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Video: Giroux rocks Malkin with clean open-ice hit

Mar 15, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

It’s been all Philadelphia Flyers in their Saturday battle with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Not only did the Flyers take a 4-0 lead into the second intermission, but they were also on the finishing end of some big hits as well. Case in point: Claude Giroux catching Penguins’ star Evgeni Malkin with his head down, then putting a clean right shoulder into Malkin’s chest, dropping the forward.

  1. hockey412 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Good hit, nothing all that special worth separate praise but i’m sure people people in Philly liked it. What IS worthy of special mention is the Flyers team play. With the exception of Retardo they are playing like a wild card team looking to win. The pens look SLOW just like every time they have more than 2 days off.

    • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      whats wrong with Rinaldo? hes been very effective lately, he took one dumb penalty today which he hasnt been doing at all lately and he drew another one that led to the 1st goal for the Flyers

      • dja1287 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Let me guess…you have a brashear and carcillo jersey too. I can’t stand flyers fans who like this guy.

      • hockey412 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        55 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, a minus 12, and where does he rank in PIM in the league? What’s good with Rinaldo again? He’s a cheap alternative to a hockey player, that’s all.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Show me a 4th liner in the positives? The 4th line rarely scores, but plays a lot of quick 30-second defensive shifts, so naturally those guys will be in the minus.

      • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Alright w/e you see a worthless plug and I see an effective energy guy, apparently the flyers agree considering he has played in every game he’s been healthy since last year

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        People who rip on Rinaldo as a useless thug either A) don’t understand the game, or B) simply hate him and don’t watch many Flyer games. The guy is a ball of energy who lifts the entire team. Like usual he managed to draw a penalty at the start of the game and it led to the games first goal. He’s an unbelievable hitter, has great speed, can kill the occasional penalty, and knows how to get under players skin. He’s valuable even if uninformed individuals outside of Philly don’t understand his worth.

        The Flyers record is much better with him than without him this season.

      • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        i believe the Flyers are 3-10 w/o Rinaldo or something close to that

      • jennettalia - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        @Narfmoo12 Show you one 4th liner in the positives?

        Anaheim’s 4th: Maroon (+5) – Bonino (+7) – Palmieri (+10)
        Boston: Paille (+10) – Campbell (0) – Lindblad (0)
        Chicago: Kruger (+11) – Smith (+5) – Bollig (+5)

        Even Raffl, his linemate, is +3. And those are the 4 teams I looked at. Rest assured, the league has more. It’s not uncommon for 4th line players to be positive.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM


        1. Clever name haha

        2. Raffl is +3 because he played much of the season on the first or third lines, and even now takes Downie’s spot on the third line for a few shifts each game, which is why he averages 6 more minutes than Rinaldo.

        3. How do you suppose one 4th liner on Boston is +10, while the 2 others are even? Obviously, Paille plays a lot more on the upper lines than the 4th line.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Also, you only looked at 3 of the top 5 teams in the league, so those are probably the exceptions, not the rule.

      • inbullieswetrust - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        There is nothing wrong with Rinaldo. If it wasn’t for the haters. The Flyers wouldn’t be the most talked about team in hockey. Keep up your bs. Rinaldo can actually play hockey. If your Pens team were as bad ass as every Pen fan says they are. It wouldn’t matter if a few players were out. The Pens always seemed to win until last two yrs. It’s always amazing the article talks about another player doing something to someone else and enforcers or tgh guys come into the conversation. If u don’t think Rinaldo is a tough guy. Get your fat ass on the ice and prove it. 😉

      • inbullieswetrust - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        @narfmoo12. Btw, Paille almost always plays on the 4th line unless a player is sick and/or out of the line up for other reasons. If you’re going to talk the talk. At least know your facts.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        Okay tough guy, explain how three guys exclusively on the same line have such a huge disparity in +/-

      • jennettalia - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        @Narmfoo12 You asked for one, I showed you more than that. There was no specifics on the teams.

        If you’d like a more average team, the Rangers sit at 14th in the league

        Carcillo (+1) – Moore (0) – Boyle (0)

        I don’t think any player in the NHL has played 4th line minutes exclusively. Everyone shuffles a little. But those are the most current 4th lines. As for the Flyers circlejerk going on right now? >.>

  2. killerpgh - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Nice hit. Caught Malkin with his head down looking at the puck in tight to his body.

  3. bcsteele - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Sweet. Pens look sluggish. Can’t believe the Flyers have come this far from where they started the season.

  4. theroarisback - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    any time Malkin gets rocked its a good thing. whiney, filthy, loser!

