Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 1/12/12
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The Flyers top scorer and top defenseman are headed to this month’s NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. F Claude Giroux and D Kimmo Timonen were named to the team Thursday afternoon. Timonen makes his fourth team -- the Finn last made the All-Star team in 2008 -- while Giroux’s is a first-time All-Star. "My family and friends have been talking about it, that hopefully I make the team," Giroux told NHL.com a few days before the announcement. "And if I do it would be pretty cool to live that experience with them." Giroux leads the Flyers with 48 points, which trails only Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin in all of the NHL. Timonen’s plus-12 trails only Scott Hartnell’s plus-19 on the Flyers. Speaking of Hartnell, Giroux’s linemate could be one of the biggest snubs on the All-Star team. He is tied with Giroux for the team lead with 18 goals on the season -- a total that is 12th best in the NHL and his plus/minus number is 13th best in hockey. Joining Giroux and Timonen in Ottawa will be rookies S...
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