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Giroux-Voracek-Read line explodes for 10 points as Flyers bomb Isles

Feb 18, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT


Philadelphia celebrated Presidents Day in style on Monday as the trio of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Matt Read paced the Flyers to a 7-0 win over the New York Islanders.

The line was stellar throughout the afternoon and gave hope that the Flyers — who had only been averaging 2.38 goals per game this year, 24th in the league — found a dynamic top line to boost their offense.

Voracek finished with four assists, Read with 1G-2A and Giroux with 2G-1A, the latter of great significance as it was Giroux’s first three-point performance of the year.

Giroux opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the game, with the assists going to — who else? — Read and Voracek. The goal also stood as the deciding tally, Giroux’s first game-winning goal of the season.

As for other key Flyers performances on the day:

Daniel Briere finished with 2G-1A-3PTS, nearly doubling his output for the season. Coming into today, Briere had just five points through 12 games.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots for his first shutout of the season.

Brayden Schenn finished with 1G-1A-2PTS, his second multi-point game of the season.

Zac Rinaldo‘s third-period tally was his first point and goal of the year.

Not much to say from the Islanders’ side of things, other than they’ll want to throw this performance in the garbage and forget about it entirely.

The John TavaresMatt MoulsonBrad Boyes line finished a combined minus-9 while Evgeni Nabokov was on the hook for all seven goals, on just 25 shots.

Oh, and in case you’re curious, it was 16 years ago that Philly’s famed “Legion of Doom” line of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg combined for 16 points in a 8-5 win over the Ottawa Senators.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    .720 sounds more like a batting average than a save %. Horrible performance…why bring two goalies if you aren’t going to use them? 25 shots on goal in most cases won’t even win the game, much less win it 7-0.

  2. mclovinhockey - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Not about quantity, it’s about quality

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I’m actually not trying to take anything away from the Flyers today – good win. But I think 3 of those should have been goals. They’d have still won 3-0, so don’t think I’m trying to bust on them…my point is that .720 is NOT an NHL goaltending performace. NYI needs to fix it. Make a trade, so something…Tavares is a wasted talent and it’s a wasted rebuild at .720.

  3. jaredphi - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Of course, the Flyers have their biggest scoring game of the season on a day I’m stuck at work. 😦 😦 😦

    Stupid President’s Day. Next time, air the game at 7 PM so more folks can watch it.

  4. uncledick - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Giroux steps up and backs up what he said, definition of a leader.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM


    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      If one 3 point game against a team with some of the worst goaltending in the league makes Giroux the “definition of a leader”, what does that make Tavares, who has already had 3 three point games so far this season? or better yet, what does that make Toews who, even though he’s younger than Giroux, is leading his team to a record breaking point streak to start the season while putting up career pace numbers and quarterbacking an unstopabble PK unit? He has to do all this and he still finds time to polish his Cup Ring and Gold Medal.

      I mean, Giroux is extremely talented without a doubt, don’t get me wrong. But you can’t just go around saying stuff like this because he has one good game, and not expect a response. Next thing you know, people are gonna be calling him the best player in the world because he gets hot at the right time and has a few good games! Oh, wait…………..

  5. broadstbully33 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The goaltending was terrible but u obviously didn’t watch the game. NYi as a team was horrendous. They were out worked in there own zone for the entire game.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      BSB you know what I take from this game believe it or not going into todays game the Icelanders were second in the league in power play goals and the flyguys brushed off 10 minutes of shorhanded time like it was nothing a sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !

  6. phillyfan97 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    NYI, hah, nuff said.

    • govtminion - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      You entered the day tied for last place in the Atlantic with them.

      ‘Nuff said.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        You entered the day being a douche you will end the day being a douche !

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        They were tied, now they’re beating them by 2 points…but NYI have played two less games. Funny how one good game and instantly they are back to being the cream of the crop.

  7. amaiorana13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score and commented:
    now they just have to carry this momentum over into Wednesday’s game against the Pens, and we’ll be on the way to getting the season back on track

  8. flyersfan67 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Love it, only took 17 games for lavy to put together a line that should have been together since Hartys went down. Hopefully be beginning of something, but not ready to celebrate just yet

  9. indianhead1992 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    thus far no Flyers fan has been annoying by this ass kicking. I thought for sure everyone in philly would be saying we are back and stanley cup here we come. Go Flyers

  10. timmons94 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Seems like islanders tuning out capt jack

  11. smileysmith99 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Could have been 14-0 if not for Nabakov.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I disagree…how many goals scored because he was no where near the paint? NYI played horrible…but no…not a good Nabakov performace. I’ve never seen a more horrible performance and NOT seen the goalie get yanked. That was plain painful to watch.

      • valoisvipers - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        The NBC announcers said it would have been 4or5 to nothing at the end of the first if not for Nabakov.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        NBC announcers usually include Milbury, who is the world’s biggest idiot and a huge Flyers fan. If not for Nabakov, it would have been 11 to nothing. They had 11 shots.

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    This is the type of production we’ve been waiting for. For all you Pens fans questioning Giroux and his leadership after he called out the team- today was the game where you saw what kinda captain he is. He talked, criticized himself and the team, then went out there and followed through. He was everywhere today. Stealing pucks, hitting people, sending tape to tape passes, and finally finishing. And when he set the tone in the 1st the entire team picked themselves up to another level. This is the team we’ve been missing. Obviously they’re not good enough to constantly blow teams away but they shouldn’t be close to what their record says they are. If the top two lines can continue solid production and they eliminate turnovers theyre on their way past .500.