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Rocked? He was a little off balance and took a good hit, got right back up. Wayy exaggerated. Solid hit though. Nowhere near rocked.

    • thephillyfanclub - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      agreed, I’m a flyers fan and i think people are exaggerating the hit a little bit, it was a nice clean hit from Giroux who is much smaller than malkin. But its not like he murdered him. Besides the point, great team effort for the flyers today, from offense to defense, special teams and Mason was able to come in and make some big timely saves when needed, something bryzaster could never do, he’s not the best goalie in the league but its nice when your goaltender makes TIMELY saves, it does wonders for there confidence. You could always tell when Bryz was in net that they played like they were just waiting for him to let in a weak goal. Like the way they are playing even in the two recent losses. Suiting up tomorrow against what is sure to be a pissed of pens team on home ice, should be a good one.

  6. bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Looked like the Flyers were playing the Oilers today! Good job boys. Back to the drawing board Pens. Good thing you pay all that money for your 2 superstars!

    • hockey412 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Those superstars you’ve mocking have already won a cup…the pens current depth problem isn’t because they can’t afford other stars, it’s because of injury. Show me a gm that wouldn’t take those two stars and I’ll show you a guy that won’t be a gm long.

      • bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        I am a Bruins fan. Already won a cup and swept you out of the playoffs last year. I would take a balanced team like the Bruins, Blackhawks, or the Blues any day. All we had to do was shut down your top 2 lines last year and that is all it took. Top heavy teams dont win cups anymore. I am sure if you dont go deep in the playoffs this year, yinz will be screaming that your gm and head coach need to be fired just like you all did last year. Get your golf clubs ready! First place in the East feals so good when itmatters most. Might as well pull a goalie out of Wilkes because Fluery will be a no show once again!

      • hockey412 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Being a Bruins fan does not make you an authority on how to build a team….if you’ll kindly remember you got beat in the next round, right? Because you talk like that’s not the case. You are correct in that the B’s have a more balanced system on the whole – but depth was not the Pens problem last year (I want to say “asshat” right there but won’t). There was so much talent that we sat some good players. The Pens played one and a half bad games last year…the rest were very close, and that cup is owed to Rask, period. The B’s played very well, but in front of a lesser net-minder they didn’t play winning games. The “depth” theory you are talking about is not intentional, also. Do you think the B’s organization PASSED on greater talent in favor of filling four lines with million dollar players? If you do, you’re a very innocent and laughable fan. They have done a good job signing good players to long term deals, but they will expire before chara’s ends – that’s a 7M man until he’s 40…you were saying about being well balanced? Hmmm??? You make the best team you can, from the best available – I think you tragically misunderstand your team.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Not devastating, but a nice solid hit. I know the Pens were missing plenty of key players but still this was an extremely impressive win. The Flyers dominated this game. Crosby and Malkin were -5 if I heard correctly. They played solid defense, kept the Pens on the perimeter, and were able to capitalize on special teams. When this team plays team defense you see how solid Steve Mason really is. Much needed win, but they gotta put together another effort like this tomorrow in Pittsburgh. It would be HUGE to sweep this home and home.

  8. flyboystransport - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I think it was made more of a big deal because of malkin being bigger than giroux

    • sumkat - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I think it’s because it’s Malkin and Giroux, size doesn’t matter. One all star skill player taking a solid hit from another all star skill player, so it gets oversold

  9. mvshark - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    A better hit was the one Doug Hamilton put on Fisher in the Bs victory..and giroux is probably thankful that he didn’t hit Sydney, probably would have been called a major with in tent to injure…game misconduct and subsequent suspension…well thats what Syd would have told refs to call.

    • Hockeyfan - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Useless, pointless comment about SIDNEY.
      This was about the hit
      Not much to it really.

      Sad the Pens didn’t come to play.
      Maybe tomorrow.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Did you notice that each time Crosby felt even the most minimal touch, he was crying at the refs?

      • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        I loved the play when he did a swan dive as coburns skate grazed him and cried about it for the next 5 minutes

  10. irish1136 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    i was expecting a bigger hit lol, good hit but not giant, nice bounce back from the devils game.

  11. amityvillefun - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Being a Boston fan, I’d root for Philly any day of the week over the Pens.

    • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      The feeling is mutual, I used to hate the bruins and teams like the rangers but I realized they are just tough teams in the conference that have good back and forth, its the penguins I can’t stand, everything about that team, organization and fan base is pretentious

      • amityvillefun - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Yup. Seeing the “entitled” Penguins swept in the ECF was soooooo gratifying. It’s just as gratifying when the Flyers get in their faces and muck it up. I love watching the Flyers play the Pens! It makes me realize it’s not just Boston that can’t stand them. Tortorella’s comment (back in his NY days) about “why don’t you ask them and their whining stars” also called them out for what they are.

