With the glory goals and great saves, we can't forget some of the other efforts that led to the Flyers' game 7 win in Boston. One of the greatest moments in this series came with the Flyers up a goal and less than 3 minutes to play. Mike Richards won a puck battle to break the play out of the Flyers' zone and take it full-speed into Boston's end. Then he pulled the spin-peel move we've seen him turn into a few goals this post-season, only this time he used it to shed the check and dump the puck safely behind the Bruins' net. Richie changed it up after that, and Simon Gagne picked up the puck off the opposite boards, throwing it behind the net again while Blair Betts and Claude Giroux took over. And I mean took. over.
Giroux singlehandedly takes about 25 seconds off the clock, with two, three, and even four Bruins doing everything they could to take him off the puck. Check out the video:
Once Giroux has the puck, the only Flyer anywhere near him is Blair Betts, and even he pulls off. Everyone else is high in the zone or stationed in the neutral zone to catch any possible Bruins breakout. Giroux took care of everything else. At the 0:30 mark of the video, Giroux even gets tripped hard by a stick, gets up and resumes battling. After he finally throws the puck around the end boards, he uses every bit of energy he has left to sprint off the ice for his line change before the Bruins can begin their breakout.
That was it. I can't think of a better moment to define the series, with the Flyers flat-out outplaying the Bruins when it mattered most. And it wasn't for lack of effort on the B's side either. Says a lot for this young, scoring forward that he was able to put up that amazing of a defensive performance that late in a game 7.
The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.
Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.
Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.
With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.
Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.
"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."
Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.
Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.
With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.
Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.
In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.
Look at this ridiculous bat flip.
According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.
Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.