Flyers Lose for the 8th Time in a Row

The flailing Philadelphia Flyers lose for the 8th time in a row, 4-1 to the 12-13-6 New York Islanders in the first of a home and home series. The power play continues to be anything but power. Philadelphia going 0 for 4 which puts them at 2 for their last 16. Any wonder why they are sitting on a 13-18-7 record? The Islanders are becoming a force at UBS Arena. They currently are riding a 6-1-1 record over their last 8.

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Let’s Get to The Game

A scoreless opening stanza was a harbinger of things to come with Philadelphia getting outshot by a 13-8 margin. It has to get better. Keep that thought. The lack of power-play came back to bite the visitors with Brock Nelson recording his 11th goal on the season just :20 after New York killed off a penalty. Andy Greene and Josh Bailey earned assists and, with 11:44 gone, it was 1-0.

2:44 would elapse before Casey Cizikis nabbed his first of the campaign with help from Robin Salo and the secondary going to Cal Clutterbuck (2a). Travis Konecny stopped the run with his 6th and 100th of his career. The other Travis, Sanheim, and Scott Laughton set it up at 17:12 to close the book on the middle frame.

2-1, Not So Bad

Nor so good either as the Islanders turned up the heat with Nelson stepping up along with Oliver Wahlstrom to get it to 3-1 on Anthony Beauvillier’s 6th at the 4:44 mark. Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and the Flyers pulled Martin Jones in hopes of getting a break and getting it close. Didn’t work so well with Matt Martin getting his first of the season at 18:37. Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech with the helpers to seal the fate of Philadelphia.

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In Closing

The Island had the upper hand in shots, 31-27 with Ilya Sorokin having 26 saves. For the visitors, Martin Jones stopped 27 of the 30 he faced. Sorokin can be called a Flyers killer and improved to 6-0-1 with an outstanding 1.50 goals-against average in the seven games against the Orange and Black. Scott Laughton matched Jean-Gabriel Pageau with each going 9 of 13 on face-offs.

“I think there was good and bad,” Travis Konecny said. “The first unit had a few looks and zone time. We made mistakes that gave them momentum. We have to clean that up.”

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.