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Waiting for Giroux: Flyers’ top scorer struggling against New Jersey

May 5, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

Claude Giroux, Andy Greene AP

It was hard not to talk about Flyers stud scorer Claude Giroux after the first round of the playoffs. He put up 14 points against the Penguins and was hailed as being the “best player in the world.” Life against the Devils hasn’t been as kind though.

Through the first three games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Giroux has just one goal and has been more than frustrated with how the team’s power play is going. As Sarah Baicker of hears it from coach Peter Laviolette, the Devils aren’t giving Philly much to work with offensively.

“The real estate is hard to come by. The scoring chances are not as significant. The speed up and down the ice is not as significant. It’s more zone time and battling as opposed to rushes up and down the ice. I think it’s just a completely different look and feel than the first series.”

The Devils have been tough defensively and not in the old fashioned New Jersey way either. It’s not quite the trap and obstruction stuff you’d see back in the 90s, instead it’s a ferocious forecheck that frustrates whoever is carrying the puck. The Flyers haven’t had much time to think, never mind make a clean pass. For Giroux, not having that time or space to get creative is proving more than difficult and creates a problem they’ll need to find a solution for fast.

  1. test2402 - May 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Penguins can jump six feet. That’s a snapple fact.

  2. GenoPringles - May 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I almost feel bad for this fellow, filthy sure knows how to curse their teams. Calling Giroux the best player in the world was almost as dumb as VY calling the eagles the dream team.

    • crosberries - May 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Giroux isn’t even the second best player in pennsylvania let alone the world

  3. GenoPringles - May 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    My snapple lid said Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will win a cup before Filthy

    • kitshky - May 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Ya know kid, we were all young once so I don’t like to trash you too much … but you’re a mouthy gutless coward.

      I’m not a Pens of Flyers fan but even I noticed you were silent as a mouse when the Pens were having their lunch handed to them … now when a team you don’t even follow is being more successful than the Penguins at shutting down Giroux you’ve got your mulitple accounts yapping again!?

      I mean this honestly because there’s a good chance it hasnt happened yet …. grow a pair.

  4. danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Hey, Geno, how’s your golf swing?

  5. danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I’m kind of wanting to see Kings-Devils in the final now. It seems like their style matchup would make for some pretty great hockey. Very physical, very aggressive. A lot like the Kings-Blues series in some ways, but hopefully a little less of a spectacular blowout.

  6. myvickinabox14 - May 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Why are there pens fans still trollin around here. It’s a seven game series.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Look Giroux thinks he is Crosby now with all the “best player in NHL comments” he obviously can’t handle the pressure. That’s all there is to it.

  8. philly4lyfe - May 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Not sure if any1 told u pens fans, but u lost. Kinda looks funny when u come on here talkin trash on the team or players that beat u, ya know?

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