In what could be the low point of what has become a dismal Philadelphia Flyers season, the hated Pittsburgh Penguins dominated a 6-2 laffer over the flailing, 13-15-6, Philadelphia Flyers. Pittsburgh (20-8-5) never trailed and totally dominated a decimated Flyers team. This leads to more trouble in Flyer land.
In what has become ok, to me, a redundant played-out story, the Flyers resembled their AHL squad, the Phantoms. Due to a lack of depth due to what has become unexplainable and nonsensical with players showing zero symptoms. They are being forced to sit out due to the infamous Covid protocol.
To The So-Called, Action
This one was over before It began with Pittsburgh jumping out to a 3-0 lead. There was a pair from Bryan Rust at 12:21 and 14:55 with Kris Letang (2a) and Public Enemy #1, Sidney Crosby getting the helpers on the first. Crosby went back to work with Evan Rodrigues setting up goal number 2. Jake Guentzel put the icing on the first-period cake with his 17th with help from Letang and another Brian, this one Dunomin to end the one-sided first twenty minutes with the Pens in control, 3-0
To the second. Philadelphia showed life with Cam Atkinson lighting the lamp for his 14th with help from Joel Farabee and Scott Laughton to seemingly give Philadelphia life but, trailing by a pair at 3-1.
Can They Come Back?
Oh hell no. Rodriques notched his 15th, Guentzel added his second and a short-handed goal from Brian Boyle pushed it 6-1. Oskar Lindblom cut it 6-2 with six minutes remaining and that’s where it ended. Carter Hart stopped 26 Pens shots while Philly could only generate 20 for the game with Tristan Jarry stopping 18.
Team Philadelphia has, if not hit rock bottom, has come close in this up and down season. The usually stoic Carter Hart called out the NHL on what he considers a stupid COVID enforcement policy.
To add to the angst, word on Social Media and among a few members of the Press Corps indicate GM, Chuck Fletcher may be relieved of his duties as early as this weekend. Word is, Fletcher is on the hook for bringing in aging, oft-injured players that elevated the salary cap.
Coupled with catering to former Coach Alain Vigneault who lobbied for the players. In addition, apparently, upper management asked for the dismissal of Vigneault with Fletcher dragging his feet which cost Philadelphia the services of Bruce Boudreau who Vancouver hired and promptly went 7-0. Stay tuned to Edge of Philly Sports for details if and, when they unfold. Trouble in Flyer land?
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.