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Good Vibes… But Maybe Too Good? Thoughts After Flyers 4, Sabres 1

Anthony SanFilippo - January 8, 2018

Tyrell Goulbourne was sitting in the locker room, taking off his pads and packing them in a bag.

This was an indicator that Goulbourne, unlike the rest of his Flyers teammates, wasn’t getting a chance to go on vacation as the Flyers entered a bye week that mandates a full 120 hours off (five days) before they are required to undergo any team activity (The Flyers next practice isn’t until 4 p.m. on Friday).

And yet, here was Goulbourne, all smiles, willing to talk about his NHL experience and the potential to have it continue as soon as the weekend.

I’ll get into my conversation with Goulbourne in a bit, but it’s rare that you see a guy getting sent back down to the minors in such a good mood.

Ahhh, a winning hockey locker room is a unique atmosphere – especially one where you’ve won a few games in a row, or 11 of 16 after a 10-game losing skid – all of which is the case for the Flyers following a not pretty, yet efficient, 4-1 win over Buffalo yesterday.

There’s the woooing as the player of the game is presented with the Ric Flair robe. There’s loud music. Guys are willing to talk and talk at length. There’s a lot of smiling and playfulness.

There’s even some over the top answers to questions, like:

“The feeling is we are very close to the playoffs right now,” Jake Voracek said. “I was reading somewhere that some people felt this team should get blown up during that 10-game losing streak. We didn’t, and we’re staying patient and we’re in a playoff position right now, so that’s good for us.”

Slow down Jake. Or, as Dave Hakstol likes to say, put it in park.

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Knock Knock

Kyle Scott - March 11, 2013

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After three consecutive losses to their three biggest rivals in a little over three days, the Flyers finally got a win. So you should totally… not get excited, because they are still in the midst of what is shaping up to be a horrifically disappointing season. 

But. 

But it’s OK to let ‘em in. Knock Knock is back, at the request of one captain, one Mr. Claude Giroux, who is finally showing some leadership (and why yes, Virginia, there is still some t-shirt inventory to move):

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Let’s talk about a Brayden Schenn’s game-saving save: Before the opening faceoff, a super focused Schenn told Brian Engblom that this was a must-win game for the Flyers. And while that sort of clichéity is nothing new in pre-game rinkside interviews, Schenn backed it up in the third period with the Flyers holding a 3-2 lead when he somehow stopped a puck that had gotten by Bryz from crossing the goal line: 

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No goal

Afterwards, scriptuals asked Bryz about the assist:

Q: Tell me about the save that Brayden Schenn made for you in the third period.

Big save! Big save.

Q: How about yours on Cody Hodgson?

Big save! Big save. 

 

Big saves, indeed. 

Of course, Bryz was less excited about the Sabres' second goal. He seemingly yelled "dumb shit" as he slammed his stick over the crossbar. Might he have been referring to Kimmo Timonen's suspect handling of a 2-on-1? Probably.

I know I’m hard on Bryz for both his play and flakiness, but I still can’t help enjoying the disdain with which he answers reporters’ nonsensical questions. Check out his post-game presser, along with a very predictable song, after the jump.

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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NBA Over/Under Wins That You Might Want to Check Out

The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry),

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Skate Bites: The Flyers Murdered Ryan Miller Again Last Night

Kyle Scott - April 6, 2012

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Ryan Miller sad. 

For the second year in a row, the Flyers sent Miller (and his nasally drone) to the golf course. The Sabres' loss, combined with the Captials' win, officially eliminated the hockey team from Buffalo.

Ryan Miller, post-game:

Q: Do you think anything from when you guys made the (inaudible)

“I can't really digest right now. It's just disappointing. It's embarrassing to miss the playoffs. We've got a lot of talented players, but we just couldn't get it going early enough. And then you run out of time and you run out of games, and it comes down to basically going to the bigger tear than any team in the league during the entire year just to make playoffs and that's not how you do it in this league. We got bit this year, and last year we got away with it.” 

 

Poor guy– what to do with all that spare time?

Meanwhile, the Flyers clinched the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, making it official that they will play the Shittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. It also means that Saturday’s much-ballyhooed game will most likely be a watered down affair, perhaps with very few stars in the lineup. 

