Each episode of The Goldbergs usually ends with a real home video clip of something related to the episode. Last night’s was no different, but it didn’t involve creator Adam Goldberg’s family, as it usually does. Last night’s episode, “Big Orange,” was all about older brother Barry’s favorite Flyers shirt. So instead of the Goldberg family, the post-episode clip was a camcorder recording of Ed Snider holding on to the Flyers’ Stanley Cup (above). Following an episode all about holding on to the things you love, it was very touching.
Sources have confirmed to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that Giroux is contemplating surgery to repair his left hip and a sports hernia, which will require up to eight weeks in recovery if he chooses to undergo the procedure. According to the sources, the Flyers had been treating Giroux for the issue — which was nagging him all season — to avoid surgery, but the Flyers’ captain is now thinking it’s time to fix things permanently.
Given the timeline, Giroux will be back for training camp, as well as the World Cup of Hockey, if he has surgery before July.
Ah yes, there it is. The annual oh so that guy was actually hurt report. Explains a lot. Not a big deal either. G will be back and healthy before North Shore even closes for the summer.
The Goldbergs, Philly’s sitcom you don’t realize you appreciate, will do yet another Philly sports-themed episode this month, this time to honor Ed Snider. From a release on the league’s website:
The ABC family comedy “The Goldbergs” will dedicate an upcoming episode to the memory of Philadelphia Flyers founding owner and chairman Ed Snider, who died April 11.
The episode dedicated to Snider, which is titled “Big Orange,” will debut May 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET. In the show, middle son Barry has his favorite orange Flyers T-shirt stolen by his mother and girlfriend. Barry enlists his older sister Erica and younger brother Adam to help him investigate.
The show is written and produced by Adam Goldberg and is a semi-autobiographical account of his family and upbringing in Jenkintown, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb. Goldberg is a Flyers fan and the show frequently has featured the team’s logo.
There’s no need to eulogize this Flyers season. They overachieved, made it into the playoffs, and got completely outclassed by the best team in hockey. The fact that the series went six games, and nearly even seven, is incredible. Credit to Dave Hakstol for finding a way to keep the Capitals’ firepower harnessed mostly to outside shots and clear shooting lanes, allowing the Flyers to stay in every game except for Game 3.
But it was obvious that the Flyers are exactly one offensive scoring line – a second line – and a few defenders away from being a great team. I’ve said it all year, and had to “hear it” from Type OBs when they surged for a month, but the fact is you can’t have guys like Michael Raffl, Sam Gagner and Matt Read counted on as scoring output. The lack of scoring depth makes the first-line talent – Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek – too easy to stop. The juxtaposition between the Flyers and Capitals was most clear yesterday when, at one end of the ice, Alex Ovechkin let loose a blistering snap shot that nearly handcuffed Michal Neuvirth – the same shot that did handcuff Steve Mason earlier in the series – and, at the other, Read muffed an easy cross-ice one-time opportunity. Sure, it might be unfair to compare Read to maybe the best scorer on the planet, but when he (Read) is one of the guys on whom you’re counting to convert your limited scoring chances – on the power play, along with Ryan White, Nick Cousins, Sam Ganger and Mark Streit – it’s reasonable to acknowledge just how wide the chasm is between the Flyers’ scoring lines and those of a great hockey team. The Capitals’ talent level is the target for which the Flyers need to aim in rebuilding. They’re headed in the right direction– they just have a little way to go yet.
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Love it. They’re owning it. All you can do. Hilarious.
Let’s play a little game. We’ll call it: You Make The Call.
How many minutes did Jason Chimera get for this brutal hit on Jakub Voracek: A) 2 minutes B) 4 minutes or C) 5 minutes?
The answer is A, 2 minutes. Jason Chimera got two minutes for this hit on Jakub Voracek.
That sound you hear is self-doubt creeping in, crawling around, and setting itself on fire inside the Capitals and their fans.
I present to you Thom Loverro of the Washington Times, a site with so many horrific pop-ups that it makes CSN Philly look like a stark white effort in minimalism:
If the Capitals have to come back to play a Game 7 here, the only humane thing to do is to close the building — no one gets in. Black it out on television as well. Just announce the score when it’s over.
If they were giving away bracelets at Verizon Center on Friday like they did in Philadelphia two days earlier, Capitals fans wouldn’t have been throwing them on the ice like Flyers fans did.
They would have been finding ways to wrap them around their necks.
The Capitals are opening the door to yet a brand new version of their traditional postseason collapse.
“Everyone talks about the past, the past, the past,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said after the game.
This one, though, this is a new one. They’ve blown 3-1 lead and 2-0 leads in 10 playoff series in their painful franchise history — but 3-0?
They are reaching into new depths of pain.
All this, for a team with a 3-2 lead in a series in which they are clearly the better squad.
And Jerry Brewer of the Washington Post, whose Jeff Bezos-owned site, not surprisingly, provides a much better user experience:
For a franchise that has a long and painful history of struggling in these moments, this was a torturous way to apply pressure. It’s one thing to choke. It’s another to be tagged by bad luck. After a star-crossed 2-0 loss to the Flyers in Game 5, what was a 3-0 series lead has melted down to 3-2. A potential short series is now a long and taxing one. On Sunday, the Flyers return to Philadelphia for Game 6 with a chance to tie the series and extend it to a full seven games. You can feel Washington’s pressure swelling.
If you could attach words to bewildered expressions, they would be terse and emotional.
And, of course, the nail-gnawer: Uh-oh.
During Alex Ovechkin’s 11 seasons in D.C., the Capitals have had six postseason series leads of at least two games. They’ve gone on to win the series just once so far.
Yeah, this series just got real.
Now the Caps have to come back to Philly, where the Ghost of Ed Snider is -1.5 in most sports books. And if the Flyers win, the Caps will have to face three days of questions, at home, about blowing yet another postseason lead.
Caps threaten Brayden Schenn? That’s cool. He’ll just beat the ever-living shit out of their second best player, who had little interest in this particular tango: