The Flyers Grit Out Win Against The Penguins

Heading into the season it was clear the Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0) would need contributions from the entire roster. Despite being outshot, 33-19 in their home building, the Flyers grit out and earned a second consecutive win. The Pittsburg Crosby’s (0-2-0) fall to Philly on Friday night in South Philadelphia. Ad

Crosby (1g) was dominant in the first stanza, going 8 of 9 on faceoffs. But, the Philadelphia back checkers nearly neutralized the visitor’s attack. The leading scorer for Philadelphia last season stole the first-period show with a pair of goals. He had a shot go off  Travis Konecny‘s skate on the man up to give the good guys a 1-0 edge at 12:33.

Just 1:54 later, Nolan Patrick (1a) and James Van Riemsdyk (2a) continued their torrid start and set up the second Konecny tally to set Philly into their mojo. Ivan Provorov (1g) added to the deluge when he converted a Jake Vorachek (1a). A second JVR feed to push it to 3-0.

The goal chased Pittsburgh starting netminder, Tristan Jarry (3 goals off 5 shots) and the complexion of the game would change. Crosby and Brandon Tanov found net behind Hart just :30 apart and it was white knuckle time. At the end of the first, it was 3-2. Same could be said for the second.

Hart and replacement Pens backstopper, Casey DeSmith (13 saves off 14 shots) took center stage. Hart, exhibiting why he is a Vezina Candidate, took the stage. No less than three saves on Pittsburgh 2 on 1’s brought the cardboard patrons to their feet.

With 6:07 to play, Konecny would collect his first NHL hat trick off Kevin Hayes (1a) and a Claude Giroux (1a) set up that, once again, went off his skate. The feel-good story in the hockey world, Oskar Lindblom hit the empty Pens net to cement a solid start to the Flyers season.

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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.