Flyers Pull Off Big Comeback, 6-5

The Boston Bruins (27-8-12) provided the opposition on a Monday evening at the Wells Fargo Center and took on the Philadelphia Flyers (24-16-6).

Philadelphia started off very slowly and found themselves in a quick 1-0 when Anders Bjork muscled his way in front of Carter Hart with five minutes played.

Travis Konecny and Matt Niskanen each had good scoring chances with Konecny being stopped by Bruins keeper, Jaroslav Halak and Niskanen ringing one off the pipe.

Danton Heinen sent a pretty pass to David Krejci to pad the Boston lead.

The Bruins were whistled for a four-minute penalty and Kevin Hayes made them pay to close it to 2–1.

The first ended that way with Philly still on the man advantage.

Boston killed the remaining time and put the lead back to a goal edge with David Pastrnak connecting on a 2 on 1 and Boston went up, 3-1.

Travis Sanheim fired a writer just behind the circles to make it a one-goal game at 3-2.

Charlie Coyle and Krejci converting a turnover pushed Boston a three-goal lead with 12 minutes left in the stanza.

With 6:48 remaining, Sean Couturier lit the lamp with a shot he fanned on due to being hooked. Halak was fooled and the puck somehow made its way into the Bruin net.

The oddity in goals continued with a historic Flyer goal with Mark Friedman hitting Connor Bunnamon and a Bruin before crossing the line.

It was the first NHL assist for Friedman as well as the first NHL goal for Bunnamon.

That closed the second with Boston holding onto a 5-4 advantage.

Midway through the third, a scrum ensued with Joe Farabee being in the middle of it.

That seemed to energize team Philadelphia and with 7:02 to play, Sanheim went to work and scored the equalizer with an impressive hard work tally.

Sanheim had his shot stopped, picked up the rebound, circled the net and finally beat Halak.

Regulation ended as did the Overtime. Things would get even more bizarre in the Shootout when Kevin Hayes and Pastrnak both were denied.

Claude Giroux and Charlie Coyle suffered the same fate before Couturier beat Halak but the post beat Couturier. Louie DeBrusk was denied and we went to Round 4.

Farabee and Krejci failed so Konecny stepped up and finally bested Halak.

One of the most hated players in the NHL, Brad Marchand needed a goal to keep it going.

To the delight of hockey fans everywhere (except Boston), Marchand not only failed but failed on what will go down as the worst penalty shot in league history!

How bad was it? The Pesky Marchand never got a shot on Carter Hart… why? He actually overskated the puck!!!

Video Courtesy of NBC Sports Philadephia

Halak stopped  34 of the 39 Philadelphia shots while Carer Hart managed 26 saves on 31 attempts.

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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