No Cakewalk After the Catwalk: Isles Down Flyers Despite Bob's Heroics

No Cakewalk After the Catwalk: Isles Down Flyers Despite Bob's Heroics

Cross the Flyers' home winning streak over the Islanders off the ledger, replace it with 0-1-0 on games after fashion shows.* Sergei Bobrovsky gave the Flyers all they could possibly ask for, but at times, he might as well have been on the ice by himself. Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders defense kept the Flyers off the board until halfway through the third period, then finished them off, 4-1, with an empty netter.

The Islanders scored on an odd-man rush, a shorthanded breakaway, a 4-on-3 power play, and an empty net. Hell they even kicked one in (waved off). Bob was under fire all night, turning aside a stream of breakaways and keeping the Flyers in a game they trudged through until the third period. Unfortunately, none of his skaters matched his performance.

The Flyers' shot total (41) was about as meaningless as the Eagles' ability to pile up yardage at a record-setting pace. They rarely actually threatened. They struggled to gain the zone with any momentum, then were quickly put on their heels as the Isles cruised in high gear through the neutral zone. Passing lanes were left wide open, and the Isles sent long passes through them at will. Bob was all but abandoned at times.

Try as you might, there was little beyond Bob's performance to hang your hat on in this one. Sean Couturier's goal-scoring streak was snapped at five, but he did assist on Matt Read's third period marker. Cooter snapped a rolling puck toward the net, and Read deflected it under Nabokov's glove. Read now leads NHL rookies in goals with 14.

That was it though. Defensive efforts struggled from the forwards on back, with some key turnovers leading from both units. The Flyers actually showed regression from the last time these teams met. Just last week, Bob weathered an Islanders storm to salvage a win. Tonight, even his great performance wasn't enough.

After the game, Kimmo Timonen, who had a rough night, indicated this game was all about the Flyers.

It was all about us. We sucked today. Obviously today they were better in every area. They skated better, they learned more. It was one of those games that you didn't want to happen but it happens.

While there is truth to the sentiment that the Flyers sucked, the Isles' effort can't be discounted. Even had the Flyers played a decent game, they might have driven home with a loss. In fact, if Bob weren't so on point, it would have been even uglier, earlier.

Also, Claude Giroux fought.

Here's the video. The Bob saves are actually kinda worth it despite the awful plot.

The Flyers head to Jersey for a matinee on Saturday, then host the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. No Fashion Show Fridays, boys.*

*I'm obviously kidding about the fashion show hangover thing, but wanted to make that clear here to prevent any misinterpretation. The Flyers' wives have always been league-leaders in charity work, and their first ever fashion show looked like the start of a great new tradition. 

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.