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Yesterday, we mentioned that a Philadelphia sports team hadn’t won a home game all month. There were only two more chances for a home victory in November, and last night it looked like the Flyers would win this one easily. They were up 2-0 seven minutes into the third period. A home win was just more than 10 minutes away.
Naturally, the Flyers gave up two goals in the third and the game went to overtime. The chance for a home win was in doubt, especially because the Flyers came into the game just 2-4 after being tied at the end of regulation. But Philly caught a break when the Carolina Hurricanes’ Victor Rask was called for holding just 11 seconds into the period. The Flyers would get a 4-on-3 advantage for two minutes. (NHL overtimes are now 3-on-3, with teams going to 4-on-3 when a penalty is called.
Then Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers rookie defenseman, flicked one into the net just 13 seconds later to give the Flyers the 3-2 overtime win. Finally, a win in Philadelphia! It was the most recent victory for a Philly team since the Flyers beat the Rangers in OT at the Wells Fargo Center on October 24th. (The last regulation home win for a Philly team was on October 19th, when the Eagles beat the Giants on Monday Night Football.) Read more »
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Flyers had an interesting Tuedsay. Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth was late getting to the ice, and then — after skating for a few minutes — was declared out for that night’s game with an “upper body injury.”
As a result, an Aramark employee had to fill-in at morning skate. To be fair, Justin Musciano — division manager of concessions at the Wells Fargo Center – wasn’t just a random schlub pulled onto the ice. He played in Flyers CEO Peter Luukko’s morning games as a goaltender, and played in college.
“If you haven’t played with professionals and you just see it on TV, you get a totally different respect for what they do and [how they play] the game,” Musciano told the Delaware County Times in 2012 after he filled in then. “How hard they actually shoot the puck? It’s just amazing.”
Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Anthony Stolarz was called up in time to back up Steve Mason during Tuesday night’s game. Another interesting thing happened there, but it had nothing to do with goaltending: Phenom prospect Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first NHL goal. Read more »
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Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil added some fuel to the team’s very-public feud with Wells Fargo — the bank that owns the naming rights to their home arena.
For months now, Sixers executives have refused to say the words “Wells Fargo Center” in press conferences, publish it on the team’s website or print it in any official documentation. Instead they refer to it as “The Center.” And just recently, the team made the words “Wells Fargo Center” very difficult to read on its home court. What used to appear in dark lettering on the floor, is now painted white and virtually blends in.
I interviewed O’Neil on Wednesday and asked why. Read more »
Last night, the Flyers played the Chicago Blackhawks in their fourth game of the season. The Flyers actually beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, 3-0. It was backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth’s second straight shutout. The Flyers are now 2-1-1.
One of the Blackhawks’ star players is Patrick Kane, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Flyers in the 2010 Finals. In August, Kane was accused of rape. He has not been charged, and the case has played out in the media in incredibly odd ways. It remains an ongoing investigation.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the ability to suspend Kane, but is waiting to see how it plays out. So Kane is playing. Some NHL fans have supported Kane despite the allegations. But last night, Flyers fans let Kane have it, chanting “She said no” at Kane throughout the game. Read more »
Good day, co-residents of one of the worst sports cities in America, where we wake up every day perusing websites, television, radio and newspapers reading about how awful things are!
“Hope.” It is one of the most relevant words in the English language and here, in Philadelphia, we search every day for it, much like the farmer who tries to find his wife’s needle in the horse manure. Today’s column is about that hope, about analyzing which of the four major sports team brings us the most hope for a future championship – or at least SOME kind of success.
I will break this down analytically based on the following factors: strength of ownership, strength of management, strength of coaching, and finally, strength of talent. And I will rank the teams in order as they accumulate points in my head. Read more »
The Flyers made hockey history last night. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong end of it.
After ending regulation tied at 2, the Flyers and Lightning went to overtime. This year, the NHL is using new rules in an attempt to have games end in OT rather than go to a shootout: 3-on-3! Last night’s game, the season opener for both teams, was the first 3-on-3 OT in NHL history.
And, yeah, the Flyers lost in OT. Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison scored on a breakaway 2:17 into overtime. It was his second goal of the game. Read more »
The Flyers used to be a sure bet for the playoffs every year. Ed Snider would assemble a team of French Canadians, Regular Canadians, Americans and maybe a Scandinavian or two; the Flyers would finish in the top half of the conference and they’d make the playoffs. This happened every year except one from 1994-95 season to the 2011-12 season (when hockey wasn’t locked out). It didn’t really matter that the Flyers never won the Stanley Cup; the team would draw nearly 20,000 a game every year to South Philadelphia, and things were good. What other Philadelphia sports team could boast such (regular season) success?
In two out of the last three years, however, the Flyers have not made the postseason. The one year they did (2013–14) they lost in the first round to the Rangers. Instead of coming into this season as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders — hockey playoffs are weird and long, any team that qualifies can make a run — they are coming in defending themselves. “Philadelphia Flyers out to prove critics wrong,” is the headline on a story by longtime Courier Times Flyers beat writer Wayne Fish. “Giroux out to prove Flyers better than expected,” reads today’s Daily News back cover. Even Comcast SportsNet, which has the same parent company as the team, headlines its piece: “Claude Giroux: Flyers using outside doubt as motivation.”
It’s true: Not one ESPN expert has the Flyers winning the Metropolitan Division. No writers at Sports Illustrated picked the Flyers to even make the playoffs. “With [backup goaltender Michal] Neuvirth as insurance,” SI writes in another article, “do the Flyers defensively challenged Flyers pick up enough points to challenge for a playoff berth?” The Flyers are such an afterthought no one has even fixed that typo yet.
Which leads us to this: Uh-oh. Are the Flyers going to be bad this season? Will this year of Philadelphia sports horror never end? Read more »
These days, professional sports teams are focused on much more than the product on the field. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become content producers and companies where social media and mobile technologies have become crucial.
On Monday night, representatives from Philly’s four major pro sports teams sat down for a panel discussion about how the teams use technology and shared thoughts about the future of tech in their businesses. Moderated by ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt, it was a collaboration of the newly merged Philly New Technology Meetup and Mobile Monday.
Michael Harris, director of marketing and special projects for the Philadelphia Phillies said the team’s digital spend is around 40 percent to 50 percent — a major change from just a few years ago. Read more »
Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) skates during a stop in play against the New York Islanders during the first period at PPL Center.
Last night the Flyers pulled off a pretty unique feat: They won, lost and tied.
NHL preseason games began on Sunday, and on Monday the Flyers played a split-squad game against the Islanders. The Flyers’ better players beat the Islanders’ B-team in Allentown’s PPL Center (where the Phantoms play).
The Isles’ better players beat the Flyers, 3-2, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Then, in Brooklyn, the Flyers and Islanders played a practice overtime session even though the game did not end in a tie. Read more »
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Technology is changing almost every business — and sports is no different. Learn how the big four professional sports teams in the area are using technology to enhance fan engagement and team operations at the Major League Sports & Tech Meetup held at The Hub Cira Centre at 2929 Arch Street. It starts tonight at 6 p.m. Buy tickets here.
ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt will lead a panel discussion featuring the following guests: Read more »