Bryzgalov 'Limping Badly' After Loss

Bryzgalov 'Limping Badly' After Loss

A 5-3 loss to the golf course-bound Tampa Bay Lightning -- a game in which the Flyers were doomed largely by mental mistakes -- likely had little significance in Philadelphia's post-season seeding, and probably was not a preview of what to expect when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 11.

An injury in goal, on the other hand, could prove to be a bit more detrimental.

According to CSN's Tim Panotch and several other scribes with access, Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was seen limping after the game. How badly? It was visible enough that virtually all of them saw it, and according to the Inq's Sam Carchidi, X-rays were taken.

For now, GM Paul Holmgren claims there is no injury, but Carchidi says Sergei Bobrovsky will start when the Orange and Black return to action on Wednesday in Toronto.

I don't recall a specific moment or play where it appeared Bryzgalov may have been hurt, though I flipped the channel in disgust after the Carle play. Bryz played the whole way, so perhaps it is actually nothing major.

But it is worth discussing what Bryz means to this team in net right now. Some months back, concern may have been minimal. After tonight, Bryzgalov is still 10-2-1 for the month of March, and the loss to Tampa can hardly be pinned on his play. Does anybody feel confident about this team making a run right now if he's not back there?

Bob has a 12-9-1 record this season, with a .899 SV% and 3.03 GAA.

Whether Bryz returns over the weekend or not should be a strong indicator about the seriousness of this so-called "limp." After the Maple Leafs on Thursday, the Flyers have Ottawa at home on Saturday afternoon, before heading west for their much-anticipated rematch with the Penguins.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music


Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.