Some Pre-247 Flyers Reading: Concussions, Drinking, and More HartnellDown

Some Pre-247 Flyers Reading: Concussions, Drinking, and More HartnellDown

We'll be kicking off the Flyers-Rangers HBO 24/7 liveblog just ahead of the 10 PM airing of the episode tonight, and we hope you'll swing by and watch it with us. Until then, a few links to serve as an appetizer.

First, a sobering look at how dramatically concussions have impacted the Flyers team and the lives of some excellent players in recent years. Our good friend Rev. Paul Revere as always does a great job tying the recent past into one of our team's present situations. [House That Glanville Built]

The Flyers did not provide the anticipated update on Chris Pronger tonight. The update on Claude Giroux is that his status remains the same.

Too sobering? Well wash it down with Puck Daddy's 24/7 Drinking Game. Pretty solid, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't print out a few copies and plan to half-assedly play along while chirping at you all on the liveblog. What's your drink tonight? [Puck Daddy]

Also enjoyed PD's Seven Humble Requests for the series. [Puck Daddy]

Broad Street Hockey's #hartnelldown shirt is pretty sweet, nicely designed. Now, Hartnell himself has started selling one too, with proceeds going to charity. Also a real nice looking T, and how great is it to see him embracing that hashtag after every game? He even bought the domain, and has a running counter of hartnelldowns. Really hope Harts plays a big role in the 24/7 series. [hartnelldown.com]

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.