The Philadelphia Flyers (16-26-10) have been showing positive signs. But, bad bounces and a snake-bitten team do not add up to many wins. The Washington Capitals (28-17-5) made their way to the Wells Fargo Center for a Saturday matinee. Philadelphia parlayed a fast start into a 2-1 victory. Flyers break a losing streak, finally.
Claude Giroux etched his name in Flyers record books when he scored off a sweet Cam Atkinson pass with just :11 played. It was the 17th of the season for the Captain but, more important it moves him into the 8th spot along with Eric Lindros for Flyers goals at 290. The goal at eleven seconds ties him with Bobby Clarke for the third-fastest goal. Clarke scored in :11 on January 27, 1983. Both sit behind Tim Kerr who scored with eight seconds played on March 7, 1989.
Maybe the breaks are coming the Philly way? Cam Atkinson somehow knocked a bouncing puck past Washington goalie, Ilya Samsonov at the 18:58 mark to make it a 2-0 game. Isaac Ratcliffe got whistled for interference and TJ Oshie took advantage to cut it to 2-1 at 6:53 of the second. Carter Hart and the Defense took over to give Philly just its third win in the last 22 games.
“Big getting the win, maybe that’ll help. I feel like we’ve been building our game, and now we’ve got to make sure that the results follow it.”Interim Coach, Mike Yeo
Carter Hart stopped 27 of the 28 Washington shots. Ilya Samsonov turned aside 20 of the 22 Flyers offerings. Derick Brassard saw his first game action since November 23 and Joel Farabee also returned and got the secondary assist on the Giroux goal. The Flyers printed $400,00 to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation at Scanlan Rec in the Kensington area. Flyers break a losing streak of 6 games.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.