Bears aside, Flyers must get off to quicker starts


Maybe Peter Laviolette should start calling timeouts at the beginning of games.

The Flyers coach called a timeout after the Penguins jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period of Game 1, and his team responded. The Flyers seemed more energized, more frenzied. In a midgame interview, Laviolette said his troops looked like a “deer in headlights.” While they won in OT  to take a 1-0 series lead, these slow starts must stop.

The fans know it. Laviolette knows it. Most importantly, the players know it.

“To be honest, I thought we were lucky [Wednesday],” Kimmo Timonen told reporters. “Obviously, we didn’t start the way we wanted to start. Games are getting tighter and tighter, and we’ve got to find a way to get better starts.”

The Flyers have let the opposition score first in 11 of their last 13 contests. That’s bad enough. Worse yet, they have faced two-goal deficits in eight of their last 13 games.

“In the Stanley Cup playoffs, you’re not going to win a whole ton of games like that,” Wayne Simmonds said. “We’ve got to fix that. We’ve got to play desperate from the start.”

There’s no doubt the Penguins will come out desperate. Pittsburgh can’t afford to dig themselves into a 2-0 hole. On Thursday, many of the Penguins players blamed themselves for the loss by playing conservative hockey.

“We laid off the gas pedal and tried to protect the lead,” Penguins forward Steve Sullivan said.
If you thought Game 1 was good, stay tuned.


MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…


U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…


Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…


Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…


Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.


Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm


Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.


Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…