Flyers Grit Out Win

Flyers grit out 2-1 win over the Caps. Philadelphia got big games from some new faces in besting the Washington Capitals. The Caps (5-2-4) were without Anthony Mantha, Niklas Backstrom, and T.J. Ossie. In addition, the Flyers (6-2-2) held Alex Ovechkin pointless for just the second game this season.

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TO THE ACTION

Washington came out listless and Vitek Vanek kept them in the game with a 12 save period. Martin Jones stopped the six tries the Caps had to end the scoreless stanza.

PERIOD TWO

Vanek would make it 16 straight saves before Derick Brassard beat him with a rocket writer. Brassard’s second of the season was set up by Cam Atkinson and Justin Braun at the 11:18 mark. Philly kept the pressure on when at, 15:44, Sean Couturier slammed home another to provide a 2 goal advantage. Rasmus Ristolainen, playing his best game of the season, picked up his first Flyers assist and 200th of his career with Claude Giroux getting the secondary.

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NOW WHAT?

Washington, clearly in panic mode were a different team in the final stanza. Firing 14 shots, the Caps were all over Jones and finally got on the board at the 6:02 mark with rookie, Brett Leason getting his second with help from Connor McMichael and John Carlson.

“They had a strong push in the third,” Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said. “Throughout the game, we were playing tight the way we needed to and we had good sticks, and we were making the plays the way we needed to. … I thought we carried most of the play in the third.”

The Flyers defense and the stout goaltending of Jones took over and held on. “In the first two periods, they didn’t have really many grade-A chances,” Jones said. “When you’re down two goals in the third you’re going to funnel some pucks to the net. I thought we did a great job. PK was really good again. We did a great job around the net.” Philly picked up 3 of a possible 4 points in the mini road trip.

INSIDE THE GAME

Philly did not allow Washington to score in three different advantages. The Flyers were scoreless on their only attempt. After notching three power-play goals against the Rangers, Washington is 4 for 34 for a lowly 11.7 %. Jones and Vanacek each faced 32 shots with Jones stopping 31. Coming into this season, one of the questions surrounding the Flyers was goaltending. Last season, the team had a save percentage of .883.

Fast forward and Carter Hart is sitting on a .926 and a bigger story, Jones moves to 3-0 having stopped 95 of the 100 fired at him for an astounding .950! Face-offs were fairly even with Philly having a 27-24 edge. Claude Giroux had 8 wins with Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier each having 6. Giroux and Couturier each have 12 points in their 10 games. Flyers grit out 2-1 win over the Caps.

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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