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Radko Gudas Went Down Low on Sean Couturier in Practice

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2018

Radko Gudas, for reasons unknown to man, threw a low hip (knee?) check on Sean Couturier today in practice and it was captured by 6 ABC, which reports that Couturier limped off with a trainer:

I think the responses to this all sum it up:

We’ll update you when we know more about Couturier.

UPDATE: Upon further inspection, there were two pucks and this was two separate drills. Doesn’t look like it was an intentional hit.

A Lack of “Sticktoitiveness” – Breaking Down the Real Reason the Flyers Lost Game 3 to the Penguins.

Anthony SanFilippo - April 16, 2018

It was a common theme.

Each player in the locker room said it.

The coach reiterated it, ad nauseam, during his nearly 10-minute press conference.

The Flyers lost Game 3 to the Penguins 5-1 because of a lack of discipline.

I’m here to tell you that while giving Pittsburgh’s potent power play seven chances (of which they scored on three times) is certainly a way to lose a game, it wasn’t where the game was lost.

Nope. The game was lost in the locker room between the first and second period – before all the penalties started piling up.

The game was lost after the Flyers played perhaps their best period of the hockey season and had nothing to show for it.

A great game plan by Dave Hakstol blew up in smoke and went out the window pretty quickly in the second period when the Flyers stopped believing in the process.

A 1-0 deficit after 20 minutes – even the most energized 20-minutes of the season – wasn’t the culprit either. It was just one goal. The result of one bad decision – the only one of the first period – and the Flyers picked up where they left off immediately after it, so it wasn’t the deflating element.

No, the downfall for the Flyers was the fact that they couldn’t finish their chances – and they had a bevy of them – in the opening 20 minutes. They were in full throttle mode for 20 minutes and couldn’t crack Matt Murray and the Penguins defense – which blocked a ton of shots, yet again.

So, in the second period, the Flyers started a little more tentatively. And when you’re tentative in the playoffs, it leads to mistakes – in this case, stick infractions, that led to a parade of penalties.

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Underdog Mentality: Flyers Believed in Themselves When No One Else Would, Tie Series With 5-1 Win

Anthony SanFilippo - April 14, 2018

No one.

Let me say that again.

No one.

That’s exactly how many people outside of the Flyers locker room thought they could completely turn the tables on the Pittsburgh Penguins following the embarrassment that was a seven-goal loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Sure, the more level-headed knew the team would play better – mostly because they couldn’t play worse – but to shut down the Penguins for the first time all season? To score five goals of their own? To dictate the pace, tempo, and style? To revert back to a tried and true formula that certainly still has a place in the sport, especially in the playoffs? To get lights out goaltending?

No. None of this was expected. And yet, it happened anyway.

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I’m Going To Have Sexual Relations With The New Playoff Hot Dog at the Wells Fargo Center

Kyle Scott - April 13, 2018

The Wells Fargo Center sent out a press release about new food items for the playoffs, including this hot dog, which I am going to do unspeakable things to:

Wells Fargo Center and Aramark are set to offer a specialty playoff hot dog called the “Hot Streak Delco Dog.” The hot dog is a split top hot dog with house made chili, crumbled bacon, topped with American cheese sauce served on a pretzel bun. The specialty playoff hot dog can be found at Fan Favorite Stands at sections 104, 110, 122, and 212 at Wells Fargo Center. The new hot dog will be available during all home Flyers and 76ers playoff games.

Specialty Playoff Cocktails:

During all home 76ers playoff games “The Moment” Sixers signature playoff cocktail will be available for purchase. The specialty cocktail includes: Citron Vodka, Blueberry Simple Syrup, lime juice and fresh blueberries served in a souvenir mason jar.

During all home Flyers playoff games the “Earn Tomorrow” Signature Flyers playoff cocktail will be available for purchase. The specialty cocktail includes: Silver Rum, Blood Orange Liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda served in a souvenir mason jar.

