Flyers-Bruins Game 2: How About an Epic One-Game Comeback?

Flyers-Bruins Game 2: How About an Epic One-Game Comeback?

Now that all is said and done and my heart isn't in my throat, I'm glad the Flyers-Bruins series from the 2010 playoffs proceeded and ended the way it did. Short of a Stanley Cup (and don't we know that feeling), The Comeback was about as good as it gets. However, I'd prefer that be a one-time thing. History doesn't need to be made every series. Tonight, we're looking for the Flyers to stage a monumental one-game comeback and tie this thing up. Counting on history being made isn't the safest bet, even with a team that can never be counted out.

The bright side I'm choosing to look on after Saturday's debacle is that the current batch of Flyers seems to play better with their feet roasting in the fire, and they definitely got burned on Saturday.

Uncomfortable with the feeling of dismantling the Sabres in game 7,   they came out and played their worst game of the playoffs by far. They'd   lost a few games to the Sabres, including the opener, but actually   looked good throughout the series even in defeat. Not so on Sunday, when   for 60 minutes, they spelled out all of our concerns in blood on the   home ice.

But, what the Flyers did poorly on Saturday is entirely correctable. They weren't  beaten by another team because its players were simply more talented than theirs. They  were beaten because they didn't play as well as they could. Because they didn't  play as well as we've seen them play over the previous two weeks.

It's almost pointless to start powerwagging at any Flyer or group of Flyers in particular. They collectively played like crap, and they collectively admitted to it for the most part.

It wouldn't hurt to have Brian Boucher (tonight's starter) come out and play the best game of his season, but it shouldn't be counted on either. There needs to be far better defense in front of him, and hopefully Lavs has figured a way to stop the Bruins' top line, which dominated the game. It wouldn't hurt to have a Flyers line dominate like the Bruins had on Saturday either. They're built for depth, but they've had some great games when one line has just stepped up and taken over, usually the B-Unit.

Unfortunately, Chris Pronger may be out for the game. He didn't play in the final minutes of Saturday's loss and Bob McKenzie is hearing he's out of the lineup (unofficial so far) tonight.

Enough outta me. If you have tickets, make sure you're in your seats for God Bless America. Should be one of the best we've heard...

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Eagles Injury Update: Logan, Ron Brooks, McKelvin questionable

Eagles Injury Update: Logan, Ron Brooks, McKelvin questionable

Bennie Logan will miss practice again on Friday, but after sitting all week, will still be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

While it seems unlikely Logan will be able to play, head coach Doug Pederson said the starting defensive tackle will be a game-time decision.

“The chance to possibly work him ouct game day and just see where he’s at,” Pederson said. “It’s groin strain, so we just have to be careful with it and be smart with it and how we handle him.” 

If Logan can’t play, reserve Beau Allen would get just his third career start. 

“I’ll tell you, Beau was honestly one of the bright spots last week,” Pederson said. 

Along with Logan, Ron Brooks (calf), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Mychal Kendricks (ribs) will also be listed as questionable, according to Pederson. 

Pederson said Allen Barbre (ankle), Jason Kelce (foot), Jordan Matthews (knee tendinitis), Rodney McLeod (shoulder) and Marcus Smith (groin) should all be fine for Sunday’s game. 

McKelvin missed last week with the same hamstring that kept him out for Weeks 2 and 3 and forced him to leave the Lions game early. He has practiced in full all week. 

If Brooks, who was limited on Thursday, can’t play, the Eagles would be without their slot corner. That means Malcolm Jenkins would play the slot in the nickel package and Jaylen Watkins could come on the field as a safety.

While Kelce should be OK for the game, he did miss Wednesday’s practice with plantar fasciitis in his foot. 

Will that bother Kelce for the rest of the season? 

“It’s just a nagging deal,” Pederson said. “It’s kind of a sore … Again, I don’t know much about it. You can refer to it as a stone bruise, whatever you want to refer to it as. I talked to him yesterday. He was fine yesterday. We’ll just manage him and make sure he’s getting treatment and the proper medication and everything to try to keep it to a minimum.”

Penn at Yale: Quakers try to keep rolling, stay atop Ivies


Penn at Yale: Quakers try to keep rolling, stay atop Ivies

Penn (3-2, 2-0) at Yale (1-4, 1-1)
Yale Bowl, New Haven, Conn.
Friday, 7 p.m., NBCSN

It’s once again time for Friday night lights for Penn, which plays its second of three nationally televised Friday matchups tonight. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Scouting Penn
The Quakers won their third straight game and stayed perfect in the Ivy League with an easy 35-10 victory over old friend Al Bagnoli and Columbia last week. Junior running back Tre Solomon, the Ivy League’s leading rusher, was the star of the game, rushing for a career-high 127 yards on nine carries, catching five passes for 30 yards and even throwing a 23-yard TD pass on a late trick play. 

Quarterback Alek Torgersen threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, one going to star junior Justin Watson and two more going to sophomore Christian Pearson, who’s emerging as another dynamic explosive receiving weapon. Linebacker Colton Moskal led the best defensive effort of the season with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Moskal, a Syracuse transfer, currently ranks fourth in the Ivies in tackles with nine per game.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs lost their first three games (including a surprising one to Cornell in their Ivy opener), snapped their slide vs. Dartmouth, and then fell back to its losing ways last week at Fordham. Yale’s defense has particularly struggled, allowing 44 points to Fordham after previously surrendering 55 points in a loss to Colgate and 63 in a loss to Lehigh. 

The Bulldogs’ scoring defense currently ranks 118 out of 122 teams in the FCS (40.4 points per game) and 117th in total defense (487.8 yards per game). But their defense does have two of the top tacklers in the Ivies in Hayden Carlson and Foyesade Oluokun. And led by the tandem of Dale Harris and Alan Lamar, Yale leads the Ivies in rushing offense, averaging 184.8 yards per game — two-tenths of a yard more than Penn.

Series history
Yale leads the overall series 47-35-1, but Penn is 18-6 in the programs’ last 24 meetings dating back to 1992. The Quakers prevailed in last year’s matchup but hasn’t won at the Yale Bowl since 2010.

Storyline to watch
The historic Yale Bowl was erected more than 100 years ago but this will be the first true night game in the history of the stadium. That will only add to the mystique for the Penn players, who beat Yale in a night game at Franklin Field last season and love Friday night games because it reminds them of their high school days. But Yale players certainly figure to be up for the unique matchup, too. 

What’s at stake?
A win would keep Penn atop the Ivies with either Princeton or Harvard, the two other unbeaten frontrunners who face off the following day. 

Alek Torgersen, Justin Watson and Tre Solomon should have a field day against Yale’s leaky defense. Penn 42, Yale 27.