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.
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.
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.
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.