Annnd…We Have 8

And we have 8. The Flyers drop another to make it 8 straight losses. If the Flyers had a song to open to in the last six weeks, it would be the Limbo. “How Low Can You Go?” The Orange and Black drop a 7-1 game to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game that seemed to be over before it started.

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How bad was it?

Oh, it was plenty bad. Bad enough to get the Coaches removed. I would have written fired but, it would have gone wide. Ryan McDonagh and Corey Perry jump-started the Tampa Bay offense with first-period goals. The opening stanza ended with the Flyers looking in the eyes of a 2-0 deficit. Tampa Bay actually came out sloppy but, Brian Elliott…remember him? Stood strong in the net. “They pushed and (Elliott) was there for us,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You need your goalie to make those saves until we get our legs.”

How did it go in the second?

Sadly for Philly fans, more of the same. The lead grew to five and the result was Carter Hart getting pulled after a miscue on his part which led to the fifth goal. Sad but true…after the period, the building had a mass exodus of fans heading home early.

The Climax?

At 5:27, Patrick Maroon got it to 6-0 but, Cam Atkinson stopped the carnage with…are you sitting? A power-play goal. Perry netted his second of the night to bring the curtain down.

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The Breakdown

The eighth consecutive loss for Team Philadelphia puts this squad two games behind the team record of ten. For a rarity, Philly lost the face-off battle, 28-25 with Sean Couturier earning 10. Shots on Goal saw Elliott stopping 38 of 39. Philly was not as good with Carter Hart having 10 saves on 15 tries. Martin Jones also had 10 saves. In the losing string, Philadelphia has allowed 36 goals while scoring just 13. Tampa wins their 3rd in a row and 9 of 12. And we have 8 losses in a row. What will happen now?

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.