Last One Out, Turn Out the Lights.

“The last one out, turn out the lights” were the words that probably echoed through the Wells Fargo Center after the final game of the Flyers 20-21 season. The Philadelphia Flyers (25-23-8) closed out the very disappointing 2021 NHL season with a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over the even more disappointing, New Jersey Devils.


In-Game Action

Pavel Zacha and Janne Kuckhanen gave the Devils a 2-0 lead before five minutes were played. Joel Farabee scored his first of two with his 19th to close the gap. Claude Giroux had a mystifying kick pass that landed right on the tape for a Sean Couturier slam dunk to get it even at 2-2.

Philly even picked up a power-play goal when James Van Riemsdyk scored the eventual game-winner. Wade Allison was robbed by Scott Wedgewood but, “Johnny on the Spot”. Farabee banged home the rebound for his 20th to seal the 4-2 victory. Brian Elliott turned aside 23 Devils chances. Farabee with his two goals and Couturier added a goal and a helper and Wade Allison with two assists led the way with two points each. Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux each picked up a point.

In a pregame ceremony, Sean Couturier was named Flyers MVP. This marks the third straight season he has been afforded that honor. Only Ron Hextall and Eric Lindros have received it for three consecutive seasons.

After one of the most disappointing seasons in team history, a post-Mortum press conference will be held by Coach Vigneault and GM Chuck Fletcher on Tuesday. Changes are definitely in order and with an expansion draft on the horizon, hard decisions will be made on who to expose. Goaltending is another issue…expose Hart? Lyon? Will Elliott be coming back?

The Flyers have a young core that surely will stay intact. A big experienced defenseman should also be a priority. But, I certainly am not a GM but, I am sure Chuck Fletcher has a game plan. Just remember for the last one out, turn out the lights. Stick with Edge of Philly Sports to get any and all moves as they occur.

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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.