The Drek Continues

The drek continues in South Philly. The Philadelphia Flyers (13-17-7) dropped a 3-2 decision to the dreaded New York Rangers (25-10-4) in yet another dismal performance. Personally, I didn’t think it was possible to play nine minutes without registering a shot on goal. Philadelphia has now accomplished the feat in two consecutive games as the futility continues with seven consecutive losses.

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To The…umm…Action?

An all too familiar script saw Philadelphia, what else? Fall behind when Mika Zibanejad scored on the power play when he deflected an Antemi Panarin (2a) shot with Adam Fox collecting his 33rd assist.. for Zibanejab’s 14th at the 5:54 mark. Philadelphia picked themselves off the canvass for the umpteenth time in this nightmare season to knot it when Oskar Lindblom got the best of Rangers goalie, Igor Shesterkin for the first goal in 133 minutes and 41 seconds against the New York netminder. Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton picked up the helpers to close the opening first stanza with a 1-1 tie.

Will the horror end? Not in the second period as neither team lit the lamp and the Philadelphia faithful hit the concession stands for a beverage and a snack with nervous optimism.

Why Does This Seem Like it’s Gonna End Bad?

After a scoreless 39:26, Cam York scored his first goal in his eighth career NHL game on an unassisted score at 10:11 of the third. After :37 Filip Chytil buried one behind Carter Hart with help from Ryan Strome and a second Panarin helper. Ok, plenty of time. Save that thought 3 minutes later, Chris Kreider nailed his team leading, 24th goal with fellow All-Star, Fox picking up his 34th assist and the deal was done.

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More…Like You Need More?

Shesterkin added another win with his 26 saves and, in a continuing saga, Carter Hart took the loss despite stopping 24 Rangers shots. Kreider and Fox have both been named to the All-Star team for the Rangers who improved to 6-1 in the Metropolitan Division and 16-3 in the Eastern Conference. New York picked up their sixth win in their last eight games while the Flyers…oh never mind.

King of the understatement, Flyer Coach, Mike Yeo (man) told us what we should know. “We know that we need a win and you start playing to think about only that result and quite often you forget about that one little thing you have to do right at that moment,” interim coach Mike Yeo said. “It’s very challenging when you’re dealing with the stress and emotion of going through a losing streak like this. You have to make sure you continue to stay focused on the process.”

The drek continues but the question is “Will it end?”

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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