Sports Talk with Brodes: Flyers Beatdown Beantown 4-1
The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-1 in their first game of round robin play. Think of it like this: The Flyers are playing for seeding, with an automatic bid into the first round of playoffs, while a "Qualifying Round" is essentially a series you must win to get into the playoffs. The depth scoring was on display again as Michael Raffl scored a goal and recorded an assist. Sadly, he left the game with a leg injury in the third period and it looked serious. Joel Farabee would most likely be the player to jump in the roster if Raffl is out for a long period of time. Nate Thompson scored the second goal of the game in the second period to give the Flyers some breathing room. With 1:09 left in the period, the Bruins got a lucky bounce from behind the net to cut the lead in half. Seconds later, Phil Myers comes down the ice off the draw and SNIPES Jaroslav Halak! Scott Laughton sealed the deal in the third period with a rocket of his own, over the shoulder of Halak. Carter Hart saved 34 of 35 shots. He was dialed in and completely ready to play from puck drop. Keeping Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak off the scoreboard is a huge deal. What a remarkable performance by the defense.
Sports Talk with Brodes: Scott Laughton Scores OT Winner
The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in overtime in their exhibition game. Scott Laughton scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway after a filthy dish from Travis Konecny. Carter Hart played the first two periods and I thought he was solid. He did allow one goal from Conor Sheary on an odd-man rush that he probably would like back, but it's okay considering they haven't played a game in four months. It didn't help that Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel were on the ice as well. Brian Elliott played the third period and he was stellar for his role. The Penguins made a push and he held in there as long as he could before Jason Zucker tied the game late. Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes scored during regulation for the Flyers. Hayes was magnificent throughout every phase of the game!
NHL's Return to Play Plan is Great, MLB Owners... Not so much!
Gary Bettman spoke to the media about the NHL's Return to Play Plan and I am very impressed with their idea. It's not the most perfect concept in the world as it is a little gimmicky at times, but ultimately, I think it will work! It actually gives an advantage to the Philadelphia Flyers so hey, why complain? I also compare the NHL's idea to the disgusting proposal by the MLB owners. STOP BEATING AROUND THE BUSH!!!
Justice Was Served For the Flyers, Tuukka Rask Steals a Win
The Philadelphia Flyers snap their nine game win-streak as they get shutout by the Boston Bruins. Tuukka Rask was on another planet making remarkable saves all night long. He stopped all 36 shots. The Flyers dominated the first two periods. Travis Konecny got robbed backdoor after Jakub Voracek sent a filthy saucer-pass right on his stick. Kevin Hayes and Scott Laughton had three 2-on-1 opportunities while shorthanded and did not execute. The three players for Boston that needed to be accounted for every second they're on the ice, produced a point. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand all found the stat sheet. Special teams played a big part of the outcome. The Flyers had three power plays and wasn't able to connect while Matt Grzelcyk scored on the Bruins' man-advantage to take a 1-0 lead at the end of the second period. Once the Bruins had the lead, the third period was dominant in terms of style of play. They played comfortable, simple, took chances when possible, but knew how to kill the clock with the lead. Bergeron entered the zone and ripped it past Carter Hart to essentially put the game away. Hart was okay. He definitely wasn't bad, but it wasn't his best game either. It's hard to look good when Rask is in the other crease flashing the leather. Shayne Gostisbehere was in the lineup since Philippe Myers fractured his patella and will miss four weeks. Ghost played a very strong game considering he missed a significant amount of time with injury and being a healthy scratch. Flyers will look to bounce back on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Flyers Have a Chance to Win 10 Straight, Bruins Come to Town
The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to win their tenth straight game on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. Since the Flyers are at home, I'm curious to see how Alain Vigneault matches lines with Boston's first line. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand know how to dominate games. Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen will have a tough task on the back end while Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes will have to play a complete 200-foot game, along with the wingers. What happens if Justin Braun and Robert Hagg get caught on the ice against their top line? Pastrnak has 48 goals and 94 points on the season. Carter Hart stole the show against the Buffalo Sabres with a 38 save performance. He will need to follow that up with another strong outing. His numbers in the Wells Fargo Center are sensational. Will Joel Farabee stay on the second line or will Vigneault put Scott Laughton with Hayes and Travis Konecny due to more experience. Am I over thinking this? Is Vigneault going to make the Bruins adjust to his team instead of adjusting to them? There are a lot of questions when it comes to this match up on Tuesday and it has been a LONG time since the Flyers had a regular season game this big to talk about. South Philadelphia is going to be electric and I'm sure it will be a playoff atmosphere with hard hits, fights, and emotion!
Carter Hart Steals 9th Straight Win for the Flyers!
This was NOT a pretty effort by the Flyers. They did not deserve to win this game, but sometimes that happens when you have a goaltender. A real goaltender. So what does that mean exactly? Carter Hart was elite. I repeat, Carter Hart was elite! He was sensational in this game and totally stole a win for the Philadelphia Flyers as they beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 to keep the win streak alive at nine games! He made 38 saves and majority of the shots were great scoring opportunities for Buffalo. The Flyers went into the first intermission tied 0-0 after Hart's spectacular first period and came out in the second scoring the first goal of the night. Claude Giroux netted a backhand shot over Carter Hutton after Jakub Voracek dished a pass cross-crease. Sanhiem recorded the secondary assist. Prior to the second period ending, a defensive-zone breakdown occurred for the Flyers and Dominik Kahun was left wide open on the back-side, allowing an easy tap in. Halfway through the third, the Flyers regained the lead after Giroux scored his second of the night from the slot as Jakub Voracek recorded his second assist of the night, along with Sanhiem. Joel Farabee added insurance to make the score 3-1 when Hutton mishandled the puck in the crease, executing the freebie. The Flyers will host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night for a chance to win 10 straight games!
8 Straight for the Flyers & Tied for First Place in Metro!
Make it EIGHT STRAIGHT for the Philadelphia Flyers as they take care of business on their home ice against the Carolina Hurricanes. They are now tied with the Washington Capitals with 87 points at the top of the Metropolitan Division, but due to the tie break, the Caps are technicality still in first...
Flyers Fight with the Caps & Win 7th Straight Game!
The Philadelphia Flyers made a trip down to D.C. for a meeting with the Washington Capitals. There was a lot on the line. Either the Flyers would be one point out of the top spot in the Metropolitan or five points out. Spoiler Alert: The margin is now one point...
Flyers Beat the Rangers 5-3 & Win 6th Straight Game!
The Eagles lost to the Detroit Lions at home as they were not focused and disciplined all game long. Carson Wentz delivered a ball to JJ Arcega-Whiteside at the goal line with the game on the line and he dropped it. This was a common theme as the receivers dropped a total of seven balls, but that's not all! Miles Sanders fumbled the ball twice (one was recovered by the Eagles) and Nelson Agholor f

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