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Not as Bad as It Looked: Thoughts on the Flyers’ Loss to the Oilers

Anthony SanFilippo - October 17, 2019

In the moment, it looked bad.

Here were the Flyers, wrapping up their fifth game of the season by getting their doors blown off by the Edmonton Oilers.

Carter Hart, the supposed savior at just 21 years old, had a bad night in net in front of tons of friends and family in his hometown.

Brian Elliott relieved him and promptly gave up one goal, and then another. The Flyers trailed by five goals until two late tallies in garbage time made the final score a more respectable 6-3 loss to the red hot Oilers.

Here were the Flyers, coming off two really dominant wins to start the season, losing their third straight game, and finally coming home from their whirlwind adventure that, if you include the end of the preseason, took them from Philly to Boston, to New York, to Lausanne, Switzerland, to Prague, back to Philly, to Vancouver, to Calgary and finally to Edmonton in a span of 24 days.

An optimist looks at their 2-2-1 record and says, “Hey, not bad considering the crazy travel.” A pessimist says, “Inconsistency on the Flyers? Why am I not surprised.”

I was more in the pessimist camp watching the game against Edmonton. I mean, Connor McDavid is the best player in the league and all, but did they really need to allow him to have a five-point night?

And how do you get behind by five goals one night after sleepwalking through an entire game in Calgary?

It was typical Flyers frustration for sure.

But then I woke up at the crack of dawn, sucked down a cup of joe, and after reviewing my notes, came to the realization that this wasn’t all that bad after all.

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Donald Brashear Now Working Honest Gig at a Tim Hortons in Quebec City

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2019

Donald Brashear served up knuckle sandwiches during an NHL career that began in 1993 and ended 2010, a stint that included four years with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Now he’s serving up coffee and other goodies at a Quebec City Tim Hortons, which is like a Canadian Dunkin Donuts.

The story is written up in Le Journal De Quebec, so it’s in French, which means I’m giving you le crappy Google translations here:

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Time Machine Flyers: Team Looks A Lot Like Last Year in Loss to the Flames

Anthony SanFilippo - October 16, 2019

Alain Vigneault’s first real test as coach of the Flyers comes today.

That’s because his team, a team that appeared to be playing a different brand of hockey through the first three games than anything we had grown accustomed to in the mediocrity of the past seven years, had a relapse in Calgary, losing to the Flames 3-1.

An optimist can sit here and make an excuse for the Flyers – after all, it was their fourth game in four different time zones and all, and the travel has been brutal.

But lets be real for a second. They had two days off between games. They didn’t skate Tuesday morning. The flight from Vancouver to Calgary is a brief one. Using travel as an excuse for bad play in this instance isn’t acceptable.

It would almost be OK if the Flyers messed the bed tonight in Edmonton because of travel. Back-to-back games, end of a road trip, blah, blah, blah.

But that’s not what happened (yet, anyway). Instead, the Flyers were ambushed by a superior Calgary team who has visions of Stanley Cup glory this season dancing in their heads.

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Snow The Goalie: Off to a Good Start with Riley Cote, James van Riemsdyk, and Amy Johnson

Russ Joy - October 14, 2019

This episode of Snow The Goalie Radio aired Monday, October 14, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

It’s a jam-packed episode featuring three separate interviews! Anthony and Russ break down the Flyers’ win in their home opener and OT loss in Vancouver, as well as discuss AV’s comments about Jake Voracek’s play. The guys are then joined by forward James van Riemsdyk, who talks about the team’s start to the season, his role, and his teammates’ fashion. Anthony and Russ then offer opinions on the renovations at Wells Fargo Center and are joined by former Flyer and Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote. Finally, Amy Johnson of The NHL Report joins the show to discuss the early play of Joel Farabee, Phil Myers, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, and Morgan Frost.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “STG”.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad Also be sure to tune into The Press Row Show as Anthony and Russ live stream during pregame and the first and second intermission breaks of every Flyers home game live from press row of the Wells Fargo Center via the Crossing Broad Facebook page and Twitter.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Replacing Kapler, The Vikings Game, Interview with JVR

Russ Joy - October 14, 2019

This episode of Crossing Broadcast first aired on Monday, October 14 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Russ, Bob, and Anthony react to the firing of Gabe Kapler, the John Middleton press conference, and potential managerial replacements. Kevin then joins the show to break down the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings. The guys then debate where Carson Wentz falls in the top tier of quarterbacks. Finally, Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk joins the show to talk about the season thus far, bonding as a team, and more.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “CB”.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [iHeartRadio] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @JoyOnBroad @BobWankelCB @AntSanPhilly @Kevin_Kinkead

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Something Special Brewing? How Power Play, Penalty Kill Vaulted Flyers to 4-0 Win Over Devils

Anthony SanFilippo - October 10, 2019

A season ago, the Flyers were arguably the worst special teams squad in the NHL.