Bites: 

– Claude Giroux is totally going to win the NHL 13 cover vote. He leads all vote getters right now, and his matchup with Scott Hartnell is the most voted on in the entire league. Flyers fans are just… different. Not only is Philadelphia a great sports town (this you know), but take it from me when I say that our online community is unlike anything, anywhere. Giroux is going to win in a landslide. 

– Here is Sergei Bobrovsky’s new mask, which presumably we’ll never see this season (…): [via here]

 

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– Reader Chris sends us this jersey from Tuesday night’s game. I hate to steal a line from the fine folks at Barstool Philly but does this jersey get this guy laid? 

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I says it might, but any chance he has quickly gets nullified by whatever is going on up top with that mullet fusion thing. 

Finally, the Flyers handed out their end-of-season awards last night. View the full list of winners and highlights from the game after the jump.

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Skate Bites: The Flyers Murdered The Buffalo Sabres Last Night

Kyle Scott - February 17, 2012

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Lindy Ruff facepalm via (@g81ross)

Ryan Miller is dead. He was 31. 

Miller is, by far, my favorite opponent for Philly teams to play against. He has it all: talented player at a position notorious for getting the best of local teams, whiny demeanor, vagina, and the propensity to completely and utterly lose his shit when he comes within 20 miles of our city’s center.

The Flyers beat the Sabres last night, 7-2. It would figure that, on the day I wrote 2,200 words about the issues plaguing the Flyers (and there are some), they would unload a steaming pile of goals all over the belly of my words. But that’s OK– I’m not complaining. I like it.

Things didn’t start off well for the Flyers, however. Early in the first period, it was Philly typical as Jason Pominville was left wide open for an easy one-timer: 

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If this happened in a video game, you would go on a message board somewhere and complain about the game’s shitty AI.

Then Bryz let in a Mister Softee, which was eerily reminiscent of (though significantly less important than) Claude Lemieux’s go-ahead goal in Game 5 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. Chris Therien remembers it well: 

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I was on the couch, crying

It was all Flyers after the Sabres' two quick goals.

Max Talbot scored. Then, enter Wayne Simmonds, Silence of the Lambs:

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Well helll-ooo, Clarice!

Simmonds, who needed 25 stitches to his upper and lower lips thanks to taking a puck to the face in pre-game warmups, netted the Flyers’ second and third goals, which, fittingly, proved to be the kill shots for Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. He would be replaced by our favorite son, Ryan Miller. Here’s a fun stat: It was the third time in the last four games against the Sabres, dating back to Game 7 last year, that the Flyers forced them to pull their goalie. Heh.

Remember the last time?

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Morning Puck: Holler If You’ve Seen Ryan Miller’s Undergarments

Kyle Scott - December 8, 2011

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Hey, what's that caterpillar on your head?

It’s like the Flyers enjoy a 3-0 deficit. On Friday, when they came back from the same score against the Ducks, it was the first time they had done so (in the regular season) in three years. They’ve now done it twice in one week. 

The Flyers beat the Sabres, in overtime, 5-4.

From the Flyers:

Tonight’s game marks the second time in the last week that the Flyers have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a game. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the third time in team history that the Flyers have accomplished that twice in a single season, it is the quickest they have done so, and it is the first time they have done it with both games coming on the road.  

 

Both times, Claude Giroux poured a pile of filth on the extra stanza. For realsies, I think last night’s five-hole game-winner took a piece of Ryan Miller’s labia with it into the back of the net.* That goal was Giroux’s fourth point of the night– he now leads the NHL in scoring.

You guys really like him, too:

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*I’m going on little sleep, it might get raunchy today.

On to Miller, who came into the game nursing his hormones thanks to taking runs in two consecutive games: The Sabres’ goaltender earned himself the above shiner when Scott Hartnell lifted the puck into his eye (seen here).

That wasn’t the only time his helmet fell off, though. James van Riemsdyk also ripped a slap shot off the forlorn goalie’s head, causing his mask to fly off in hilarious fashion. After the game, Miller opined on some problematic padding:

"Go figure, I got hit with the puck in the eye. I tried putting extra padding in my mask this year, and apparently it’s not keeping it on my head, but it’s been pretty good for puck impacts. But I gotta get a way to make that thing stay on a little bit tighter. But we’ll have to go back to the drawing board on that, because this is too much, and that was dangerous. 

