Head Games: Carcillo and Briere Have Some Fun With Ryan Miller

Head Games: Carcillo and Briere Have Some Fun With Ryan Miller

Prior to the opening round playoff series between the Flyers and Sabres, many fans in Philadelphia probably really appreciated and maybe even liked Ryan Miller for his efforts as Team USA's goalie in the most recent Olympics, and respected him long before that as the type of goaltender the Flyers need to add. Six games into an opening round playoff series filled with trash talk,  whining, and a few shutouts, however, I think any residual local love affair with Miller was dead heading into game 7.

So it was with plenty of enjoyment that we watched Miller get chased from the net in the playoffs for the first time in his career last night. Even more enjoyable was seeing Danny Briere give him a little pat on the back of the helmet after the game's first goal, and especially Dan Carcillo punking him with a head fake later on. Videos after the jump.

Now, I don't think Briere's love tap on his ex-teammate's head was meant in any dickish way, and Miller's lack of any reaction more or less confirms that. They also seemed to share a moment in the post-series handshake line that likely resolved a disagreement from earlier in the series. But that doesn't make it any less funny for us to see Briere skate behind Miller after a goal and give him a pat on his way through.

Briere won the faceoff and went to the net. Braydon Coburn's point shot got there at about the same time, beating Miller. Danny coasted through the crease, and...

After the game, Briere said it was just a little excitement after the goal, that he didn't say anything to Miller. He didn't really need to...

There, there, Ryan. It'll all be over soon.

Carcillo's activity on the other hand left little to be pondered. Miller has been active in throwing punches and shoves all series, and he got his gloves up on Carcillo behind the net here. Chico knew better than to get physical in retaliation and instead gave him a head fake we could see from the upper deck:

There was some history between the two this series...

Oh, and both guys scored. Again. (Although Carcillo's came against Jhonas Enroth.)

This game could not have been any sweeter after the roller coaster first six games...

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP