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No Giroux, No Pronger, No Problem for Flyers



The Flyers received bad news on Tuesday. The Flyers would be without Giroux indefinitely.

“I wasn’t very confident about this game when we lost G- we lost the best player in the league” said Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr. The Flyers faithful may have lost some confidence as well considering the Flyers were only 7-0-3 against Washington in their last 10 game so the odds seemed stacked against them. However, the Flyers stormed into the Verizon Center with some of the best depth in the NHL and cruised to win their sixth straight.

The Flyers opened the scoring with Scott Hartnell who netted his 15th goal of the season and his sixth goal in six games. The Flyers continued to pound the Caps as Flyers Rookie Marc-Andre Bourdon scored his first NHL goal using Jody Shelly as a screen. Wayne Simmonds made it 3-0 of a tip in from Andres Meszaros’ shot at the point. Caps Coach Dale Hunter tried to count on his captain to help break the run and the Caps began to pour it on, but Bryzgalov was ready for the challenge. Then Caps, captain Alex Ovechkin, attempted to carry the puck in the zone, but was upended by Brayden Coburn, who creative the turnover which led to Max Talbot scoring his 8th. The Flyers capped their scoring in the third with a Voracek tip in. Flyers coach, Peter Laviolette said before the game that he wanted to give Voracek some more minutes and he did just that this game and it paid off.

Rookie Sean Couturier centered in place of the injured Giroux and looked good. Even though he had no points, his positioning and poise showed that he’s more than ready for this opportunity. Couturier continued to play on the PK while Danny Briere would often Center Jagr and Hartnell just after a PK.

So winning sixth straight without Pronger, Lijia, Schenn, and now Giroux, the Flyers are proving to the hockey world that they have the best depth in the NHL. When Pronger went down, the Flyers brought up Erik Gustafsson who then went down with an injury. The Flyers then lost Andreas Lijia to an injury and have relied on Rookies Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon and they’ve settle well. They don’t even look like rookies. They look very comfortable and make me believe that we’re ok in the Defensive end. The question is what do the Flyers do when Lijia comes back? He’s been shaky with the puck, doesn’t make good decisions and his man coverage isn’t great. Lijia was a downgrade from Sean O’Donnell and this injury may be a blessing in disguise for the Flyers.

As for the forwards, I’ve said before that they have great depth. Of course, losing the NHL Scoring Leader is a huge loss for the team, but now it just leaves room for players like, Voracek and JVR to step up. JVR shined in last year’s short playoff run, but has not lived up to that play so far. With Giroux out, it’s time for him to show why he was the 2nd overall draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.

If Bryzgalov were to fall to injury the Flyers have Sergei Bobrovsky to fill in, who’s more than capable of handling the #1 position. I believe the Flyers have the best Goalie pairing in the NHL.

With all these injuries happening now we can only hope that as the season rolls on, some good fortune with the injuries will come the Flyers’ way. If the Flyers fall to injury, they sure have the depth to fill it.

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