Today in Philly Sports History: Primeau Hangs 'Em Up, 2006

Today in Philly Sports History: Primeau Hangs 'Em Up, 2006

Keith Primeau was doing his damnedest to return from a series of concussions in the 2006 off-season--most notably, one delivered by Montreal's Alexander Perzhogin the previous October--when team trainer Jim McCrossin told him that while he could participate in skate and practice drills with a minor league affiliate, he would never be cleared to play professional hockey again. Not feeling like hanging around and either gathering dust or distracting the young'uns, the Captain decided to go out gracefully. Primeau officially announced his retirement on September 14th, 2006.

"I'm sorry I couldn't overcome this injury and dragged this out as long as I did," lamented Primeau. "I did it all with the best of intentions and with the thought of returning home and playing in front of 20,000 screaming fans." Instead, Primeau removed himself from the ice, and was next honored by the team the following February, during a special ceremony before a game against the Detroit Red Wings--the team that initially drafted him. Meanwhile, the C previously belonging to Primeau was awarded to new franchise player Peter Forsberg, who presided (occasionally in absentia) over one of the more dismal stretches in Flyers history.

Primeau was beloved by fans for many reasons, perhaps none greater than his playoff performances in 2000, where he scored the winning goal in game four of the Eastern Conference Semis against Pittsburgh in the longest game in modern NHL history, and in 2004, where he nearly single-handedly powered the Flyers to the finals with his nine goals and seven assists. He was a two-time all-star and a six-year captain for the Flyers.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.