Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/12 at 04:40 PM ET
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In a twisted way, not having their superstar center - suspended by the NHL on Monday for a head hit on the Devils’ Dainius Zubrus on Sunday - may unify the Flyers and give them a rallying cry.
That’s their hope, anyway.
And, hey, if you’ve watched how the Devils have embarrassed the Flyers over the last three games, all with Giroux in the lineup, you know the Orange and Black need something, anything, to wake them out of their malaise.
You don’t have to look too far to find teams that rallied without star players in this year’s playoffs.
Pittsburgh did it in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals against the Flyers, missing three suspended players - including winger James Neal, a 40-goal scorer this season - and registering a 10-3 victory.
New Jersey did it in Game 2 against the Flyers as standout winger Ilya Kovalchuk was sidelined with a back injury. Final: Devils 4, Flyers 1.
Giroux will obviously be missed. He plays in all situations, and plays harder than anyone on the team.
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