Ilya Bryzgalov roasts Flyers' playoff goaltending

Ilya Bryzgalov roasts Flyers' playoff goaltending

Welp, that wasn't pretty and an old friend is offering his services.

Brian Elliott's playoff struggles continued Wednesday night as he allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled for Petr Mrazek after the Penguins' fifth goal at 9:01 of the second period. The Flyers were down 5-0.

Remember Ilya Bryzgalov (who the Flyers are still paying until 2026-27)?

Of course, we remember Bryzgalov. Usually not for good reasons on the ice. His time as a Flyer was a total disaster, but he was the goalie of record when the Flyers beat the Penguins in six games in 2012.

As for Elliott, in four playoff games with the Flames last spring, he allowed 12 goals and had a .880 save percentage. Wednesday was his third game back from core muscle surgery.

Last Saturday, in the regular-season finale, Elliott pitched a 17-save shutout as the Flyers clinched their playoff berth. In Game 1 Wednesday, Elliott looked far from a goalie the Flyers can win with.

It was only one game, but the goaltending concerns entering Wednesday certainly weren't eased.

But, hey, if you're in Aston, Pennsylvania, check out Elliott's Restaurant, an American style restaurant with chicken wings and chocolate milk. That comes in both small and regular. Flyers fans are going to need it after this one.

Emotional scene with Brett Brown in Sixers locker room is why we watch

Emotional scene with Brett Brown in Sixers locker room is why we watch

There have been plenty of on-court images from this 2018 Sixers playoff run that will be etched into Philly fans’ memories forever. We're only one series down and the list is already growing.

Ben Simmons flexing after a power slam, Joel Embiid silencing the Miami crowd after hitting one shot, JJ Redick putting threes to the ground after nailing a huge tre, Dario getting pumped about anything.

This series has been a joy for Sixers fans to watch a young team grow in exciting ways.

But perhaps no moment of the series brought the emotional weight of the scene in the 76ers locker room after finishing off the Heat in round 1 of the playoffs.

Brett Brown gives a mini speech about how proud he is with how far this team has come before handing the bell over to Redick to ring. But being the veteran that he is, JJ knows when to shower the praise -- and the water -- on the coach that has led this team on the long road to get to the first playoff series victory.

You can watch the video above. It's the good stuff. This is why we watch.

It's incredibly exciting to see this team grow on the court but it's also immensely fulfilling to watch the bond between the players and coaches on this team grow so deeply. It's a testament to what Brett Brown and the Process means to Philadelphia.

🗣 @bensimmons 🗣

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Doing that thing that he does that the people love.

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@jjredick channeling his inner Dragon Ball-Z 😤

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Don’t know if I’ll ever believe this is what I do. Eternally grateful.

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Don't miss Brett embracing Jojo either:

Meek Mill kicks off Sixers-Heat Game 5 by ringing bell

Meek Mill kicks off Sixers-Heat Game 5 by ringing bell

Could you have scripted it any better?

The Sixers, in Philly, with a chance to win their first postseason series since 2012, got a special guest to ring in Tuesday night's festivities.

Yep — Meek Mill.

Just hours after being released from prison, the beloved Philly rapper, rocking a Joel Embiid jersey, rung the bell to kick off the Sixers-Heat Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center (which you can watch in the video above).

Meek Mill was officially released after spending the last several months in prison. In November, he was sentenced for two to four years for violating the terms of his probation. 

His arrival rocked the Twittersphere as his impending release was learned around 4:30 p.m.

Before the game, Ben Simmons was excited about the prospect of Meek Mill's return.

"I hope he comes, that would be amazing," Simmons said. "Glad he's out. Looking forward to it."

Simmons, who visited Meek Mill in prison along with Markelle Fultz in early April, knew that this would be a big, big moment.

“Having someone that looks out for us, all of us here, would just mean a lot,” Simmons said. “Getting him back in here in Philly would be huge.”

Embiid also visited Meek Mill in December and shared a moment with him before tip-off.

And with that, the night was on.