Alex Ovechkin is amid a rewrite and it's only partly due to yet another clutch goal he scored, this one to break through in a scoreless game, or the eight shots he directed towards the net. It's the effort he's making on the other end, the endless linebacker-like physicality he consistently delivers on the smaller Knights, and the very apparent leadership that has emboldened a team that most believed had taken a step back in talent after key free-agent losses last summer, and the loss of promising young defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights through the expansion draft.
"Label us anything you want,'' Shayne Gostisbehere said. "I think the city has taken the underdog role too.'' He added that some Flyers might have viewed the parade footage on more than one occasion. "There's a couple of dog masks running around here,'' he said.
Sam Donnellon is a Flyers beat writer for the Daily News and Inquirer. His career has spanned four decades and has taken him all over the world. Prior to joining the Daily News in 1992, he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and has been honored repeatedly by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Associated Press Managing Editors.