Welcome to Around the Net, where we take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL on and off the ice. This week we look at a Bryz shutout, possible playoff opponents and our own Flyers Faithful trivia night.
Bryz shuts the door:
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third shutout of the season on Sunday night, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals. It was a milestone victory for the franchise, the first by that score against the Caps since they entered the league in 1974. Bryz has been playing better of late and his confidence seems to be growing as his goals-against average is shrinking.
Highlights courtesy of Flyers.com
Playoffs? You’re asking about playoffs?
The Flyers currently sit in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference and would play Pittsburgh in the first round if nothing changes, but the Flyers could conceivably move up to 4th or all the way down to 7th. Who would you like to see them play? Florida as a 6th seed or Pittsburgh in a 4 vs. 5 matchup with or without home ice?
I would rather have the highest seed possible to delay any series against the Rangers for as long as possible, as they give the Flyers all sorts of problems and if they did have to play them, I would rather it be further down the line when the Rangers might not be 100%.
Mark Howe Night:
Tonight the Flyers honor arguably the best defensemen to ever wear the Orange and Black, Mark Howe. Howe played 10 years with the Flyers (1982-92), leading them to two Stanley Cup finals in 1985 and 1987. Teaming primarily with Brad McCrimmon from 1984-87, they formed one of the most dominant defense pairings in history.
Videos courtesy of Flyers.com
Mark Howe talks about having his jersey retired:
Howe was one of my favorite players growing up, and seeing his jersey finally hang from the rafters is long overdue. Congratulations to Mark on his Hall of Fame career.
Just a quick note to all those who came out to our Pub Quiz Fundraiser at Fado last night to support the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation — thank you for your support and I hope a good time was had by all. I was unable to attend, but look forward to seeing your pictures and videos from the event.
Well, that’s all for this week’s Around the Net. Next week we take a closer look at a possible first round playoff opponent and see if the Flyers can continue their winning ways.