Tag Archives: Stanley Cup Playoffs ’12

GAGS TO RICHES: Former Flyers hoist Cup in L.A.

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Once hailed as Flyers cornerstones,
they moved on across three time zones.
And with L.A.’s Kings,
they won themselves rings
to frustrated Flyers fans’ moans.

Of the old Flyers guard, the first
to lift the prized Cup with a burst
was Simon Gagne,
whose spirited play
had him, in Philly love, immersed.

Gagne’s best years, in orange and black,
saw him showcase a big-moment knack —
Game Seven in Boston,
with other goals tossed in.
The titles were all that did lack.

Justin Williams, one Cup on his plate,
once was Gagne’s Flyers teammate.
He left and played well,
a Flyers fan’s hell.
In orange, he wasn’t bad. But not great.

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Mike Richards once donned Philly’s “C.”
He was the next Bob Clarke to be.
But he got traded, too,
as rumors then flew
about how immature he could be.

Richards’ party partner in crime,
Jeff Carter left at the same time.
He was simply not clutch.
At least, that is the crutch
fans use to make their two cents a dime.

But in L.A., Carter found his role,
scoring what was the Cup-winning goal.
Wearing orange and black,
these players missed their crack.
But their Kings ransom stirs Philly’s soul.

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BOWED OUT: Flyers lose series, season to Devils

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s puck-hand’ling gaffe
gave the Jersey Devils the last laugh.
The Flyers’ mistakes
turned into handshakes
through the work of New Jersey’s whole staff.

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RELENTLESS: Devils push frustrated Flyers to brink

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An irate Claude Giroux lost his cool
in a Game 4 of tough series duel.
With his team looking dead,
he targeted a head
and argued with the stripes like a fool.

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WITHOUT POWER: Flyers lose Game 3 in overtime

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A poor line change in the OT
cost the Flyers game number three.
Their once-strong power play
failed to put it away,
as Jersey left the box scot-free.

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CALL IT EVEN: Devils steal home ice, win Game Two

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On an early goal from Matt Read,
the Flyers grabbed Game Two’s first lead.
The Devils played sound
and turned it around,
to force the Flyers to concede.

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REPEAT OFFENSE: Flyers win another Game One thriller, top Devils in OT to seize series lead

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The Flyers went through deja vu
in Game One of round number two.
The Devils struck first,
but as if rehearsed,
in OT, the Flyers pulled through.
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MARCH ON: Fast-starting Flyers eliminate Penguins

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Claude Giroux’s big first shift set the tone,
and the Flyers’ game stayed “in the zone.”
They showed Pittsburgh the door
with a five-to-one score
in Game 6 with an effort full-blown.

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