Flyers Come Up Short

Flyers come up short, 5-3. The usual issues plagued the Philadelphia Flyers (13-8-3) as they drop another winnable game to the red hot Washington Capitals (16-6-4).

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The defense was, once again suspect in this one. Breakdowns are proving to be very costly and this night was no exception.
Alex Ovechkin picked off an errant clearing pass and blasted a shot behind Brian Elliott. Kevin Hayes set up Travis Konecny with an absolutely gorgeous backhand pass to get things even at 1-1. Conor Sheary on a partial breakaway somehow got the puck between Brian Elliott’s pads and it would slither in to give the Caps a 2-1 advantage.

On to second and more of the same. John Carlson, a guy that team needs to be aware of whenever he is on the ice was, somehow left alone and beat Elliott for his 500th career point. Ned Dowd would make it 4-1 with a bizarre goal. His shot deflected off the skate of Shayne Gostibehere and over the shoulder of Elliott.

The Flyers, if nothing else, showed they have no quit and capitalized, no pun intended, and with markers from Ivan Provorov converting a pretty Couturier pass and Scott Laughton, made it white knuckle time with just over nine minutes to play. The aforementioned Ned Dowd, fired a 185’ shot into the vacant Flyers net to send Philadelphia to its 4th defeat in the last 6 games.

“I scored my first goal without taking a shot and scored my second goal from the other end,” Dowd said. “So, yeah, I think that was probably definitely my longest goal.”

The win gives Washington three straight and seven of their last eight. Flyers come up short, again.

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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