Andrew MacDonald

Flyers needs scoreless Giroux to spark them against Penguins

Claude Giroux carried the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs.

The Hart Trophy candidate might be the reason they get knocked out in the first round if he can't become the force the Flyers need to have a chance against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Only six years ago, Giroux was dubbed "best in the world" by former coach Peter Laviolette after he posted six goals and eight assists in six games and a rare playoff series win over the Penguins. Playing in a major market, Giroux was on his way toward NHL superstardom.

Six years later, the Penguins have won two Stanley Cups, the Flyers haven't advanced out of the first round and Giroux's standing as one of the...

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