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Giroux: ‘We’re going to tie up this series’

Apr 22, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

It’s no Messier guarantee, but Flyers captain Claude Giroux did put out the following Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Rangers:

The second part of that statement will come true — win or lose in Friday’s Game 4 at Wells Fargo, Philly will head back to MSG for Game 5.

As for the first part? For that to happen, the captain will need to step up.

The NHL’s third-leading scorer during the regular season — with 86 points — Giroux has been quiet through the first three games of this series, failing to score a goal while notching just a pair of assists. What’s more, it took Giroux until Game 3 to register his first shot on goal, and he only finished with two as Philly fired a grand total of 32 at Henrik Lunqvist on Tuesday.

Another thing Giroux and the Flyers will need to improve? Power-play efficiency at Wells Fargo. The Flyers, who ranked 25th in home power play this year, went 0-for-5 and could only muster four shots with the man advantage — a dramatic dropoff from Sunday’s win at MSG, when the club scored twice on the power play.

  1. nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    this is giroux’s messier moment. i hope a newspaper prints this out and he makes good on his word.

    • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Messier is a tool.

      -Signed Canucks fans

    • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      dude, messier is a hall of famer..c’mon, i mean yea i’m sure ’94 stung for you guys, but you can’t deny that messier was still an iconic hockey figure.

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        I was referring to the 1998-2000 Messier who stole $21 Million from Vancouver, captained the Canucks to 3 non-playoff seasons, and helped orchestrate the trading of Linden and Bure out of Vancouver.

    • gregman98 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      This is Giroux’s Messier moment. I hope a newspaper prints this, he falls flat on his a$s and has to eat a huge chunk of crow.

      • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        This strategy already worked for him this year. Not a fan of his, but he got the Flyers moving with his gaurantee that they will make the playoffs….(of course a coach was also replaced).

        There’s no harm in this statement – if it works, and he gets everyone’s heads in the right place, calms them down, and they tie it up, good on ‘im. If it doesn’t, what did he really risk…a bunch of ridicule from the internet? I like the statement he’s making.

      • gregman98 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        What he’s risking H412, is a “boy who cried wolf” stigma. When this one doesn’t come to fruition, no one will put any form of creedence into any future “guarantees” he makes (internet dudes or legit reporters).

      • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        I could be naive, but I really don’t think he cares. I think he’s trying to put his team in the right frame of mind. I think that’s what he’s trying to do there, and to be honest, though it hurts me badly to say it, that’s what a Captain is there for.

      • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        But let me be clear in this, I hope he falls on is a$s as well :)

    • barkar942 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      http://www.nj.com/flyers/index.ssf/2014/04/flyers_captain_claude_giroux_predicts_game_4_win_after_his_disappointing_playoffs_continue_with_dism.html

      Here you go, nightfireop.

      • barkar942 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        And here is my response that I posted there.

        Dear Mr. G,

        Obviously you must have been mistaking actually playing the game tonight for your practice game this afternoon on X-Box.

        “I think we played good at the start, but it just wasn’t going in.” Definitely from his X-Box afternoon game. They were thoroughly outplayed in the starting 17 minutes in tonight’s real game. They showed up to play hockey for the last three minutes of the first period. The rest of their game tonight was devoted to getting shots blocked and thuggery.

        I will make a guarantee for Game 4- Matt Read won’t be playing! Possibly even game 5, but absolutely missing from game 4 for the extended shoulder into Carcillo’s chin.

        I personally loved how the Rangers did everything they possibly could as to not get a shot on Mason at the end of the game. Give him no chance to get a feel for the puck.

        “Later, Giroux changed his mind and said the Flyers’ start wasn’t good, but the rest of their night was.” Once again confused between the real game and the X-Box game.

        Perhaps, Mr G, you should be playing Tiger Woods 2014. Just don’t play with his ex-wife, for she also knows how to shatter a golf club while swinging at balls.

    • matt14gg - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      It’s the first round…let’s settle down on the “Messier Moment” nonsense.

      • abizzle03 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Hahaha, glad someone else is able to look at this rationally… 1st round Game 4 vs. ECF Game 6 up against elimination. Give me a break.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The man does have some swagger

    • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      although i have to admit, philly really needs to cut down on the swearing, there are kids watching the games.

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        I don’t think swearing in the NHL is exclusive to the Flyers…

        Even the Golden Boy does it with gratuitous regularity

      • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        fair enough then, i’m just pointing out to philly cuz i heard a couple today; but yea, just for the sake of kids watching, perhaps they can do a better job in censoring out the profanities.

      • 19inarow - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        Still better than alcohol commercials.

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Or Viagra/Cialis ads

  3. President Charles Logan - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    The Flyers looked disorganized and had no plan of attack. The Rangers are clearly the better team and they cant take their foot off the pedal come Friday when they most likely will take a 3-1 lead in the series.
    The Flyers will lose their cool eventually and start piling up the misconducts and pointless minors..
    Its just in their DNA come Playoff time … right along with bad Goaltending. and if they think they even have a chance to prolong this into a long Series.. then Claudia needs to quit being a Passenger out there and get on the scoresheet.

    • stixzidinia - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      That’s their DNA at any time. Go look at the stats over the last 10 years when it comes to major penalties, misconducts, and game misconducts. They’re always up near the top of the league in all those categories.

  4. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    It’s strongly looking like the Flyers of Game 1 and Game 3 are the real Flyers.