        The “cowardly Penguin” newspaper photoshop was also right on point. I never looked at “Sid the Kid” the same again. I just see the cowardly lion and laugh.

  12. jucam1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Giroux punked Malkin and the Flyers owned the Pens today. I think we all need to focus on the bigger picture though, how awesome is it that Pens, Flyers, and Bruins have these incredible rivalries and world class players!… I mean I think Sidney is a world class puss but even I have to admit he makes the games more exciting. You have real men like Chara, Giroux, Simmonds, etc.. On these teams and they legit don’t like each other. Its great to see the North East (even add the Caps and Rangers) so loaded with talent and such great rivalries…. Still, even though I try to be a more reasonable fan, I have to agree with the dude that said that if the Giroux hit would have been on little Sid, he would have gotten a penalty. There is no bigger puss who is more protected by the league than that guy. Must be nice to always have the refs on your side…. I failed again at being a non-partisan fan…

    • amityvillefun - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      True story. I bet Iginla is realizing it is much better to be a respected Bruin than aligned with Mario’s legion of cry babies.

      • pens5829 - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Pens got the wrong Flame last season. Iginla was star struck and lost n Pittsburgh. He’s comfortable in Boston with a bunch of nobodies.

      • amityvillefun - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Ummm. Nobodies? Please. Those “nobodies” swept your team in 4 games! Keep overlooking the Bruins, we don’t mind. Oh, by the way, we just leapfrogged the Pens into first place. Must really suck to be behind in the standings to a bunch of nobodies. :)

        Lucic is playing nastier than ever, but clean. I can’t wait to see him smear some Penguins against the boards. Or better yet, see them avoid the corners in abject FEAR like so many other teams have been doing. He was a beast in last year’s playoffs and he’s picked up right where he left off. He’s a “nobody” that every team in the NHL doesn’t dare to overlook!

        Iginla is more at home because he doesn’t mind working for a win and roughing it up a bit. Maybe he is realizing that Krejci is just as good of a passer as CINDY, but much less of a douche bag.

  13. sabatimus - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    That was barely even a hit. “Rocks”? Riiight.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      I think Malkin would disagree that it was barely a hit. Sure it’s exaggerated cuz it’s Giroux on Malkin but still a nice hit.

  14. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Well at least we know who the class of the East is now.

    • govtminion - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      It’s Washington, right? 😉


  15. eagles512 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I’m a Flyers fan and I agree Rinaldi is too undisciplined. Downie makes him seem less undisciplined but both play dumb too often. Like Rinaldo’s energy but he continues to hurt the team with dumb play.

    • flyerspsu - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Rinaldo used to be too undisciplined, now hes cleaned up his game and draws more penalties than he gets and is still arguably the best pound for pound hitter in the game, he had the #1 hit of the week picked by the NHL for the last 2 weeks, a flawed team like the Flyers that lacks speed but relies are hard work and grit benefit the most from Rinaldos’ energy, there is a reason why the Flyers have done so poorly and seemed so flat when hes been out w/ injuries

  16. pens5829 - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    PHT is pretty desperate if they think Goroux “Rocked. Malkin.

    • shwatson - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      That was nice. Skinner needs to keep his head up. He looks like Lou Eriksson skating with his head down.

  17. President Charles Logan - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Hate to say it but if the Playoffs started right now , the Pens want NO part of the Flyers .

    • pens5829 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Flyers played Pens 2nd team today dude.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        im neutral , I dont cheer for either team, but they play you guys tough , and they match up well with you, short handed or not. quit making excuses . i defend you guys more times then not but you were over matched today even with the ” 2 best “players i on the planet” in uniform

  18. realemman - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Check out Hamilton’s hit on Skinner today, now THAT’s a hit.

    • shwatson - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      I used to hate Eric Lindros and loved the hit Kasparaitis put on him. I’d love to see what those 2 would do in today’s game. I think Lindros would be a beast like he was back then and Kasparaitis would be more hated than Matt Cooke.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Kasper would spend over half the game in the box cause he’s always out of position taking hooking, holding and tripping minors, but in saying that i loved his open ice hits and hip checks

      • sumkat - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:54 AM

        In today’s game, with the amount of physicality taken out of the game, Lindros would be a beast. If you could get LeClair back with him (considering how little you are allowed to clear the front now), they’d be in the run for the scoring title every year

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