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Stanley Cup Hopes Rise in Philadelphia


Thanks for the post from Noe Castro

Most NHL fans have heard of the Broad Street Bullies, the nickname the Philadelphia Flyers acquired in the mid-1970s when the team became known for a rugged, brawling style of play.

Yes, there were plenty of fighters on that team, but many fans forget that the squad included some all-time greats such as Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber. Clarke, Barber and Reggie Leach made up one of the most talented and skilled lines in NHL history.

With such a great past, it's not surprising that the Flyers have long been my favorite hockey team. Fortunately, even though I no longer live in Philadelphia area, I can still follow the Flyers on Directtv satellite tv.

It's not hard to be a fan of this team since year after year, the franchise is a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. Last season, the team fell just short of the championship. This year's team, with good young players like Claude Giroux, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, might be one the that finally brings the Cup back to Philadelphia. The defensive corps, led by Chris Pronger, is the strongest the team has had in years.

A weak goalie dragged the team down in the finals last season. But there's new hope in goal this year. Sergei Bobrovsky, a 22-year-old from Russia, has dazzled fans with his great play so far this season.


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