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1901 – The American League debuted at the Chicago Cricket Club. Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-2.

1909 – “Home Run” Baker hit his first and only grand slam.

1945 – Albert B. “Happy” Chandler was unanimously elected baseball commissioner.

1951 – The Soviet Union officially applied to compete in the Olympics.

1956 – Rocky (Brockton Blockbuster) Marciano retired as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. He had 43 knockouts and 3 decisions to his credit.

1963 – Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics) retired.

1974 – Tampa Bay was awarded the NFL’s 27th franchise.

1995 – Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to three years probation, six months of house confinement and a $350,000 fine. Strawberry had avoided prison for tax evasion.

1995 – Petr Nedved (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored the game-winning goal with only 45 seconds left remaining in the fourth overtime period between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The game was the third longest in NHL history.

1996 – The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers combined for the most runs in 26 years. The Twins won with a final score of 24-11.

1997 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) got his 89th career playoff win. He passed Billy Smith for the top spot. The game was also Roy’s 10th playoff shutout.

2002 – The NHL suspended Kyle McLaren (Boston Bruins) for an elbow to the face of Richard Zednik (Montreal Canadiens).

2010 – The NHL implemented a new rule that allowed the NHL Hockey Operations Department to review any hit where the head was targeted and/or the principal point of contact for the purpose of Supplementary Discipline.

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Losing 6-4 to the Penguins on Saturday dropped the Flyer 8 points back of the Conference leading Rangers.  The Flyers  are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and are now tied with Pittsburgh for second in the division with 71 points.  The tie means the Pennsylvania rivals are neck in neck for the 4 and 5 seeds come playoff time.  The story is the same, lack of solid consistent goal tending.  The signing of Bryzgalov was supposed to be the answer to the years of the long-awaited question, but clearly he has not, posting a 20-116 record thru Saturday.  And Bobrovsky is a solid back up and clearly not a number 1. 

Two good thing good things to think about:

1.  Hot teams win championships – Just ask the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants.  The NHL Playoffs are the forum for teams to get their acts together and gel come mid April and into May and June.  The Flyers are the best example just 2 seasons ago and there is still time get their acts together.

2.  THe Flyers made a solid move in going and getting Pavel Kubina.   He is a solid veteran who will add stability and leadership to a defense that needs it, ever since Pronger went out.  I am not saying Kubina is Pronger but he is a nice acquisition, considering they only gave up a 2nd and a 5th round pick for him.  Kubina will be an unrestricted free agent following the season.