The specialty cocktails will be available for purchase at the Cure Insurance Club cure club, the 204 Mezzanine Landing, the 216 Mezzanine Landing and in Tito’s Bar.

Fun fact: That Flyers cocktail also comes with a kick in the dick from Sidney Crosby. But that hot dog… yeah, it touches you in all the right places, and begs for you to reciprocate.

Crossing Broadcast: Live from 6 Feet Under

JoyOnBroad - April 13, 2018

Kyle and Russ are joined by Bob (Crossed Up) and Anthony (Crossed Up/Snow the Goalie) to discuss:

  • Flyers v. Penguins (1:35)
  • Markelle Fultz records a triple double (13:30)
  • Sixers v. Heat (18:30)
  • The CB Comments section (24:00)
  • Bryz trolls the Flyers (34:20)
  • Brett Brown: COY? (37:00)
  • Most likely: Amazon HQ to Philly, LeBron to Sixers, Sixers win NBA Finals (38:30)
  • Kyle thinks the Sixers can beat Houston (44:30)
  • Bob does play-by-play (48:30)
  • Are baseball games too long? (50:00)
  • Phillies win! (54:00)
  • Crossing Broad Podcast Network (54:30)

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Losing by a Touchdown: Five failures of the Flyers in their 7-0 Game One Loss

Anthony SanFilippo - April 12, 2018

There are bad losses…. and then there was last night.

The Flyers were as ill-prepared for the start of the playoffs as any team I have ever seen. It was as embarrassing to watch as I’m sure it was to participate.

Sure, it’s easy to say it’s just one game and that the Penguins could win 20-0 or 3-2 and it all counts the same… blah, blah, blah – shove that crap logic right back down your gullet from whence it came.

The fact of the matter was something emphatically pointed out yesterday – the Penguins are a playoff-tested team and the Flyers are not yet ready for prime time.

From the guys dressed in suits to the guys wearing skates, there wasn’t one person prepared for the avalanche that was coming their way.

The Flyers seemed to think this series was going to start a lot more like a boxing match – where the first round is a bit of a feeling out process. Throw a couple jabs, take a couple, and really get a sense of how each team is going to play before it settles in.

Uh, that was an epic misread on their part.

Instead, the Penguins were like, “screw that” and came out of the gates like the thoroughbred team they are, and didn’t stop. And won’t stop.

I know a lot of you younger folks are skeptical when us graybeards tell you that experienced teams and talented teams know how to elevate their game to a whole new level and that young teams often have a hard time matching that.

I know it’s a very old school way of thinking because we live in a world where the younger generations are a bunch of doubting Thomases and need empirical evidence for absolutely everything before they even consider accepting a statement as true, or even mostly true (you ever watch the news with the fact-checkers? They need to qualify something as mostly true or mostly false and can’t just accept true or false with qualifiers anymore… it’s maddening…. OK, back to hockey).

Anyway… when we say players are “red light players” or that they can just “flip the switch” and dominate games because we’ve seen it, we mean it.

And if you want empirical evidence, I give you the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.

That, friends, is what great teams can do. I hate to admit it, because there’s a lot of things I really don’t like about the Penguins…

(For example, and this is not indicative of anything, but just an anecdote I will share – after the game last night, a Philadelphia reporter was chastised by members of the Penguins public relations staff for accidentally stepping on the Penguins logo in their locker room because it’s “bad luck.” 

This isn’t the first time this has happened, and to be fair, the Penguins are not alone with this, as other teams have this asinine tradition, too.

And you know what I say to these teams and the members of the logo-protecting Gestapo that they employ? If you don’t want someone stepping on your logo, then don’t put it on the damn floor! And seriously, it’s a freaking piece of carpet, you morons. It’s not like it’s some old heirloom from underneath Sidney Crosby’s dryer that he used to shoot pucks into in Nova Scotia growing up – as if it was some sort of sign from above that he was destined to lead the Penguins to Stanley Cup glory, no… it’s new. It was put in when the building opened a few years back. It has no historical value whatsoever. It’s a rug. Stop being so bleeping self-righteous about it. Damn.)

