It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
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The Philadelphia Flyers are going to the Stanley Cup.
Led by an inspired three-point night from captain Mike Richards and two goals from Jeff Carter, the Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, in game 5 Monday night at the Wachovia Center to take the Eastern Conference Finals series 4-1.
“It’s huge,” said Claude Giroux, who finished with an assist. “We didn’t want to go back to Montreal, we wanted to end the series right here.”
With Montreal forward Tom Pyatt out with what is deemed as an upper body injury suffered in the third period of game 4, the Canadiens are expected to activate Mathieu Darche for the Eastern Conference Finals game 5 in Philadelphia. Other than that, the Habs are putting out the same lineup.
For Philly, forwards Dan Carcillo and Andreas Nodl will be scratched against as Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will play in their second consecutive game since returning from injury.
Lately, Philadelphia seems to just have it out for Montreal.
While also leading the Canadiens, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference Finals, practically putting to rest Canada’s lone hope for a Stanley Cup, Philly may have one-upped Montreal, and Canada, once more.
According to Swedish historians, new evidence has been found that suggests that Canada may not be the natural North American birthplace of hockey, and that it may have originated in Philadelphia.
After much speculation from the media and denial from general manager Paul Holmgren, it is official: Flyers forwards Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will both be activated for the Eastern Conference Finals game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens today at the Bell Center. The Flyers lead the series 2-1.
Just when the Flyers needed it most, they are set to receive an emotional boost.
After missing 10 post season games with a brain injury, Flyers forward and emotional leader Ian Laperriere, is will be activated predicted to make his Eastern Conference Finals debut on Saturday in a crucial game 4 match up against the Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers lead the series 2-1.
The team has been especially tight-lipped about Laperriere’s return, keeping the usually talkative and open veteran from talking to the media after practice. The Flyers have yet to write anything in stone.
Laperriere, 36, practiced on a line with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe on Friday in Montreal. It marked the first time since suffering the brain contusion in game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils that Laperriere skated on a game-simulated line. If activated, Andreas Nodl would be the odd-man out.
The hard-hitting Montreal native, who racked up 11 hits in just five playoff games, is just what the doctor ordered for Philly, which lost game 3 by a lopsided 5-1 count.
Even after getting their nose bloodied in a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on Thursday in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Flyers have reason to be optimistic about a turn around in game 4.
And that reason is easy — they are not happy.
“It’s one game. They caught up to us,” said tight-lipped Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, whose team still leads the series 2-1. “We will be better next game.”