Briere Shreds Isles in Shootout

Briere Shreds Isles in Shootout

A beautiful goal by Danny Briere ensured the Flyers wouldn't be the victims of a second consecutive shootout loss Saturday night, winning 4-3 on Long Island. For the second straight night, the Flyers found themselves down in the third period, but Mike Richards rammed home the equalizer to send it to overtime. A last minute penalty had them down a man for the first 2 minutes of OT, and when another penalty immediately followed, it looked like the Flyers might be in line for another sympathy point. But tenacious play stifled the Isles' power play, and once again the Flyers headed to the dreaded shootout.

Tonight's round was just the opposite of last night's, in which only one save was made in six attempts; Antero Niittymaki was perfect on the three attempts he faced, and Wade Dubielewicz stopped the first two Flyers shots, but couldn't answer Briere's multi-deke backhander. Briere scored in regulation as well, and his hot streak continues. Joffrey Lupul added the Flyers other goal, lighting the lamp for the first time since returning to injury.

Dubielewicz and Niitty both played great games in net, with a total of 83 shots between the teams. The Flyers' 54 marked a season high, and tonight's game was the sixth time in the past 10 games the Flyers have gone to overtime or beyond. Video highlights after the jump.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."