresh as possible,”
Collins said. “As a result we have had a lot of slippage in what we
would like to do offensively, but I think we have the better chance to
win, rather than come in and try to practice for 40 minutes we are
better off letting our guys come in and relax and get a nice session of
yoga while being together.” [CSNPhilly.com]

Flyers
Lavvy on what the Flyers are doing to get better at the shootout:

Get Ya on Yer Way

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to win back-to-back titles. They will host Western Conference champion Nashville in Game 1 on Monday night.

Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it 2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Craig Anderson made 39 saves, but couldn't get a handle on Kunitz's shot from just outside the left circle. The Senators are 0-6 in Game 7s in franchise history.

The Senators forced a return trip to Pittsburgh -- where they lost 7-0 loss in Game 5 on Sunday -- by leaning heavily on Anderson in a 2-1 Game 6 victory, putting both teams at odds with history.

Ottawa came in 0-for-25 years in winner-take-all games, while the Penguins were 0-7 in Game 7s at home in series in which they also dropped Game 6.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told his resilient team to not get caught up in the big picture but instead focus on the small ones, a recipe that carried the Senators throughout a bumpy transition under their first-year head coach to the brink of the franchise's second Cup appearance.

The Penguins, trying to become the first defending champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009, came in confident they would advance if they could replicate their dominant Game 6, when they were undone only by Anderson's brilliance.

Pittsburgh has been nearly unflappable in the face of adversity under Mike Sullivan, going 12-2 in playoff games following a loss over the last two springs. He encouraged his team to "just play," code for fighting through Ottawa's neutral zone-clogging style and the bumping, grabbing and pulling that comes along with it.

A chance to play for their sport's ultimate prize on the line, the sheets of open ice the Penguins found so easily in Games 4-6 closed up. For most of the first 30 minutes, loose pucks hopped over sticks to spoil some scoring opportunities while Anderson and Murray gobbled up the rest.

Kunitz, relegated to the fourth line since returning from injury in the second round, picked up his first postseason goal in a calendar year when he completed a two-on-one with Conor Sheary -- a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6 -- by slipping the puck by Anderson 9:55 into the second period.

The momentum lasted all of 20 seconds. Ottawa responded immediately with Stone -- who stretched his left skate to stay onside -- fired a wrist shot that handcuffed Murray.

Pittsburgh kept coming. Schultz, returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, zipped a shot from the point through Kunitz's screen and into the net with 8:16 left in the third.

Once again, the Penguins could not hold the lead. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick.

Notes
The home team is 21-20 in overtime Game 7s in NHL playoff history. ... Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist skated during warmups, but was held out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Karlsson had 16 assists in the playoffs to set a team record. ... The Penguins are 10-7 in Game 7s. ... It was the fifth one-goal game of the series.

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).