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Flyers follow through on Claude Giroux's guarantee of victory over Senators

Flyers follow through on Claude Giroux's guarantee of victory over Senators

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If you’re going to make a guarantee, proclaiming victory against the Ottawa Senators seems to be the way to go this season.

Following the Flyers' most lopsided defeat in a home opener in 47 years, Claude Giroux said, “We’re going to go back to work and get a win in Ottawa,” and the Flyers followed through with a 7-4 victory Wednesday (see observations) to wash out the bad taste of a horrible loss on South Broad. 

With all due respect to Giroux and the Flyers, a lot of teams will be taking victories out of Ottawa this season. 

Just prior to training camp, Ottawa traded its best player, two-time Norris trophy winner Erik Karlsson, to the San Jose Sharks — the team that whipped the Flyers 8-2 on home ice just 24 hours earlier.

You can argue the Senators' franchise is still in the tear-down phase of their rebuild.

Entering the regular season, Vegas oddsmakers had the Sens listed as a 200-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup. Teenager Brady Tkachuk, who just turned 19 a month ago, is arguably their most talented player, and he’s still finding his way in the league.

For 30-year-old Giroux, just playing in front of friends and family in his hometown provides plenty of incentive, but there was no backing down from his bold statement. The Flyers' captain backed it up with a goal and an assist on a team-high seven shots.

And it wasn’t just Giroux. 

Jake Voracek tallied his first ever five-point game, defenseman Radko Gudas registered three assists for the first time, and Calvin Pickard was just good enough to win his Flyers' debut. 

“I think it was important for us to bounce back and play the way we wanted to,” Giroux told reporters. “It was a great team effort. I know Nolan (Patrick) went down and guys stepped up and really played well as a team.”

Patrick exited the game in the first period with an upper-body injury that looks like it may have been a head or neck injury.

Whether Giroux actually believed he was throwing out a guarantee, or if his words were just said in the heat of the moment was unclear, but the Flyers still had to show up and get under the skin of the Senators. Ottawa’s lack of discipline led to seven Flyers power-play opportunities, and Giroux and company had no problem cashing in, scoring twice on 20 power-play shots.

Bad team, plus bad discipline, equals very good results for any opponent, and the Flyers were the lucky recipients as they rolled a seven on the Canadian Tire Center scoreboard.

“This is a hell of a push-back win on a back-to-back when it was coming off a real miserable night in our own building,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “We’re going to take the positives, regroup and build for Saturday.” 

Then again, producing positives against the Ottawa Senators this season should be expected.

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Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier has been in Philadelphia for nine years and there's a nickname that hasn't become public.

On Saturday night, the NHL tweeted out a video of Couturier to promote the NHL Gaming World Championship. This is where we learned of this interesting nugget.

Paul Bissonnette, the host of the video, alerts Couturier that he had some dirt on the nine-year veteran from Claude Giroux.

It's revealed that his teammates call Couturier "Elton John" because when going in for a breakaway, he sometimes looks like he's carrying a piano on his back.

That's one you can't live down.

Once the spotlight is taken off Couturier, he chose Michael Raffl as the biggest jokester on the team and started modifying some of his skills and attributes in NHL20.

For example, Couturier gives Raffl a high mark for speed, but pokes fun at his lack of physicality. The body checking attribute came down big time.

For the rest of Couturier's answers, watch the video here:

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Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

With the season on hold, many of the Flyers have gone back to their hometowns for the time being, until they receive word about what the next step will be for the NHL.

That gave Carter Hart the chance to check in with NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes on Friday night during an Instagram live. There, they talked about a wide range of things, including hobbies, an ugly suit trip and Hart even had a few teammates crash the chat room.

There’s a lot of extra time on the players’ hands right now, so what has Hart been up to? Mostly playing guitar and a lot of NBA2K.

He plays both electric and acoustic guitar, but it’s still a work in progress.

“I just wanted to get into something a little different,” Hart said. “I thought guitar would be the easiest thing to try and pick up, but it’s pretty hard.” 

And with the mention of the NBA, of course Weekes had to check in and see who Hart had been rooting for leading up to the season on pause. Obviously, many in Canada cheer for the Raptors but now that he’s playing in Philadelphia? 

“Living in Philly now, I've got to cheer for the Sixers,” Hart said.

Smart answer from the 21-year-old. And he certainly nailed the dynamic of the fans that he loves playing in front of. 

“If we’re sucking, they’re going to let us know,” Hart joked. “But if we’re winning, they’re behind us.”

Then a conversation that originally stemmed from pizza turned into Hart breaking down a roast session about him from his teammates. Apparently, the team had an ugly suit trip when it was off to Columbus — something that we’ll definitely need to do more research on — but Hart has only a handful of suits on the regular rotation. 

“I only have three suits,” Hart said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to wear this,’ and I show up to the plane and everyone was like, ‘That’s the suit you wear all of the time.’

“I was like, ‘Wow, what do you want from me? You guys hate it anyways.’” 

Of course, it’s all in good fun … at least we hope. 

And soon enough, his buddies crashed the chat. About 75 percent through the stream, Nolan Patrick joined the party and started to have some fun in the comment section.  It wasn’t long before the captain Claude Giroux tuned in as well, coaching the young goalie of how to get to his end point when talking in an interview. Always looking out for the kiddo. Former teammate Dale Weise even joined the chat party, so naturally him and Patrick were joking around. 



It’s safe to say these guys certainly miss seeing each other daily. Hopefully we’ll get more live streams in the near future. 

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