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The Philadelphia Union may never score again.
For the FIFTH straight game, an actual Union player failed to score an actual soccer goal during the run of play as the Union dropped a 1-0 decision to rival D.C. United at PPL Park on Saturday.
How bad is the drought?
Take a look at this ridiculous play early in the second half when Andrew Wenger and Conor Casey both get absolutely stoned by D.C. goalie Bill Hamid before Danny Cruz does a Danny Cruz thing and launches himself over a couple of players right in front of the goal line.
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That play, in many ways, epitomizes the Union season: even when they make nice plays (as Fabinho and Andrew Wenger both did there), they just can’t put the ball into the back of the net.
Of course, as it turns out, scoring goals is kind of an important thing in soccer – which is why the Union (1-5-5) are now winless in their last nine games (heading into a midweek road game against the reigning MLS Cup champs) and why some fans started a “Fire Hackworth” chant late in Saturday’s contest.
Many of the Philadelphia players heard the chant and strongly came to manager John Hackworth’s defense after the game. But if they don’t start scoring soon, nothing they say will likely make a difference.
Full highlights are at the top, if you feel like subjecting yourself to that.
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.