Washington Pounds Flyers

The 42-22-10 Washington Ovechkin’s invited the Kansas City Scouts….err. The Philadelphia Flyers (23-29-11) into the Nation’s Capitol for a spirited practice game. Actually, there are a few bright sides…well, two. James van Riemsdyk notched the only two Flyers goals with the second assisted by Bobby Brink. That is the only bright side as Washington pounds the Flyers.

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Who is Bobby Brink?

Brink became the eighth Flyer to play in their first NHL game. Brink’s Denver Pioneers won the NCAA DI Hockey Championship over the weekend which freed up Brink to join the squad. “It’s really cool, “t’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, and so for it to become a realization is really special,” said Brink who set up the second JVR goal.


How dominating was Washington? After Ovechkin opened the scoring, no fewer than seven Capitals lit the lamp. TJ Oshie, Martin Fehervary, Lars Eller twice, Connor Sheary, Matthew Irwin, Garnet Hathaway, and Johan Larsson provided the biggest goal-out break for Washington in 14 seasons.

It didn’t end there. Eight different players got assists. Justin Schultz led the way with three, Nic Dowd, Anthony Mantra, and Evgeny Kuznetsov each with two, and singles from Nicklaus Backstrom, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, and Trevor van Riemsdyk. Ovechkin, Sheary, Irwin, Hathaway, and Larsson put up two-point games.


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Ilya Samsonov stopped 19 Flyers shots to boost his record against Philly to 7-1-0. Matthew Irwin (1g,1a) registered his first goal since December 6, 2018. Ready for more bad news? Cam Atkinson and Carter Hart left with “lower-body” injuries. Carter left after the first period after giving up three goals on 10 shots. It is not known if he pulled a Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack. Martin Jones finished up allowing 6 goals with 21 saves. Washington pounds the Flyers. Philadelphia is suffering from, no rest for weary as they are right back in action Wednesday night against the New York Rangers.

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.