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Flyers try for three straight; Giroux still without a goal

Oct 29, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

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Winners of two straight after a disastrous 1-7-0 start that saw their head coach fired, the Philadelphia Flyers were using all the good clichés ahead of tonight’s visit from the Ducks.

“We’ve got to go game by game,” captain Claude Giroux said, per CSN Philly. “And when we do that, we’re going to get closer to the playoffs. There’s a lot of games left. We don’t need to panic or anything, we’re playing good hockey. Every game’s going to be a big game. Every team can win games. For us to climb back up and stay up, it’s going to be important for us to keep winning games.”

Philadelphia had its best outing of the season Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Islanders — a victory that was highlighted by a hat trick from veteran Vincent Lecavalier.

“This was a really good game for me and for the team,” said Lecavalier, calling the win “a good confidence boost for everybody. It feels really good to score more than two goals.”

Giroux assisted on a pair of Lecavalier’s goals; however, the 25-year-old is still searching for the first goal of his own, something that seems less likely to come unless he starts getting more shots.

In Giroux’s last five games, he’s registered a mere eight shots combined. In 10 games total, he only has 22 shots, an average of 2.2. Last season, he averaged 2.9. The season before, it was 3.1.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    it’s his release. the quick release hasn’t been there for the past 58 games. he hesitates on every prime opportunity, just about. once he remembers how to get that puck in and out, he’ll be fine.

  2. rushledger - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Not trying to bash him even as a pens fan who feels he was highly overrated from the one 2012 playoff series. Odds are the C and him over thinking it is adding to the stress and pressure. Maybe a empty netter would help him get a jump start?

  3. LampyB - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Why doesnt the bench boss tell him to shoot the puck or he’ll be a scratch? Seriously, if he doesnt shoot hes never going to score and its obvious something needs to be done to remedy the situation.

    • islesjb - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Because making your captain a healthy scratch won’t be terrible for team morale, right?

    • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Were you being sarcastic about scratching him? Shooting more often and making simple plays will help. He’s too good of a player not to come out of this funk. He’ll be making 10mil next year. I suppose Flyer brass is nervous, no one will say.

  4. macjacmccoy - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    If he sets Vinny and Raffl up for as many scoring chances as he did the other night I dont care if he ever scores a goal again.

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I agree that perhaps more shots would lead to more goals, but he has to be cautious not to press too much…. can lead to frustration and more struggles.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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  7. rushledger - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Lol well done pit good episode description.

  8. wats43 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I think he should flop all over the ice more. Then we could have more PP opportunities. I know, I know, but it works for Crosby.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    The thing is Giroux doesn’t have to be scoring a ton of goals for this club to be successful… he’s got what? 5 assists? He’s a facilitator to begin with so let him facilitate. And eventually the goals will start coming. He’s got a good one-timer on the PP, has the ability to make Datsyuk-ian moves, and has impressive work ethic; he’s just a pass-first guy. He won’t go goalless for 70+ more games, no need to worry. I still believe he ends up with his usual 25 goals and 60+ assists. Just wait, the entire forward group is starting to come together.

  10. ducksk - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Best player in world…..not even close, oops except $$$$!

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