The Flyers had an opportunity to get back in the playoff hunt last night with the New York Rangers visiting the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers got off to a slow start but rebounded to play strong in the first period. The momentum shifted after the Flyers were whistled for offsides because the entry pass hit the linesman. They lost the ensuing faceoff, couldn’t clear the puck from their zone, which led to Rick Nash’s 11th goal of the year to put the Rangers up 1-0. The Rangers would capitalize on an early Flyers penalty in the second period to go up 2-0. They would make it 3-0 just two and a half minutes later. The Flyers looked dead in the water after two periods trailing 3-1, thanks to a late Wayne Simmonds goal. They would cut the lead to 3-2 in the third after Claude Giroux’s shot hit Jake Voracek in the neck and beat Henrik Lundqvist. The crowd was reenergized when the Flyers couldn’t clear the zone again and a minute and a half later Nash notched his second of the game to make it 4-2. Five minutes later, the Flyers got lazy and the Rangers found Sean Couturier snoozing and made it 5-2. That’s how it would end which left Flyers seven points out of the playoffs with 16 games to play. More here.
The United States Men’s National Team took on Mexico last night in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The United States had only earned a point in one game in Mexico and were 0-13-1 entering last night. Last night the United States dealt with Mexican fans shining laser pointers in their eyes and two early yellow cards which forced them to play a slightly less aggressive game. The United States forced a 0-0 draw earning another big point. More here.
Yesterday was the day for Manti Te’o to redeem himself after an underwhelming NFL Scouting Combine. It was Notre Dame’s Pro Day yesterday and Te’o was looking to improve upon his 4.82 second 40 yard dash from Indianapolis. Te’o ran a 4.71 40 yesterday and looks like he solidified his first round status. Of the five linebackers drafted in the first round in the last three years, none of them ran slower than 4.69 seconds in the 40. More here.