Knights Slay Flyers, 5-4

The Philadelphia Flyers (21-12-5) continued their holiday road trip and made a stop in Sin City, to face the Las Vegas Golden Knights (12-15-6) in a spirited Thursday night affair.

A wildly entertaining first period featured 6 goals (4 by Vegas), a combined 30 shots and 30 hits.

The story of the period had to be Vegas defenseman, Jon Merrill, who had played every shift of 343 NHL games on defense..

The Knights were short of offense and Merrill answered the call.

In a SportsCenter Top 10 goal, Merrill was on both knees, corralled a Nicolas Roy rebound and went from forehand to backhanded to beat Carter Hart.

The power play or lack thereof continues to haunt the Flyers.

Team Philly had a golden … pardon the pun… opportunity to get the game knotted up.

Vegas was called for a penalty with just 2:46 left to give the Flyguys a :5 on 4.

Philly kept working and was rewarded with another whistle that gave them a 5 on 3 with 1:26  to the goal.

Coach Alain Vigneault opted to pull netminder Carter Hart, but Vegas put it in another gear and closed the door to hold on for the 5-4 victory.

Las Vegas also got goals from Shea Theodore, Cody Glass and a pair from Max Pacioretty. Marc Andre Fleury was outstanding the nets and turned aside 34 shots with one being on a penalty shot.

Conversely, Carter Hart stopped 28 shots in his first start against the Knights. Sean Couturier lit the lamp twice and Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny each added a single marker.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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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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