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Provy-lone: Thoughts After Flyers Defenseman’s Solo Dash Secures OT Win Over Canadiens

Anthony SanFilippo - December 1, 2019

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This Flyers post will not be very long for a few reasons.

  1. I wrote 2,000 words about the state of the team yesterday, and not much changed in 24 hours with the exception of another win under the Flyers’ belt.
  2. It’s a Sunday in December, so the Eagles and gambling dominate conversation – I know my place.
  3. The Flyers still really aren’t on the Philadelphia sports radar when compared to other teams. When you are a mediocre team for the better part of a decade and disconnect from what was one of the most loyal fan bases in professional sports, creating more of an apathetic feeling about your team, your going to need more than one good month of hockey during football season to alert the city that you matter again.

That said, the city better start waking up to the Flyers.

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Not as Good as it Looked – But the Flyers will take it following a 6-1 win over the Red Wings

Anthony SanFilippo - November 30, 2019

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Matt Niskanen stood in front of his locker, blood caked on his lips and goatee, his nose about three times the size as normal, with 15 fresh stitches and a pair of cotton spindles up his nostrils to prevent further bleeding.

He told the gathered media “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Hockey player.

We’ll get into his contributions to the Flyers’ 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a bit, but I told you that story to tell you this one:

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault used Niskanen’s take on his injury as a way to talk about the Flyers’ seemingly easy victory.

“Nisky said it looks worse than it is,” Vigneault said. “Well, we didn’t look real good at the beginning, but we found a way to get it going. That probably summarizes a bit of our game.”

In other words, the final score is not as good as it looks.

Hey, it was a game all about appearances for the Flyers (14-7-5, 33 points) who leapfrogged both Pittsburgh and Carolina into third place in the Metropolitan Division, a far cry from where they were exactly one calendar year prior when general manager Ron Hextall was about to be fired.

The Flyers didn’t look good for 40 minutes, and still had a lead. Two defensemen took pucks to the face. And that collection of veterans who have appeared to be struggling – well, they’re all scoring now.

Shayne Gostisbehere, back in the lineup for the first time after being benched for three games, scored a goal. Kevin Hayes, who has only been able to score in the past dozen games when there’s no goalie in front of the net, scored. Jake Voracek had a three assist game. Heck, even James van Riemsdyk got a goal in garbage time.

And yet, despite a five-goal victory, the Flyers were badly outplayed in the first period (which they ended up leading 2-1 heading into intermission) and for much of the second period (the Flyers lead actually grew to 3-1).

“To be honest, I think they were the better team for two periods,” Voracek said. “It’s always, I wouldn’t say hard to play against those teams but obviously they got nothing to lose, you know, in the standings. It’s really sometimes you don’t expect something happening on the ice, what they do, when they swing away and they kind of move around with all five guys in the zone. Sometimes you have a little trouble with that, but we got to move and stay patient. We got to find a way to win the game. Kudos to us. Kudos to us for doing that and sticking with it until the third period.”

Jake called it a “mindset,” that the Flyers are playing with right now. He said it’s something this team hasn’t had for a long time.

“AV holds guys accountable, you know what I mean,” Voracek told me when I asked him to elaborate on it further. “If you don’t have that ‘mindset’ then you aren’t going to play. It’s easy. You have to have that mindset to play the right way and to be successful. Tonight wasn’t pretty but I’ll take playing not pretty and winning over putting up 55 shots and coming up short.”

Positive things are happening for the Flyers in an unexpected fashion, but one in which we all should recognize are ways that things happen to good teams sometimes. When you play consistently, and with accountability, you can have games like this against a last place team like the Red Wings.

This wouldn’t have been the norm 12 months ago.

“You have to be able to evaluate your game individually and you have to be able to evaluate your game as a team,” Vigneault said. “We know that Carter [Hart] kept us in this game early – and goalies have to do that sometimes – and then we got going.”

It started with Hart. It ended with JVR. Up next is a team that has been absolutely pathetic at home of late. Let’s cycle through this rapid fire.

Carter Hart was the difference maker in a 6-1 win

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Crossing Broadcast and Snow The Goalie

Russ Joy - November 26, 2019

Crossing Broadcast: “The Seahawks Game”

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ are joined in the first segment by former Eagles wideout Bryce Treggs to break down what he’s seen from the Eagles receiving corps, how young players rebound from mistakes, and discusses the transition to being a player agent. The guys then analyze the job Howie Roseman has done in constructing this roster. They then react to the release of Jordan Matthews, the play of the receiving corps, and look ahead to the next five games. Plus, a Mt. Rushmore of Thanksgiving food.