    • aso513 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      You do realize it was one game right? Say they come out on Wednesday and get beat 3-0, does that still mean Giroux is an awesome leader?

      And to say that they are way better than their record indicates isn’t entirely true, you do realize their defense is below average and they’ve struggled to score goals consistently. You are what your record is.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I knew there would be a response that it’s only a game, but it has to start with one game. You can’t get your game on track or start a winning streak without that first game. What I meant to emphasize is Girouxs leadership as opposed to overall team ability. There were tons of people questioning Giroux for calling out his team after he, himself, was failing to produce. Well what’s important about this one game is that Giroux backed himself. He did what he said he had to do. He put the team on his back, just like last season, which is what a captain has to do. I am fully aware that it’s one game. But it showed the capability of this squad. They are better than their record when you look at their skill level. And they showed that today. Of course they have weaknesses but so does every team. I’m not saying they’re all of a sudden contenders, what I’m saying is that hockey is cyclical. Teams and superstars struggle, then they come out of it. Is this the game that starts that? Nobody knows. But it’s atleast an indication that Giroux is the player we thought he was. And this team is capable of being the club we all expected.

      • aso513 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        Valid points all around, well put.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      I understand what you are saying…but agree with aso – it’s one game, and they’ve allowed themselves to get to 11th place or so? The Flyers had a good game, a lot of them did, certainly not just Giroux and everytime someone does something right it is NOT due to Giroux. Also, everytime someone does something bad it does NOT mean that Giroux is a bad leader. If this crap you are spewing is true…that everything comes back to Giroux, that would mean that 10 times out of 17, Giroux is an unacceptible leader.

      Change of subject – it’s a wonder we never hear you guys talk about Read. He’s the most consistent guy on the squad. I understand that he wasn’t a first round pick and you can’t claim he’s the anticrosby, but it didn’t take ONE good game to give him the same number of points as Giroux, and more goals. That guy deserves a little credit – his performance has had nothing to do with Giroux’s ups and downs that you describe above.

      • valoisvipers - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Count me in on being a huge fan of Matt Read! The kid is such a complete player and was undrafted.Great find for the Flyers and the NHL.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        I never said that any time the team is successful it’s due solely to Giroux, nor any time they fail it has nothing to do with Giroux. I was merely making a point about Giroux receiving a lot of criticism for calling the team out in the midst of his slump. If you watched the game he clearly set the tone for the entire team, much like game 6 against the Pens. He backed up his talk with his play on the ice, something a good captain must do. I’m not taking any credit away from Bryz, Voracek, Schenn, Briere, or Read. They all played a huge role, but it starts with the captain. He played like a man possessed. And that’s what we’ve been looking for. You win and lose as a team, but your captain sets the tone. Does it mean the slumps over? No one knows. But that was the type of effort we expect out of the Flyers.

        As for Read, you’re right he is probably one of the more unsung players in the entire NHL. And there’s no question he’s been the Flyers most consistent performer so far. But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate him in Philadelphia. He’s not flashy like Giroux or Briere and he’s not a big hitter like Schenn or Simmonds, he just goes out and plays solid two-way hockey on every shift. He’s somewhat like Pascal Dupuis in that he doesn’t get a ton of recognition but he’s always contributing somethingpositive. The reason I posted up above is because Giroux finally showed what we all expected yesterday. It doesn’t take anything away from the other key performers, it’s just nice to see him walking the walk after talking the talk. Read, being so consistent, wasn’t the big story yesterday. Doesn’t mean he’s not integral to the Flyers success.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      If Giroux is only capable of being a captain once every 15 games, I’ll keep Crosby. Wait, on second thought, I don’t really care how often Giroux acts like a captain. I’ll still keep Crosby.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        oh, christ. This was they’re 17th game and I didn’t even do that on purpose. You know you’re in deep when even Pens fans are giving Giroux more credit than he deserves.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        damn. I meant their* not “they’re”.

  13. broadstbully33 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    They were perfect on penalty kill and the best I’ve seen in a long time on the pp. they were just scary on the pp today. The passes were clean guys were where they needed to be and zone time was amazing. Granted it is nyi but you need to start somewhere. That top line was unstoppable and voracek actually held onto the puck and not just turning it over as soon as he got over the blue line.

  14. philly4lyfe - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    lets not get carried away. its the islanders.

    • mattybo - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      I know, that team that has more cups than you

      • ml3939 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        And more than the Penguins dumba@&.

  15. malkinrulez - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Not sure what happened to the Islanders but the Flyers looked like an all-star team playing a midget team. I expected the Flyers to have a tough time time keeping the puck out of their net but I never expected the lack of offense. I expect another close, gritty game wed.

  16. mattybo - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    2 World Series, 2 Stanley cups, 0 Super Bowls.

    Good lord Philly blows.

    100 years of real production lololol.

    • ml3939 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Hey mattybo, I assume you are a Pittsburgh fan. If that the case you may want to do a little research on which town has won more recognized championships in the four major sports Philly or Pittsburgh. I will give you a hint, it’s not the latter.

      • edwelsh8 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Pittsburgh fans don’t count basketball because their city can’t support a team in that sport, so it must not count.

    • edwelsh8 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      You do realize that there were football championships before they renamed the trophy, right?

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