The Beat (ings) Goes On

For the Flyers the beat goes on. Or should I say the beatings go on? Here is something you haven’t heard much…not.
Flyers drop another for their ninth consecutive wrong end of the win-loss column with a marathon. A nine-round shootout extravaganza against the 13-13-6 New York Islanders in the back end of a home and home series.

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This Should Be Interesting

Should be but most likely, but not when Robin Salo notched his first of the season off feeds from Matthew Barzal and Zach Parise with 2:08 played to give the Islanders a 1-0 edge. Twelve minutes passed until James Van Riemsdyk hit rope with his 10th. Claude Giroux and Cam York were the nuclei on the man-advantage marker that signaled the end of the 1-1 first stanza.

We Move Ahead

The combatants continued the fourth and back. Josh Bailey beat Philly netminder Carter Hart to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. It took just :26 for Travis Konecny to convert an Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton feed to even the score at 2-2. The opening forty minutes would close with the contest still knotted, 2-2.

Crunch Time

Claude Giroux gained his second point of the night with his 12th goal that was generated by Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson and with 14:55 to play, it seemed the streak would come to its conclusion. Casey Cizikas was never informed and netted the equalizer with just 4:28 to play and, things were headed to overtime.

Despite both squads having chances neither could solve the tie game riddle so, off the shootout they would go. In an absolute marathon, it took nine rounds until Oliver Wahlstrom solved the riddle and sent Philly to defeat.

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Philadelphia snake bit much? They have now dropped to 0-16 in Shoot Out tries. Carter Hart stopped 28 of 31 New York shots with an additional 8 in the shoot-out. For the Islanders, Semyon Varlamov one-upped Hart with his 31 saves off 33 chances with 9 in the extravaganza shoot out

Team Philadelphia bypasses their record of two eight losing streaks set in 2006-07 when they finished with a dismal 24-48- 12 record. Kevin Hayes is expected to be disabled for at least four weeks. Philadelphia has not posted a victory since December 29 in Seattle. For the Flyers the beat goes on.

“It’s hard to sit here when you’re in a losing streak like this and feel good about progress, but we have no other choice but to keep getting better,” Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said.

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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