Found May 07, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News, You hear it all the time in sports. Often, it is applied to teams that have provided a glimpse of what they might become, uneven teams with promising talent and/or unfulfilled promise. It is figurative speech, or meant to be, but in this playoff series between the Flyers and New Jersey Devils, it is a literal description as well. The Flyers are just not taking that next step. Specifically, they are not taking the extra step that separates a strong clear from a wobbly puck picked off in their own zone. They are not taking the extra step that would get them to the puck behind their own net before their opponents, or in front of New Jersey’s net, too. “I don’t know if it’s panic or it’s too much pressure,” said Danny Briere, who was on the ice for two goals in the Devils’ 4-2 victory Sunday night. “I don’t know what is going on.” continued

Claude Giroux's suspension a blow to Flyers playoff hopes

There's never a good time for a headshot to happen on the ice, and there's never a good reason for it. The Philadelphia Flyers found that out the hard way as their top playoff scorer Claude Giroux has been suspended for an illegal hit to the head in last night's loss to the New Jersey Devils. His shoulder made contact with Danius Zubrus' head here on this hit: ...

Giroux Suspended Flyers Season Over?

Prior to Game 4, I stated that the Flyers were not playing NHL Playoff level hockey.  Giroux did play playoff hockey and it got him suspended for Game 5.  The Flyers season may be over with the loss of Giroux and any evidence of team heart.  The Devils have played a strong forecheck but it has not been that great.  The Flyers biggest problem is that they are still playing the...

Giroux throws a high hit on Zubrus

Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers goes headhunting against the New Jersey Devils. Giroux was arguing about a call he did not get with the referees, he then took his frustrations out on Danius Zubrus’ head. The Devils ended up winning the game 4-2. Does the hit warrant a fine or even a suspension from NHL senior vice president for player safety Brendan Shanahan.

Giroux faces hearing with Dept. of Player Safety Philadelphia Flyers star forward Claude Giroux has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety this morning and I believe that Giroux deserves to have a one game ban for his head shot on Dainius Zubrus at the 19:56 mark of the second period in last night’s Eastern Conference Semifinal game against the New Jersey Devils. Zubrus was stunned by the...

Open Post- Will Philadelphia Force A Game 6 In New Jersey?

The Devils lead the series 3-1 and will move on to the ECF with a win tonight. I am sure the Flyers will bring their best tonight and even with Claude Giroux serving a one game suspension, the Flyers have enough offence to win tonight. The question is, do they have enough defense to hold the Devils down? We shall soon find out, puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and can be viewed...

So much for that playoff savior thing

The hero folk tale was supposed to begin at the end of Game 5 in the first-round playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. After falling behind three games to none, Pittsburgh had rallied to win Game 4 by a final of 10-3, and held on to squeak out a 3-2 victory in Game 5. Philadelphia was losing all the momentum it had built, and Flyers star Claude...

NHL Suspends Claude Giroux for one game

The NHL Department of Player Safety has finally gotten it right, they have finally suspended a "star" player for committing a dirty hit to the head. I know that there are many Philadelphia Flyers fans that are upset with Shanahan's ruling, I don't blame them because Brendan Shanahan has been very inconsistent, but the fact remains that...

More gutless: Sacha Treille or Claude Giroux?

Sacha Treille of France on Roman Starchenko of Kazakhstan during the first game of the 2012 IIHF World Championship. The cheap elbow to the head made worse by the gutless Treille incredulously... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Dangers of Twitter: Flyers broadcaster Chris Therien makes unfortunate Penn State joke

It is unfortunate what allegedly happened to the victims of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. It is also unfortunate to see a some use Sandusky as a punch-line. It can be even more upsetting to see a professional broadcaster use it when arguing with fans on Twitter. Enter Philadelphia Flyers broadcaster Chris Therien, a former NHL player and now the radio color analyst...

Flyers Claude Giroux suspended for Game 5

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux was suspended on Monday by the NHL for his illegal check to the head on New Jersey center Dainius Zubrus in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.   Giroux will miss Game 5 on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers will have to win Game 5 without their leading scorer to remain in the playoffs as the deficit is...

A Must Win?

The Flyers are now down 2-1 in the series, and tonight is a must win situation for the Flyers.  Going into this series, Flyers fans were very positive about the Devils, stating that if we play our game, we have a striaght route to the cup. Wells Flyers fans, they aren't playing their game...yet. With the overtime loss on Tuesday, I think the Flyers received the Devils message...

Claude Giroux Suspended One Game for Hit on Dainius Zubrus

Claude Giroux, star forward for the Philadelphia Flyers and the leading scorer in this year’s NHL playoffs, has been suspended one game for hitting New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the head. The incident occurred during last night’s Game 4 of the Flyers/Devils Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Giroux was given an illegal check to the head penalty during...

Flyers Face Elimination; Trail Devils 3-1

In order to stage any kind of comeback, you have to play with emotion in the NHL. The Flyers trail the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 3 games to 1, and they have yet to play with any emotional intensity in this series. The Flyers have been flat all series since Danny Briere scored an overtime game winner in the first game 1 of this series. No matter what has...

Claude Giroux hit on Dainius Zubrus

Here is the latest hit in the NHL that should receive some scrutiny - and the player in question deserves to  miss a game or two because of a suspension - or at least receive a fine. That being said, I would be very surprised if there is a suspension because Claude Giroux is considered an up and coming star players and Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety doesn...

Brick City Sweep! - Devils Push Flyers to the Brink!

It’s safe to say, we had momentum coming into this game and well, we still have it! Maybe it’s a bit higher now that the Devils have a commanding 3-1 series lead! We very well knew that the Flyers would give it their all to try and tie up the series at 2. But hey, let’s not forget that they’re playing the NEW JERSEY DEVILS so anything the Flyers have “to say” means...
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