There will undoubtedly be more to come on this story later, but Dan Carcillo is due for a meeting with the NHL this afternoon to determine whether there will be any penalties resulting from the high stick in Sunday's game win over New Jersey. Maybe his newfound discipline will help him dodge a bullet here. Maybe... [CSN]
Encouraging words from Todd Zolecki on J.C. Romero, who retired the first four batters he faced on 13 pitches in his first competitive outing of his rehab. His health could be crucial in a bullpen that still has its share of question marks. [Zo Zone]
Did Donovan McNabb puke in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXIX? Peter Mucha dispels the myth that Donovan was sick as a result of the pressure in the moment, and offers that Five simply had the wind knocked out of him from a Tedy Brushi hit on a fumble recovery. Seems much more feasible. [Inquirer]
An extensive look at one of the newest members of the Flyers system, right winger Mike Testwuide. The undrafted senior out of Colorado College is 6-3, 220 and finished his last season with 31 points in 36 games. [PhiladelphiaFlyers.com]
Former NFL scout Matt Williamson reminds us that it's not only what the Eagles see in film and during practice with Kevin Kolb, but how popular he is in the locker room and what goes on behind the scenes. For a guy who has his leadership questioned quite a bit, it's notable you won't find a lot of players who don't stick up for McNabb. [ESPN]
Is the window closing for these Phillies? At least one person believes age is catching up with their starting lineup, and time is running out on their dominance. There's still plenty of youth in that clubhouse though, and their careful monitoring of the payroll should allow them to become spenders when the free agent market calls for it. [Washington Post]
Anthony SanFilippo stirs it up with this post, which quotes an unnamed source within the Flyers saying the team's number one priority before next season is to acquire a goalie that will truly be "the guy." Easier said than done, but it's a marked movement away from their usual strategy of recycling veterans whose ceilings aren't particularly high. Either way, it would be nice to see Michael Lieghton return in some capacity, as he wound up being a very pleasant surprise this season. [Delco Times]
Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.
Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests.
A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.
Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.
CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).
The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).
“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”