Flyers Breakout in Big Way

The Flyers breakout in a big way. The suddenly hot 11-12-4 Philadelphia Flyers played host to the rival New Jersey Devils (10-12-5) Tuesday Evening. A few positive signs came out of this one. Cam Atkinson picked up the first hat trick of the Flyers season and Travis Sanheim notched his first goal of the campaign.

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To The Action

The aforementioned Sanheim opened the scoring in the 6-1 thumping when he converted off the pretty setup furnished by James Van Riemsdyk and Rasmus Ristolainen with 9:14 played. Nine minutes later it was Cam Atkinson starting his big night (3g, 1a) picking up his 10th. Ristolainen added his second helper along with Sanheim. How dominant was Philadelphia? They held the Devils to just six shots on goal.

So Far, So Good

Things opened up in the middle stanza with four lamplighters. Justin Braun hit net for just the second time with assists going to Ivan Provorov and the secondary to Oskar Lindblom. Thirty-seven seconds later, PK Subban stopped the deluge off a Michael McLeod helper.

Any thought of a Jersey comeback were thwarted ten minutes later when Provorov set up Atkinson for 11th of the season and second of the night for a short handed marker. It was Atkinson’s turn at playmaker when he fed Oskar Lindblom for his second of the year at the 18:20 mark to close the first 40:00 with Philadelphia flying, 5-1.

Wind it Down Time

The only goal in the third was supplied by Atkinson with assists going to Max Willman and Claude Giroux. “Overall our team played really solid and another stepping stone in the right direction,” Atkinson said. “Sticking together, playing with energy, playing the right way. … We just capitalized on our opportunities.”

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More Schtuff

The win makes three straight for the resurgent Flyers after the ten-game debacle. The downside? Morgan Frost left the game early in the first period and didn’t return. That could be problematic if it’s long-term as Philadelphia is already stretched thin. Carter Hart just keeps cruising along and stopped 26 shots. Philly took the face-off battle, 30-28 with Sean Couturier winning nine and losing eight.

For New Jersey, Michael McLeod led everyone with his 15 of 23. Flyer nemesis, MacKenzie Blackwood was yanked after the second stanza and he stopped 17 of 22. Akira Schmid mopped up and allowed one goal on eight shots. Flyers breakout in a big way.

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.

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