Posted by jmw24 on 1st June 2010
The Chicago Blackhawks took a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers last evening, winning an exciting game two, 2-1 in Chicago. The Blackhwaks were led by a stunning third period performance by goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi was fantastic in the third period, making 15 saves, including several from point blank range when the game was in the balance. Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Ben Eager scored just 28 seconds apart at the end of the second period to take the two goal lead. The Flyers cut the two goal lead in half with a Simon Gagne goal five minutes into the third but were unable to come up with an equalizer.
The Flyers now return home to the Wachovia Center in a 2-0 hole. To say game three is a must win is an understatement. In order for the Flyers to win game three, they do not have to change much. They were the better team for most of game two, they just could not solve Niemi. The Flyers must find a way to slow down Marian Hossa, who has been dominant in the first two games of the series. It would not be surprising if coach Peter Laviolette changed his strategy and matched Mike Richards line against the Hossa line to try and slow him down.
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Posted by jmw24 on 21st April 2010
Coming into the season, most believed that the White Sox pitching staff was as good as any in baseball, but there was a chance that their offense could not score enough runs. So far, this seems to be the case, as the White Sox offense is certainly struggling. Thus far, the White Sox rank 23 in the MLB in runs scored, and 28 in batting average, hitting just .223. The lone offensive bright spot thus far has been the enigmatic Andruw Jones, who conveiantly only seems to hit when his contract is set to expire. The biggest worry for the Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams has to be outfielder Carlos Quentin. Queintin struggled through an injury plauged season last year after having a fantastic year in 2008. If Quentin is unable to regain his 2008 form, the White Sox will need to go out and find a big bat in the outfield to remain competitive in the NL Central.
Though the White Sox were expecting to have one of the top rotations in baseball this season, their starters have been inconsistent to start. Mark Buehrle and John Danks have both been lights out, but after that, the starting pitching has not been good. Gavin Floyd, who had seemed to put it all together over the past two seasons has been awful in two of his first three starts. Jake Peavy and Freddie Garcia also been plauged by inconsistency early on. If the White Sox intend to play meaningful games into the late summer and fall, their starting pitching has to carry them. GM Kenny Williams has invested alot of money into the rotation and the starters must go deep into games and take pressure off of the offense if they White Sox are going to succeed.
by Josh Weiner at the Sports Fan Blog Network
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