Flyers Win in a Blizzard

Maybe hell did freeze over. The Flyers win in a blizzard. Boz Scaggs once penned and recorded a song, “It’s Over”, well, it is. Flyers grit out a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite being mired in a 13 game losing streak and a raging snowstorm, 13,763 brave souls ventured to actually cheer on the Flyers. The reward? Free hot dogs, soda, and soft pretzels. Among the rare things in the world, we have Big Foot and Elvis. Now, we can add a 2022 Flyers victory to that list.

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Let’s Get To It, Shall We?

In a game that had 76 shots on goal, the lamp would be lit just one time in the first stanza. Morgan Frost and a beautiful backhand pass from Rasmus Ristolainen set up Gerry Mayhew for his third of the campaign at the 9:33 mark. The period would close on the 1-0 score.

To the Middle

Philly grabbed a 2-0 lead when Claude Giroux found Cam Atkinson at the 9:24 mark for Atkinson’s 16th. At the 15:15 mark, LA got on the board when Viktor Arvidsson (11th) was the beneficiary of the work of Sean Durzi (2a) and Phillip Danault to get it to a 2-1 game. The period would end with that score and Flyers fans were getting anxious.

Here We Go

Let the fun begin. Atkinson hit the net on a shorthanded goal for his 17th of the season making it 3-1. On the same penalty, just forty-five seconds later, Arthur Kaliyev converted Durzi’s second helper to cut it to 3-2. In a wild scrum, at 19:22, it would be Anze Kopitar notching his 14th from Trevor Moore and Drew Doughty to send it to extra time.

Annnd Away we Go

Apprehension became the mood of the crowd with a sense of Bad Karma mixed in. Funny, how emotions can change. Scott Laughton sent the crowd out in the snow with smiles on their faces at the 2:22 mark. Atkinson (2g, 1a) and Ivan Provorov were the playmakers for the 4-3 win.

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News and Notes

The win snaps the 0-10-3 run and gives Philadelphia its first win of 2022. It marks the first win since December 29. Atkinson leads the NHL with his 15 shorthanded goals since 2016-17. Shots on Goal were 40 for the Kings and 36 for the home team. Carter Hart was very good and stopped 37 with Johnathan Quick turning aside 32. Philly went 0 for 2 on the advantage but did manage a short-handed goal. The Kings were 1 for 3. “I hate losing, we all hate losing’, stated Cam Atkinson. “It was one of those things where I didn’t want to lose this one. Flyers win in a blizzard, 4-3.

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.