… but the Penguins are a great team.

Yes, I said on the Snow the Goalie podcast (subscribe/rate/review… thanks!) that they aren’t the same Penguins team that won the last two Stanley Cups. And their depth is good, but not as good as previous years. Their defense is pedestrian and goalie Matt Murray has been shaky all season.

And yet, in Game 1, they looked every bit as dominant as they were the last two seasons.

As is always the case in the playoffs, you can throw all your analysis (old school eye tests and new school analytics, both) out the window because it’s a different game. It’s a different season. And none of that stuff from the regular season really matters.

Great teams know how to win. Especially against not-so-great teams. Sadly for Flyers fans, the local boys in orange and black are the latter.

Everything that has plagued the Flyers for the past three months, three years, hell, three decades, was on display last night.

Here are five of them:

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Is Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh Really a Rivalry?

Kevin Kinkead - April 11, 2018

I haven’t written anything about the Flyers this year because I don’t know anything about ice hockey. That’s Anthony’s beat anyway. He’s got you covered.

What I do know is that I hate Sidney Crosby and his fat face. I hate his smug demeanor and childish attitude and his 89 points. I hate his three Stanley Cups and his seven All-Star selections and his pair of Conn Smythe and Hart Trophies.

When it comes to Pittsburgh, however, that’s about it. Obviously Wawa is better than Sheetz, and it’s “soda,” not “pop,” but I really don’t dislike anything else about the Steel City.

But it’s not about me, it’s about you, the readers of Crossing Broad dot com, who overwhelming said that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are not rivals:

Seems accurate to me.

When you go down the list of sports teams, it’s hard to find a ton of meaning:

Penguins/Flyers

Metropolitan Division rivals. Frequent games, playoff history, exciting matchups.

Steelers/Eagles

One AFC team, one NFC team. Infrequent games, no playoff matchups even possible outside of the Super Bowl.

Pirates/Phillies

It used to be something special before the Pirates moved to the National League Central back in 1994. You could go back to the 70s and find 10 NLCS appearances between the two teams, an era of success that saw the Pirates win it all twice (’71 and ’79’) and the Phillies once (1980). It’s been tempered since then, and when the Pirates began to turn the corner about five or six years ago, the Phils were sliding back to mediocrity after the 2008 and 2009 World Series appearances.

Sixers/no one

Pittsburgh doesn’t have an NBA team.

Union/no one

No MLS team, but Pittsburgh does have a USL team, the Riverhounds, who play Bethlehem Steel a few times a year.

Colleges 

Pitt kind of sucks in all sports now, so it’s hard to find meaning there. They don’t play Temple or Villanova anymore, and those football and basketball games weren’t rivalries anyway. What else is out there? Duquesne? Carnegie Mellon? The Point Park Pioneers?

I think that’s it, really, it’s just the Penguins and Flyers for real substance and meaning.

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Snow the Goalie: Stanley Cup Playoffs, Flyers/Penguins, God Bless America

JoyOnBroad - April 11, 2018

Anthony and Russ discuss:

  • Live Show and Watch Party! (0:00)
  • The excitement for Flyers/Penguins (1:00)
  • Is Boston/Toronto the best matchup? (6:30)
  • The new NHL Playoff structure (8:00)
  • Join our Bracket Challenge (20:00)
  • Picking the Playoffs (21:00)
  • Flyers/Penguins preview (38:00)
  • Biggest concerns for the Flyers (50:00)
  • Line matchups (56:00)
  • The use of God Bless America (1:03:00)
  • Stanley Cup Final Predictions (1:18:00)

Come out to the Crossing Broadcast Live Show and Flyers Watch Party on Wednesday, April 11th @ 7PM at 6 Feet Under Gastropub in Philly.

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