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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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Flyers mascot Gritty has good question for ESPN

Flyers mascot Gritty has good question for ESPN

Gritty is comfortable in his own fur.

That's what makes him so great.

Not only did the Flyers give fans a night to remember last Saturday with a 4-3 OT victory over the Penguins in the Stadium Series, but Gritty also had himself a night.

He kicked off the festivities by floating down from the Lincoln Financial Field roof in front of 69,620 fans (see story).

He got loose, as well, during the second period. The fleet-footed Gritty could not be contained, not on this night.

So on Friday, he had a very valid question for ESPN.

If ESPN was smart, they'd include the Flyers' mascot. No interview or prerequisites needed. Gritty showed enough Saturday night.


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(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)


(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)

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Mic'd up Claude Giroux shows love for Wayne Simmonds

Mic'd up Claude Giroux shows love for Wayne Simmonds

Over the past few days, there has been an outpouring of support for Wayne Simmonds from fans and teammates alike.

We saw the emotional exchange Saturday night after the Flyers topped the Penguins in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field, but NBC released some audio of Claude Giroux mic’d up that provided an even greater look into the respect Simmonds earned with his teammates over the past eight seasons.

First of all, you’ve got to love hearing the captain bark out some instructions to his teammates and drop an F-bomb after scoring the game-winning goal, but his message to Simmonds right after the game hits you right in the feels.

“Come here big guy,” Giroux said, hugging his teammate. “Whatever happens, I love you.”

Simmonds replied, “I love you, too.”

Maybe it’s the fact that we have been chasing an athlete for the past two months that may or may not want to play in Philadelphia, but it feels like fans can appreciate a guy who gave his all to the city for so long even more than usual with Simmonds' departure. When a player gives you what Simmonds has over his time here, given the climate of switching teams and free agency, it should definitely be celebrated.

But is the Wayne Simmonds era in Philadelphia over for good? Maybe not.

It could be tough to fit Simmonds in financially on a free-agent deal, but you just love to see the support he has received from everyone and the fact that he’s showing love back.

While Nashville doesn’t play the Flyers the remainder of the season, it’ll be fun to see Simmonds back in Philly someday, in the orange and black or not. 

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