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Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

In the spring of 1997, Eric Lindros and company were steamrolled. Swept by the Detroit Red Wings for the first of three Stanley Cup titles in six years for the Motor City.

Fast-forward 13 years. The Flyers are back in the Final facing the same fate after losing the first two games in Chicago.

This Flyers team already completed one of the most improbable comebacks the NHL had ever seen. Down 3-0 to the Bruins in the series and then in Game 7, it shocked the world. The odds of this team completing the historic feat twice in the span of a month? Not great. That made Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final so important. If the Flyers are going to win the Cup, they have to win this game.

The night featured everything you love about playoff hockey. A game associated with the bitterness of winter played on a warm evening in June. The arena maxed out with 20,000 people wearing orange, holding their breath with every scoring chance, every save, then erupting in unison when the goal horn ripped through your eardrums.

Sixty minutes would not be enough. Five minutes into overtime the fans jumped to their feet, releasing a burst of energy that could be felt down Broad Street. It would turn out to be a practice run for the euphoria to come. Replays of the puck behind goaltender Corey Crawford, sliding perfectly along the goal line, confirmed our worst fears. It’s not over.

The swing of emotions is what makes overtime playoff hockey so unique. The suddenness of it all is unmatched. Which is why none of us were expecting, less than one minute later, the building would shake. No need for a review. No need to regain our composure. Claude Giroux had won Game 3.

It was one of those moments when strangers were now family. Section 212 became my new neighborhood. I looked around to take in the moment, seeing smiles from ear to ear and even a few jubilant tears.

One week later, tears of a different kind were shed after Patrick Kane celebrated by himself on the same sheet of ice. Another Final loss jump-started another dynasty with the Blackhawks claiming three Cups in six years. The hurt of that series loss was equaled only by the exhilaration of Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. The best game I ever saw live.



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Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

It looks like hockey is on its way back, and before the players resume formal practices the sportsbooks wasted no time releasing odds on which team will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup In 2020. 

For bettors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, FOX Bet and FanDuel lists the orange and black at 11-1 ($100 bet pays $1,100). These numbers are right around what the Flyers were listed at right before the coronavirus pandemic caused the sports world to come to a screeching halt. The Flyers have the seventh-best odds to win the Cup behind Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Washington. 

According to the Superbook in Las Vegas, the Flyers are listed at 12-1 ($100 bet will win $1,200) to be crowned champions. The Flyers opened up at odds of 25-1 last May. 

Back on Halloween, the Flyers’ odds reached as high as 50-1 to win the title. Over the course of the year, the odds have gone up and down like the Sea Serpent roller coaster on Wildwood’s boardwalk. In early February, their odds rose again to around 40-1 before a winter hot streak.

In case you were wondering, the "Play Gloria" St. Louis Blues opened at 40-1 to win the Cup a season ago. That season ended with a mini Mummers celebration down in South Philadelphia. Let’s hope we have something to celebrate come this fall, even if it means we still have to social distance and not celebrate in grand fashion down Broad Street. 

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NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

It’s a wonderful day in the world of hockey. 

Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman elaborated on some of the best news fans have heard in a long time … hockey is most likely returning. While a detailed layout of the league’s Phase 2 had already been released earlier in the week, this is the first time Bettman, himself, spoke about the subject

There is a tentative timeline in place for such things to begin — but everything seems more tangible now than ever. 

If there had never been a stoppage in play during March and the season progressed normally, only two teams would have been left in the race for the Stanley Cup. Now, with a promising future and the approved 24-team playoff format, we’re looking ahead to summer hockey. 

Which honestly doesn’t seem too bad, right? 

We know there are many more steps that need to be put in place before the playoffs do take off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is going to dwindle. In fact, this has been one of the most optimistic days on social media since the league was put on hold 76 days ago — especially with Flyers fans. 

Here are some of the best instant reactions to Bettman’s press conference — feelings you are probably all experiencing now, as well.

Hang on Flyers fans, I have a feeling we're about to have one crazy summer! 

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