Welcome to the New Dark Age of Philly Sports

Welcome to the New Dark Age of Philly Sports

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The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention –
technically, mathematically, and otherwise this time – by virtue of a Rangers
victory on Friday, marking the first time since 1994 that all four major
professional sports franchises in Philadelphia missed the postseason in
succession.

We wrote about this in greater detail back in March, when it
was already becoming increasingly apparent this could happen. To summarize, the
Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, and most recently the Flyers have all failed to
qualify for a playoff berth in the past year, which last occurred beginning with
the ‘93 Eagles, and ended with the Flyers in ’95.

It’s debatable which streak is actually worse. The nineties-era
dark ages include the Eagles twice, although there is still time for this year’s
Phillies to extend the nightmare. Also, the Phillies didn’t actually miss the
playoffs in ’94, they were canceled due to the strike – I’m not entirely sure
which is worse.

If the Phils don’t come through, it could be awhile before
one of the teams breaks this up. The Birds should be improved, but not to the
point where we can count on them making the playoffs. There are no easy
solutions for the mess the Sixers have gotten themselves into.

Scary thought: this curse could easily cycle around back to
the Flyers – unless the Union can save us. Does that count?

Four teams, four seasons over all too abruptly. Your misery
is officially justified.

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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.