I’m usually down, and guys are pushing, and your helmet can’t pop off or it’s going to get torqued on. So I’ve got to do something about that. But again, I was trying to figure out something to for the impact, like we saw at the end of last year, thicken up the padding, change some things around, and now we have a helmet that’s popped off probably four or five times."

 

But… but… but…

Poor guy.

Hey, did you know Comcast, Versus and NBC are now one big happy family and Versus is soon going to be NBC Sports and NBC likes promoting Grimm like there’s no tomorrow?

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Finally, Hartnell continues to play well… he scored the Flyers’ tying goal, but was more interested in his #hartnelldown count, which tracks the number of times Harts finds himself on the ice throughout the course of a game:

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After the game, Harts talked about the count when he spoke with Tim Saunders and Chris Therien. That audio, along with the full game highlights and an ironic lost in the woods commercial from last night’s game, after the jump.

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Patrick Kaleta Gets Four-Game Suspension, Mostly For Being a Douchebag

Kyle Scott - November 3, 2011

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Morning Puck: Murdering Miller

Kyle Scott - November 3, 2011

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Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (pic via this chick's Flickr stream)

Back in April – in a time when names like Richards, Carter, Leino and Carcillo appeared on the backs of Flyers sweaters, and Jaromir Jagr was still a woman in Russia – the Flyers murdered Ryan Milller and the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the playoffs.

Perhaps you remember Miller whining in his nasally drone, which sounds like the unfortunate offspring of Cole Hamels and a dying rhino:

Oh man, that’s like audio porn. Here’s the full quote from after Game 6 earlier this year:

"Before we get any further, I’d just like to add one thing: If Mike Richards thinks we’re getting away with murder, I don’t know what he just got away with. Mass murder? [nice joke, asshole] Are we stepping it up a notch? Unbelievable. We lose a player for the rest of the game… that’s the kind of hit the league has been talking about, and it’s dangerous. They better seriously consider looking at that one. It’s unbelievable."

 

No, Ryan, giving up three goals in 6:23 is unbelievable. The Flyers beat the Sabres last night, 3-2 (boom– buried lede). Their three goals to start the game were the team’s fastest since November 15, 2001. Sean Couturier – Cooter – who scored the first goal of the game, was eight-years-old at the time. 

It was Miller’s 402nd career start, but the first time he’s ever allowed two goals in the first two minutes of the game. He was pulled just shortly after the first TV timeout. That’s impressive. Or sad. 

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Yeah, mostly sad. Even Scott Hartnell sniped him (standing up!).

Miller on getting booed: [BuffaloNews.com]

"They bought their tickets and they can do whatever they want. They were cheering when I made a save, booing when I don't. Whatever."

 

Poor guy. And to think, Miller’s old buddy, Danny Briere, wasn’t even there to give him a smack in the back of the head… like he did in the first period of Game 7 this spring (visual proof). Where was Danny, you ask? Healing that upper body injury with some Saladworks at the Voorhees Town Center:

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Pic via (@Pete_Amato)

Sunglasses!

One other item of note: NBC Promo Tour 2011 continued in Buffalo. Versus, which will become NBC Sports something or other on January 2nd, has already implemented many peacock screen graphics and, now, dasher board ads for Grimm, the show that used Twitter reviews on their prime time commercial:

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We’re just one synergistic step away from Brian Williams doing an inside the glass promo for Rock Center (Monday nights at 10!!!).

Your photo gallery is here. Your highlights are after the jump. And here's an unfortunate picture of Lindy Ruff's daugther.

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Checking in on Our Former Foes, The Buffalo Sabres

Kyle Scott - April 29, 2011

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It turns out Patrick Kaleta broke his hand during the second period of Game 6. He will have surgery on Monday. Karma, however, continues to be a bitch.

And do you remember when Jim Jackson and Bill Clement joked about Jason Pominville's reaction – tossing the stick and gloves – to what they thought was a skate blade problem? Well, as you know, Pominville was cut. It turns out he severed a tendon in his leg and will be out for 4-6 MONTHS. That sucks, for real.

And now, sad Ryan Miller.

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Must watch video for those of you who take pleasure in other people's misery… after the jump. Now if the Phillies or Flyers would play a game soon, we could stop making fun of other cities.

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