How 'a little more snot' helped elevate Shayne Gostisbehere's game in 2017-18

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How 'a little more snot' helped elevate Shayne Gostisbehere's game in 2017-18

Shayne Gostisbehere knows a few things about his body, and it’s hard to hide. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he won't move mountains by chiseling away at them with his bare frame. He has to utilize the utensils in his toolbox, specifically speed and smarts.

Gostisbehere, 25, knows his offensive game will always be there. He had the most points ever by a Flyers defenseman in his first three NHL seasons with 150. He added 65 more this season. He became the fastest blueliner in franchise history to reach 100 points (155 games).

The accolades go on, but after his third season, Gostisbehere is “kind of like a veteran now,” as Flyers GM Ron Hextall put it, and this year, he incrementally improved defensively. He had respectable shot suppression numbers and saw significantly more defensive zone starts.

Since the Flyers drafted him in 2012, he’s added 20 pounds. He felt stronger coming into this season and maintained it throughout the year.

It showed in puck battles. The added strength may have factored in, as did his experience. There was another source too …

“A little more snot,” Gostisbehere said last week.

One momentous change was, as the season went on, Dave Hakstol entrusted Gostisbehere with more responsibility. He was elevated to the top pair with Ivan Provorov on Dec. 23, a game that proved to be the turning point for another young Flyer.

Not many Flyers played well in the playoffs against the Penguins, but Gostisbehere’s struggles were apparent. He finished the series as a minus-8, including a minus-4 in the Flyers’ 7-0 Game 1 loss. There was the Sidney Crosby gaffe, where he left arguably the best player ever to play hockey alone. Other coverage mistakes and defensive lapses that were more prevalent during his first two seasons reappeared in his game, leading to Hakstol to move him away from Provorov.

“I don’t think I played well in the playoffs,” Gostisbehere said. “I played in the playoffs before and I didn’t really play against first lines in my first playoff series and then this year, I did. It’s tough. You think you’re so well prepared for it and you go out in your first game and you’re minus-4. It’s a tough pill to swallow. I was on some crappy goals and some that were my fault.”

While the Flyers broke up Gostisbehere and Provorov in the postseason, the expectation is the duo will begin next season together. They created matchup nightmares because they’re both dynamic in the offensive zone and at any given time, either could activate.

Gostisbehere finished fourth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen and led all blueliners with 33 power-play points. He won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman for the second time in three years, yet lost in it all was Provorov’s 17 goals, tied for the league lead among d-men.

“He’s a 1,000 of years better than me defensively,” Gostisbehere said. “We use that to our advantage and it really showed as a pair. Provy’s very good defensively, but offensively, he took another step. He’s probably one of the best, if not the best two-way defenseman in the NHL.”

There is an old hockey adage that goes something like this: Pair a puck-mover with a stay-at-home defenseman. We saw it in the early months with Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg. Hagg, in many ways, permitted Gostisbehere to roam freely. But the Flyers learned that partnering two puck-movers together isn’t such a lousy idea, nor is it revolutionary.

“[Provorov’s] a machine,” Gostisbehere said. “I think he’s like 35, really. … He helped me years with my defensive side of my game just watching him and him helping me along the way.”

Jeremy Roenick sells stunning mansion with full baseball field in backyard


Jeremy Roenick sells stunning mansion with full baseball field in backyard

Jeremy Roenick first listed his Scottsdale-area home in 2012 and it finally sold last month. The weird thing is, his home could be one of the more beautiful Philadelphia athlete homes I have ever seen, and I have written up a bunch of them.

Originally purchased in 2005 for $3.8 million, Roenick listed it for sale in 2012 for a cheeky $11.7 million. It sold on April 1 for a final price of $3.3 million, which, when you see the inside and the backyard, might be an absolute steal.

Built in 1997, this seven bedroom, 7.5 bath estate of 18+ acres is one of the more stunning homes you’ll see. Everything on the inside looks custom, including the bathroom with a copper tub, massive closet and a bedroom that is giving off log cabin vibes. The property and views are truly stunning and the entertaining space is just as elegant as the inside of the home.

Outside you’ll find an open air dining and living room with a very large pool. If you have kids, they’ll absolutely love the wiffle ball field, which is complete with dirt infield, backstop and outfield wall. There’s also a three-hold golf putting green as well.

Just look at this place.

Congratulations to whoever purchased this home, it looks like a beauty.

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule, live stream: Blues can advance to Cup Final with Game 6 win over Sharks

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule, live stream: Blues can advance to Cup Final with Game 6 win over Sharks

Craig Berube and the Blues are one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

They can earn that victory Tuesday night when they host the Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

Including the playoffs, the Blues are 49-24-8 under Berube, who took over Nov. 19 as interim head coach.

For some context on the Blues' run, St. Louis visited the Wells Fargo Center Jan. 7 with the same number of points as the Flyers. The Blues were 29th in the NHL at 16-19-4 and 36 points, while the Flyers were 30th at 15-20-6 and 36 points.

St. Louis has never won a Cup, but it's on the verge of being one step closer to a title.

Below is the schedule for Day 39 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (STL 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference Final
8 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here