Morning Puck: Smoking Washington
If you’re keeping score at home (I am), the Flyers are 4-0 since HBO cameras have begun following the team full-time. Which means we’re more likely to see the sort of favorable editing the Penguins saw last year as opposed to Bruce Boudreau’s fuckfest. Good times. Friendly reminder: 24/7 airs tonight at 10 p.m. on HBO.
The Flyers won last night, 5-1, beating the Capitals in regulation for the first time in two years. And they did it sans Pronger and Roo, too. #drseuss
You might be asking yourself how? Or why? Two reasons, submitted for your approval:
After the game, Bryz, who was congratulated by Ed Snider (more on the chairman in a second), spoke with Coatsey and had this to say about why he played so well: “I slept very well last night– about nine and a half hours.”
Also, ate his veggies and finished his homework before the game. In Soviet Russia, life so simple.
Reason number two: Scott Hartnell, who ripped the twine saucered one between the legs of Tomas Vokoun for his 200th career goal. Check out these statisticals on Hartnell via the Flyers city-leading PR department:
Scott Hartnell extended his career-high streak of consecutive games with a goal to six when he scored his 200th NHL goal in the first period. It’s the longest goal-scoring streak for a Flyer since Jeff Carter scored in six consecutive games from Feb. 8 to March 3, 2010, which surrounded the Olympic break. Hartnell has a chance to tie his career-high for overall consecutive games with a point (seven) on Thursday in Montreal.
Hartnell’s streak ties Patric Hornqvist of Nashville as the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season.
Jeez, not only is he now our most stalkable Flyer (I say that lovingly), but he’s also replacing Carter in the scoring department…
Snider, who was in the locker room after the game congratulating the team, apparently got in a little workout. The brief details courtesy of Greg Wyshinski, Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy:
I just watched Ed Snider do 5 pushups with the Flyers.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 14, 2011
And now, your hourly Claude Giroux update. Paul Holmgren spoke with reporters after the game, this is what the GM had to say:
Claude over the last few days claimed his symptoms have gradually gotten worse, I guess. He skated a little bit today, but didn’t feel that good, didn’t feel like himself. I don’t know if there is any good news in this other than after 15 minutes or so, once he stopped skating, he did start to feel a little better. We’ll take it a little easy with Claude, give him some time off tomorrow and revisit with him on Thursday.
Must-read article from the Wall Street Journal about the Flyers-Lightning game last month, which is being billed as the worst hockey game ever played.
Marc-Andre Bourdon scored his first NHL goal last night. Philly Sports Daily has a picture and story.
Tickets for the High School Hockey Classic featuring Malvern and La Salle are still available for $10. Get them here.
After the jump are your full game highlights and video of an official leveling Kimmo Timonen.
Have a few things going on today, so it might be a slow morning on CB…
Video via (@recordsANDradio)