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Snow The Goalie: “Ghosted”

Anthony and Russ react to Shayne Gostisbehere being a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game, his comments and head coach Alain Vigneault’s rationale, and what it could mean for his future. The guys then break down Morgan Frost’s first three games with the Flyers and look to the week ahead.

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Jake Voracek’s ‘F-You’ Attitude Leads Flyers to 2-1 Win Over Canucks

Anthony SanFilippo - November 26, 2019

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Hockey is not football in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t similarities.

The Eagles are struggling, and the fan base is splintered about quarterback Carson Wentz. There are those who ridiculously blame him for everything and insist he stinks just as there are those who defend him to the hilt, absurdly turning a blind eye to the fact that the franchise quarterback has not been good, especially in the last two games.

As is the case with most issues in today’s society, there are only extremes. The middle ground has been completely diminished down to a very rogue cross-section of realists who are often beaten down by the wing nuts on either side of an argument who insist the middle’s desire to hedge and see things from both sides is a greater detriment than wearing blinders.

It’s crazy.

In the world of Philadelphia hockey, two guys have gotten the Wentz treatment this season, Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.

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Boston Bruins Fan Demands Apology By Screaming in Dude’s Face

Kevin Kinkead - November 25, 2019

I laughed pretty hard watching this video clip.

It comes from a Boston Bruins game, where some guy in the crowd apparently got food on a woman’s clothing, causing her to go into a fit of rage.

Get a load of this:

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Points of Contention: Thoughts After the Flyers Lose to Flames in Shootout

Anthony SanFilippo - November 24, 2019

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If the Flyers want to be a playoff team this year they have to stop doing what they did against Calgary Saturday – and that’s giving up points.

The Flyers coughed up two third period leads and lost in a shootout 3-2 to Calgary at Wells Fargo Center. It was their league-leading eighth shootout this season and it was the eighth time in the last 12 games the Flyers played extra hockey.

Shootouts are always a game of chance, and one in which the Flyers historically have been terrible.

This year, they’ve been mediocre in them at best, going 3-5. That’s five points that they’ve missed out on because they lost a game that went to a shootout.

Looking at all five of those games this season, it’s hard to say the Flyers weren’t the better team in each game.

  • At Vancouver 10/12 – this was the Flyers first loss of the season, and the team played really well despite all the crazy travel. They hit the travel wall a few days later with back-to-back clunkers in Calgary and Edmonton, but this one was winnable.
  • Vs. Toronto 11/2 – The Flyers dominated this game, but couldn’t put away the struggling Leafs. If you remember, this is the one that went like 146 rounds in the shootout before the Flyers finally lost.
  • Vs. Washington 11/13 – This one is the only one that maybe you say, OK, they’re good with just getting one point. Carter Hart was great in regulation, especially in an awful first period. But the Flyers dominated the second period, part of the third and overtime. They had chances to win this game before the shootout, and didn’t.
  • Vs. New York Islanders 11/16 – The worst of the losses. The Flyers blew a 3-0 third period lead before dropping the game in the shootout. It made matters worse since it was a division game.
  • Vs. Calgary 11/23 – Blew two one-goal leads in the third period. Missed a number of chances earlier in the game, especially in a fantastic second period where the ice was tilted.

That’s five points the Flyers have given up that they probably shouldn’t have. At least four. right now they cling to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have a one point lead over Toronto and three points over Tampa, but the Lightning have three games in hand.

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Big Daddy Graham Does First Public Appearance Since Summer Surgery

Kevin Kinkead - November 22, 2019

Last night Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham did a sold-out launch event at P.J. Whelihan’s in Cherry Hill, introducing the new and revised edition of The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists.

The packed room included a who’s who of Philadelphia media and sports personalities and it was Big Daddy’s first public appearance since July, when he was hospitalized after suffering a spinal bleed that left him partially paralyzed. He’s doing rehab now and operating from a wheelchair after dealing with a months-long recovery process.

Rob Tornoe at the Inquirer was at P.J.’s last night and wrote this:

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Gritty Visited Patients at Children’s Hospital

Kevin Kinkead - November 21, 2019

Haven’t done a Gritty post in a while.

Here’s the big guy visiting the patients at CHOP:

And some more video provided by the Flyers:

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