Flyers Lose 2-1

At Least They Scored

Flyers Drop 4th straight. This one to the 14-2-3 league leading Florida Panthers in overtime, 2-1.

Philadelphia drops to 8-6-4 with serious questions looming.

QUESTIONS?

Philly fired 33 shots at Sergei Bobrovsky but only got one past him.

Joel Farabee converted off an Ivan Provorov to Travis Konecny set up at the 7:33 mark of the opening stanza.

Florida was buzzing but the Flyers defense, anchored by Martin Jones, kept the Panthers at bay.

THINGS LOOKING GOOD

It would stay at 1-0 until Sam Bennett (5th) converted a Anthony Duclair pass on the power play at the 8:58 mark of the third.

Regulation would come to a close with the 1-1 score.

NOT OVERTIME AGAIN

Yes Virginia, overtime beckoned.

It looked as if Philadelphia would win when Cam Atkinson went in on Bobrovsky on a breakaway.

But, when you are in a slump, things don’t always work.

Bobrovsky made the save so you know what’s coming.

Aaron Eckblad notched his sixth of the season at 2:36 to give the Panthers the victory.

BLUE LINES

The victory made history as Florida has now won their first 11 home games and, with the Seattle Kraken due in town, the Panthers will have all eyes on number 12.

How good was the goaltending? The squads put a combined 78 shots on goal.

Martin Jones continues to impress and played his best game of the season with 43 saves.

“There’s no doubt they were going to get some ‘A’ looks, and they did,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said of the Panthers. “But guys in front of Jonesy played hard tonight. I know everybody was trying to do the right thing.”

Jones was aided by 4 shots clanging off the post in the first 40 minutes.

The largest crowd of the season for a Panthers game with 15, 545 in the house.

How anemic has the Philadphia offense become? Since October 30 they are averaging just 1.58 goals a game.

To try to aid the offense and also to offset all the injuries, Morgan Frost was an emergency recall.

While not registering a point, Frost had a few quality shifts and had the upper hand on face offs with five wins.

Philadelphia, as always won the face off battle, 33-24.

Sean Couturier led the Flyers with 9 wins with Frost, Nate Thompson, Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton each winning at least five.

Laughton and Giroux each had six.

The power play continues to be non existent and were 0 for 2.

They are now ranked 26th in the NHL but, more disturbing the team has only lit the lamp 5 times in the last 48 chances.

Philly plays its third game in four days with the annual Black Friday afternoon game.

Don’t get too excited. The Carolina Brind Amour’s visit Philly coming off a 2-1 loss to the Kraken

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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