Can Someone Change the CD? This Song Has Gotten Old

This song has gotten old. Stop me if you have heard this, Flyers lose, in Overtime, 3-2. At least it only took :24 seconds and Philadelphia (13-15-7) drop one to Tomas Hertl….err…the San Jose Sharks (19-16-1). Despite a total of five goals, the tallies came from just two players. Martin Jones, who was bought out by San Jose, got the start against his former team and was outstanding. Just not quite outstanding enough. Neither team could score in the first two periods despite a barrage of shots.

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To The Scoring

Finally, after a scoreless 41:06 James Van Riemsdyk got the best of Sharks netminder, Adin Hill with helpers going to Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Hayes. Philadelphia would add an insurance goal at 6:47 when Van Riemsdyk got credit for his 9th of the campaign when Cam York took a shot which pinballed and found the net. JVR got a piece of the shot on the man-up with Cam Atkinson and the aforementioned York getting assists. In only the sixth NHL game for York, he registered his first point.

Philly Got This, Right?

Not quite, still about thirteen minutes to hold on. Indeed a daunting task for this beleaguered Flyers team so, one had the sense of impending doom. Finally, after 35 shots, Martin Jones became human and the Star of Game stepped to the forefront. Tomas Hertl scored a minute after the second JVR tally with, get used to these names, Timo Meier and defenseman, Brent Burns setting up Hertl’s 18th.

OK, It’sonly one goal. Valid point but, this is the depleted Flyers. The Sharks trio went back to work at 14:29 with Burns and Meier once again doing the work for Hertl and his 19th.

This Song Gotten Old

That would close the book on regulation with the 2-2 deadlock and Philly found themselves in familiar waters, Extra time. Even if you are well versed in the water, look out for Sharks. As I mentioned, it would quickly and relatively painless with Hertl putting the exclamation point on the 3-2 come from behind victory with Burns capping off his three-assist game.

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Once again, the Flyers were using a few AHL players due to Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, and Ivan Provorov out. San Jose gave much-traveled Evander Kane his “unconditional release” from his $49 million contract. Shots on Goal heavily favored San Jose, 47-31 with Adin Hill stopping 29 and hard-luck loser, Jones knocking away 44 of the 47.

Sharks Coach, Bob Boughner spoke candidly about the performance of Hertl. “What I loved is even when we got down 2-0, he took a huge leadership role (saying), ‘We’re still in this, we got this, let’s keep working,’” Boughner said. “He was pretty inspirational.” Flyers drop 5th straight game. This song has gotten real old.

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.