Would Flyers Sweep Be Sign of Things to Come?

Would Flyers Sweep Be Sign of Things to Come?

Bob Vetrone Jr. of the Daily News uncovered an awesome statistic on his blog BoopStats early Wednesday morning that would seem to reveal the untold mystical powers of the broom.
Both times the Flyers have completed a four-game sweep in the opening round of a best-of-seven playoff, Philadelphia eventually got its parade. The Bullies opened post-season play with seven-game sweeps in '74 and '75, when they eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup.

What's more, this does not appear to be a random stat by any stretch of the imagination. 19 of the last 24 teams that hoisted the Cup at the end completed at least one such sweep en route to the finish.
It's rare a stat with these types of implications has any actual bearings on what will happen once the puck drops, but as DN's Frank Seravalli writes today, the Flyers could use the rest before marching on to Round 2.
Obviously they still need to take care of business tonight though. It was only two years we were on the right side of an incredible comeback from down 3-0 against the Boston Bruins, so there shouldn't be too many people taking this lead for granted.

In the only other best-of-seven sweep in franchise history, the Flyers took out the Rangers in four in the conference semis in
'95, but lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Finals.
>> Flyers' Sweep ... Dreams [BoopStats]

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.