Issues Persist but Flyers Muddle Through

Issues Persist but Flyers Muddle Through in a 3-1 victory. Philadelphia (5-2-1) took both games against the rival, New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. A game full of subplots saw the usual suspect Flyers issues. A total of 8 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes seemed to signal doom.

34 year old, Nate Prosser, who had not played an NHL game since January of 2019 was inserted into the lineup in hopes of revitalizing the backline. Robert Hagg, Mark Friedman we’re healthy scratches. As was Carter Hart’s stick. So, before you scratch your head and ask, “who is this Prosser guy?

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After New Jersey lit the lamp on a long range wrister from Damon Severson, Prosser showed why he was playing. After a face off and a scramble, Prosser scampered from his defensive position to bang home a rebound to knot it up. Erik Gustaffson and Kevin Hayes got the helpers.

The teams went back and forth but couldn’t find the back of the net in the second stanza. Despite being outplayed and heavily outshot, the Fly guys got a second goal off the stick of Michael Raffl to seize control. Gustaffson and Jake Voracek teamed up to get the first of the season from Claude Giroux to effectively put this game to bed.

News and Notes:

Final shot totals continue to be alarming with New Jersey accounting for a 34-17 edge. Philly had more shots in the third than they did for the first two periods combined. So, we say that’s a good thing? Carter was outstanding when he needed to be with a few ten bell saves.

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The One aspect that Philadelphia was dominant in was face offs. Going on a 74% clip highlighted by Nolan Patrick winning 7 of 9, Claude Giroux 15 for 18, Connor Bunnaman and his 8 of 10. Kevin Hayes secured 6 of 8 with Scott Laughton banging 5 of 8.

Carter Hart stopped 33 shots and counterpart, Scott Wedgewood turned aside 14. Several times in the first two periods the Devils defense had to check on Wedgewood to make sure he was awake.

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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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