Hartnell Nets Pair, Flyers Win in Shootout (yes really)

Hartnell Nets Pair, Flyers Win in Shootout (yes really)

The Flyers may have gotten off to a terrible start that included failed clearing attempts turning into soft goals, but they didn't curl up and die under their seemingly bleak prospects. For the third time this season, they dug their way out of a 3-0 deficit, responding with three straight of their own. Scott Hartnell scored his 29th and 30th goals, and also threw down the gloves for a fight that helped spark the turnaround.

Ilya Bryzgalov let up a pair of softies to start the game, then contributed to a shorthanded sequence that saw the Flames jump to a 3-0 lead. Bryz was clearly frustrated after the second goal, smashing his stick, and the third goal felt like the weight of the world. Hopefully you didn't take the tempting option of doing something else with your Saturday night at that point.

Bryz buckled down after that, and the Flyers' attack started soon
after. Despite getting boned for a penalty shot call that resulted in
another Flames goal, the Flyers kept at it, forced overtime, then
finally won, 5-4, in the shootout.

It's hard not to be
frustrated at the holes the Flyers dig for themselves, as well as
worried about Bryzgalov continuing to let in soft goals, but damn if
their ability to maintain composure and mount a comeback isn't
impressive.

Jake Voracek's goal to open the scoring for the Flyers was the perfect start for an improbably comeback. He swiped the puck from Mike Cammalleri, pushed it past him and drove at Miikka Kiprusoff, beating him with about four minutes left in the second period.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P