Give The Guy A Break

Give The Guy A Break

Back in February, we asked the question here at The 700 Level whether Michael Leighton was the Flyers' MVP up to that point. That may have been a reach even then, his play happening to coincide with the club's rebound from a horrid start. It was fair though. Here was this mid-season waiver pickup who was suddenly thrust into the starting lineup, and the team was winning games. He deserves some credit for that.

As it turns out, the defense the Flyers played was probably just that good. When Leights went down and Brian Boucher had to pick up the slack, they simply continued to roll. Chris Pronger made that much of an impact on this team. And when Boosh likewise succumbed to an injury, it was the very evening Leighton returned to the bench, and all he did was hold down the fort the rest of the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Still, Michael Leighton had a huge positive influence on this season, one that ended two wins shy of a championship. He certainly didn't do it by himself, but they couldn't necessarily have done it without him either.

Last night's game winner was soft. Unfortunately, he allowed several "soft" goals in this series. He was pulled twice. Nobody is going to make the case that Leighton gave the Flyers the kind of stellar performance in goal that wins championships. And yet, nobody ever expected he would need to. You'll use two hands if you count the number of times their season was on life support.

So if he was a little overmatched by an extremely talented and very deserving Blackhawks team, how can you blame him? There were shots he could have stopped, ones that maybe another goaltender stops. The Flyers didn't have another goaltender though. They had a guy who spent a year out of the NHL, a 33-year-old backup, and Leighton, who spent most of his career playing in the AHL.

Actually, at times all they had was Leighton, like for games six and seven against Boston and the entire series versus Montreal in the Eastern Finals. If you want to toss his contributions to the Flyers' amazing run in the garbage over a couple of tough nights against a great opponent, you're just plain ungrateful. The truth is we were lucky to have the man, because who knows how far they would have made it without him.

Should he rejoin the Flyers next season and what should his role be? I don't know, nor have I the heart to answer right now. The venom directed at Leights is unnecessary and excessive though. For once, be happy with the ride somebody gave you. It didn't work out, but it was oh-so-fun, and it's a story you won't be forgetting... ever.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Flyers fueled by fast start vs. Devils

Flyers fueled by fast start vs. Devils

BOX SCORE

The Flyers had no problem getting up for a Saturday afternoon puck drop.
 
They jumped all over the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, doing all their damage in the first period en route to a 3-1 victory.
 
Travis Konecny, Valtteri Filppula and Ivan Provorov lit the lamp in the opening frame for a team that has often fought lackluster starts.
 
That was far from the case on Saturday as the Flyers (22-16-8) have now won six of their last seven games. Over that span, they've outscored the opposition 28-19.
 
With the victory, they improved to 4-2-4 against the Metropolitan Division. Plenty more to come.
 
The Devils (24-13-8) entered in second place of the Metro but have had trouble against the orange and black thus far. The Flyers are 2-0-0 against New Jersey with two more games remaining in the regular-season series. It's a bit ironic the Flyers went 1-3-0 against a Devils team last season not nearly as strong, one that finished 28-40-14 with 70 points.
 
Hockey can be a weird game, huh?
 
Let's get into some observations:
 
• Shayne Gostisbehere can be so elusive with the puck, which, from a defenseman, is such a luxury for the Flyers. He exhibited that elusiveness early to jump-start the Flyers' first-period ignition. Gostisbehere took the puck from his own blue line and weaved through some Devils before finding a wide-open Konecny in the circle for a 1-0 lead at 3:29 of the opening frame.
 
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• Speaking of Konecny, the goal was his eighth point in the last 10 games. In his previous 25 games, Konecny had four points. The 20-year-old is showing what he can do when playing in a prominent role: the first line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Who could have known putting a talented kid with talented players would yield positive results?
 
• The Flyers really got after it with a much-needed fast start. Prior to then, we hadn't seen many of those through 45 games. The Flyers entered Saturday in a four-way tie for fewest leads after the first period with eight, going 6-0-2 in those contests. They had themselves a healthy 3-0 advantage at first intermission on Saturday behind a superb opening 20 minutes. The Devils had to pull starting goalie Keith Kinkaid, who was shaken up after surrendering the third marker.
 
• Filppula and Provorov scored the Flyers' other two first-period tallies. Michael Raffl got his stick on a bouncing pass to set up Filppula in front for his 10th of the season, his first double-digit-goal campaign since 2014-15. Meanwhile, Raffl quietly has 15 points in his last 25 games.
 
"We haven't been starting games how we would like," Filppula said at first intermission. "Today was a good start and it is obviously nice to get rewarded."
 
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Provorov displayed some great resolve in front to finally finish off his goal.
 
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The second-year blueliner also made a superb outlet pass in the second period that covered about three-quarters of the ice. Konecny was the beneficiary but misfired on the shot. Still, Provorov's play had fans ooh-ahhing.
 
• Raffl is as laid back and jovial of a player as you'll see on the Flyers' roster. He's not a fighter, but give him credit for always dropping the gloves whenever the opportunity calls for it. Devils defenseman John Moore called for it this time after Raffl inadvertently tripped Kinkaid. Raffl hung in there following a few early blows.
 
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• The Flyers were bit undisciplined in the second period (two penalties) and missed a few opportunities offensively, but fortunately for them, it wasn't too costly thanks to such a positive first period. The Flyers permitted a power-play goal during the middle stanza and went 0 for 4 on the man advantage for the game. It didn't matter.
 
• Michal Neuvirth made a second consecutive start and was strong again, making 28 saves on 29 shots. In limited duty, he's 5-5-1 on the season and came in with a 2.35 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Solid stuff from Neuvirth.
 
• With Cory Schneider sick and Kinkaid's exit, emergency netminder Ken Appleby was forced into action and held his own. He stopped all 24 shots he faced in his NHL debut.
 
• It was the second NHL meeting between 2017 top-two picks Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick. Hischier finished with no points for the Devils in 17:04 of ice time, while Patrick played 11:37 and went scoreless.
 
• Rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim was scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games, while forward Taylor Leier sat for a second straight game in favor of Tyrell Goulbourne.
 
• Eagles defensive back Corey Graham was in the house. Sounds like Philly is ready for 6:40 p.m. Sunday.
 
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• Things don't get easier for the Flyers, who are right back at it Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. puck drop in Washington D.C. against the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals on NBC.