Flyers' top 5 moments from Wired: Stadium Series

Flyers' top 5 moments from Wired: Stadium Series

It was open mic night at Lincoln Financial Field for "Wired: Stadium Series" — NBC’s one-hour special on the outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23. 

Here were the top five moments from the show:

Farewell to the 'Wayne Train'

After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, Claude Giroux was congratulated by teammates and eventually embraced Wayne Simmonds.

“Come here, big guy. I love you. Whatever happens, I'll always love you,” Giroux said.

In the locker room, the players passed around the Player of the Game helmet as Jakub Voracek gave it up for Simmonds.

“Hopefully you’re gonna stay around. This is for you, buddy,” Voracek said.

T.K. stirs the pot

With roughly seven to eight players wearing a mic, it was just a matter of time before Travis Konecny would be caught chirping at the Penguins' players. After Nolan Patrick laid out Jack Johnson following a knee-to-knee collision, Konency let Johnson have it.

“Hey, atta boy, Johnson. Atta boy! You eating that up? Karma is a f***ing b****, eh? Eat up, bud, eat up,” Konecny said.

Later in the game, Konecny was giving it to Evgeni Malkin, the result of his stick-swinging incident at the Wells Fargo Center in that game 12 days prior. Konecny even refers to Malkin as a "f***ing nerd.” 

Hagg and Malkin exchange blows

When sorting out the penalties between Robert Hagg and Malkin, who received matching minors for crosschecking the other player, referee Dan O'Halloran was having none of it and proceeded to keep the rest of the guys in line.

“Those two are getting crosschecking penalties. Anybody else want one? Phil, you want one? Alright, let’s get the f*** out of here. Let’s go,” O'Halloran said.

Simmonds' big hit on Dumoulin

Simmonds' game-changing check to Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin sparked an all-out melee that left Simmonds defending himself, with him asking the Penguins: “Who wants it? It was a clean f***ing hit.”

Later, Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist told teammates on the bench, “Prison rules now, boys. Prison rules.”

Just prior to the second period, Pens coach Mike Sullivan wanted to let O'Halloran know that his team’s defense was decimated with injuries, which led to this exchange:

Sullivan: “So, our guy’s out with a concussion from a direct shot to the head. Simmonds leaves his feet and drives his shoulder right into his jaw. So, he’s out with a concussion, and (Kris) Letang’s out now because he got him in a headlock down to the ice. So, we lose our top defense pair on that one play. Just so you know.”

O'Halloran: “Do you have a question?”

Classic response from a veteran referee.

Pederson's cameo

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson read off the starting lineup to the players in the locker room before dropping the ceremonial first puck prior to the game. Cameras also caught the laid-back, down-to-earth head coach having a quick exchange with Giroux just before opening faceoff.

If you missed Tuesday night’s premier, you can catch "Wired: Stadium Series" on NBC Sports Philadelphia on the following dates/times. You can also stream it here.

Thursday, March 7 — 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8 — 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 — 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2 — 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 — 5:30 p.m.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Capitals, Stars look to eliminate Hurricanes, Predators

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Capitals, Stars look to eliminate Hurricanes, Predators

The Capitals and Stars can deliver knockout punches Monday night in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With a 3-2 series lead, Washington visits the Hurricanes, while Dallas has a shot to clinch its series on home ice over the Predators.

Below is the full schedule for Day 13 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes (WSH 3-2)
Game 6, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (DAL 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference first round
8:30 p.m. ET | TV: CNBC | Live stream here

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future.

The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position.

What might Gordon be doing in the meantime?

Good chance he's checking in on the NHL playoffs.

Two weeks ago, Gordon was in limbo with the Flyers — a part of meetings moving forward and considered a strong candidate for the head coaching job, but with nothing guaranteed.

He was asked if such a dynamic was awkward at all.

"At the end of every year, it doesn't matter where you are or what your contract is, there's always a chance you're not going to be back," Gordon said. "I go into the summer or the end of the season, I obviously reflect on the past season, what I'd like to do different [or keep] the same."

In doing so, Gordon likes to study the postseason. A big advocate of dissecting game film, Gordon does the same with the Stanley Cup Final.

"I generally try to watch the playoffs as a fan and then in the finals, I'll watch it as a fan but then I will get those on a computer and break down, in August, some of the things … when the playoffs go through, just identify some things that I like that teams did," Gordon said. "Pay particular attention to the finals in August, as far as what I might consider doing differently, pull footage and present to my team maybe a different way of going about business."

Which team Gordon is working for in 2019-20 is unknown. He impressed Fletcher as the Flyers' interim head coach. The club was in the basement of the 31-team NHL standings more than halfway through the regular season. By March 11, the Flyers were within three points of a playoff spot following an 18-4-2 spree under Gordon.

Fletcher said he would likely touch base with Gordon again after Easter weekend. He will welcome him back to the organization with open arms. Fletcher said Gordon's previous job as head coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley was his if the 56-year-old wanted it.

However, Gordon said after the Flyers' regular-season finale that his time with the 2018-19 club changed his perspective on coaching in the NHL again, a much-needed spark following a not-so-memorable two-plus seasons as head coach of the Islanders from 2008-10.

"My experience in Long Island wasn't a great one," Gordon said April 6. "So much so that I didn't really think too much about coaching in the NHL. If it happened, great, but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. As I told the players after the game tonight, coming in here and dealing with the character of the players — not just as players but as people — reinvigorated that desire to coach in the NHL. With that being said, I'll do what job is asked of me and I won't think twice about it."

Gordon won't have any issues finding a job. He'll be watching the Stanley Cup Final, ready to coach.

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