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Giroux on Bryzgalov: “He’s going to be great tonight”

Apr 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Bryz Giroux

Say this about Claude Giroux — he knows how to pump tires.

The Flyers leading scorer and alternate captain once again backed beleaguered netminder Ilya Bryzgalov on Friday, saying he expected big things in a crucial Game 5 tilt against the Penguins.

“He’s going to be great tonight,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I have a feeling. He’s focused.”

Finding focus hasn’t been easy for Bryzgalov lately. He was bombarded with questions following Wednesday’s 10-3 shellacking in which he allowed five goals on 18 shots, then raised eyebrows yesterday when he left practice after 10 minutes.

Shortly thereafter, more distraction — Philadelphia’s NBC 10 TV analyst Howard Eskin tweeted Bryzgalov had a hip injury, a claim the Flyers quickly refuted.

Perhaps this is why Giroux felt the need to show confidence in Bryz…again. Following the Game 4 loss, Philly’s leading scorer jumped to his goalie’s defense, saying there was no wavering confidence in his ability to stop pucks.

“I’m not worried about Bryz,” Giroux said. “He knows what he’s got to do. He’s a lead goaltender, and we’ve got to do a better job in front of him. He’ll be our best player in Game 5.”

  1. mgp1219 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    He better be…

  2. bobhpine - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    He’s a hopeful little ginger

  3. seaner44 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    So 4 goals against?

    • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      You mean like an above-average game for Marc-Andre Fleury?

  4. uncledick - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I can’t wait for G to wear the C.

    • uncledick - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Who ever gives this thumbs down is either an: a)moron, b)penguins fan, or most likely c)both

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Ya someone not agreeing with an obvious intellectual like your self is cause to think they are mentally inferior, maybe there are better players suited for being the captain, its not always about the best player being the captain, please dont let your head explode after thinking about that.

      • redmosquito16 - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Grammar, puncuation, spelling, run-on sentences? And you have the nerve to mock someone by calling them an “intellectual”? Cool story, bro

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Einstein didn’t wear matching socks, guess he was a moron is your book too huh red mosquito? I think I forgot one comma and I wasnt telling a story I was making a point. Maybe you should go back to teaching english class in Philly and you will produce the next nobel laureate, and then you will have one more thing to brag about.

  5. dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Must be a slow news day.

  6. dawglb - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I agree with Uncle Dick. Which, is par for the course (if you knew my family history). I never agreed with my Aunt Vagina.

  7. tk1966 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    “He’s going to be great tonight,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I have a feeling.”

    Talk about taking a quote out of context! Giroux wasn’t talking about the game – he was talking about their rendezvous between the sheets after the game.

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      I guess its to much to ask that pens fans make intelligent non inflammatory comments…ever time you guys make an ignorant comment the more uneducated I believe you are…keep it up win or lose at least I won’t sound like an asshole.

  8. dawglb - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    ….forgot to finish my thought . G will make a great “C”!

  9. cityofchampyinz - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    ….and what if he’s not? Then how are you gonna feel?

    • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      He’ll feel like a Pittsburgh Penguin.

  10. ironcity6pak - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    He will feel like a pittsburgh penguin? How, like champs. We won the cup recently, how long has it been for philthydelphia?

    • bennywisest - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Hey 6pak, how is Iron City Brewery doing?

      • cityofchampyinz - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        I do believe 6pak is reference to the 6 Super Bowls we have. How many does Philly have? Oh, how many cups does Philly have by the way? I’m not sure.

      • bennywisest - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        I’d take Flyers’ 2 cups over Penguins’ 3 since the Flyers weren’t tanking seasons to gain the number one pick. Also prefer a team with a loyal fanbase and not having the threat of them folding or leaving town.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      We? You play?

      • tk1966 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        Really? Are we to believe that you have never in your life, even once, used “we” in reference to your favorite team? You have never said “We will beat …” or “We are better than…”. If you claim to have never once in your life to have never done that, then I call you a liar. And if you in fact have, you are a hypocrite. In either case, stop being so petty as to whine about someone using “we” when talking about their team. That is called being a fan.

    • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      How recently has Marc-Andre Fleury played well in a playoff game? Been awhile, buddy.

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        His three goals allowed last game are the fewest a goalie has allowed in this series, including your two goalies who split a game and still gace up five a piece. Fleury has been to two cup finals, one won, has had multiple 40 win seasons, all Bryz has to be proud of is coning your gm into giving him 50+ million.

      • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Um, you must’ve missed game 1 where Bryz allowed 3 goals. I don’t blame you, if I was a Pens fan I’d want to block that out too.

      • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        And color me unimpressed if the guy who plays with the league’s best offense has 40 wins. Yawn.

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        By that reasoning with the third best offense why hasnt bryz had 40 wins? Dont be sad you greatly over paid for an astrologist, look at how well the “dream team” did this year as well.

      • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Fleury also played 8 more games than Bryz this year.

      • dsd3 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        What, the Eagles? I’m not an Eagles fan, but thanks for the generalization.

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Yea a team that nearly went bankrupt and moved….I suppose your franchise is better than Boston,Chicago too right since they actually went longer before winning their last cup…or didn’t you know that?

    • sizzle299 - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Yes this argument isn’t getting old at all……… I don’t really seeing your name on the roster of that team, the only thing you’ve ever won it the longest to maintain your virginity.

      These message board comments are really getting redundant, come up with something new or at least say something funny.

  11. sleepers108 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Wow tk there’s no guessing what’s on your mind you must really be missing a dick in your ass!

    • tk1966 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Wow. Impressive. Want to impress me? Try the “reply” button instead of responding 15 comments down the page. Learn the routine.

  12. lasallehockey81 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I really hope he does. Or at least Flyers win 8-7 so we can finally move on and talk trash to a different fan base because I’m extremely bored with Pittsburgh. Once population statistics become a statistic to argue about in a hockey thread, you know its time to move on.

  13. dawglb - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Giroux will have a better career than Crosby.

    • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      They are both 24, one has won at every level he has played at including a stanley cup, and olympic gold medal, led the nhl in scoring, and has collected a ton of hardware, and they both have concussion issues, I think Giroux is a great player, just trying to figure out how your drawing this conclusion since Giroux has a lot of catching up to do already.

      • sizzle299 - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        G has universal street cred… he is already more well respected inside and outside the league, not just inside the city limit of Pittsburgh and in Gary Bettman’s heart-shaped hot tub. Nothing Crosby can do will erase his reputation. The battle of careers is already over in that respect.

        Besides G will easy catch and surpass crosby considering skidney’s head is softer than a stick of warm butter. G was out like 5 games from a flying knee to the soft part of the dome, skidney barely bumped into his own dude and was out 5 months.

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        They must have much better drugs in Philly if you honestly believe anything that you just said. Sid had a scoring title and a cup before G could crack a lineup. As far as “G-Unit” being so tough, how did he barely get bumped by Neal and get knocked woozy then? I haven’t seen so many f@gs dive at one time since Grag Louganis, first Briere, then Schenn, you guys have already won best actress, and best supporting actress, give it a rest.

      • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        And what does G get his street cred from, having one good year where he finished 2nd to Penguin in the scoring race? Thats the best thing he has done yet, no awards, no titles, no medals. And I heard Bettman has a thing for gingers, you cant see Giroux in the hottub with them cause he is underwater servicing them both.

  14. feva4theflava - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Everyone is saying not so nice things. This makes me a sad panda 😦. Can’t we all just get along?

  15. penzfan329 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    loyal fanbase eh? if i remember correctly there was a bunch of “loyal” fans leaving game 4 with about 15 minutes to go…

    • maalea - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      yea and the new igloo was half empty in the 3rd period of game 2. S o what’s your point.

  16. flyerspride - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Good to see the most skilled player on the team support the most important

  17. Doesnotmatter - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Giroux > Crosby

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