Let the Rebuild Begin

The (20-32-11) Philadelphia Flyers went into the Motor City to take on the Detroit Red Wings (26-30-7) with Detroit scoring a 6-3 win. Hard to win when you fall behind, 3-0. Let the rebuild begin.

“I thought we regrouped and came out hard in the third period, Obviously, there’s some things we can be better at execution-wise. We had some turnovers tonight and we’ve got to be a little bit sharper there. I did like the way the guys kept battling back for each other here tonight, just didn’t find a way to tie it up.” Flyers interim Coach, Mike Yeo.


How it Happened

In typical 2021-22 fashion, another less than stellar effort from Philadelphia. Falling behind when Joe Valeno scored his 7th at 5:17 with helpers from Givani Smith and Filip Hronek. Detroit was just getting started with Jakub Vrana doubled the lead with help from Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter to end the opening stanza with the home team in front, 2-0.

“It’s huge for our confidence to get the lead and then get the win, We have had to be honest with ourselves and know we weren’t playing well enough on the road trip, but tonight we really came to play.” Jakub Vrana.

To the Second

Things snowballed for Philadelphia with Lucas Raymond converting off Dylan Larkin and Gustav Lindstrom at 1:07 of the second. Philly fought back with Joel Farabee lighting the lamp just twenty-five seconds after the Raymond goal and it became a 3-1 contest. 6:24 would elapse before Oskar Lindblom made good on the second assist from Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes. With12:09 left in the period, Vrana lit the lamp for a second time and the second closed with Detroit holding a two-goal lead, 4-2.

Can Philly Come Back?

James van Riemsdyk cut it to 4-3 with eight and a half to play. That would be all Philadelphia could muster. Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi it the open Flyers net for the 6-3 final. Philadelphia has not won a road game in 2022, going 0-13 in that span.

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Post Mortum

The Larkin assist gave him his 350th career point. Lundqvist made his Red Wings debut after being acquired from St. Louis at the deadline. Carter Hart stopped 25 of the 29 he faced. Detroit had a total of 31 shots.

For the Red Wings, Alex Nedejkovic faced 33 Flyers shots and stopped 30. Due to trades and injuries, the Flyers used 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Perhaps taking a page from the Philadelphia book, Detroit won for just the second time in their last nine. Let the rebuild begin.

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.