Well, it was fun while it lasted.
It appeared the Flyers would hold on for a one-goal win late in the third, but Taylor Hall got a Nico Hischier rebound with an extra man out with 1:21 left in regulation to send the game into overtime and later a shootout. And if you know the Flyers, they don’t do so well in the shootout.
They failed to score to end Philadelphia’s combined winning streak at eight games since the Super Bowl.
Hall’s goal was the second late period tally in the game, as the Devils got their third goal with 10 seconds left in the second period to cap off a wild six-goal frame.
Michal Neuvirth started and made 32 saves in the loss. You’ll see a lot more Neuvirth for quite some time, as Brian Elliott will be out 5-6 weeks after undergoing successful core muscle surgery. But don’t rule out a trade for a new goalie as well.
The Flyers return to action Friday night in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
Today is the first workout for Phillies pitchers and catchers. Baseball season is around the corner.
On the eve of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, our new skipper addressed the media and got us even more fired up for tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ZOKZF58R5i
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 13, 2018
Meanwhile, the Phillies are testing some of their players out in different positions, and the powder blues are back.
As for the current set of pitchers, the team could still add some arms:
Kapler did not know much about his pitchers before this month. He gleaned scouting reports and dove into advanced metrics after being hired, trying to get a feel for his staff. But he found confidence on the backfields of the Carpenter Complex this month as he watched bullpen sessions. The competition is fierce, Kapler said. But is the performance of Velasquez, who has the most electric arm in camp but has yet to tap into it, that impressed him the most.
“Velasquez stands out to me as a guy who looks incredibly healthy and strong,” Kapler said. “[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] has been raving about his last couple of bullpens, in specific the last one that he threw. You couldn’t wipe the smile off Vince’s face. The stuff was coming out with electricity. He was commanding his pitches. His presence was strong. And again he looked especially healthy and strong.”
Single game tickets come out tomorrow, and you can check out this year’s promotions as well.
There seems to be no immediate plans to fill Frank Reich’s vacant offensive coordinator spot:
With the #Eagles having no immediate plans to hire an offensive coordinator to take Frank Reich's job (potentially elevating both Duce Staley and Mike Groh to bigger jobs), all the OC and DC jobs seem to be filled (pending more craziness).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2018
But new quarterbacks coach Press Taylor was one of the main men behind bringing “Philly Special” to the Birds:
So how did that go from a 2016 Bears regular season game to being called in the most crucial spot in the biggest game in franchise history?
“It was something that we researched and saw on tape,” DeFilippo said. “Our quality control guy, Press Taylor, who is a really, really good sharp young coach, had a bunch of logged cut-ups that had a bunch of trick plays on there. We actually had it in for a couple of weeks and decided not to run it.
“There was a situation in the game against Minnesota that we thought about it. Then we were like, let’s just save it for the Super Bowl. So we went with another play [in the NFC championship]. But Press does a great job of keeping cut-ups from other teams and obviously, Coach Pederson did a great job of coaching it. The attitude was if someone had a really good idea, why would you not use it? That’s how it comes to play. Coach Pederson is so open to new ideas, he just hopes new ideas and the players did a great job with it this year.
“He had the courage to call the play in a game like the Super Bowl. I know we practiced for like a year prior to the Super Bowl. A lot of things we do are re-formatted. There were a lot of new things we did in the Super Bowl that we didn’t run during the regular season. It’s fair to say we ran new concepts no one saw before the Super Bowl.”
Nick Foles went on Ellen to discuss the Super Bowl and lessons he learned.
Meanwhile, even though Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL, it won’t change how he’ll play:
“I definitely won’t change, so to speak. That has what made me successful this last season and my whole career,” Wentz said. “It is something I’ve learned since coming into the league — how to protect myself … I am not going to let this change me.”
The Eagles made two roster moves!
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 13, 2018
Brandon Lee Gowton looks at the Eagles’ running backs.
Want to reminisce over the parade? You can with the team’s parade playlist, which has a ton of Meek Mill.
Joel Embiid thinks Markelle Fultz’s people haven’t stood by him while he’s been recovering from his shoulder injury.
Before that interview, T.J. McConnell recorded a triple-double!
Sixers take on the Miami Heat at home in their final game before the All-Star break.
One college hoops game, as La Salle fell to St. Bonaventure 79-68 in A10 play.
Tonight, third-ranked Villanova travels to take on Providence at 7 PM on FS1, and St. Joe’s plays guest to Fordham at 7 PM.
Jon Ritchie returned to WIP yesterday.
In other sports news, Shaun White became the first snowboarder to win three gold medals. He also won the 100th gold medal for the United States in the Winter games.
Mike Shula (lol) will become the Giants’ new offensive coordinator. This is fun.
Michigan State’s faculty delivered a no-confidence vote fo the school’s Board of Trustees.
Wizards teammates John Wall and Marcin Gortat will try to repair their relationship after Gortat’s tweet from a recent Wizards win.
Unbelievable flares delayed a soccer game in Russia:
Golfer Bill Haas was injured in a car crash in California last night.
The Ottawa Senators sent Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.
In the news, a 17-year-old was critically shot in West Philadelphia last night.
A Bichon Frise was named Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show.
A United jet lost its engine cover and had to land in Honolulu.