The penalty kill was historically awful before having a good finish to earn a very small modicum of respectability. The power play was incredibly disappointing, especially with a cast of characters with a history of being beasts with the man advantage. It was something that absolutely had to get better if the Flyers were going to improve.

Well, through two games, that’s exactly what we have. Vast improvement.

The Flyers scored two power play goals and killed off five penalties – including a full two-minute, two-man shorthanded situation – en route to beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0.

Carter Hart made 25 saves to record his first NHL shutout, becoming the youngest Flyers goalie to ever blank an opponent (the old record was held by Dominic Roussel).

Head Coach Alain Vigneault made a point to say that specialty teams would be a focus of his teams practices as they often swing outcomes of games.

So far, it’s working.

Let’s break it down:

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The Hart of a Champion

Russ Joy - October 10, 2019

I’m not trying to start the talk radio debate about the most important position in sports. You wanna argue till you’re blue in the face that playing quarterback in THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is the toughest? Have at it. I’d contend that a 1A to quarterback is standing between the pipes of 72″ x 48″ net while a disk of vulcanized rubber is propelled through the air at 90mph. I’d elevate the position’s importance in Philadelphia, where -I don’t know if you’ve heard- the Flyers haven’t had a rock-solid net minder in… [looks at records] nearly thirty years since Ron Hextall. Even then, Hextall was far from elite. The late Pelle Lindbergh aside -seeing as we’ll never know how good he truly could have been- the last great Flyers goaltender was Bernie Parent back in the 70s.

“But, Russ, the Flyers had a Vezina Trophy winner in their organization and they traded him away.”

Fair, but it was never going to work here. Ed Snider practically forced the hand of former GM Paul Holmgren to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, who flat-out refused to mentor or help a young Sergei Bobrovsky.

This isn’t a matter of Philly fans being out of their minds or blowing the goalie issue out of proportion. When we sat down with head coach Alain Vigneault and mentioned Hart, his response -amid a smirk and chuckle- was, “So I’ve been told.” That’s why Carter Hart’s performance on Wednesday night, featuring the first shutout of his NHL career, wasn’t just big. It was… humongous big. In fact, it’s the biggest thing to happen to a Philadelphia sports team in the past few months.

(Side note: Save your Kapler firing cheers for joy. The Phillies are a fundamentally flawed organization and kept the architects of a mediocre-at-best franchise in favor of cleaning house like they should’ve done. Also, the Ben Simmons three was delightful and could prove to be the most important added dimension to a Philly team this side of DeSean Jackson popping the top off an opposing defense. I digress…)

Hart didn’t just make the saves. He dominated the Devils. He embarrassed them:

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The Flyers’ New Rage Room is the Most Philadelphia Thing Ever

Russ Joy - October 9, 2019

Tonight’s the Flyers’ home opener and instead of talking about the team on the ice, we here at Crossing Broad are absolutely obsessed with the Wells Fargo Center’s newest fan experience. No, I’m not talking about the two new sports lounges with a sport betting twist, nor am I focusing in on the esports areas. Friends, we’ve reached peak Philly.

Remember all those annoying national TV references to the “jail” under Veterans Stadium? The Eagles did a pretty decent job of shedding the image of Roman Colosseum savagery, when they announced a sensory room for individuals with Autism and sensory challenges at the Linc, something that represents an excellent way for all fans to enjoy a game. The folks across the street at the Wells Fargo Center have picked up the hard-nosed, blue-collar image of the Philadelphia fan and doubled down as they’ve announced the first-ever rage room in a major professional sports arena, which they’ve dubbed “The Disassembly Room”.

You heart that? That’s the sound of Katie Nolan piecing together a longform takedown of the Philadelphia fan culture. Get ready for the onslaught of ESPN and FS1 talent taking shots at the Delaware Valley.

So what’s a rage room, you ask? Per the press release:

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