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Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:28 pm

By: Adam Gretz

When we last left the Flyers and Lightning, there was quite a debate raging on about Philadelphia's "stall tactics" in an effort to beat Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 neutral zone trap. Heading into Saturday's rematch the biggest question being asked was whether or not we would see a repeat when the teams faced off at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maybe it was because they didn't want to put their home town fans to sleep, or perhaps because the strategy resulted in a loss and their worst offensive showing of the season, but the Flyers made no such attempt on Saturday on their way to a 5-2 win over the Lightning. For Tampa Bay it was its sixth loss in the past seven games, and while Philadelphia ended up winning on the scoreboard, it suffered two pretty big losses in the injury department as Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov both left early with injuries.

Giroux, who entered the game as the NHL's leading scorer, had to exit during the second period when he fell to the ice and took an accidental knee to the head from his teammate, Wayne Simmonds. He did not return.  He's been Philadelphia's best player thus far and and an early front runner in the race for league MVP. He did manage to add to his league-leading point total before leaving the game with a pair of assists, including a helper on a power play goal by Simmonds in the second period.

Bryzgalov's injury doesn't appear to be serious and he seems to have been held out as a precaution, and when asked if he's "day-to-day," he replied, "probably hour-to-hour."

It's been a costly week in the injury department for the Flyers, as Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn are both out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms.

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:22 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

If David Stekial & Victor Hedman got tired of chasing the greatest player in the game today and decided just to take a cheap shot and sit 2 minutes, do you really think Claude Giroux wouldn't be next? If you can't beat 'em, put 'em out is the new motto to NHL thungs. Incidently, Ronaldo is a thug. And part of the problem of cheap shot artists, certainly not the solution. Rid the NHL of the garbage on all teams and play the way Wayne Gretzky wanted. Just try to outscore me. Not cripple me...

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Anyone who thinks that trash style of hockey between the Lightning and Flyers in the first game was initiated by the Flyers is a retard.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:01 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Man, hope that Giroux is able to come back soon.  All the attention on these head injuries in all the sports are starting to make the games boring.  Football is eliminating the big hit and hockey is trying to do the same, but imo that is one reason they are paid big $ to play a sport for a living, if you want to ensure your health and safety, work in an office.  Listen,head hunting is wrong, but I like watching the big hits where the guy's head is sometimes knocked around as a result, there is a difference between targeting a head and the head getting caught in a huge hit.  In Giroux's case, an unfortunate knee from his own player, but because it hit him in the head, the league and other PC lideral tards don't let you go back and play.  The chances of developing the brain issues and not being able to deal with it are low, look at all the old school guys that are doing ok.  Yeah, there are some that are mush brains, but they are the exception, not the norm. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:43 am

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

mar, dont forget they are missing one of the best defenseman the game has ever seen in Pronger! Yea defense not doing great but no one stopping them scoring goals though. No team in hockey is better at scoring goals than this crew....

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:57 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

By the way, the Flyers and Lightning get to playe each other in Tampa again in just over two weeks. Is this a great schedule, or what?

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:34 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Face it, Phily gave a game away with the stall tactic the 1st time they played.

No, mar, I don't think so.  They lost by giving up two goals when the Lightning came out of their stall defense, not while the Lightning stayed in it.  

The article, of course, is one-sided in its discussion of this.  I was listening to both games on radio, and I believe Blitzylvania is correct in noting what the article failed to: that in the second game, the Lightning (the "blitz"?--sorry!) baciked down from attempting their stall again, and therefore it wasn't necessary for the Flyers to test it by holding the puck.  Why did the Lightning not attempt the tactic this time?  Maybe they were desperate after the injury to Martin St. Louis and figured they would have to throw caution to the winds.  Or did they take note of the fact that the NHL--contrary to the expectation of some Flyer-haters on here--apparently took no rule-changing action against the Flyers' tactic from the previous game?  One way and another, maybe the Lightning saw the handwriting on the wall and decided that without St. Louis they had little hope of scoring enough goals to win the game if they didn't play more aggressively?

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:18 pm

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

You my friend are an idiot.  Obviously living in Florida has clouded your judgement on being a hockey fan.  Flyers are a legitimate playoff team, unlike the Lighting.  And this by the way comes from a rangers fan

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:01 am

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Face it, Phily gave a game away with the stall tactic the 1st time they played. Worst piece of coaching of the year. Yeah, be afraid of the team that is now one of the worst defensive teams in hockey, with a washed up starting goalie and an minor league quality back up.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:13 am

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

I'm giving Simmonds 50/50 odds of being suspended by Shanny

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:30 am

Giroux, Bryzgalov injured in Flyers win

Or maybe you didn't see any "stall tactics" in this game because TB didn't employ the 1-3-1.  That could have had something to do with it.

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