Happy 8th Birthday Simon Gagne! -- The Feb. 29th Post

Happy 8th Birthday Simon Gagne! -- The Feb. 29th Post

Leap Day! Wooooo!
Anyway, Happy 8th Birthday Simon Gagne. You were born on this day in 1980, which means this is just your eighth actual birthday without having to compensate by faking it on Feb. 28 or Mar. 1. 
Though we're sure the former Flyer would rather have been celebrating on the ice with Richie and Carter in the Kings' 4-0 win over Minnesota last night, Gagne remains sidelined with yet another concussion. 
On a more upbeat note let's keep this between me and you and say Happy Birthday to JA RULE. He turns 36 today. Other notables born on the 29th include former Sixer Vonteego Cummings, goalie Cam Ward, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, entertainer Saul Williams, center Henri Richard, and the "Hebrew Hammer" Al Rosen. Oh, and the guy from Foster the People -- him, too.
Ed Barkowitz has an excellent list on Philly.com of the important sporting events that have taken place on Feb. 29 since 1952. Our favorites include Wilt Chamberlain becoming the first player to receive both the MVP and ROY in the same year (1960), Hank Aaron becoming the first player to be paid as much as $200,000 in a season, Doug Collins getting in a fight with Willie Norwood (1976), Allen Iverson shooting 15-for-18 to drop 35 on the Mavericks 2000, and the Sixers' hosting Harvery Pollack Bobblehead Night (2004).
Finally, RIP Dennis Dannell, the original guitarist of the band Social Distortion, who passed away on this day after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2000.


Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

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 admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

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.