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Brad Marchand sends reminder on Twitter after shootout flub in Flyers-Bruins game

Brad Marchand sends reminder on Twitter after shootout flub in Flyers-Bruins game

Brad Marchand was clearly aware of the trolling he'd face on social media after flubbing his shootout attempt to finish off the Flyers' 6-5 win Monday night over his Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center (see story).

So Marchand, never one to shy away from some drama, decided to troll back on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

In 2010-11, his first full NHL season, Marchand won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. He had a big postseason with 11 goals and 19 points in 25 games.

He has become one of the NHL's premier players now in his 30s. He probably could have just reminded himself of that. But Marchand wanted to remind everyone amid the shootout laughter, deciding to post a not-so-cryptic picture with a simple message.

When a Twitter user responded, Marchand fired back.

The Flyers host the Bruins on March 10 and Philly will certainly be on its best behavior as Marchand returns to the scene of the whiff.

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Cheers, jeers and what shouldn't be lost for Flyers fans in the Brad Marchand shootout madness

Cheers, jeers and what shouldn't be lost for Flyers fans in the Brad Marchand shootout madness

As Brad Marchand skated past the puck and circled back, the realization quickly settled in for the Flyers and their fans anticipating a big save from Carter Hart.

They didn’t need one. Not even close.

With the puck still at center ice, lonely and hardly moved, the Wells Fargo Center was as loud as it has been all season.

Flyers fans raucously cheered the crazy comeback and, more enjoyably, jeered the Bruins’ big-name forward to toast the 6-5 shootout victory over the Bruins (see observations).

After Travis Konecny beat Jaroslav Halak for the shootout advantage in the fifth round, Marchand stunned the 19,246 fans in attendance when he overskated the puck on his attempt to cap off the Flyers’ win (see highlights).

“I was trying to get going and I just missed it,” Marchand said.

A moment like that, featuring a polarizing and accomplished player like Marchand, in a game between rivals like Philly and Boston, will not be forgotten.

Well, at least not for Flyers fans.

What shouldn’t be lost in the hoopla at the finish is the magnitude of this win at this juncture of the season. The Flyers are in the midst of a daunting four-game stretch just past the halfway mark of the schedule, with their NHL-mandated Jan. 22-30 bye week almost here and the Feb. 24 trade deadline on the horizon.

The stretch has put the Flyers up against four of the NHL’s top teams in the Capitals, Lightning, Bruins and Blues.

The team is in a soul-searching phase as the head coach and general manager evaluate what the Flyers might need as the playoff race heightens. The Flyers have depth concerns at forward and adding some scoring punch or experience anywhere within the lineup could bolster the team’s postseason chances.

Facing the league’s best is an ideal barometer for evaluation.

“It is something that we have been looking at, there’s no doubt that it’s evident by the number of people that we’ve tried in that bottom six, in that role,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after Monday’s morning skate. “At the end of the day, that’s one area, but in the big picture, I look at our last game, I really liked our compete level, I really liked our defensive part of the game. We didn’t give a highly skilled team a lot of chances but we need a couple of guys to come up big and get some points for us.

“[Depth is] an area that we’re looking to improve but we need our big boys to come up big for us.”

In their four-game test, the Flyers are 2-1-0 with wins over the Capitals and Bruins, and a loss to the Lightning. They’ve scored eight goals and have allowed eight.

They face the defending champion Blues Wednesday night in St. Louis.

"You’ve got Washington, then you’ve got Tampa and tonight you’ve got Boston,” Vigneault said. “You knew they were going to be three tough games, we had to take those games one at a time, which we did. 

“I liked our game in all three of them, they were all different. The Washington game, coming back home and having to play that night, that was out of the ordinary. Tampa was a tight-checking game from both teams and they got a bounce on their goal. Tonight it was just a little bit more wide open. 

“They’re three different games where I think everybody enjoyed it and now we’ve got to go to St. Louis and find a way to win that road game.”

And continue to find out more about themselves.

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Flyers come back and win with a little help from Brad Marchand's fluke shootout 'attempt'

Flyers come back and win with a little help from Brad Marchand's fluke shootout 'attempt'

Well, that was probably the strangest way you've ever seen a game end, right? At least it was for me.

Just after saying how tired I was of shootouts, they pull you right back in. But that's hockey for you.

Thanks to NHL All-Star Travis Konecny, the Flyers found themselves ending Monday night with a 6-5 win over the Bruins.

An even bigger thanks though has to go to Brad Marchand, who decided to overskate the puck in his shootout attempt ... if we can even call it that.

Since Marchand grazed the top of the puck, it officially counted as his attempt against Carter Hart, thus ending the game with the Wells Fargo Center erupting in cheers ... and laughs.

Even better, social media threw a mini-party to celebrate the win and second straight over Boston on the season.

Nothing tops Gritty's tweet though ... if you know, you know.

And even with the game over and players celebrating on the ice, the puck that was just barely touched, can still be seen.

Legend says, the puck still remains on the Flyers logo and will haunt Marchand every time he returns to Philadelphia.

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