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Welcome to the first weekly Philly sports review. My weekly Flyers reviews were going so well, my esteemed Overlords here at Pattison Ave. asked if I could recap all the teams for the past week. So here I am spending my Sunday morning writing about stuff that already happened. Let’s jump right in to it,shall we?
The Flyers had a pretty good week, riding a two game win streak into Tuesday’s game with Ottawa. Rookie wunderkind Shayne Gotisbehere opened the scoring with his 4th goal of the season to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Ottawa would tie it at 1-1 with a goal by Zach Smith late in the first period. The teams would trade goals in the second period and it would be a Wayne Simmonds marker at 16:35 of the second the would give the Orange and Black the lead for good. Sean Couturier would ice the game with an empty net goal and the Flyers had their third win in a row.
Flyers vs Ottawa-NHL.com
A trip up the New Jersey Turnpike on Friday evening was next up for the Flyers, meeting the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Flyers fell behind early on a bad goal from Stephan Matteau that somehow got through Michal Neuvirth and into the net. Wayne Simmonds would tie the game on a power play goal at 9:56 of the first period. The Flyers dominated play but didn’t take the lead until 7:12 of the second period when Claude Giroux scored another power play goal and gave his team a 2-1 advantage going into the third period. A quick Kyle Palmieri goal notted the game at 2, where it would stay until Pierre-Edouard Bellemare broke the tie with his second tally of the year. With Corey Schneider pulled and on a power play, the Flyers string of 24 straight penalty kills was broken by a Mike Cammalleri goal at 19:00 of the third. Not to be deterred, Matt Read scored on a two -on -one during the 3 on 3 OT and gave the Flyers their fourth straight win.
Flyers vs Devils-NHL.com
Last night, Flyers hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets and laid an egg. The Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson and never looked back. Our old friend Scott Hartnell had a power play goal to make it 4-1 in the third and that was all she wrote. Michael Raffl had the lone Flyers tally and the winning streaked was stopped at four games. Still the Flyers are up to .500 on the season and can build on their better play as of late.
Flyers vs Blue Jackets-NHL.com
Technically, the Eagles didn’t play last week, having lost on Thanksgiving in Detroit. So, nothing happened around the Birds except the usual; Chip Kelly saying he not leaving, people speculating on whether he should be fired or not and Sam Bradford injury news. Bradford is supposed to play today against the very beat up but still very good New England Patriots, so we all have that to look forward to. Most people (everyone) is giving the Eagles no chance in this game and after the last two weeks, it’s understandable. They have been awful. Here is hoping for a Christmas or Hanukkah miracle to pull them through.
The Phils grabbed a bunch guys off of waivers who are probably not very good, but I will give them a chance. The are rebuilding and I will try to be patient with the new GM, Matt Klentak. That’s all I got. It’s December.
The Sixers finally won a game, but we don’t want them to win, right? Having all the draft picks is only good if you lose a lot. At least they did the right thing yesterday and blew the game late against Denver. This team know how to tank, now we just need the Lakers to win enough to not end up in the top 3.
That’s all for this week, join me again next Sunday when we look back on the week that was in Philly sports.