This Rangers/Kings Stanley Cup Final is just going to be pure torture for Flyers fans

This Rangers/Kings Stanley Cup Final is just going to be pure torture for Flyers fans

 

ALERT: All Philadelphia hockey fans and 700 Level readers should remove salt from their homes for the next two weeks or so because the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are going to pour it into those fans’ and readers’ wounds via a television screen while vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a classic Game 7 last night in the Windy City to set the stage for a tortuous Stanley Cup Final for Flyers fans that begins Wednesday evening in Hollywood.

On one hand, you have the Kings, aka “Flyers West,” with former Flyers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams, who are all looking for their second Stanley Cup with the Kings in the past three seasons. Williams is attempting to win his third Cup overall as he also won with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

On the other hand, you have the hated New York Rangers, longtime rivals who eliminated the Flyers in a seven-game, first-round series earlier this spring. (Before we go any further, stop with the whole “the-Flyers-should-be-in-this-spot-and-not-the-Rangers theory. The teams’ series went to a seventh game but the Rangers were the better team and deserved to win.)

That’s one big, giant bowl of yuck right there.

Who to root for?

Neither, obviously

But the Kings sure look like the better team.

Carter is having an excellent postseason with nine goals and 13 assists. Trade deadline acquisition forward Marian Gaborik leads the playoffs with 12 goals. Center Anze Kopitar would probably win the Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP if the playoffs ended today as he leads the postseason with 24 points.

Los Angeles’ defense is stacked and led by superstar Drew Doughty. And goalie Jonathan Quick isn’t too bad himself.

Though they may seem like one of those “teams of destiny,” the Rangers just don’t have the kind of firepower the Kings do. A few days of extra rest and goalie Henrik Lundqvist seem to be the real bright spots for the Rangers when comparing them to the Kings.

For as average he played against the Flyers in the first round, Lundqvist has been all that and more for the Rangers since as they dispatched the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens in the following rounds and he sports a slim 2.03 goals-against average through 20 playoff games.

Granted he didn’t have to be great against the Flyers since the Rangers controlled the puck so much, that series loss hurts even more now that we see the Flyers didn’t get Lundqvist at his best and still couldn’t steal the series.

But so is life.

Anyway, the prediction here is Kings in five games and even more hurt and bitter feelings around these parts.

Our tears must taste so good to the hockey gods.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball.

Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Lakers. Rookie Kyle Kuzma also had 20.

E'Twaun Moore, who went 0 for 5 in his last game, added 19 points for the Pelicans (1-2), while Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark each had 14 (see full recap).

Wiggins' heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.

Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).

Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (see full recap).

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Nets beat Hawks
NEW YORK -- Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder went down with an apparent ankle injury with 3:37 left and had to be helped off the court.

Brooklyn found a way to win once again without Jeremy Lin, who was lost for the season on opening night with a knee injury, holding off the Hawks after leading by 16 points late in the third (see full recap).