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Add a stellar debut to Flyers' month to remember

Add a stellar debut to Flyers' month to remember

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In his first start in a Flyers sweater, the newly acquired Petr Mrazek upstaged former Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Mrazek turned back 19 shots as the Flyers held off the Blue Jackets, 2-1, Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Flyers came back to win after trailing entering the third period. They improved to 3-14-3 in that situation. They have earned a point in 10 straight games with a record of 8-0-2.

Claude Giroux broke the ice with his 21st goal of the game and Nolan Patrick scored the game-winner on the power play with 10:11 remaining in regulation. 

Artemi Panarin scored the Blue Jackets’ lone goal, an unassisted marker just as the Flyers’ power play had expired.

The Flyers had to make due without Travis Konecny. The top-line winger took pregame warmups, but was scratched with a foot injury he suffered in Tuesday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens. 

• Roughly a minute after Mrazek came up with a five-star save on a shorthanded breakaway, Panarin broke a scoreless tie. Panarin popped out of the box just in time to intercept Ivan Provorov’s pass to Andrew MacDonald at the blue line, which led to a 2-on-1 the other way. The incredibly-skilled Panarin never looked at the net until the very last second and sniped a shot over Mrazek’s blocker side shoulder that he had very little chance at stopping. 

• Two goals on two spectacular snipes. Giroux matched Panarin’s effort with a pinpoint effort that tied the game at 1-1. With Bobrovsky electing to drop into the butterfly, Giroux went high to Bobrovsky’s glove with such a quick release. The play opened up as Sean Couturier caught the attention of three Blue Jacket defenders, which opened up a lane down the slot for Giroux to bury the shot.  

• Patrick seems to be fitting in quite well on that top power-play unit, filling the role occupied by Wayne Simmonds. Patrick was stationed down in front when he quickly backhanded Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. 

• An interesting sequence saw Couturier break out of the box and then skate with the puck into the Columbus zone, but for some reason the officials blew the whistle as the Blue Jackets were caught with too many men on the ice. Two minutes later, Panarin broke out of the box and scored.

• Thirty seconds into the game, Michael Raffl, who was playing on the top line, took a hooking penalty to give the Flyers an early power play. Playing Raffl on that top line seemed to be the obvious choice with Konecny unable to play. Raffl brings a different brand of game. While he doesn’t possess Konecny’s speed, Raffl makes the No. 1 line tougher to defend in the cycle game. That was a heavy line defensively for Columbus to contain.  

• It was a tale of two first-period power plays. On their first opportunity, the Flyers committed unforced errors and never had a quality shot on net. In their second attempt, they were buzzing around the net. Giroux lasered a cross-ice pass to Jakub Voracek, who tried to score on a one-timer. Against 98 percent of the other goaltenders in the league, that shot gets through.

• Jordan Weal was whistled for interference with 5:19 remaining in the first period — the first penalty called against the Flyers since Feb. 13 against the Devils. That snapped the Flyers’ streak of not having to kill a penalty at nearly 230 minutes. An underworked Flyers’ PK did not allow Columbus a SOG in killing off the Jackets’ power play. 

• Defensively, the Flyers gave up very, very little. They held Columbus without a shot on net for 14:23 of the first period. 

• Robert Hagg had a horrific turnover playing the puck from along the left boards in his own zone. Hagg’s errant pass to the middle of ice was intercepted by fourth-line call-up Zac Dalpe, who got a shot on net. Had that been Panarin or one of the Jackets’ skilled players, the Flyers could have easily trailed, 1-0, after the first period.

• Twenty-two seconds into the second period, Mrazek faced his first real shot from the slot as Zach Werenski cut in from the blue line. Early on, Mrazek was very quick at resetting himself and positioning his body to cut down the angle. In the first 25 minutes, Mrazek appeared locked in and focused.

Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

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Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

Lane Johnson went from underdog to Super Bowl champion this season and he sold a whole lot of dog masks along the way.

Johnon embraced the underdog role more literally than many of his teammates and wore a dog mask after the Eagles playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jason Kelce helped elevate the underdog narrative to legendary status with his parade day speech about hungry dogs running faster.

The Eagles status as one of the greatest underdog champions of all time has been cemented.

You know who is not an underdog... ever? The New York Yankees. So when Lane saw the cover of today's New York Daily News with the Yankees in a dog masks, he was not having it.

In the Daily News' defense, the cover is playing up an article by Mike Mazzeo that says the Yankees can't really embrace an underdog card because they have a $200 million payroll. It's not #FakeNews, Lane, as much as it's poking fun at Yankees GM Brian Cashman attempting to paint the Bronx Bombers as the underdogs relative to the AL East division champs up in Boston. “We’re ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” Cashman told a New York radio station.

Yeah, the Little Engine on the Death Star maybe.

The Yankees were World Series favorite at 5/1, per Westgate, ahead of even the Astros last time we checked. So let the NYDN have their fun, just know that they're laughing along the way.

Snoop Dogg drops Nick Foles' name in latest track

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Snoop Dogg drops Nick Foles' name in latest track

Nick Foles has been on Ellen, on Kimmel, he's been to Disney World and he has the Super Bowl MVP trophy. 

This is a new one, though — fo shizzle. 

Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or Snoop-a-loop, or whatever he goes by these days, has thrown down Foles' name in a song off his latest EP. 

Mr. Dogg's eight-song EP "220" dropped earlier in the week. Foles' name appears on the sixth track, "Doggytails" feat. Kokane. 

Here's the Foles line from the song: 

"Nick Foles with it, get it? I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain't gettin' no more time."

Here's the full NSFW song. The Foles name drop comes around the 2:17 mark.