The Rivalry Resumes

The 1-0-0 Philadelphia Flyers welcomed cross-state hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-0) to the not so friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center. This rivalry resumes to kick off the 2020, err, 2021 National Hockey League Season.

Much akin to a boxing match, the two teams exchanged hits and goals in the first stanza. The first goal of the new season took all of 5:12 for Mark Jankowski to light the lamp behind Flyers netminder, Carter Hart.

The Flyers came into the season hoping for contribution throughout the lineup and, certainly got just that. On the man-up, off-season acquisition, Erik Gustafsson set up James Van Riemsdyk to knot things up at 1-1. Gustafson (2 assists) was not quite finished. He assisted on Nolan Patrick (1g) who scored in his first game in 650 days. Patrick had serious migraine issues and has battled back. Nolan showed he can and will contribute to coach Alain Vigneault’s talented offense. Patrick’s goal would end the first 20 minutes with the home team in front, 2-1. Gustafson and player of the game, Joel Farabee set up the goal.

Any team with Sidney “wah-wah” Crosby cannot be counted out. The enigmatic Penguin captain ripped a ten-foot unassisted wrister to knot it up. Farabee (1 goal, 3 helpers) converted a nice Kevin Hayes feed and with just 1:06 remaining in the second, the Flyers pulled to a 3-2 edge. It took all of three minutes for team Crosby to get even. Then, the Pittsburgh doors would blow off.

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Nicolas Aubrey -Kubel (1 assist) and Scott Laughton (1 assist) teamed to set up Michael Raffl (1g) for the eventual game winner. The feel-good story of last season, Oskar Lindblom got on the scoresheet when he and Sean Coutourier combined to set up a Travis Konecny for an insurance tally. Just twenty seconds later, Farabee and Claude Giroux were the helpers on the Kevin Hayes final nail in the 6-3 opening night winner.

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Carter Hart allowed 3 goals off of 34 chances for a .912 save percentage. His counterpart, Tristan Jarry was not so fortunate with 19 saves out of 25 chances. In all, 12 Flyers accounted for points with Farabee taking charge with a goal and three helpers. The rivalry resumes again on Friday in Pittsburgh.

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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.

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