Flyers Drop 4-0 Game

No Offense But, No Offense

The Philadelphia Flyers (8-6-3) took on the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-4-3) in the front end of a two games in two nights in Florida.

The Flyers offense apparently started their Thanksgiving early and got shutout, 4-0.

Going up against arguably the best goalie on the planet in Andei Vasilevsky, Philly simply could not solve him with his 34 save effort.

Vasilevsky improved his career record to 199-86-22.

“There’s no doubt that he is the best goaltender in the world right now,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “He’s won two Stanley Cups. He wants to play every game. A big body, great work ethic. He’s the standard right now.”

Is it time to panic? With only 20% of the season in the books, Philadelphia has been a Jekyl and Hyde team.

In the early going, this team would routinely put up five goals.

Fast forward and they have scored two goals or less in 10 of their last 12 games.

WHAT WENT ON?

Basically, very little from the Orange and Black.

With 2:28 played, Zach Begosian put Tampa in front with help from Mikhail Sergachev (2a) and Pat Maroon.

It was Bogosian first goal in 62 games and it proved to be a game winner.

OK, NOT SO BAD

It continued to worsen with the Lightning striking twice in the middle stanza thanks to Steven Stamkos (1g, 2a) with Ryan McDonagh and Bogosian doing the grinding.

Ten minutes later, Corey Perry, following the lead of Bogosian, hit net for the first time in 37 games.
Sergachev and, him again, Stamkos, collecting assists.

With the way Vasilevsky was playing, it may as well been 6-0.

“For the last 30 minutes of the game, we weren’t very good,” Vigneault said. “Our passing game was off, created numerous amount of Grade-A opportunities for them. They were the better team.”

TO THE FINAL TWENTY

Stamkos was at it again and hit Alex Barre-Boulet for the fourth and final goal.

INSIDE THE GAME:

Not only is the offense an issue but, again the Flyers had a goose egg on the power play on only one chance.

Carter Hart stopped 31 of the 35 he faced.

Keith Yandle continues to be an iron-man and played in his 939th consecutive game.

Philly has one bright spot. The face offs. Winning 38 of 60 with Sean Couturier nabbing 10 with help from
Nate Thompson and Claude Giroux who each came away 9 wins.

Scott Laughton secured 8.

Derick Brassard left with a “lower body” injury. Kevin Hayes is listed as “week to week”.

Will we be seeing Morgan Frost anytime soon?

Next up, a match up with the Florida Panthers.

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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