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Giroux: “There’s no guy on this team that’s going to quit”

May 4, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 03: The New Jersey Devils celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on May 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

All season long, the Philadelphia Flyers appeared to be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ kryptonite. It makes you wonder if their first round domination of Pittsburgh had more to do with the Penguins’ inability to beat them or the Flyers raw talent.

Truthfully, it probably a little of both, but their second-round opponent, the New Jersey Devils, appear to be a different beast. They can’t simply overwhelm them like they did with the Penguins.

In the first round, Philadelphia claimed the first two contests to put history of their side. However, they have won just seven of 26 playoff series after falling down 2-1.

“There’s no guy on this team that’s going to quit,” Giroux said. “It’s going to be a wake-up call to have a good series now. They’re a good team. They can score goals. They can play good defensively. I think we need to wake it up a little bit.”

Doing a little better defensively might be a nice start for a team looking to turn things around. Bryzgalov has given up at least three goals in all but one playoff start in 2012. While that’s not entirely his fault, it is beyond troubling at this point. They could get away with that kind of thing against the Penguins, but they aren’t going to consistently get four or more goals past Martin Brodeur and the Devils’ defense.

  1. jpelle82 - May 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    “except for me claude, i’m just gonna phone it in the rest of the playoffs since i’ve already been crowned the greatest player in the league after one decent playoff series”. by the way Ryan – “They can’t simply overwhelming them like they did with the Penguins.” nice sentence…makes a lot of sensing.

  2. couturierfellatesguys - May 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    u already gave up you ugly ginger beard soup can sid wannabe. you are irrelevant now and the devils own you and your smog filled disgusting city!!! END THEM

    • chap6869 - May 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      The rumors are true, the idiot above DOES molest little boys.^

      • barkar942 - May 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        ……and also sheep, llamas, and other furry mammals.

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Read the list. Pittsburgh is the 3rd highest “smog filled city” while Philly doesn’t even crack the top 25. Research Lil guy….research. Otherwise you sound stupid…but your name is a dead give away anyway..

    • lsxphotog - May 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      …says the fan of a team that has been eliminated in the first round two years in a row and has a fallout shelter filled with soupcans.

  3. broadstbully33 - May 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM


    • miketoasty - May 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Giroux has 1 goal, 0 assists, and is a -3 through 3 games against an inferior team. Yep this guy is really lighting it up.

      • miketoasty - May 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        I love when people thumb down statistics, it just goes to show how big of a homer you are.

      • maalea - May 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        It must be really sad watching all these “inferior” teams continue, while you sit at home

      • miketoasty - May 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        According to the standings, they are. How else would you like me to describe them? The 5th seed is supposed to be a better team than the 6th seed.

        And why would it be sad? Everyone loves an underdog.

      • jimw81 - May 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        it’s amazing how people look at a scorer’s sheet and comes to an stupid conclusion. +/- stat is the most useless stat in hockey. it’s well known. I counted 3 or 4 great opportunities last night from Giroux.

        can you make the same argument to kovy in game 1?

  4. cerealrapist - May 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Can anyone explain how the Devils are an “inferior team” or why the Flyers are “heavily favored???”
    Both teams had the same amount of wins this season (48) and the Devils top centre (Travis Zajac) only played in 15 games during the season.

    • miketoasty - May 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Because the Flyers whooped all over the Pens, and the Devils took 7 1/2 games to beat the Panthers. Need I say more?

      • cerealrapist - May 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        It’s playoff hockey. Every team plays their heart out, including the Florida Panthers. But every series is a new series. Boston struggled a bit in the first round last year, and ended up winning it all.
        In my opinion, this is probably the most evenly matched matchup we’ll see all playoffs. If the Flyers and Flyers fans don’t think so, that might be why they’re down 2-1.

    • ml3939 - May 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Did you see how healthy the Flyers were this year? They are still without their future hall of fame defensemen and captain. Zajac is a nice player but a hall of famer he is not. I am pretty sure Pronger would have propelled the Flyers to more wins of the course of the season.

      • cerealrapist - May 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        But he’s not playing in the playoffs and Zajac is.

  5. biffnasty - May 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    The problem with filthy is they have absolutely no goalie. Bryz is a joke. The devils aren’t even that good yet they are making filthy look like a high. School team

  6. jimw81 - May 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Giroux needs to man up on sunday. only Briere is talking and showing up at the same time. Everyday Bryz does something the more likely he is gone. Fans have turned on him and soon his teammates will start doing the same thing.

  7. GenoPringles - May 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Just saw an article about a filthy fan with a custom jersey that said The Black Guy and simmon’s number. So people in filthy actually spend money to show how dumb are. Amazing. SCA FFilthy @1975

  8. GenoPringles - May 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    No wonder Will Smith had to move in with Uncle Phil out in Cali.

  9. dawglb - May 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Geno, you show how dumb you are without spending a dime. Nice job! (it is “Simmonds” not “simmon’s”)

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