It was quite a night to be a Philadelphia sports fan. The Phils broke out of their lethargy behind Roy Halladay, pummeling Josh Johnson in the process.
The Flyers gave up three first period goals in their Stanley Cup opener vs. the Penguins in Pittsburgh and roared back to tie it late and win it in overtime.
The Sixers won their second straight after more than a month of free-falling.
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The Phils game was billed as a matchup between two of the best right-handers in the National League. As the financial brochures like to say, past performance is no guarantee of future results. Halladay needed a lot of pitches in the first three innings, 59 to be exact. After that, he settled down to his usual bulldog self. Johnson, on the other hand, was giving up lots of hits, eleven of them to be act, before taking an early shower on a cool night.
The Phils wound up with 14 hits, naturally a season high for them. So, for one night at least, offensive worries were put on hold. It is not insignificant that their breakout came against one of the best pitchers in the league.
Let's see if they can sustain the effort.