Trouble in Flyer Land?

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.

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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.

Unrest?

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?


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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