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Giroux suspended for Game 5

A worst-case scenario has reared its ugly head this afternoon, as Claude Giroux has been suspended for Tuesday’s Game 5 for elbowing Dainius Zubrus in the head late in the second period of last night’s 4-2 loss. Now, the Flyers are facing elimination without their best and most consistent player who has also been one of the top skaters in this postseason. “After pulling even with Zubrus on the backcheck, Giroux chops down across the back of Zubrus’ stick, and then well after the puck has been chipped in the corner, Giroux comes across Zubrus’ body and drives upward with …

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Flyers outworked again, lose 4-2, trail 3-1 in series

In a pivotal Game 4, the Philadelphia Flyers showed signs of frustration and were out shot 43-22 in a 4-2 loss to the Devils at the Prudential Center tonight. Dainius Zubrus registered a two-goal night, while Petr Sykora and Marek Zidlicky both had a goal and an assist in New Jersey’s third straight win in the series. Martin Brodeur made 20 saves on his 40th birthday to give Jersey a commanding 3-1 series lead. Claude Giroux assisted on Scott Hartnell’s opening goal and potted a short-handed tally for a two-point night. Kimmo Timonen and Max Talbot were the only other …

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Ponikarovsky Beats Bryzgalov In Overtime, Gives Devils 4-3 Win

After a pair of failed power-play attempts in overtime, the Flyers let Alexei Ponikarovsky’s first goal of the 2012 playoffs be the game-winner in the Devils’ 4-3 victory tonight at the Prudential Center. The win gives Jersey a 2-1 series lead. Ilya Kovalchuk jumped on the Flyers’ clear in the neutral zone and caught Philly’s skaters in a line change when he hit Ponikarovsky with a pass at the Orange and Black’s blue line. With only one defender back, the Devils’ forward decided to shoot rather than pass. After Ilya Bryzgalov denied his first shot, the former Los Angeles King jumped on …

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Balls and a Blueprint: Inside the Mind of the Flyers’ Mad Scientist

Some call him a genius. Some call him insane. Most people call him Homer. I refer to him as the Mad Scientist. If you hadn’t caught on by now, I’m talking about Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, also known as the man who was passed over for GM of the Year. I believe it is safe to say that Holmgren has officially made this Flyers team his own (and secured his job for a few more seasons). The craziest of crazies took place on June 23 in the Flyers much-publicized, much-maligned trades of cornerstone centers Mike Richards (captain) and Jeff …

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Behind the Crest: Claude and Isabelle Giroux

Claude Giroux is a bona fide NHL superstar. Those previously unaware of his skills are not so anymore, not after an incredible regular season where he scored 93 points. He’s this season’s Flyers MVP by far, and is most likely next in line to become team captain. But behind the slick moves, the nice suits, and the superstar swag lies a kid of just 24 who is a brother first and a star second to big sister Isabelle. Isabelle, who gained some notoriety of her own when her boyfriend Eric proposed to her on the ice at Citizens Bank Park …