    I’m all for a good series but Philly can’t get a puck past the 5 goalies to get a quality shot on goal and where ever there is a Flyer, there’s 3 Rangers.

    Running out of time to play like you’re saying you can.

    • matt14gg - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Yeah, it’s tough, but you just have to keep shooting. You leave enough bruises on Rangers players and they will start to pull up and veer off and those shots will start to get through. You just have to keep hammering. It’s terrible hockey to watch, but in the short term (for the Rangers) it is effective. It just doesn’t last over the long haul because humans tend to start to think of self preservation at some point (unless your name is Johnny Boychuk…that guy is absolutely fearless).

  5. cheesesteak75 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Talk is cheap when your play sucks. I don’t see a big up side to his comments and it might only piss off the Rangers. It would be refreshing to see a player lead by their play.

  6. har21441 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    LOL Giroux

  7. joey4id - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    For his sake I hope they do win, and he can back up his wards with his first goal of the series. Only 2 shots on net thus far is well below par for a player of his caliber. This is when leaders step up their game to lead their team to victory. Akeson has 8 shots. Berube has to bump up Giroux’s TOI because 17 minutes is much much too low for a star player. This guy should be up around 22 minutes TOI per game.

  8. mzim2756 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Carrillo – 1, Giroux – 0

    • dmacirish - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      who is carrillo?

    • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      eerily similar to when we heard this earlier this year:

      Mike Smith – 1, Giroux – 0

      ….we see how that race turned out.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Yeah, but Mike Smith is a @$$hat goalie.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        I wasn’t dissing Giroux or sucking Smiths nuts. was just saying these stupid 1-0 scores people post mean nothing and are nothing more than trolling in the moment.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        I know. I just never miss an opportunity to call Mike Smith names.

  9. philly06 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    More of a confident statement then a guaranteed victory. anyway probably the most disgraceful flyers game I have ever seen. hopefully they put this behind them….fast

  10. cantstandstupid - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Does anyone else see a problem when the Flyer’s have an offensive zone face off and they put out the 4th line? I feel that’s like putting your 3rd string running back as soon as you hit the redzone. I also understand that Coots and Read play on the PK so they will have more TOI minutes, but if they are not in shape enough to top 20 minutes on the ice then they need to work on their conditioning. Example from last nights games: Stamkos – 21:14 TOI, Bergeron – 18:28 TOI, Giroux 17:13. Tampa was fighting to stay alive so it’s not surprised to see Stamkos on the ice so much. I was hoping to see Giroux make a solid appearance, but the Rangers seem to know how to keep him quiet. They also press very well and when the Flyers try to press, the Rangers make 1 outlet pass and they are immediately in the Flyer’s zone and the Flyers seem unable to find an open man when they try to beat the press, which I blame on the coaching for not having a game plan. It’s happened all year. If you pressure the Flyers they can’t handle it. I still have hope they can make this a better series than it has been, but they are making it hard since I’ve been watching all the other series which makes the Flyer’s lack of effort more noticeable to me.

    GO FLYERS!

  11. toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Sure you are Girwho?. You’ve been super productive this series. Well at least you finally got a shot off hahahahaha

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      This team has managed 6 goals through 3 games (one of them an empty net) and Giroux has assisted 2 and is a plus-3. Has he been the catalyst the Flyers need? No but he’s still playing physical hockey, solid defense, and leading. He needs to score, or atleast put up more assists, but he hasn’t been invisible like ppl who haven’t watched the games think. The guy is a PPG player in the playoffs and he’s been close to that. He gave up atleast one prime scoring chance in favor of a pass last night, which he’s done too often, but it’s not like he doesn’t know he needs to step up.

      If he had his head down and said the Flyers can’t beat this Rangers team then people would be ripping him apart as well. This is a motivational tactic for his team. He’s trying to push buttons, it’s what captains do. Either it works and he and his teammates step up (and he gets credit) or they don’t. It’s a 2-1 series; ppl said they were gonna get swept after game 1 and now they’re saying they’ll lose in 5. It’s what happens after every playoff game.

      • 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Don’t waste your time, clown as no clue about hockey !

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        You’re absolutely right, it was a waste of time. I just got so tired of hearing that “no shot” stuff. The Flyers attempted something like 78 shots last night, they need to be far wiser with the puck. They can’t just blast shots through 5 players. They need to make a concerted effort to not wind up, quick shots are a must.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Giroux has played solid, great defensively, has 2 assists, and is +3, jesus christ you guys are ridiculous if Giroux isnt tearing it up

  12. kastout11 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    There is no reason why the Flyers should not win Friday. I think Giroux needs to put up or shut up though. He is one of the best players in the world, but obviously he hasn’t played like it so far this series. I am just hopeful he finds his game and starts playing like the Giroux we saw the 2nd half of the season.

    • Hockeyfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      You really didn’t call him one of the best players in the world, did you? “World class player”.is a joke. He hasn’t even nearly earned that yet. Enough of the superlatives. Good, yes. Not much more.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        He’s better than good. 57 points in 53 playoff games. Better than a PPG combined average over the past 4 seasons, since he was 22-23. That’s elite level production for a player who many believed didn’t have the speed or size to make it in the NHL.

  13. dabutcha114 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Messier guaranteed a win, scored a hat trick and went on to win the cup!!! Nuff said!!! Rangers own Philly and their dirtbag fans

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Settle down scooter, you”ll blow out an O-ring.

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