Video: The goal of the year may have been scored last night at the expense of the Flyers

Video: The goal of the year may have been scored last night at the expense of the Flyers

It hasn’t been the best week in the highlight reels for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Last Thursday, it was Nashville Predators’ goaltender Carter Hutton making the NHL’s potential save of the year at the expense of the Flyers.

Last night, it was Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe scoring perhaps the NHL’s goal of the year, once again at the expense of the Orange and Black

During the second period of the Flyers’ lifeless, 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes last night in South Philly, Gerbe had a clear breakaway on Flyers’ netminder Steve Mason after Luke Schenn – who was traded for a U.S. Olympian who is on pace for 33 goals this season – mishandled the puck at his offensive blue line.

Unimpeded by any Flyers defenders, Gerbe put the puck and his stick between his legs to get Mason off his angle and beat Mason with a gorgeous between-the-legs goal to put the ‘Canes up 2-0.

Wow.

Seriously, that was as pretty as it gets.

Let’s get this out of the way now: In no way, shape or form was this showboating by Gerbe.

It was a beautiful move that is becoming more and more common in today’s game.  Remember the Sharks' Tomas Hertl at the beginning of the season on former Flyer and then Ranger Marty Biron?

Biron actually retired a few days after that but I think Mason, who just signed a contract extension, won’t have to worry about that anytime soon.

Not only was Gerbe’s move beautiful, it was incredibly effective. Mason had no idea that was coming or what had just hit him.

Plus, the Hurricanes were only up 1-0 at the time in what was an important Metropolitan Division game for them as they try to climb back into the playoff race. Do you really think Gerbe would be showboating at that time in an important game? Please.

As for the game itself, it was much of the same of what we’ve all seen from the Flyers lately.

They fell behind 2-0 after sleepwalking through the first 40 minutes or so. They managed to tie it up in the third period but eventually fell victim to one of their defensive lapses as the ‘Canes grabbed a loose puck in front of the crease and Jiri Tlusty beat Mason late in the final stanza for the game-winning tally.

The Flyers will look to rebound tonight when they visit Columbus, Ohio for a date with the Blue jackets.

The Jackets come in red-hot and winners of seven in a row.

The teams split their first two meetings of the season. But the big difference between tonight and those first two meetings is that Philadelphia will finally have to play against its former netminder, reigning Vezina Trophy winner and No.1 goaltender in your hearts, Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bob missed the previous two games against the Flyers with a groin injury.

But the best part of all is that you’ll be able to watch it tonight with me and the rest of the 700 Level crew at Smith’s in Rittenhouse Square!

Shameless plugs!

Be there!

NBA Playoffs: Warriors sweep their way to 3rd straight NBA Finals

NBA Playoffs: Warriors sweep their way to 3rd straight NBA Finals

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SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry scored 36 points as the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.

Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.

"It's great to be one of the last two teams standing, we'll see how it goes," said Kevin Durant, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.

San Antonio's only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.

Unsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with "Manu, Manu" chants as the game came to a close.

"An amazing competitor, even more fun playing against him," Durant said of Ginobili. "He was phenomenal this series."

Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. San Antonio didn't go down without a fight despite the injuries.

Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.

The effort made Spurs coach Gregg Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors' depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.

Golden State shot 56 percent and were 14 for 39 on 3-pointers.

Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors.

Ginobili finished with 15 points in 32 minutes.

Phillies held to 3 hits again, pounded by Rockies in return home

Phillies held to 3 hits again, pounded by Rockies in return home

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The loudest noise made by the Phillies' offense on Monday night was the thud — clearly audible above the small crowd — that Odubel Herrera created when he smashed his batting helmet on the dirt infield after grounding out to third base to end the seventh inning.

Herrera's frustration spoke for an entire team. The Phillies were hammered, 8-1, by the Colorado Rockies (see Instant Replay). They were out-hit, 13-3. The loss was the Phils' 18th in the last 22 games and they have been outscored 126-89 over that span.

The loss left the Phils at 15-27 for the season, matching their worst 42-game start since 2000 when they finished 65-97 in front of tiny crowds at Veterans Stadium in Terry Francona's last season as skipper.

Over the last two games, both losses, the Phils have just six hits.

"Three hits today, three hits yesterday," manager Pete Mackanin said. "You're not going to win a lot of games getting three hits."

Aaron Altherr had two of the Phillies' hits, both doubles against Colorado rookie Jeff Hoffman, who was very impressive with seven walk-free innings and seven strikeouts.

Herrera went hitless in three at-bats and is hitting just .200 in the month of May and .232 overall — not what the front office expected when it signed him to a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension in the offseason.

"It's very frustrating because I feel like I am being selective and waiting for my pitch, but when I make contact things don't happen," Herrera said. "I feel like I'm swinging the bat well, but I'm just missing."

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff gave up nine hits, seven of which were singles, and four runs over six innings. Four of the hits that Eickhoff allowed came in the third inning when the Rockies scored three times. Two of the runs scored on a flare double and the other on a groundball through a drawn-in infield.

"I executed a lot of good pitches," Eickhoff said. "I got a lot of the contact I wanted. The ball just didn't land in the gloves."

Eickhoff did not walk a batter. He struck out four.

Despite being 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA in nine starts, the right-hander believes he has made strides his last two outings. He gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings in his previous outing at Texas. Prior to that start, he worked on fixing a mechanical flaw in his delivery.

"These past two have been night-and-day different," he said. "I felt great today and in Texas and I'm going to keep that positivity going."

Finding other things to be positive about with this team is becoming difficult.

This Phillies team was not expected to contend; it is still in a rebuild. But things weren't supposed to be this bad, either.

"I'll tell you what, I'm getting frustrated, too," general manager Matt Klentak said before the game. "This team is better … there is more talent on this team than we've shown in terms of our record.

"We'll pull out of it. We will. That's what talented players will do. I'm not going to tell the fans they shouldn't be frustrated. We've gone through a tough stretch.

"But I'm not ready to call it regression. I think there's been a lack of consistency on our team in general, with some players more than others. There's been a lack of consistency, but especially for young players, two months is a relatively small sample size to categorize it as regression."

At 29-17, the Rockies have the best record in the National League. They have 16 road wins, which is one more than the Phillies have overall. The Rockies are in town for three more days. This ugly start could get even uglier.