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Brad Marchand sends reminder on Twitter after shootout flub in Flyers-Bruins game

Brad Marchand sends reminder on Twitter after shootout flub in Flyers-Bruins game

Brad Marchand was clearly aware of the trolling he'd face on social media after flubbing his shootout attempt to finish off the Flyers' 6-5 win Monday night over his Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center (see story).

So Marchand, never one to shy away from some drama, decided to troll back on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

In 2010-11, his first full NHL season, Marchand won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. He had a big postseason with 11 goals and 19 points in 25 games.

He has become one of the NHL's premier players now in his 30s. He probably could have just reminded himself of that. But Marchand wanted to remind everyone amid the shootout laughter, deciding to post a not-so-cryptic picture with a simple message.

When a Twitter user responded, Marchand fired back.

The Flyers host the Bruins on March 10 and Philly will certainly be on its best behavior as Marchand returns to the scene of the whiff.

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It's time to start appreciating Claude Giroux for all that he is

It's time to start appreciating Claude Giroux for all that he is

He’s the longest-tenured active athlete in Philadelphia, what he has done for the Flyers doesn’t go unnoticed by fans — but for some reason, Claude Giroux still falls through the cracks when it’s time to get recognized on a broader scope in the NHL.

And I don’t mean when he just hits a career milestone, either. Of course an athlete is going to be recognized for a moment like that in their career, but for it to be the only time Giroux gets any form of acknowledgment, at least league-wide, is simply absurd.

Everyone celebrates these moments to honor the captain for yet another accomplishment he has within the franchise, but it also got me thinking  — why … why is he only ever recognized after these and not at all times? … Because he should.

Giroux is an athlete that deserves credit for just about everything he does. And even though he’s not on pace for any huge career numbers this season, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means there is a ton of talent throughout the roster and things aren’t falling on his shoulders at all times — and there haven’t been many times throughout his time in the NHL when that could’ve been said.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t a great help though. Through the past five games, he has eight points (two goals, six assists) and looks to be heating up at a perfect time, as five of the next seven games are against Metropolitan teams.

Vastly underappreciated is an understatement and frankly, when you watch a player succeed throughout their entire career and hope for them to be recognized for their greatness and they don't? It’s infuriating.

The word elite either resonated with followers or struck a nerve with them. But it’s rather simple  — Giroux is elite.

There are only a few in the league who are able to hold that title, and it doesn’t just come down to the numbers put up by them. It’s a combination of skill, leadership, how they handle themselves off the ice and so much more.

Still don’t think he’s elite? Let’s take a look at a few things:

Through the decade

Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Giroux ranks in the top among most stats:

1st overall in assists (507)
1st in power play points (286)
4th overall in points (734)
4th in faceoff win percentage (55.6 percent) for players with 700-plus games
6th overall in games played (754)

His name falls in line with Alex Oveckin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and John Tavares but rarely gets the media attention it deserves.

New milestones

It was certainly a fun moment a handful of games ago to see Giroux take the spotlight during a national broadcast when the Flyers won on the road against the Capitals. From the moment the night began, everyone was on Ovechkin watch — as the player was just two goals shy of reaching the 700-goal mark of his career. That didn’t happen (and it still hasn’t, as he is currently in a five-game pointless stretch) but do you know what did? Giroux reached 800 points for his career instead.

It was truly a fun turn of events, when the highlights of the game were all on the captain and his new milestone after the orange and black won.

Another huge moment for Giroux on the season came just a few nights ago — when he passed Flyers legend Bobby Clarke for the new franchise record of power play assists. Giroux now solely holds first with 235 power play assists … and he did so in quite a statement move.

In addition to that, he’s just 20 power play points shy of tying Clarke for most in the franchise — a record that will be reached in just a matter of time. It most likely would’ve already happened if he had never moved off the left side of the top unit, but it’s another countdown to keep an eye on.

He’s also 20 games shy of 900 games played in his career. The list goes on and on and on …

Off the ice matters, too

Giroux also tends to be overlooked when it comes to just how valuable his leadership skills are, especially with quite the amount of young players on the current team. He looks out for them, helps them improve their skill sets and build their confidence.

A moment that stood out, especially from this most recent season, comes from the “Behind the Glass” series that aired on the NHL Network. The final moments of this video, where Giroux and goaltender Carter Hart had a moment before heading back out following an intermission.

It was a look at what happens behind closed doors. What happens when there are no cameras on the players or media in the room. Moments like that don’t go unnoticed.

And remember that Capitals game just mentioned where he earned his 800th career point? Postgame, he was just happy he was able to contribute to the win and made sure to credit his teammates over anything else.

It’s a simple fix, really

The truth of the matter is, if Giroux had a Cup to his name, this debate wouldn’t even be a debate. Everyone would agree that he should be ranked as a top-tiered player over the course of most recent years. Until that moment arrives, it’ll unfortunately be a discussion that will continue to be had.

Also, if you take a look at the talent Giroux has played alongside, compared to the talent alongside say Ovechkin and Crosby  — who knows where his numbers would be? Odds are, a lot higher.

For Philadelphia fans, they know what their captain has done for this franchise throughout his time here. It’s only a matter of time before others around the league start to see it as well.

And boy, what a feeling that will be.

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Flyers at Blue Jackets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Blue Jackets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Now in third place of the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers will look to stay there.

They can do so Thursday night when the Flyers (33-20-7) finish a home-and-home set with the Blue Jackets (30-19-12).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Nationwide Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• In 2018-19, the Flyers lost all four matchups with the Blue Jackets as they went 0-2-2 and were outscored 18-12.

Tonight, the Flyers can finish off a four-game regular-season series sweep of their own if they beat Columbus. This season, the Flyers are 3-0-0 and have outscored the Blue Jackets 15-7.

Columbus has a different team than it did last season, but it's still right there in the playoff race. The Flyers also clearly have a different team in 2019-20. They are 11-4-4 in the competitive Metropolitan Division after going 10-16-2 against divisional foes last season.

• With 73 points, the Flyers are in third place of the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Hurricanes, Islanders and Blue Jackets, all of whom have 72 points apiece.

The Flyers have a 76.8 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to Hockey-Reference.com. Carolina and New York are not in action tonight.

• The Blue Jackets have lost six straight games (0-3-3).

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Mark Friedman


Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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