Dropping the Gloves: Getting back at the Caps
Jakub Voracek, Troy Brouwer and Wayne Simmonds all celebrated their 400th career game on Sunday. (USA Today Images)
You can spend your entire career as a reporter covering a single team or a single sport and never see a significant triple milestone during a game.
It occurred Sunday afternoon, however, at Verizon Center during the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.
Three players -- Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Vorcek of the Flyers and Troy Brouwer of the Caps -- each celebrated his 400th career game.
A triple play of the same milestone –- a rarity, even in hockey.
“It was nice for Jake and I to get this together on the same team,” Simmonds said on Monday. “We’ve been looking at it for a while and it was a relief to get it over with.”
The Caps announced Brouwer’s milestone during the game but not the Flyers'. Simmonds was on the bench when he heard Brouwer’s.
“When they announced that Brouwer also had his 400th NHL game, I was thinking to myself, ‘this is crazy.’ It’s insane. I mean, to have two guys on one team do it together the same game is crazy enough, but another guy gets it in the same game? That’s incredible.”
That’s not all.
Flyers defenseman Mark Streit also celebrated a significant milestone against the Capitals. His second period goal represented his 300th career point.
“These all should have been happy moments for us, but we faltered down the stretch there,” Simmonds said. “It’s still nice to see guys get milestones like that.”
Voracek didn’t know about Brouwer until Monday.
“He got 400, as well?” Voracek said. “Wow. And me and Simmer are roommates on the road, too. Forty or 50 games ago, we were talking about it and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if we got it in the same game.’
“Knock on wood, during my six seasons, I’ve missed maybe only eight games. I’ve been pretty healthy, thank God. For me, it’s not satisfaction, but shows it’s the next step for me. Four hundred games flew by. You gotta enjoy every game. It makes me feel old to be honest with you, but to get 400 this quick is pretty good.”
On the Flyers previous road trip, Scott Hartnell celebrated his 900th career game.
One more thing. Hartnell has another biggie coming up -- he needs three points for 500 in his career.
Fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Caps at Wells Fargo Center can bid on Flyers Charities Baskets, prepared by the Flyers Wives. Baskets include: dinner with Voracek at Barclay Prime; Kimmo Timonen autographed 2010 Olympic gloves; Assistant Coaches’ basket with Flyers tickets and passes to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto; Claude Giroux game-used autographed stick; and plenty more from each member on the roster. Go to the 11th Street Atrium to make bids starting at 6 p.m. On-line bids, however, must be made by 7:30 tonight.