The Flyers are in the midst of a series of games that will likely make or break their season. Kicked off a home-and-home with the New Jersey Devils last night in Newark. The Devils got off to a fast start as they got set up in the Flyers zone off the opening faceoff. Just two minutes into the period, Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead after a Sean Couturier turnover in the neutral zone set up the goal. The Flyers would tie the game midway through the first period on a Jake Voracek power play goal. It wouldn’t last long as the Devils would get it back 36 seconds later when Adam Henrique’s shot hit Matt Read and went in. Ilya Kovalchuk would add a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 after one period. The Devils would get the only goal of the second period when Andrei Loktionov beat Bryzgalov on a puck that should’ve been stopped. The Devils opened the third period with Henrique’s second goal of the game coming on the power play. Scott Hartnell would make it 5-2 for the Flyers and that is how it would end. More here.
The Sixers were looking to snap the Miami Heat’s 19 game winning streak last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers were hanging on to the Heat for much of the game. Philadelphia relied on two of their captains, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday, to lead them. Young had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Holiday had 21 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds including 10 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his dunk with 1:20 remaining that tied the game. Unfortunately the Heat have too much fire power as LeBron James had 27 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. The Heat would go on to win their 20th straight game 98-94. More here.
One of Tom Brady’s favorite targets is heading west. Wes Welker, who seemed to be disgruntled with the way the Patriots were handling his contract this offseason, has left New England where he played the past six seasons. Welker signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Denver Broncos. Welker joins the Broncos, who already have two 1,000 yard receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Peyton Manning gets a target that has recorded 111 or more receptions in five of the last six seasons. Last year Welker had 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. More here.