Not that he could ever reprise Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot,” but Scott Hartnell’s personal woes in that department are worthy of mention.
He blocked a shot on Jan. 14 in Buffalo and had been wearing a walking boot on and off since.
Hartnell felt certain there was fracture, but a CT scan proved otherwise.
And while most would say his constant falling on the ice leading to the #Hartnelldown mantra is proof he really does have two left feet, it didn’t seem to bother him Tuesday during the Flyers’ 5-0 rout over the Detroit Red Wings (see game recap).
Hartnell had his first two-goal game of the season as the Flyers snapped a four-game losing skid (0-3-1).
Everyone had their legs moving in this one, Hartnell said.
“Our start was crucial,” he said. “We came out of the gates skating, hitting, we were on the puck. We created turnovers.
“We needed two points. They were ahead of us in the standings. We’re going on a really tough road trip out west. We needed to get our confidence back and high going into that trip. I think guys, first line through fourth line, played hard.”
Hartnell's line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek had seven points. Keep in mind Hartnell has been moved up and down the lineup this season.
“When we had a chance we buried it,” Voracek said of his unit. “That’s the biggest point out there because sometimes you get so many chances and you just can’t get a goal.
“I think today Hartsy did such a good job driving to the net. We got a couple of bounces and made some plays out offensively.”
Hartnell scored a power-play goal in the first period and one off the wing in the second period.
“Me, Jake and Hartsy played together before and you can see a little bit of the chemistry there, but we need to be a little better, too,” Giroux said.
“If we spend a little more time in the defensive zone, we’re going to be better.”
Longtime Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin worked his 1,500th NHL game and was presented with a piece of engraved crystal from Tiffany & Co. before the game by the club.
“It's been great to be part of an organization like the Philadelphia Flyers all but one of those years [a season with the Hartford Whalers],” McCrossin said.
“I couldn't ask for anything better. I've met some phenomenal people and the fans have awesome. I feel truly blessed to be here today and to have 1,500 games under my belt. I'm hoping for another 1,500.”
Wednesday's game was the eighth time the Flyers have beaten the Red Wings by five goals. That tied the second-most lopsided win over Detroit in Flyers history. … The Flyers won 12-2 over Detroit on Feb. 2, 1974. … The Flyers have scored on the power play in 10 of their last 13 games. They are 11 for 48 over that span for 22.9 percent efficiency. … The Flyers took the season series over Detroit, 2-1. The last time that happened was 1987-88 when they went 2-0-1 against the Red Wings. They also extended their regular-season home winning streak over Detroit to eight games. The last regular-season loss to the Wings here in Philadelphia came on Jan. 25, 1997. ... Steve Mason’s shutout was his 21st lifetime.
LOS ANGELES -- Goalie Jonathan Quick has returned to the Los Angeles Kings after injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener.
Quick led the Kings during warmups before Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed 59 games with the injury, which occurred Oct. 12 against San Jose. He has been skating with the Kings for several weeks, but he didn't make any rehabilitation starts in the minors.
The Kings only announced his return by activating him from injured reserve 40 minutes before the opening faceoff.
Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 when the eighth-seeded Kings steamrolled the competition on their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup title.
When healthy, Quick has been the Kings' starting goalie since December 2008.
Ducks: Vermette's 10-game suspension upheld
NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 10-game suspension assessed to Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette.
Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota's Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win on Feb. 14. Vermette had a hearing with Bettman on Thursday after appealing the initial suspension.
Bettman announced Saturday that the 10-game ban would remain; Vermette has served four games already.
Vermette will lose $97,222 in salary.
The normally mild-mannered Vermette appeared to act out of frustration when Alphonso dropped the puck before the forward had put his stick in place on the ice. Officials immediately assessed a game misconduct to Vermette.
PITTSBURGH -- For Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, tonight’s Stadium Series game between the Flyers and Penguins brings back memories.
Hakstol coached North Dakota in an outdoor hockey in college, while Gostisbehere participated in one as a freshman at Union College.
For Hakstol, however, this whole idea of outdoor hockey began when he was growing up in central Alberta in the small town of Drayton Valley.
“I think everybody’s got great memories of growing up outdoors,” Hakstol said. “We had a back creek that we could shovel off. I’m sure everybody could sit back and tell you stories of playing on the outdoor rinks.
“For me, most recently, I’ve got two kids growing up playing on outdoor rinks, backyard rinks. It’s pretty cool. It takes you right back to the heart of the game.”
Hakstol’s outdoor coaching experience came during a game between Nebraska-Omaha and his North Dakota squad in 2013 at the “Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice.”
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Hakstol said of the event. “It’s just a different feel. It’s an ideal scenario.”
He said while tonight's game is special, it’s still about the points, first and foremost.
“You are cognizant of everything that surrounds the event and the game,” Hakstol said. “Yet for us, it’s two points. We’re fighting for every point here. That is going to paramount.”
Gostisbehere played at Fenway Park in 2012 for Union in a game against Harvard. That night, Union won, 2-0, to become the first ECAC club to ever win outdoors.
“I played at Fenway Park against Harvard and it was fun,” Gostisbehere said. “That was my freshman year and the only one I ever played in.
“Good crowd. It wasn’t packed obviously, but it was a night game. The ice was really good. It was really cold, too. It was pretty cool.”
As warm as it was Friday here -- a historic 78 degrees -- temperatures will begin in the 40s tonight at Heinz Field and then drop. It rained this morning but has since ceased.
“The biggest thing for me was to take a second, look around,” Gostisbehere said, admitting he failed to do that in college and won’t make that mistake again.
“Just cherish it a little bit. You are so focused on the game, it’s tough. That was biggest thing for me. It was such a blur. Just being in college and having the opportunity to play at Fenway Park was pretty awesome.”
This will the Flyers first-ever outdoor affair in Pittsburgh.
“It’s pretty exciting and I’m glad to be part of it,” Gostisbehere said.