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Sources: Claude Giroux debating hip/hernia surgery

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Sources: Claude Giroux debating hip/hernia surgery

Updated: 8:30 a.m.

Despite the outcome, Claude Giroux would never admit it.

He was coming off the worst postseason of his career, totaling just one point in six games of the Flyers' first-round playoff series loss to the Capitals.

He looked nothing like himself.

Was he hurt?

“No,” he said after the Flyers' season-ending loss to Washington on April 24. “Everybody has little bruises here and there, but I’m good.”

The 28-year-old reiterated that notion at his end-of-the-season press conference.

But it turns out, Giroux wasn't healthy. Sources have confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio that Giroux is contemplating surgery to repair his left hip and a sports hernia, which will require up to eight weeks in recovery if he chooses to undergo the procedure. According to the sources, in the past, Giroux opted to go with treatment for the issue — which was nagging him all season — to avoid surgery, but the Flyers' captain is now thinking it's time to fix things permanently.

Given the timeline, Giroux will be back for training camp, as well as the World Cup of Hockey, if he has surgery before July.

Sportsnet Canada's Elliotte Friedman first reported late Wednesday night that Giroux would have surgery next week.

The Flyers have yet to release a list of injuries and surgeries for the offseason.

During the regular season, Giroux led the Flyers in points (67) and assists (45), while finishing third in goals (22).

He entered the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 61 points in 57 career postseason games.

He was most disappointed after these playoffs.

“I’m pretty frustrated with myself," he said. "Got to find a way, doesn’t matter how it is. You’ve got to find a way.”

Giroux wasn't the only Flyer to go quietly — the entire team was neutralized by the Capitals. Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek totaled one goal, while the Flyers scored a playoff-low six — one of which was an empty-netter.

"We need some upgrade up front,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said two weeks ago. “We need some goal scoring, playmaking — [that] would be our number one need."

Giroux said everyone was banged up.

"It was a physical series," he said. "Of all the series I’ve played, I think that was one of the most physical ones. It was a lot of big boys throwing their body around.”

Giroux won't forget his performance — he'll make sure of that.

“When you have a tough time, it’s important to not just brush it off, it’s important to look at it and kind of study what you did and how can you get better," he said. "You just learn from it. We fought really hard in the series to come back in Game 6. We need to learn that’s how we’ve got to play.

"I think compared to the start of the year, to the last two months, I think we’re a different team. We grew defensively, offensively, our identity. I think that was really important for us, our identity, to make sure we grew on that.

"We just need to keep growing here.”

Flyers' Stanley Cup drought is taken to another level in Pittsburgh

Flyers' Stanley Cup drought is taken to another level in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Apparently, Sunday was still a day to celebrate for Penguins fans.

Regardless of another gut-wrenching, last-minute overtime loss for the Penguins to their hated cross-state rival, a certain radio talk show host wanted Pittsburgh fans to wallow in the Flyers' misery.

Mark Madden pointed out in his column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Sunday’s game against the Flyers marked the 16,000th day since the orange and black won their second Stanley Cup championship.

And for that, apparently Penguins fans should be in a celebratory mood, as he wrote, "But Sunday is a day to celebrate, not worry. The Philadelphia Flyers visit PPG Paints Arena, and it will be exactly 16,000 days since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup."

The 16,000-day drought inspired Penguins fans to unfurl a banner in the upper deck, and it even caught the attention of NBC play-by-play great Mike “Doc” Emrick, who referenced the 44-year drought during the second period of Sunday’s telecast.

But Madden’s personal vendetta with the Flyers and their followers caught the attention of Flyers radio host Jason Myrtetus, who exchanged Twitter jabs with the Pittsburgh shock jock.

The two radio hosts started their online feud a few hours prior to Sunday’s game (NSFW below).

Madden, who doesn’t hide his love for the Penguins, ended his column by saying, “That’s a lot of days. Many more will follow.”

Not if the Flyers keep beating the Penguins in overtime.

Not if Carter Hart plays like he did Sunday night at PPG Paints Arena. 

Perhaps Madden also needs to be reminded that Philadelphia’s Eagles and Phillies have both won championships much more recently than Pittsburgh’s Steelers and Pirates.

Then again, their misery doesn’t exactly register on Philly’s radar.

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How Flyers' Ivan Provorov 'saved the game' with the lunge of a lifetime

How Flyers' Ivan Provorov 'saved the game' with the lunge of a lifetime

PITTSBURGH — Standing in the visitor’s locker room at PPG Paints Arena, Ivan Provorov joked it’s the reason why he puts himself through such a rigorous offseason training regimen.

He may not be considered the fastest or most elusive skater, but Provorov’s effort with 1:18 remaining in regulation was arguably the best non-Carter Hart save of the season.

An empty-net goal would have given the Penguins a 2-0 lead and would have turned the lights out on the Flyers' postseason chances. 

Now, there’s a glimmer with the Flyers pulling within six points of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 2-1 overtime win Sunday night (see observations).

Provorov outraced Nick Bjugstad just in the nick of time, as well as Patric Hornqvist, as he was able to send the puck to the boards. 

“I had no doubt in my mind,” Provorov said. “At that point, you’re giving everything you have and for the team a lot of guys did that tonight.” 

Another element of that play that doesn’t get discussed is how Provorov maintained his balance following his lunging dive and didn’t lift the net off its pegs, which may have resulted in a penalty and/or a faceoff in the Flyers' end of the ice, resulting in Hart having to come back out onto the ice.

“He saved the game, he saved the game,” Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said. “I don’t know where he was in his shift, but it looked like [Bjugstad] had a little bit more jump in his step. He was able to get himself in position and swipe at it so they couldn’t get an opportunity.”

Thankfully for Provorov and the Flyers, he had just stepped out onto the ice just 10 seconds earlier, but nonetheless, an impressive game-saving play when the Flyers needed it most.

And perhaps even season-saving.

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