Comeback Power: Giroux Pots OT Winner, Jagr Nets Two

Comeback Power: Giroux Pots OT Winner, Jagr Nets Two

When a team concedes two unanswered goals in the first period, the likelihood they'll win isn't particularly good. When they let up a third straight in the second period, leaving the ice with a W is a considerable longshot. Thanks to three powerplay goals, including one in overtime, the Flyers did just that on Saturday night, coming all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime. Jaromir Jagr's groin seems to be in working order, as the 39-year-old scored a pair of goals and assisted on another. Claude Giroux sniped the overtime winner, putting an absolute laser over Jonas Hiller's shoulder.

Notes and video highlights below. Gotta see this Giroux goal...

The Flyers were badly outplayed in the first period, perhaps rusty after not seeing game action in almost a full week. They allowed a weak opening goal on a long outlet pass up the middle that saw Andrew Cogliano charge in on goal and push a one-handed shot past Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz hesitated to make his move and went for the poke-check a moment too late.

Two minutes later, the ageless Teemu Selanne scored his ninth of the season. The first Ducks goal came on the power play, but the second sure looked like it did. Matt Beleskey had time to play with the puck behind the net, then pass to Saku Koivu, who nutmegged Braydon Coburn with a pass to Selanne for the Finnish finish. Koivu was also the quarterback on the long pass that sprung the first Ducks goal, taking advantage of a Flyers change.

Andrew Gordon was credited with the Ducks' third goal after he, Ben Maxwell, and Maxime Macenauer overpowered a blue-line pairing of Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall. Maxwell's shot from the left circle was stopped by Bryzgalov, but a big rebound rattled around the skates of Gordon and Bourdon before finding its way over the goal line.

Jagr would finally get the Flyers on the board in the second period, deflecting a Kimmo Timonen point shot on the power play to beat Hiller (who has my current favorite goalie mask in the NHL). The Czech scored his second of the night on a two-man advantage, playing catch with Kimmo before blasting a one-timer past Hiller.

Play that back and listen to the crowd go absolutely nuts. Love hearing that in a barn 2,700 miles away. Well done, west coast Flyers fans, including our friends Jason R and Dave H.

Notes:
Jagr now has three two-goal games this season. Absolute baller. He took 16 shots, with 10 being on net, and had his stick cocked and ready if Briere had passed to his right instead of to Giroux on his left for the winner. Carchidi says that Jags felt like he was going to puke out there though, not quite in game shape after the injury layoff.

What the hell's going on with the bum starts lately? Flyers PR says the team has trailed after one in five of their last six games, outscored 11-2 in the frame over that stretch.

It might be a bit early for new coach Bruce Boudreau to light into his team or his captain, but they lost tonight because they took nine penalties, some of which were flagrant and unable to be overlooked by the refs. Getzlaf took a tripping penalty in OT, then doubled down in complaining and drew an additional two minutes.

Selanne was pretty pissed when interviewed in the dressing room after the game, wanting a simple 10-minute misconduct rather than a pair of minors to Getzlaf.

Both goalies had gorgeous glove saves in the first period. Sam Carchidi thinks we see Bryz again tomorrow.

Giroux's two points put him just one behind Toronto's Phil Kessel, with a game in hand.

Full Highlights:Up Next:
The Flyers head to Phoenix to face the Coyotes at 8PM tomorrow.

Phillies can exhale after bullpen nearly blows 10-0 lead

Phillies can exhale after bullpen nearly blows 10-0 lead

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The moment when the ball struck first baseman Tommy Joseph’s glove for the final out of the Phillies 10-8 win over the Mets — dealing a major blow to their rival’s wild card hopes in the process — felt more like a collective exhalation than a moment of celebration (see Instant Replay).
 
Two days earlier, the bullpen faltered suddenly. A game-tying two-run homer by Jose Reyes in the ninth was the first body blow. The game-winning three-run homer by Asdrubal Cabrera was the knockout.
 
Saturday, the collapse occurred over the course of five innings as the Phillies let a lead that was once 10-0 slip away, one drawn-out at-bat after another.
 
Missing, of course, was the moment of impact in the proverbial slow-motion car crash, thanks to well-placed sinkers and four-seamers from Michael Mariot.
 
“The bullpen’s been sputtering,” manager Pete Mackanin said in an understatement.
 
