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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.

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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Changing of the guard: Eagles have a new starter on the offensive line

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Changing of the guard: Eagles have a new starter on the offensive line

Chance Warmack didn't want to say it. 

"I'm not really in a position to tell you what's going on in terms of the reps," he said. 

He didn't need to. 

The Eagles on Wednesday made a switch at the left guard position. After giving up three sacks against the Chiefs in Week 2, Isaac Seumalo is out and Warmack is in, their teammates indicated after practice. 

After a few days of publicly backing their second-year player Seumalo, the Eagles coaching staff benched him and started practice with Warmack as the Eagles' left guard between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Their teammates didn't know until they arrived at practice. They found out when reporters did, when during the individual period, Warmack was with the first team. 

"The change is quick and sudden," right guard Brandon Brooks said. "That's how the league is. But Isaac will get through it. We're going to support him, while also supporting Chance now that he's in there."

Seumalo (6-4, 303) was handed the Eagles' starting left guard job at the start of training camp. At that time, the Eagles decided to cut former starter Allen Barbre but eventually got a conditional seventh-round pick for him. 

"Just being in the league going on six years, I can't say I am surprised, just because it's all about production," Brooks said. 

And it's true that Seumalo didn't produce. Still, the swift change is probably shocking to some. Head coach Doug Pederson and Frank Reich backed Seumalo over the last few days and Pederson even talked about not wanting to hit panic buttons. Two days later, he has a new starting left guard. 

Warmack (6-2, 323) was brought to the Eagles on a one-year deal this offseason, reuniting with his college coach Jeff Stoutland, with whom he has a very strong relationship. He clearly thinks Stoutland is the guy to get his career back on track. Warmack was once the 10th-overall pick, and while he was a starter in Tennessee, he never lived up to that hype. 

When the Eagles signed Warmack to an extension before the start of this season, it was easy to see into the future and determine that the team might have a plan for him. Warmack chose to not read into it too much. 

For the first two games of this season, Warmack was inactive, which he admitted was "weird." It was the first time since early on in college when he was healthy and did not play. He has played in 48 games in the NFL and has 48 starts. 

In training camp, Warmack wasn't even given an opportunity to compete for a starting job, but after two weeks of the regular season, he's already taken over. 

"The more you stay in the same system, the better you're going to get," Warmack said. "You're never perfect that you want to strive to be, but you just constantly beating on the same things over and over and try to execute on those things and get better."

Seumalo, who said he needed to improve his play, did not speak to reporters on Wednesday. 

If anything, a couple of Seumalo's teammates on the offensive line seemed disappointed the second-year player won't get a chance to work through his struggles. Both Brooks and Lane Johnson said when they've had bad games, it helped to get back on the field the next week. 

Johnson remembered the third game of his rookie season in 2013 against Kansas City, when Justin Houston abused the bright-eyed rookie. He thought about that this week as he faced off against Houston and the Chiefs again last week. 

"I think in this city, it'll make you mentally tougher," Johnson said. "Like when we played the Chiefs in my rookie year. I gave up three sacks and I made sure it wasn't going to happen again. I learned from it. The biggest thing from having bad games is to learn from it, grow from it, so when you have an opportunity again, you can show coaches I've learned from it." 

But, as Johnson noted, he was a first-round pick and kept his starting gig partially because of it. 

Brooks, likewise, said he's had bad games but has never been benched because of one. 

"It's just unfortunate, man, seeing a young guy like that after having a bad game," Brooks said. "He's a young player, you don't just want to kill his confidence this early in his career. A bad game, for that to happen, I wish he could work through it. 

"I just wish he had a chance to bounce back."

He won't yet. Seumalo will sit, while the Eagles take a chance on Warmack.