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16 I Friday, Dec. 10,2010
Briere scores twice as Flyers defeat Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jean Sebastien-Giguere lets the puck
trickle in for a goal during the first period of the Flyers’ win Thursday night.
Cubs great Ron Santo remembered by fans
By Don Babwin
CHICAGO They came to pay
their respects to Ron Santo, with
stories of watching him gobble up
grounders at third base or listen
ing to him suffer on the radio as
the Cubs dropped another game.
More than 400 people braved
the snowy, windy weather
Thursday afternoon in a line that
snaked around Holy Name
Cathedral to see the casket hold
ing the former baseball great and
broadcaster, who died Friday of
bladder cancer at age 70.
One man said that when he vis
its baseball's Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown. N.Y., he will always
ask where the Santo exhibit is -
knowing, as any angry Cubs fan
does, that Santo was never
Brad McGlone, 30, said he drove
eight hours from Kentucky to pay
his respects to Santo.
McGlone said Santo, who lost
both his legs to diabetes, once
spotted him in a wheelchair dur
ing a game at Wrigley Field and
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started a conversation with him.
"He was my all-time favorite
player," McGlone said. "He was
like family and this death) was like
losing a member of the family."
Many who attended the wake
said they viewed Santo as not just
a player or announcer but a fellow
suffering fan, who never gave up
hope no matter how many times -
or how many years - the Cubs
dashed their hopes.
"As an announcer it all came
through in his voice," said John
Anast, of Chicago, who said he got
in line at 6 a.m. - 10 hours before
the doors opened to the public.
"He was a fan."
Anast recalled Santo's eternal
"I remember him saying all we
need is a couple of doubles, a
three-run homer and we'd be right
back in this thing," said Anast, as
other fans nodded in agreement.
Jody Kruep, wearing a hat with
Santo's No. 10 on the front, said
she was such a fan of Santo and
his announcing partner, Pat
Hughes, that she routinely kept
the television turned off to listen to
By the Associated Press
TORONTO Danny Briere
scored twice and the Philadelphia
cruised to a 4-1 victory over the
Toronto Maple Leafs after build
ing a three-goal lead on Thursday
Briere scored Philadelphia's
final two goals to
give him a team- =="=“
leading 16 this NHL
Ville Leino and
Chris Pronger also scored for
Philadelphia (18-7-5). Ville Leino
and Chris Pronger put the Flyers
(18-7-5) ahead 2-0 in the first peri
Brian Boucher made 31 saves in
Mikhail Grabovski scored his
third goal in three games, but the
Maple Leafs (10-14-4) fell behind
by three goals for the third con
secutive game and second
straight night. Toronto has trailed
1-0 in five straight games.
The Maple Leafs failed to
respond to frustrated coach Ron
Wilson, who blasted his players for
the two of them broadcast.
"He was like me. He expressed
the emotions I was feeling," said
Kruep, a 39-year-old suburban
Michael Veitch, a school princi
pal, said he was in his 20s when
Santo was the "heart and soul" of
the 1969 Cubs, which allowed the
New York Mets to overtake them
for the pennant despite what
seemed an insurmountable lead.
Veitch, sporting a 1908 Cubs hat
in honor of the last Cubs team to
win the World Series, said he
enjoyed the fact that Santo never
hid his hatred for the Mets for the
rest of his life. Veitch said he
shares those sentiments.
Had Santo been given a choice
between being enshrined in the
Hall of Fame or seeing the Cubs
just once win a title, he would have
taken the championship without
hesitation, Veitch said.
Santo's funeral will be held
Friday, followed by a funeral pro
cession to Wrigley Field, where
fans will get the chance to give the
Cubs great one last standing ova
their effort following a 5-2 loss in
Pittsburgh to the Penguins on
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Dion Phaneuf did
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impact, but the mW
forced a turnover Flyers
and earned an
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Toronto fell Maple Leafs
behind again, the
Maple Leaf had plenty of quality
Colby Armstrong was denied on
a point-blank opportunity,
Francois Beauchemin Mled to lift
the puck into the empty net from
the edge of the crease, and Kris
Versteeg rang a shot off the post
on a 2-on-l break early in the sec
By then, the Flyers led 2-0.
Leino opened the scoring just
seconds into a power play at 11:13
of the first period, beating Jean-
Sebastien Giguere through the
Fans line up during the visitation for Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo at
Holy Name Cathedral Thursday in Chicago.
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ProngePs scored with a point
shot through traffic only a little
over a minute later.
More boos from the home
crowd - a familiar refrain in recent
weeks - started when Briere got
his first of the night, taking a shot
off the end boards and sliding the
puck it into an empty net at 12:18
of the second.
Grabovski briefly restored some
hope by finishing a nice tic-tac-toe
passing sequence at 16:14, but
Briere's god 1:03 later restored
Philadelphia's three-goal advan
A broken pane of glass forced a
delay with less than 5 minutes left,
and many fans headed to the exits
Those fans who remained in the
stands booed the Maple Leafs off
Notes: Wayne Gretzky was in
attendance with his father....
Mike Komisarek and Jay
Rosehill sat out for the Maple
Leafs because of undisclosed
upper body injuries....
Giguere made his second start
in 11 games.