Same Ole Same Ole in South Philly

Same ole same ole in South Philly. The struggling Philadelphia Flyers (13-9-3) followed the recurring game plan. Fall behind early, breakdowns and less than stellar goaltending added up to a 5-4 loss to the surging Washington Capitals (17-6-4).

In a game that was not that close, Coach Alain Vigneault had planned on giving Carter Hart more time off. One issue with a 30ish goaltender, Brian Elliott, is overwork. Perhaps his worst outing of the season with 3 goals allowed off just 10 shots and Hart was forced to enter.

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Most teams simply cannot expect to win when they are playing “catch up” hockey and that has been the case. Losing ground in the playoff hunt, Philly has lost five of the last seven including three to the Caps. Trailing 5-2 entering the final period, team Philadelphia finally seemed to show some desperation and got it to 5-4 but couldn’t achieve the equalizer.

On the upside, Nolan Patrick broke his 17 games goal-less string and the power play seems to be finally getting it together. Another issue? Four games coming up in New York starting with the Rangers and leading into the Islanders who are 9-0-1 in their last 10. That could be a good thing. The Islanders are due for a stinker and the Flyers are due for a blowout game.

Ilya Samsonov faced 32 shots and stopped 28. Elliott, we mentioned and in relief, Hart was outstanding at times but looks a bit lost making 11 saves. Same ole same ole in South Philly.

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.