Joely Rodriguez entered in the sixth inning with a 10-4 lead to face a string of lefties and it quickly became apparent that he did not have his fastball. A middle-in four-seamer that caught too much of the plate was slapped for a double by Mets shortstop Gavin Cecchini, his first major-league hit and a run. A second run scored when a little dribbler by third baseman T.J. Rivera died on the third base line, leaving Rodriguez with no play.
 
“He just didn’t throw quality strikes,” Mackanin said.
 
Even the normally-reliable Hector Neris struggled on Saturday. In his 77th outing of the season, Neris walked two straight batters and then surrendered an RBI double to Cecchini of his own which narrowed the lead to 10-7 and thrust the uncertainty of a save situation onto Mackanin.
 
Mariot was given first crack at the ninth inning one day after Mackanin said he would give Jeanmar Gomez a break from closing duties.
 
Mariot’s audition got off to a rough start. He gave up a pinch-hit solo home run to Jay Bruce — who had been mired in an 0-15 slump — with one out in the ninth and then walked Eric Campbell and Michael Conforto after a pair of grueling at-bats that lasted a combined 18 pitches.
 
The two hitters fouled off eight of Mariot’s pitches and took several four-seamers that just missed the plate.
 
“I was pretty upset about that,” Mariot said of the four-seamers that missed. “I was hoping to get at least a swing or maybe a call on those. Talking to [catcher] A.J. [Ellis], I think he said that they missed but I was hoping at least one of them to get called a strike.”
 
Gomez was up in the Phillies’ bullpen but Mariot ensured that Mackanin wouldn’t need to throw the recently-struggling closer back into the fire in a high-stress situation.
 
Mariot was able to locate his fastball when he needed to most. He fooled Lucas Duda with a two-seamer that the slugger popped out to Freddy Galvis and got Travis D’Arnaud to ground a four-seamer outside right back to him.
 
“I just told myself: ‘keep throwing strikes and good things will happen,’” Mariot said.
 
He threw just enough strikes to ensure that the Phillies didn’t end up on the wrong end of what would have been the Mets’ biggest comeback in team history.

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College football wrap: Auburn upsets No. 18 LSU with controversial finish

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College football wrap: Auburn upsets No. 18 LSU with controversial finish

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn was ready to try anything to get a win for his Auburn Tigers.

Malzahn relinquished offensive play-calling duties. Following his daughters' advice, he traded his usual game-day visor for a cap. And then, when the clock expired and LSU players were celebrating an apparent last-second win, the Auburn coach put all his faith in a ruling he couldn't control.

Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling's apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.

Malzahn said he knew there were only zeroes on the clock before the snap to Etling.

"I was pretty confident time had expired," Malzahn said. "It was just a matter of going to the booth and confirming it."

Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Shark in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard pass, setting off a short-lived celebration by LSU players (see full recap).

Hornibrook proves he's ready in Badgers' win over Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.

Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown, and 11th-ranked Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans 30-6 on Saturday.

"You've got to have respect for a guy whose first start is against a Michigan State defense," Wisconsin running back Corey Clement said.

"He's going to come out the next game and do even better. I think he's just getting his feet wet."

The freshman quarterback outplayed fifth-year senior Tyler O'Connor, his Michigan State counterpart. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) were the better team in the first half and then outscored the Spartans 17-0 in the third quarter (see full recap).

No. 23 Rebels find their rhythm, beat No. 12 Georgia 45-14
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly faked the handoff and then took off running toward the end zone. A few seconds and 41 yards later, the quarterback had cruised through the middle of the Georgia defense and into the end zone untouched.

It was pretty much that easy for the Rebels all afternoon. Ole Miss finally built a lead it couldn't give away.

No. 23 Ole Miss rolled to a 45-14 victory over No. 12 Georgia on Saturday, building a 31-0 lead by halftime and a 45-0 advantage by midway through the fourth quarter.

Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Ole Miss (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996 (see full recap).

Dobbs rallies No. 14 Vols to 38-28 win over No. 19 Gators
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- This time, Tennessee delivered the comeback.

And in the process, the Volunteers took out 11 years' worth of frustration on Florida.

Joshua Dobbs accounted for five second-half touchdowns Saturday and No. 14 Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit to beat No. 19 Florida 38-28 and end their 11-game losing streak in the annual series.

"I didn't see anybody blink," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "Nobody flinched. They just kept playing."

This marks the first time Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) has beaten Florida (3-1, 1-1) since 2004. The Volunteers had lost to Florida by one point each of the last two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games (see full recap).