Preseason Hockey: Home of Fights, Flying Elbows, and the 11-Round Shootout

Preseason Hockey: Home of Fights, Flying Elbows, and the 11-Round Shootout

The Flyers played a "home game" up in London, Ontario, against the Maple Leafs of Toronto, Ontario on Thursday night. Panotch explains that there's good reason for the Flyers to feel at home in the John Labatt Centre despite the way they spell "center" differently than our own Wells Fargo version: Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, manages the place. 

Moving on to the game, we have one of my favorite things about hockey—the fact that it's only the preseason doesn't preclude the players from laying nasty hits, dropping the gloves, or participating in ELEVEN-ROUND SHOOTOUTS. Video of a Zac Rinaldo battle with Luke Schenn after the jump. 

Not bad. 

The Flyers weren't able to hang in there on this one, although I think both teams are awarded five imaginary happy points for going more than ten rounds in a preseason shootout. Boosh got the start and played well through two periods, and Sergei Bobrovsky handled the third period and shootout action again. Bob Loblaw looked pretty solid between the pipes.* Marc-Andre Bourdon and Bill Guerin scored for the Flyers in regulation, and Jeff Carter, Guerin, and Joonas Lehtivouri scored in the shootout. Another fun moment came when James van Riemsdyk was awarded a penalty shot against Toronto goalie James Reimer. Despite stricter adherence to I before E decorum, Riemer was bested by Reimer on this one. 

Elsewhere on the tube tonight, CSN ran its Meet the Flyers program. Most interesting tidbit for me in this one was the inclusion of Guerin in the festivities. He even got a talking part. Much of the program was a taped event in front of a crowd at the Skate Zone, with brief player interviews, audience questions, and clips from last season. Guerin was featured in one of the on-stage Q&A's, sitting alongside Carter and wearing an organge Flyers T. It's a little harder to imagine Billy not making the club after seeing him featured in the intro show, but this is the NHL. 

Bonus: Some footage for Jon Kalinski's next Virtua commercial? Watch as he Mmm Bop's Christian Hanson. 

Let's not forget—let's not forget, Jon—that keeping your elbow up, and leaving the ice, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city—that ain't legal either. 

*I was going to shoehorn a What About Bob reference in here too, but I figure the Arrested Development, Big Lebowski, and 90s bubblegum refs were already pushing it. Looks like Bobrovsky could give us ample opportunity to shout "Bob. Bob!" in the near future though. 

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

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Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


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.
Notable goals
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.
Goalie report
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.
Power play
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.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
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.
Big hit
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.
Third line
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.
Up next
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.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

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.”