Tonight is a rare threesome for Philly sports, unless your Jeff Carter. Since the Sixers are usually not relevant this time of year, the chances that them, the Phillies, and the Flyers all have something going on are slim.
The Phillies (although weather looks to play a part) will be taking the field at 7:05 against the Pirates. Tonight is Roy Halladay Bobblehead night, one of the first dates sold out on the calendar, made better by the fact that Doc is actually on call…
The Flyers take to the ice at 7:05 to face off against the Canadiens in Game 2. Hopefully Versus doesn't botch the coverage again.
And the lowly Sixers will be taking part in the NBA Draft Lottery at 7:30, they have a 70% chance of getting the 6th or 7th pick, but a 100% of mediocrity. I hope they didn't forget their lucky charm… uhh. Oh yeah, you can go to the Draft Lottery viewing party at PJ Whelihans in NJ, Hip Hop is going to be there. We're still willing to pay for his severed foot.
The rare threesome, bested only by the elusive foursome of sports, which can only occur in late October… or with copious amounts of alcohol.
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The last time the Flyers and Canadiens met in a Conference Final, it was 1989. And you can see how the series ended in video clip below. The context for that fracas is that Chris Chelios delivered an unpenalized cheap shot to Brian Propp in Game 1. Propp suffered a concussion and would miss a game in the series. So in the closing minute of Game 6 with the Flyers about to be eliminated down 3-2 in the series and down 2 goals in the game, Ron Hextall exacted some revenge for his teammate.
I don't really advocate senseless fighting in hockey, but I remember feeling a bit of satisfaction at the time. And this is why guys loved playing with Ron Hextall.
Team sources have told CSN’s John Boruk that Flyers center Jeff Carter has an outside chance of returning for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal.
Carter is scheduled to have his broken right foot examined Monday but is hoping to receive clearance to skate Sunday night. He has not skated since suffering the injury in Game 4 of the quarterfinal series against the Devils.
Flyers doctors need to see evidence that the foot is healing. It is more likely that Carter returns for Game 3. Games 2 and 3 are Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
You might be asking yourself what the hell this is. Well, this is our TV screen at 7 o'clock, what was supposed to be the start of game 1 of the Flyers/Canadiens Eastern Conference Finals series on Versus.
Let's face it, Versus is a shit network, but they have still been given the opportunity to broadcast the league semifinals for one of the four major sports. You don't bump the start of coverage for the awards ceremony of a bike race. It doesn't matter if it's the Tour de France, you don't cut into the broadcast of such an event, especially when the main market (the series is being shown on CBC in Canada) has such a rabid fan base like Philadelphia does. The network didn't cut to the game until 7:04, which was still before the puck was dropped, but could you ever imagine this happening on a network like ESPN or ABC?
UPDATE: As some readers pointed out, no hockey was missed, but likely the game was delayed to accommodate the late start, allowing for a pre-game segment on Versus. That makes this even worse, the NHL delaying the start of a conference finals game (if true), so the end of a bike race can be shown.