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Around The Net 02.15.13: Giroux is ready for the “C”; Nick Cousins backlash; Flyers-Devils preview and more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. The case for Claude Why Claude Giroux is a good captain: [Philly.com] What we have here is a failure to communicate Ian Laperriere’s comments about Nick Cousins cause an uproar: [Broad Street Hockey] Zac attack Zac Rinaldo is maturing, go figure: [The Hockey Writers] Help on the blueline is coming soon Andrej Meszaros returned to practice yesterday: [CSNPhilly-Tim Panaccio] Flyers-Devils previews A look at tonight’s Atlantic division showdown in Newark: [Hockeybuzz- Bill Meltzer] [CSNPhilly-Tim Riday] Maybe you aren’t busy …

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Atlantic Watch: Devils top the East, Rangers on winning streak, Islanders on losing streak

The Philadelphia Flyers were able to extend their point streak to four games this week, as they earned a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers and an overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Although they were dominated in Toronto, the Orange and Black did a good job of rebounding to earn their second road win of the year last night in Winnipeg. The Flyers continue their road trip with three of their six games away from the Wells Fargo Center coming in the next seven days. Philadelphia had a lead after 40 minutes on Thursday, but they only came away …

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Bryzgalov, McGinn fuel Flyers’ narrow win over Jets

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots and Tye McGinn recorded the deciding goal early in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers nipped the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 count on Tuesday night at a packed MTS Centre. “I want to play every game like it’s my last,” said McGinn. “Nothing is for certain in the NHL so I try to work hard every shift.” Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen also lit the lamp, with Jakub Voracek adding a pair of assists for the Flyers, who recovered from a dispiriting 5-2 loss in Toronto on Monday to record their fourth win …

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Flyers should consider Troy Rutkowski: A Poor Man’s Justin Schultz

It is hard to go unnoticed when you stand 6-foot-1 and weigh 207 pounds. It is even harder when your team is largely considered the most potent threat in all of Canadian juniors. However, that’s exactly been the case for Portland Winterhawks defenseman Troy Rutkowski. Last night in Vancouver the Winterhawks’ captain played in his 225th consecutive game, extending his franchise record Iron Man streak. The victory over the Giants added one more to Rutkowski’s franchise record 336 career games. Rutkowski passed current Boston Bruin defenseman, Andrew Ference, on February 6 on home ice at the Rose Garden. The Garden …

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Second Period Hurts Flyers, Lose 5-2 in Toronto

The Philadelphia Flyers’ troubles away from the Wells Fargo Center continued tonight, as they were pummeled by the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at the Air Canada Centre. Matt Frattin had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, while Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri each had two assists in front of their home crowd. Colton Orr had the game-winning goal and James van Riemsdyk scored against his former team, as James Reimer earned the victory despite leaving the game early in the second period due to an injury. Ben Scrivens did amazing in relief, as he stoned 31 of …