Video: Niklas Kronwall's Brutal Hit on Jakub Voracek

Video: Niklas Kronwall's Brutal Hit on Jakub Voracek

Any semblance of the sportsmanship and mutual respect the Flyers and Red Wings might have had lingering after the ceremony to honor Mark Howe before Tuesday night's game were certainly gone in the second period. It wasn't hard to pinpoint the moment that all good will left the ice.

With 12:30 left in the second period, Jake Voracek was trying to gather the puck near his own blue line and turning to head up ice. Unfortunately, his head was not up, and Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was poised to deliver a huge hit. Video and comments on its impact on the game below.

If Voracek doesn't have a concussion, then they truly are mysterious injuries.

The hit was square, and Kronwall didn't lead with his elbow or leave his skates. It could be argued that he head-hunted, as Voracek's face was the primary point of contact, but despite the dangerous result, we'd all probably be defending any Flyer who delivered the same one.

Certainly, Bill Clement had a good point in wondering how there was no whistle with a clearly injured player laying on the ice. Particularly scary was the rigid way in which Voracek's arms rose up after he hit the ice, a motion that looked almost involuntary. He was able to skate off under his own power, but would not return.

His teammates quickly took exception and started looking for a battle, but the Red Wings tried to avoid answering the call. Zac Rinaldo drew a weak penalty, and Scott Hartnell later got one as well, though the Flyers would score while on the penalty kill as Claude Giroux forced a turnover, skated up and got a shot on Joey MacDonald, and Max Talbot popped home the rebound for the eventual game-winner.

It was terrible to see Voracek taken out like that, and there's reason to worry the effects of the hit will linger. But the silver lining was that his team rallied around the hit, from the simple act of trying to get the Red Wings to answer for it, to the much harder task of controlling the game and getting the best revenge.

Giroux put in a great effort despite a hand injury that saw Scott Hartnell taking faceoffs. G's breakaway goal on the Flyers' second tally was a thing of beauty.

A Detroit fan threw an octopus on the ice at one point, but for a minute after the goal, I swore I saw MacDonald's jock laying there too.

Ilya Bryzgalov turned in another stellar performance despite again giving up a goal in the first five minutes of the game. it was a pretty damn good backhand by Henrik Zetterberg, but one you'd kinda like to see him in better position for. However, Bryz was the biggest reason the Flyers left the ice with a win. He continues to see the puck well even in traffic and on rebounds, and late in the game, he was locked in as the Red Wings through shots on him.

To add to the Flyers injury woes though, which already include James van Riemsdyk, Kimmo Timonen, and Andrej Meszaros, Jaromir Jagr is hurt as well, leaving the game with a lower-body injury.

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

The Union have signed their second-round draft choice, Aaron Jones, from last month’s MLS SuperDraft. 

The 5-foot-9 defender was selected 33rd overall and is the second player the Union have signed from the Jan. 13 draft. Marcus Epps was the first to sign. 

Jones has been practicing with the team in their preseason camp and has impressed the front office. 

“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending. We look forward to bringing him aboard officially and tracking his development at the right back position over the years to come.”

The 22-year-old originally played at the collegiate level with Georgia State University between 2013-2014. He made 35 starts while scoring three goals with five assists. He transferred to Clemson before the 2015 season and finished his final two seasons with the Tigers. In those two seasons he made 38 starts, scoring four goals, and gathered seven assists. 

Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

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Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

Editor's note: The following is sponsored content written by TicketIQ.

Attending this year’s Stadium Series game won’t come at much of a cost for fans at Heinz Field.

With the Penguins set to host the Flyers in the 68,000-plus seat stadium on Saturday, tickets are the cheapest of all three outdoor games this season. On TicketIQ, CSN Philly’s official ticketing partner, Penguins vs. Flyers Stadium Series tickets now average $202.

Saturday’s game is considerably cheaper than the Centennial Classic and Winter Classic, which were held in Toronto and St. Louis last month, respectively. The Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks averaged a $632 ticket while the Maple Leafs and Red Wings’ Centennial Classic posted a $299 average.

As it stands now, this weekend’s game owns the third lowest average for a Stadium Series game in the last four years, trumped only by a 2016 game between the Wild and Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which owned an overall average of $160. It is the cheapest two-day-out average that any game has posted, however, inching past a 2015 game between the Sharks and Kings ($203) for that title.

Only a 2014 Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Islanders owned a lower get-in price ($45) two days out than Saturday’s game at Heinz Field. Penguins vs. Flyers tickets currently start from $67 each in the 500 sections.

The Flyers will play in their first Stadium Series game since the format was created in 2014. It will be their third overall outdoor game after 2010’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park and 2012’s Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

The game comes at a crucial time for the Flyers, who remain on the cusp of a playoff spot in a crowded Eastern Conference. As of Thursday afternoon, they sit just three points removed from the second wild-card spot. Some pushing and shoving will occur over the next two months, however, as several other teams fight for that last playoff berth.

The Penguins play host to their second outdoor game at Heinz Field following 2011’s Winter Classic against the Capitals. It will be the reigning Stanley Cup champions’ fourth outdoor game since 2008. They enter Saturday owners of the second seed in the Metropolitan division behind the league-best Capitals with 82 points in tow.