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Statement made? Flyers earn third win in a row

Oct 12, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

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There’s a lot of games to be played, but so far, the Philadelphia Flyers’ off-season moves are smelling like roses. In fact, let’s take a little look at how the most notable ones are working out, as they earned their third win in a row by beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-4.

Claude Giroux seems awfully comfortable being “The Man” in Philly

Yes, Chris Pronger wears the “C” for the Flyers, but there’s a lot of pressure on the new top center duo of Giroux and Danny Briere to pick up the slack after Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were traded. Giroux already has three goals in three games in a large part because of his alertness during instantaneous breakdowns; just watch him take advantage of an incredibly lucky bounce against Roberto Luongo for the game’s first goal.

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The Ilya Bryzgalov gamble is paying off so far

On paper, Breezy didn’t have an amazing night on Wednesday, as he allowed four Vancouver Canucks goals. The thing is, he also faced 40 shots and was due a statistically questionable evening after allowing just one goal in his first two starts. People were so wrapped up in his questionable contract that they forgot that the guy can flat-out play.

New forwards are fitting in already

Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek were big wild cards coming into 2011-12, but so far, they’ve been looking pretty good. While those Czech wingers provide depth offense, the most pleasant surprise has been Wayne Simmonds, who’s done a little bit of everything for Philly. Sean Courturier might not avoid a demotion after his ninth game, but he’s been solid in his own right.

Don’t sleep on Pronger

If fantasy hockey draft selections are any indication, many in the hockey world assume that Pronger is next to done. Yet in three games, he has four points, including a goal tonight. He might not be the irresistible force he once was, but 90 percent Pronger is still better than almost any blueliner in the league – and it’s possible that no one is meaner.

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Yes, it’s early on, but this Flyers team defeated the two 2011 Stanley Cup finalists in their first three games. If they can beat their Western Conference doppelgangers the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, it might be time to start taking this Philly experiment seriously.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    3-0 is nice but it’s only October. There are still things that the Flyers need to address. For one, Hartnell needs to play smarter. And the FlyBoys need play better in their defensive zone. That being said, I like what I see and this team plays with a mean streak that was missing down the stretch last year. Go Flyers.

  2. me6661973 - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    I think trades work! Still some chemistry needed in passing but we played a strong team tonight. This was a must needed win even if its October it showed where we need to work. Happy! Go Flyers!!!

  3. trigzter - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    the kings aka flyers west

  4. comeonnowguys - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Congrats on being the first team to do well on October! Outstanding work!

    • philsgamer - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      And people say Philly fans are curmudgeons….

  5. uncledick - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    So called experts claimed Flyers couldn’t replace the presence of Richards and Carter and that guys like Giroux and JVR benefited from them. Well it seems to actually be the contrary. They said Giroux and JVR couldn’t be the top two guys. Well experts, you were wrong. This team is for the most part young, big, and fast. There is also a great veteran presence on offense, defense, and in net. Yes, it is only October but to think this team wont be around in late may/june is foolish.

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