No Cakewalk After the Catwalk: Isles Down Flyers Despite Bob's Heroics

No Cakewalk After the Catwalk: Isles Down Flyers Despite Bob's Heroics

Cross the Flyers' home winning streak over the Islanders off the ledger, replace it with 0-1-0 on games after fashion shows.* Sergei Bobrovsky gave the Flyers all they could possibly ask for, but at times, he might as well have been on the ice by himself. Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders defense kept the Flyers off the board until halfway through the third period, then finished them off, 4-1, with an empty netter.

The Islanders scored on an odd-man rush, a shorthanded breakaway, a 4-on-3 power play, and an empty net. Hell they even kicked one in (waved off). Bob was under fire all night, turning aside a stream of breakaways and keeping the Flyers in a game they trudged through until the third period. Unfortunately, none of his skaters matched his performance.

The Flyers' shot total (41) was about as meaningless as the Eagles' ability to pile up yardage at a record-setting pace. They rarely actually threatened. They struggled to gain the zone with any momentum, then were quickly put on their heels as the Isles cruised in high gear through the neutral zone. Passing lanes were left wide open, and the Isles sent long passes through them at will. Bob was all but abandoned at times.

Try as you might, there was little beyond Bob's performance to hang your hat on in this one. Sean Couturier's goal-scoring streak was snapped at five, but he did assist on Matt Read's third period marker. Cooter snapped a rolling puck toward the net, and Read deflected it under Nabokov's glove. Read now leads NHL rookies in goals with 14.

That was it though. Defensive efforts struggled from the forwards on back, with some key turnovers leading from both units. The Flyers actually showed regression from the last time these teams met. Just last week, Bob weathered an Islanders storm to salvage a win. Tonight, even his great performance wasn't enough.

After the game, Kimmo Timonen, who had a rough night, indicated this game was all about the Flyers.

It was all about us. We sucked today. Obviously today they were better in every area. They skated better, they learned more. It was one of those games that you didn't want to happen but it happens.

While there is truth to the sentiment that the Flyers sucked, the Isles' effort can't be discounted. Even had the Flyers played a decent game, they might have driven home with a loss. In fact, if Bob weren't so on point, it would have been even uglier, earlier.

Also, Claude Giroux fought.

Here's the video. The Bob saves are actually kinda worth it despite the awful plot.

The Flyers head to Jersey for a matinee on Saturday, then host the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. No Fashion Show Fridays, boys.*

*I'm obviously kidding about the fashion show hangover thing, but wanted to make that clear here to prevent any misinterpretation. The Flyers' wives have always been league-leaders in charity work, and their first ever fashion show looked like the start of a great new tradition. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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


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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Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."

He also sent a message with his fresh new look.

Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.

No, not Andrew Bynum.

We're talking about Allen Iverson.

"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."

Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”

Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?

"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."

"I think it looks okay," Embiid, always his toughest critic, said.